We have responsibility for education and care services, as well as providing information and support to assist parents choose a child care option and make informed decisions about the quality of education and care offered to their child.
Regulation of education and care services
The Department for Communities is responsible for approving and monitoring education and care services through our Education and Care Regulatory Unit (the Regulatory Unit).
The Regulatory Unit contributes to the quality of child care in Western Australia by ensuring education and care services comply with the Education and Care Services National Law (WA) 2012 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012 .
Finding the right child care
To help families with choosing the right type of child care for their child What About Child Care? guides and checklists are now available - see Education and Care Options.
Children’s services officers and parenting coordinators can also help with information about local services, finding a service that is right for a child, ideas to help settle a child into education and care and how to have positive relationships with child carers.
To help parents make an informed decision on the quality of education and care offered to their child the department publishes Enforcement Actions, where an approved service is found to be seriously non-compliant with the Education and Care Services National Law (WA) 2012 and Regulations.
If you have concerns about an education and care service please contact the Regulatory Unit.
t: (08) 6210 3333 or freecall 1800 199 383