Starting Blocks: find child care

The way families find child care is changing in 2022

From 7 February 2022 your fees, vacancies, quality ratings and inclusions will be published on StartingBlocks.gov.au.

Having this information in one place helps parents choose the best early childhood education and care for their family.

What is changing for families?

Families will be able to:

  • find local services and view their vacancies, costs, quality ratings and inclusions
  • compare services side-by-side
  • estimate their out-of-pocket costs
  • get information and advice about education, children’s development, and parenting.

What is changing for providers and services?

You must still report fees and information required by Family Assistance Law through the Provider Entry Point (PEP) or third-party software.

When reporting your fees you must report::

  • current hourly or session fees before CCS, discounts or reductions. If your service has a range of fees (for example, per educator or age group), you can report a typical or average fee.
  • any changes to fees (within 14 days of the change). If you need help, see the task card on reporting fees in the PEP or contact your third-party software provider.

If you need help, see the task card on reporting fees in the PEP or contact your third-party software provider.