Approval of Premises for the Operation of Children's Services - Victoria


You will need this approval to use particular land or use, construct, alter or extend premises for the operation of children's services.

Children's services include operating a kindergarten or providing long day care, family day care, occasional care and outside school hours care. You will need this approval prior to applying for a licence to operate a service that provides care and developmentally appropriate programs for four or more children under the age of thirteen years in the absence of their parents and guardians.

This approval ensures the premises and location of the children's service will be satisfactory for children's use and that the persons who intend to operate or exercise control over the children's service are fit and proper. It does not permit the operation of the service.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval, you must:

  • submit an application form
  • comply with conditions that may be required
  • be a fit and proper person and of good character
  • provide design sketches, construction drawings, plans or specifications relating to the premises proposed to be used, constructed, altered or extended
  • ensure the design and location of the premises are deemed satisfactory by the Agency
  • pay any required fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to abide by all current industry codes of practice and conform with the usual local government planning and building guidelines and practices.

The person in charge of an early childhood service must not confirm the enrolment of a child unless the child's parents have provided an immunisation status certificate about the child or be given this certificate within sixteen weeks after the date of the child's first enrolment. There are some exceptions to this rule.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Act(s) name

Children's Services Act 1996 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Children's Service Regulations 2020 Victoria

Application process


Your application must be made to the Agency in writing and be accompanied by the relevant application fee. You must collect and provide a range of documents showing the layout, the space provided and suitability of the premises.

Approval time

Within 30 days

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training

Early Childhood

Contact details

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