To make it easier for child care providers and developers to deliver new early childhood education and care facilities across NSW, the NSW Government has made the following changes to the planning system:
These changes will not affect the requirement for early childhood education and care providers to apply for a Service Approval to operate a service. In NSW, the Department of Education is the regulatory authority which reviews and approves applications for Service Approvals.
The SEPP classifies the types of early childhood education and care facilities that can be assessed as exempt and complying development and those facilities that will need to go through the local development (DA) process. The SEPP and the Guideline contain key requirements from the national law so that new facilities are appropriately designed and built.
To support the changes, all Local Environmental Plans across NSW have been amended. The amendments:
The SEPP allows the following types of facilities to be considered as exempt development, as long as all planning controls have been met:
The SEPP aims to remove the duplication and inconsistencies that currently exist when constructing a child care facility and subsequently applying for a service approval.
Most early childhood education and care facilities are defined as centre-based child care. Centre-based child care facilities need to be assessed through the local development process.
To help child care providers, developers and councils to deliver new, high-quality early childhood education and care facilities, a child care planning guideline has been prepared. The planning guideline includes national and state planning controls as well as best practice design guidelines. A copy of the planning guideline can be viewed here.
Page last updated: 07/09/2017