Occasional care services are generally small centre’s with a philosophy that encourages family grouping; this means siblings are not separated. The flexible hours of an occasional care service allows parents the opportunity to introduce their children to care by enrolling them for short periods of time.
When you use occasional care services, you pay only for the hours you use.
Occasional care is an essential service to your community by providing quality care to meet your needs.
Definition of Occasional Child Care
Occasional Care (OCC) is a centre-based form of child care. OCC services are responsive to the needs of the general community and provide flexible care which allows parents to meet their work-related and non-work related commitments. Families can access OCC regularly on a sessional basis, or irregular. OCC services do not offer full-time, all day care except in extenuating circumstances. OCC provides families with the flexibility to leave children in a early childhood learning environment on days and hours that best meets their needs. OCC can provide care at short notice and immediate emergency care. OCC services charge fees that reflect the amount of time a child spends in care. OCC is available to all children, however most of the children in care will not have started school.
As a peak body we are a representative organisation that aims to provide information and dissemination services, membership support, resources, advocacy and representation, research and policy development for our members, in occasional child care community and other interested parties.
– To liaise with and seek opportunities to meet with government and non government organisations
– To establish and see out occasional child care networks and affiliations in Australia
State and Territory Advisory reference groups
OCCA aims to establish occasional child care reference groups within each state and territory and their interactions, OCCA will represent occasional child care on a national level, We aim to develop the reference groups through inviting OCCA members, occasional child care services and other members of the Occasional child care community.