IHC

In Home Care Program

The new In Home Care program launched in July 2018 and has proven itself to be a fantastic method of assistance to families who are unable to access other forms of mainstream childcare.  The program is designed to help suitable families, who are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy, find flexible child care in their home when no other options are available.

This is available to:

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All of the above are subject to Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) eligibility criteria.

Subsidies are paid directly to the Service to pass on as reduced out of pocket expenses for the family.

In Home Care Flowchart – Who does what?

Click below for more information regarding the In Home Care Program:

FAQs

What is In Home Care?

In Home Care is flexible, affordable, quality child care where your children are cared for by a qualified educator that takes place in your own home rather than main stream childcare or family day care centres and afterschool care programs. In Home Care is for families that can’t access other forms of child care.

How do I know if I am eligible for In Home Care?

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Parents or carers are working non-standard or variable hours, outside normal child care service hours
  • Parents or carers are geographically isolated from other types of approved child care, particularly in rural or remote locations
  • The family has challenging or complex needs, including where families are experiencing  challenging situations, and other approved child care services are not able to meet the needs of the child or the family

How do I apply for In Home Care?

To apply for In Home Care you must submit applications to the In Home Care support Agency and they will assess your eligibility for the program.

How much subsidy would I receive?

The amount of subsidy the family receives is dependent on their CCS percentage. A family can receive up to $39.10 of subsidised care per hour which in most cases would cover all out of pocket expenses.

What is the process of selecting an educator?

Once we have received your registration form we commence the recruitment process; we select candidates who are already on our books and commence a social media and recruitment campaign to attract additional candidates, you will then meet with them for an interview, we continue this process until you select the perfect educator.

How long can I utilise the program?

The In Home Care Program is ongoing care, the In Home Care Support Agency assess each family each quarter.

Where do we service?

We are an approved Service Provider in VIC, NSW & QLD.

What are our hours of operation?

We are open to provide care to families every day of the year, 24/7 including Public Holidays. Please note Sundays, Public Holidays and hours that fall between midnight and 6am incur a larger out of pocket expense.

Can I use other child care services as well as In Home Care?

As long as your family doesn’t exceed your approved CCS hours you certainly can. Our suggestion is you log into your MYGOV account and list In Home Care as your priority, so if there are any out of pocket costs they will be allocated to IHC first and then your other forms of childcare. Other forms of childcare may include: child day-care, day centres and before/after school care.

Who does what?

Centrelink: This is where you apply for CRNS, activity test, and registration for CCS for each child and approved hours.

Support Agency: This is where your family will be assessed for In Home Care eligibility, you will also need to provide supporting evidence, the Support Agency approves families for In Home Care and allocated places/hours and connects you to a Service Provider.

Service Provider (us): We provide families with a quote, we register your family , we provide ongoing support and mediation between the Support Agency, the educator and the family.

What is Additional childcare subsidy (ACCS)?

Additional Child Care Subsidy provides additional fee assistance to support vulnerable or disadvantaged families and children. This support recognises the preventative and protective influence of quality child care on a child’s health, wellbeing and development; and the importance of continuity of care.

There are four types of ACCS:

  • Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing)—to help children who are at risk of serious abuse or unintentional neglect. (Apply through the Service provider, us)
  • Additional Child Care Subsidy (grandparent)—to help grandparents on income support who are the principal caregiver of their grandchildren. (Apply directly via Centrelink)
  • Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship)—to help families experiencing financial hardship. (Apply directly via Centrelink)
  • Additional Child Care Subsidy (transition to work)—to help low-income families transitioning from income support to work.  (Apply directly via Centrelink)

Am I eligible for ACCS?

If you meet any of the above criteria for any form of the four ACCS types you can apply. Grandparents, Temporary Financial Hardship, Transition to work are applied for through Centrelink, documentation will have to be provided. We as a service provider apply for child wellbeing ACCS once care has commenced. We require two forms of written evidence to be able to apply.

What needs to be completed before care can commence?

Before care commences for your family you will need to make sure you have been approved for the In Home Care program, you have CRNs and the correct CCS percentage for your child/children and you have selected an educator. It is very important that your CCS for each Child has been processed by Centrelink before care commences, to avoid paying full fees.

Why choose MLNA?

  • No registration fee
  • Only pay out of pocket fees
  • No penalty rates between 6am and midnight or on Saturdays
  • No penalty rates for shifts longer than 8 hours
  • The shorter the shifts the greater out of pocket expense, the longer the shift the cheaper it is per hour
  • We can do 3-12 hour shifts
  • Use up to 50 hours per week not just 38 hours
  • Victoria wide
  • We contact appropriate candidates from our database of over 8000 Educators
  • We create a personalised social media campaign to attract additional local candidates
  • You choose the Educator who suits your family the most

How do I become an In Home Care Educator?

Criteria for In Home Care Educators are as follows:

  • At least 18 years’ old
  • An Australian Citizen or a permanent resident or have a relevant visa to allow employment on a continuous basis for 12 months or more
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current WWCC
  • Police Check less than 6 months old
  • A minimum Certificate III level qualification in a relevant course, or be working towards a Certificate III qualification (for example Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care)
  • Active PRODA account

We then onboard you with the program as one of our employees.

Duties and tasks an educator can and cannot do whilst taking care of your child/ children

As per the In Home Care National Guidelines, please find below duties that are considered outside the scope of the In Home Care Program:

The following activities are outside the scope of IHC:

  • household chores such as cleaning, shopping and meal preparation, unless undertaken in relation to caring for the child/children in the session of care
  • education and care provided by unqualified educators, except where exemptions apply
  • support services not directly related to early childhood education and care, including parental support and disability support
  • multi-care (i.e. where care is provided for children from more than one family)
  • transport only (i.e. the session of care cannot be only for the purposes of transporting children)
  • any activities out of scope of CCS
  • allied health services
  • supervision of distance education and home schooling
  • respite care
  • Any other activities unrelated to early childhood education and care.

The educator can do any tasks that are related to the child/children.

Can we change educators?

For any reason that you may need to change educators we would complete a recruitment process and interview process again.

Can I be at home whilst the educator is around?

As long as the educator is with a child at all times throughout the session of care, it is definitely fine to be at home whilst the educator is there.

What are the minimum care hours and care periods we provide?

We have a 3 hour minimum for each shift that can go up to 12 plus hours. Please note shifts over 12 hours, that include a Sunday or fall on a public holiday, or hours that span between 12am and 6am, incur penalty rates. We have a minimum care period of 6 weeks, this includes adhoc shifts that occur on an on-going period.

How to register to become an In Home Care Family with our service?

To register your interest, please click here.
Or alternatively call one of our office staff on (03) 9576-7000 and we can assist you right away.

In Home Care Support Agencies

State/Territory IHC Support Agency Email address Phone number
Australian Capital Territory Marymead Child and Family Centre Support Email (02) 6162 5846
New South Wales NSW Family Day Care Association Inc. info@ihcsupportagency.org.au 1800 442 273
South Australia NSW Family Day Care Association Inc. info@ihcsupportagency.org.au 1800 442 273
Victoria Family Day Care Association Queensland Ltd Info@Inhomecaresupportagencyvic.org.au 1800 993 737
Queensland Family Day Care Association Queensland Ltd Info@Inhomecaresupportagencyqld.org.au 1800 993 737
Western Australia Wanslea Family Services Inc. Inhomecaresupportagencywa@wanslea.asn.au 1300 164 202
Northern Territory Wanslea Family Services Inc. Inhomecaresupportagencywa@wanslea.asn.au 1300 164 202
Tasmania Lady Gowrie Tasmania Inc. IHCSupportAgencyTas@gowrie-tas.com.au 1300 052 057

For more information please contact inhomecare@education.gov.au