In home care support agency

Helping families access flexible child care at home in Western Australia and the Northern Territory

In home care is a government-approved national program that helps eligible families access flexible child care in their own homes when other options are not available or appropriate. These families may work non-standard or variable hours, live in a geographically isolated area away from other types of approved care; or have complex or challenging needs.

As the support agency for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Wanslea’s role is to:

  • Assess families’ suitability for in home care
  • Connect families with in home care services and educators
  • Provide referrals to other approved child care support services
  • Create and review Family Management Plans with each family
  • Advocate for families
  • Monitor the provision of in home care services
  • Provide guidance, resources and professional development to educators
  • Provide a support forum to educators in each state and territory
  • Handle complaints from services, educators and families

How it works

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1. Expression of interest

Families will complete an online application form or contact the in home care support agency in their State to enquire about the program.

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2. Family Management Plan

We’ll work with each family to assess their application and develop a Family Management Plan. The Family Management Plan is a document capturing the family’s child care requirements, including each child’s education and care needs.

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3. Contact services

If the family is eligible for the in home care program, we’ll email them a list of service providers in their area. Families can then contact each service to find out more about fees, policies and procedures, and educator availability.

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4. Wait to be matched

All families are placed on the in home care support agency waitlist. Service providers monitor this list and advise when they can match a family with a suitable educator.

5. Connect with an educator

Once a place is available, the service will connect the family with a qualified educator who meets their needs. Supported by home visits and regular communication from the service provider, educators will create and implement an educational care program that caters to each child’s needs.

Contact Wanslea
Contact the in home care support agency to ask any questions you might have.
Need Support?
You can request the use of an interpreter or
we can refer you to a teletypewriter service.
Feedback and complaints

Your experiences are valuable in helping the in home care support agency to understand the impact of in home care services. If you believe your rights have been violated, are unhappy about a decision made on your behalf, or have been subjected to unfair or discriminatory behaviour, please let them know. The agency also welcomes you to share anything that can be implemented, improved upon or continued for the future benefit of the program.

Our feedback and complaint process is confidential, and you can remain anonymous.

The In Home Care Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment as part of the Child Care Package.