Family Day Care is full or part time, before and after school and respite care undertaken in the homes of registered careproviders.
Many Councils provide or facilitate family day care.
Victorian Children's Services Act 1996
The Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 defines family day care as "a children's service providing a network of family day carers each of whom provide care or education for up to 7 children (including the carer's own children) of whom no more than 4 children may be under 6 years of age unless the children who are under 6 years of age are—
(a) students enrolled at preparatory level or above at a school; or
(b) siblings, who are not the carer's own children, in which case no more than 6 siblings may be under 6 years of age;"