Quality childcare is within reach

UnitingCare has a range of early childhood programs, services and resources that can respond to the particular requirements of outback families and are designed to be delivered in a nurturing, home-based environment.


Our educators can travel to your home, or support you remotely with support packs, advice by phone and through a range of emailed resources.

See how UnitingCare’s rural and remote educators support outback families.

Remote Family Care Service

  • Looking for a short-term early learning program to be delivered on your property?
  • Our qualified educator will come to your home for up to three weeks
  • This service is available to children aged up to and including five
  • Overview

    The Remote Family Care Service is the only service of its kind in Queensland, providing short-term early learning programs for children aged up to and including five who, due to where they live, cannot access mainstream early childcare services. You may be entitled to government assistance to access this service.


    The aim of the program is to provide outback children with an opportunity to engage in an early learning program for up to three weeks, delivered in the nurturing environment of their own home.


    The service is available across regional, rural and remote Queensland.

  • Contacts

    To request a short term placement or find out more, contact:


    Remote Family Care Service

    Ph: 0407 629 769

    Email: rfcsadmin@uccommunity.org.au

Remote Area Families Service (RAFS)

  • Keen to access early learning services without having to travel?
  • Our educators can travel to you to provide a home visit, a mobile playgroup and resources
  • This service is available to children aged up to and including five
  • Overview

    The Remote Area Families Service (RAFS) provides a unique, mobile, early childhood program with an emphasis on children aged up to and including five who do not have access to any other early childcare services. Enrolment in the program is voluntary and free of charge.


    Our early learning educators can travel to your home to provide a range of play-based activities and family support services. For example, why not get a group of fellow parents and their pre-schoolers together at your home and book our mobile playgroup to come to you? Or you can request a home visit from our professional team, who can tailor their approach to best suit your child.

  • Home visits

    In a home visit, our team of qualified educators will come to your home for a morning or afternoon visit and stay overnight. As part of the visit, we look at the family’s and children's interests, strengths and challenges, in order to determine what sort of assistance is required. This individualised support will involve a program of activities for the children and parents (this can include group activities, as well as discussions with parents). We can also refer families to extended services and support.

  • Early Education Events - Playgroups

    Staying in touch with other children is a wonderful way for your child to learn and develop. Group activities such as playgroups are a great way to get kids interacting, playing and socialising with their peers, and they’re perfect for parents too. Being able to talk to other parents, particularly with children of the same age, you can share your experiences, issues and tips with dealing with your child’s developmental leaps and ages which makes the parenting journey all that more enjoyable and easier. We can help you set up a playgroup in your own community – we’ll assist by providing support, ideas and resources.

  • Family resources

    Early childhood is a crucial stage in the learning journey, so it’s important that children and families have the right support. We can provide:

    • Quarterly newsletters
    • Support packs
    • Play-based activities at community events and open days
    • Toy library and parent resource library
    • Quarterly newsletters
    • Support packs
    • Information and advice (by phone or email)
    • Referral to other services
    • Activity and kit boxes
    • Arts and crafts
    • Information packs
    • Toy and parent book resources
  • Contacts

    RAFS operates from five key bases and services a large number of bordering regions. For more information contact your local RAFS team:

    Charleville – Roma, Dirranbandi, along NSW border, Betoota, Windorah, Tambo, Injune, all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 922 815

    Email: charleville.rafs@uccommunity.org.au


    Emerald (based in Mackay) – Charters Towers, Nebo, Taroom, Bymount, Tambo, Alpha, Duaringa, back to Charters Towers, all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 932 958

    Email: emerald.rafs@uccommunity.org.au


    Longreach – Charters Towers, Jericho, Tambo, Windorah, Kynuna, Richmond, along the Flinders Highway and all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 963 603

    Email: longreach.rafs@uccommunity.org.au


    Mt Isa – Queensland areas of Normanton, Neila, Kynuna, Birdsville, the Northern Territory border, the Gulf of Carpentaria. Northern Territory areas:

    Camooweal, Three Ways, Elliot, Cape Crawford and all areas in between

    Phone: 0439 912 957

    Email: mtisa.rafs@uccommunity.org.au


    North Queensland (based in Mareeba) – Charters Towers, Maxwelton, Richmond, Normanton, Coen, Laura and all areas in between

    Phone: 0447 115 083

    Email: nq.rafs@uccommunity.org.au

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