Frequently asked questions about childcare

Check our frequently asked questions, and if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact us on (08) 9266 7459 or childcare@curtin.edu.au.

Can I start my child later than the date you have offered?

Your child is able to start later only if full fees are paid for the offered days until your child commences.

What is the likelihood of a vacancy in mid-semester or second semester?

Most of the centre’s vacancies occur during January and February when the older children leave for school and the younger children move up to their next group. On occasion vacancies may occur when families leave the centre throughout the year.

Can I just take a couple of hours of the day?

You can use a couple of hours of the day, however the standard daily fee applies to the 10.5 hours the centre is open. Regardless of the amount of hours the children use, all are charged the daily rate.

Do I have to pay when my child is sick?

Yes, in order to retain the child’s place at the centre. However, childcare benefit is paid for up to 42 days per year when a child does not attend if there is not any approved supporting documentation such as a doctor’s certificate.

Can I take a tour of the centre?

Unfortunately the Curtin Early Childhood Centre does not offer tours. Once a place or position has been offered, a tour of the area can be arranged so that parents are confident about accepting their offer.

Can I drop by and visit my child?

Parents of current children are welcome at most times of the day and encouraged to call in whenever possible. As we are situated on a campus with beautiful lawns and gardens, some parents enjoy taking their children out for an occasional picnic lunch before returning them for the afternoon.

Educators often take the children for walks exploring the campus grounds with parent permission, and during the year there are a number of occasions when parents and grandparents are formally invited to morning or afternoon teas.

I'm breastfeeding - can I drop in to feed my child?

Mothers who are breastfeeding their babies are welcome to come into the centre to feed their babies.