How do I enrol my child?

Drop in or call at any time for a tour.

Contact us by email indicating what days you require and age of child needing care.

What is the orientation procedure?

Parents are encouraged to bring their child for a play between 9am till 11am daily, to assist them in becoming familiar with a new environment and meeting the Educators.

All children and families are treated on an individual basis during settling in periods.

What does our service provide?

Eastwood Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten provides Care and Education for children, up to 52 weeks a year, with opening hours from 6.45am to 6.00pm.

  • Fresh fruit for morning and afternoon tea in Toddler and Kinder Rooms.
  • Nappies and wipes.
  • All experiences and incursions that are centre based.
What do I need to bring?
  • Change of clothes labelled and 2 plastic bags (when involved in hands-on play based learning your child will get messy!)
  • A sun smart hat, which covers your child's face, neck and ears.
  • Beanie and warm jacket and gumboots for outdoor play in winter
  • Bottles for breast milk/formula if required
  • Drink bottles, we encourage water
  • Sleeping/Rest needs (blanket, favourite toy)
What can I bring for my child’s lunch?

Healthy sandwiches, raw vegetables and dips, salads, wholesome muffins etc

Fresh, natural and nourishing foods give children the right fuel to play happily throughout their day.

A plastic and package free lunchbox (nude foods) are encouraged.

No nuts

What are the Educators qualifications?

At Eastwood Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten, Educators are creative, active listeners, embrace the Centre’s philosophies and share their unique skills and talents and are commitment to Early Childhood Education.

A minimum of Certificate 3 in Children’s Services is required for any position. All Lead Educators at Eastwood Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten are Diploma Qualified. Our Kindergarten program is facilitated by Bachelor trained Kindergarten Teachers.

All Educators have current Level 2 first aid certificate, including CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis as well as having a current Victorian working with children’s check card.

What are the Educator to children ratios at Eastwood Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten?

At Eastwood Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten, the ratios are:

  • 0 - 3 years: 1 Educator to 4 children
  • 3 - 5 years: 1 Educator to 11 children
What if my child gets sick?

Sometimes, if necessary, we may need to request that a parent come and collect their child who has presented signs of being unwell throughout the session.

Generally, if children are sick with something ‘catchy’- i.e. a cough, phlegm, or a runny nose, it is best that they stay home to recover and not spread the virus to others.

What activities are provided?

We highly value open-ended play during our time with the children and this is the foundation for our daily experiences. It’s this spontaneous play and exploration that forms our emergent curriculum.

How do I apply for Child Care Benefit?

Registering with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) can be done as follows:

In person: at Medicare offices or Centrelink offices
Internet: www.familyassist.gov.au
Phone: 13 6150 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)

They will assist you in receiving any Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate you may be entitled to and will provide you with a Customer Reference Number (CRN) for you and your child. 

Upon enrolment, you will be asked to add these numbers to the enrolment form.

What is the fee payment policy?

Before commencement each child must have a completed enrolment form. Once it has been confirmed there is a place available for your child, a holding deposit of $100 is required. This is non-refundable and is used towards your fees. We also require that fees be kept one week in advance.

Fees are payable by a Direct Debit System, the service debits families accounts.

A Direct Debit Request Agreement is required prior to starting. All fees are automatically debited on a fortnightly basis (Friday)