Children’s Services

Our experienced team of qualified educators specialise in responding to the educational and care needs of all children, including early childhood education and care (long day care), out-of-school hours care, holiday programs, family day care and in-home care.

COVID-19: Communities@Work continues to work hard to support children, families, clients and our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of your children and our educators and staff. We have implemented increased hygiene, cleaning and other measures across all of our services to reduce the risk of infection and spread. Find out more about Communities@Work’s response to COVID-19

ACT Government Information about COVID-19
Information about the Child Care Relief Package

Out of School Hours Care (Before and After School Care)

Communities@Work delivers high quality, engaging, inclusive and fun before and after school care to over 2.500 children through our 15 Out of School Hours Care services.

At Communities@Work before and after school care, children are encouraged to meet and make new friends, and be active learners by trying new activities, including sports, incursions, excursions, music, cooking, gardening, construction play, drama, and arts and crafts.

Our families frequently tell us:

“We are constantly impressed by your educators’ professionalism, passion, dedication and care. We love the staff’s willingness to go above and beyond to provide high-quality care. My kids love the incursions, the wonderful educators, and their new friends.”

Some of the activities in our before school care and after school care services have included Book Week, Wellbeing Activities such as dance lessons, mindfulness classes, and confidence-building sessions, and Community Links such as participating in events like Red Nose Day and World Environment Day in the past.

At Communities@Work Out of School Hours (OSHC) program, no two days are the same, and yet they’re tailored to children’s needs and interests.  To find out more about what happens at an OSHC near you, search for your closest Communities@Work school at the bottom of the page using the search functionality and do not hesitate to stop by for a visit.





Child Care Centres

As the largest provider of children’s services in Canberra and the ACT region, Communities@Work provides the highest quality care from birth to preschool age for over 1,300 children through our child care centres. Our centres focus on creating a supportive and caring family and community environment, underpinned with a strong educational foundation that fosters well-being and a love of learning for your child.

Our qualified and experienced early childhood educators across our 12 child care centres create environments where your children feel safe to explore, grow and develop and learn through play. We offer a variety of educational activities and experiences for your children each day, including art and craft, sport and science.

Communities@Work’s educators are dedicated to leading practice and learning in early childhood education and care, and children at our child care centres experience a wide variety of activities such as Families Week events, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, and activities that connect to the local community and support our social programs to distribute food, gifts and toys to families in need. If you choose a Communities@Work child care centre, your child will learn from a broad range of experiences, including excursions, incursions, and positive community engagement, which form an integral part of our curriculum.

Communities@Work child care centres can be accessed across the Canberra region, including Richardson, Capital Hill, Parkes, Narrabundah, Wanniassa, Taylor, Isabella Plains, Ngunnawal, Stirling, and Greenway. For more information on each of these centres, please use the search functionality at the end of the page to find a child care centre of your choice.

We use MyWaitlist to manage our enrolments. If you are ready to begin your enrolment process, please click the button below.



Family Day Care and In-Home Services

Communities@Work Family Day Care and In-Home Care services deliver high quality small group education and care, provided in educator’s own homes and tailored to individual family’s needs.

Communities@Work supports over 85 family day care educators who are self-employed professionals, committed to children’s education, and to their own professional learning. Our coordination unit supports our Family Day Care educators, dedicated to leading practice and learning in early childhood education and care. Our educators have been praised for their passion, interest, and connection to the children by the families accessing our services.

Our family day care educators provides a flexible home learning environment, with qualified and passionate early childhood educators delivering a natural approach to play and discovery. Our family day care educators plan different and unique experiences for the children every day, such as art and craft, sport, science, and programs such as music therapy to support children to regulate their emotions.

Communities@Work Family Day Care is a two-time National Family Day Care Service of the Year Award winner (2015 and 2016). Our family day care service has also achieved a rating of Exceeding Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework. With so many of our family day care educators across Canberra and the surrounding NSW region, you are sure to find a service near you that suits your needs.

We use FD See to manage our Family Day Care enrolments. If you are ready to begin your enrolment process, please click the button below.


School Holiday Programs

Are the holidays approaching and you’re wondering how to keep the children entertained? Enrolling your children with Communities@Work school holiday programs, your children will enjoy an enriching out-of-school experience, with a new adventure every day!

Communities@Work School Holiday Programs offer a huge selection of fun and engaging activities across Canberra each school holidays, such as excursions to the movies, Questacon, inflatable obstacle courses, Big Splash, battle games and much more. Some of our popular incursions include interactive magic shows, creative gardening, sports events, and a large variety of other activities and experiences. Our qualified educators collaborate with children to ensure play, leisure and recreational activities are both safe and meaningful. Book into our school holiday programs for exciting learning and fun experiences for your children, at reasonable prices, and with our trusted, reliable and qualified educators.

Communities@Work July 2020 School Holiday Programs

Click here for details on our July School Holiday Programs, running across 10 locations in Canberra

Canberra school holiday programs Communities@Work

Running weekdays over the July school holidays, our programs focus on fun, which is especially important for children during this challenging time of COVID-19. We will provide a welcoming and entertaining environment that will encourage children to meet and make new friends, try new things, and participate in a variety of engaging activities that delivers a new adventure every day.   

With a focus on fun, Communities@Work School Holiday Programs will encourage your children to meet and make new friends, explore new experiences and develop a lifelong love for learning. From themed days, art and craft, cooking, drama, sport, and science, our school holiday program activities cater to an array of children’s needs and interests with professionalism, dedication, and care. If you choose Communities@Work School Holiday Programs, you will have peace of mind knowing your child is in safe hands and is enjoying an exciting new adventure every day.

Bookings for July 2020 School Holiday Programs are open

Our programs are very popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our School Holiday Programs page to check out the latest program and calendars of upcoming holiday activities for children. Visit our Enrolment Enquiry Page to begin your application for July 2020 School Holiday Programs.

We are developing a program full of fun and exciting activities, that will be flexible and adapt as needed. We will continue to be guided by the latest regulatory advice from the ACT Government and ACT Health, as ensuring the safety of your child is paramount. 

For more information on bookings and billing, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for School Holiday Programs



At Communities@Work, we understand that families are looking for child care services that are filled with friendly, caring and approachable educators who are professional and attuned to the needs and capabilities of all children.

Our people value the strong partnerships we have with all our families. Taking the time to get to know each and every family allows us to provide programs and environments where every child is safe and feels like they belong.

We are guided by the National Quality Framework, which raises quality and drives continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services. For more information on the framework please visit

For more information about Communities@Work and our services, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


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