Occasional Care & Family Day Care

 85 Kite Street, Orange
 02 6393 8670

Occasional Care

When you need us, we’re here!

Occasional Care Cottage is a community-based, not-for-profit centre within Orange City Council’s Children’s Services Network. We provide flexible child care in an emergency, short-term or on a temporary basis for children aged between six weeks and five years.

  • We can offer child care from one hour up to seven hours a day.
  • Our hourly rate is  $11.00 per hour to CCS eligible families and $9.75 per hour to proven non eligible families.
  • We are open Monday to Friday.
  • Our qualified staff care for your children (siblings can be together) in our home-like cottage , found in the Orange CBD. Parking is conveniently located right alongside the centre in the Woolworths car park.

Bookings can be at short notice. We have parents who use our service for shift work changeovers, casual work, attending courses and most importantly, to help their children to develop social skills in an independent way.

Our program is designed to empower children through developmental play activities such as individual and group play, art, craft, puzzles, books, music and literature. These activities are aimed at engaging the interest of each child to further enhance their skills, build confidence and resilience in a safe and enjoyable environment.

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Family Day Care

Operating in Orange for over 30 years, Orange Family Day Care Scheme is a respected, home-based child care service that provides quality care for children from birth to 13 years of age, in the homes of qualified Family Day Care Educators.

The program is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation supported by the Council’s Family Day Care Coordination Unit, which works within the policies and infrastructure of Orange City Council.

Family Day Care offers care and education in a small group setting.

This allows children to develop a close relationship with one educator, and to enjoy social interactions with children of mixed ages.

Could you become a Family Day Care Educator?

Orange Family Day Care Scheme routinely seeks expressions of interest from people who are creative and energetic and want to be part of a professional child care team.

Pre-service training is provided, along with ongoing professional development and support.

If you want to run your own business from home, and are seeking a personal and professional challenge, this could be the career choice for you.

Educators provide care for small groups of children in their own homes and are supported by staff within the Co-ordination Unit.


The Co-ordination Unit

  • assists parents and educators with placement of children,
  • provides training and resources to educators,
  • ensures educators follow the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the scheme’s Policies and Procedures,
  • support educators in their participation in the National Quality Framework, and
  • provides information and support to families who use the service.

We require Educators who can provide:

  • full-time care
  • part-time care
  • shift work
  • evenings and weekends
  • care in the child’s home

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    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday: 8:30am till 4:30pm

    Our service is designed to allow you to attend appointments, go shopping or just to have a little break.


    • Wheel chair access
    • Accessible toilet