The Curtin University Early Childhood Centre provides nurturing, learning-focused programs based on play for the children of Curtin students, staff and the wider community. It’s located on the Perth Campus and caters for children five years old and under.

About the centre

The quality of care in the centre is based on respect for each child and assisting children to build trust in others and themselves. The centre provides a warm and caring environment where your child can learn and grow. The curriculum is designed to assist children to become lifelong learners.

An educator sitting with a child

All staff have qualifications in children’s services or education, and all the children’s rooms have a number of staff providing care and education to the children. Two early childhood teachers provide a kindergarten program to three- to five-year-old preschool areas.

The Centre offers places for children under two years old in two nurseries. There are also two groups for two- to three-year-old children, and two groups for three- to five-year-old children.

As demand for the centre is high, priority is given to Curtin students and staff.

Opening hours

Generally, the opening hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6:00pm.

As all children must have left by 6:00pm, we request parents to collect their children by 5:50pm so they can have an informative handover from the Educators about their child’s day.

Public holidays

Public Holidays are part of the weekly fee and all days must be paid for even if the centre is closed, except at the December/January closure period. However, the centre opens for the Labour Day public holiday if it falls in the academic semester and Curtin is open.

December/January closure period

The centre usually closes for three to four weeks over this period so that large maintenance projects can be completed. When this closure occurs, fees are not charged for the period of closure.

Fees and charges

Parents will need to ring the centre on +61 8 9266 7459 for current fee enquiries as it can change twice a year.

The Early Childhood Centre is an Approved Child Care Service, therefore the Australian Government subsidises child care for many of the children that attend. The level of subsidy is based on each family’s eligibility and gross income. To find out if families are eligible they need to register a Centrelink online account through myGov and submit an Activity assessment to register.

If a family is eligible, the Commonwealth Government assesses the income through the Department of Human Services. Once a place is offered to a family it is advisable to talk to the centre’s administration staff about this process.

For more information, visit the Department of Education’s website.

Accreditation assessment

Curtin University is registered as a Provider for the centre and the centre is approved to provide childcare with the Government of Western Australia, Department of Communities.

The centre is registered to be assessed for Accreditation purposes through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

This Accreditation system is designed to monitor the quality standards of a service. It assists with the identification of aspects of quality practices already in place while also identifying areas of practice for continual improvement. It is a system reliant on reflective practice as individuals and as members of a team working to provide the best care and education for the children.

The assessment process is based on the National Quality Standards together with the Education and Care Services National Regulations and is managed through the Government of Western Australia‘s Department of Communities.

Health and hygiene

A health and hygiene focus is extremely important to the care of the children, especially when in group care. Good food nutrition and acknowledgement of dietary requirements are provided by a full-time chef, with children encouraged to try different foods.

Educators are vigilant with their hygiene standards and encourage the children to practice good hygiene. The centre follows the Western Australian Department of Health Communicable Disease Guidelines and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Staying Healthy in Childcare when there is an outbreak of a communicable disease.

Partnering with parents

The centre values its partnership with parents who place their children in its care and encourages the regular exchange of information about the children so that the care and education provided can be tailored to each child’s strengths and interests.

A centre for everyone

Research has stated that a child’s development is closely linked to the quality of their experiences and relationships with others. As the centre is situated on a university campus, the children who attend often come from very different cultural backgrounds that enrich the program. An inclusive approach is provided for all the children who attend the centre.

Providing routine and developing independence

Although there are limitations that are associated with group care, the nurseries provide specialised individual care around the daily routines of feeding, sleeping and nappy times for the children. Developing independence and self esteem are at the core of the centre’s program together with building curiosity, accepting challenges, and problem solving skills.

Continuity of care

The centre endeavours to keep groups of children together for the year, moving children as a group when they change rooms at the beginning of each year. At this time we undertake to move a familiar educator from their group up with the children to their new environment, providing continuity of care that is important in providing security to children.

Policies and procedures

The Early Childhood Centre follows the policies and procedures of Curtin University, however there are many other policies and procedures that are relevant to the centre that are continually developed and reviewed.

The Early Childhood Centre’s Policy and Procedure Manual is available for all parents and prospective parents to read. Copies are located in Reception and the children’s rooms. These polices reflect the centre’s philosophy, the principles, as well as the values and procedural requirements of the centre. Parents’ input is always gained before any compulsory policy is changed from a draft format. The following are a couple of statements from the centre’s philosophy that guides the policy development:

  • We recognise the need for young children to have a comfortable and secure transition from home life to group care by offering a warm and friendly environment.
  • A good working relationship between families and staff is created to provide a strong link between home and care that is reflected in the centre’s programs.

If you wish to view the current Policy and Procedure Manual, please contact us.

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