Child Care Services

Our programs

Further information

  • Out of school care centre
  • National Quality Framework

High-quality care 

Management and staff aim to provide high-quality care and enriching learning experiences for all children, in partnership with their families, and in accordance with theEducation and Care Services National Law (WA) Act 2012, Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012, and the National Quality Framework.

Priority of access

We operate under the Federal Government's Child Care Benefit (Eligibility of Child Care Services for Approval and Continued Approval) Determination 2000 scheme and comply with the Priority of Access guidelines [PDF, 54.68Kb].

Current UWA staff and students are also eligible for consideration of priority of access to places, with staff receiving first priority, then students and then the general community. Further information is available on request from the UWA Child Care Services office.

Our programs are inspired and guided by the unique interests, strengths and actions of all staff and children.

We emphasise creativity, imagination and lateral invention in our approach to creating a fun environment for the children in our care.

We believe that both the program and staff initiatives should reflect a deeply child-centred environment, which, at the same time, offers children developmental challenges appropriate to their age and levels of maturity.

Our vacation care program provides examples of the types of activities we offer, during state school holiday periods.

Staff-to-children ratios

We support the importance of staff-child ratios for all children in our Centre and offer appropriate ratios, dependent on the activities offered (as per Regulation 123; Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012).

  • After school care 1:13
  • Vacation care:
    • In-house/excursions/pools 1:10
    • Medium/high-risk/beach activities 1:5

Staff position themselves where they can see the children under their supervision, listen carefully to what is happening and know the children individually, so they can anticipate or respond to their needs. Staff will join in the children’s play and encourage them to try new experiences. All regular staff maintain current First Aid and Aquatic Rescue Certificates.

My time, our place

The School Age Care National Framework, ‘My Time, Our Place’, forms the basis of our programs.

Quality after school care and vacation care helps children develop life skills through play, thus enhancing learning experiences that stimulate and support children to develop and grow. It allows the child to develop good self-esteem and be involved in decision-making processes.

Staff engage in an ongoing process of creating programs in conjunction with children to ensure that all children are treated equitably and have the opportunity to express their interests.

We believe that by providing children with freedom of choice and offering a wide variety of opportunities, resources and interactions, we are creating and facilitating a developmentally appropriate environment where children will be encouraged to develop at their own pace. We appreciate the staff commitment to providing a child care service of the highest standard.