Child Care

Our dedicated team works with child care and family day care operators to guide their understanding of, and compliance with legislative obligations. As a result of our strong understanding of the industry, we advise clients on the stringent regulations relating to care programs, quality of care, and compliance with the Family Assistance Law. Our lawyers also advise on terms and conditions of employment and issues associated with managing staff, in addition to advice and representation in legal claims commenced by employees.

We are experienced in advising on disciplinary complaints, civil claims, regulatory prosecutions and Show Cause Notices and other interventions by regulatory authorities.

Key services

  • Workplace relations related areas including misconduct and performance management advice, preparing employment contracts and policies, advice on award coverage and leave entitlements, representation in unfair dismissal claims, adverse action claims and underpayment claims, restructuring and redundancy advice
  • Acquisition and sale of child care centres and businesses, including legal due diligence
  • Negotiating premises leases and lease disputes
  • Business restructures and advice on business and asset protection
  • Franchises and similar arrangements
  • Debt refinancing
  • Entering, exiting or establishing partnerships, including resolving partnership disputes
  • Business succession planning and advice
  • Regulatory issues relevant to education and child care services and professionals including responses to Show Cause Notices for cancellation or suspension of provider, service and CCB approvals
  • Applications for internal reviews of decisions of regulatory authorities
  • Applications for external reviews (Administrative Appeals Tribunals) of decisions of regulatory authorities
  • Delivery of training on regulatory issues including the Family Assistance Law