For Parents

Learn more about our process and fees.

Enrolment Process and Fees

Childcare Fees

  • 0 to 3 years: $103 per day
  • 3 to 5 years: $98 per day
  • A once off registration fee of $50 is payable for each child (this includes a green Preschool hat and shirt).
  • Public holidays are charged at half the full day rate

Please Note:

  • Fees are payable via eDebit only and are processed every Wednesday from your nominated bank account or credit card.
  • Fees will be charged for the days your child is booked into care, including times of illness, holidays or if the day of attendance falls on a Public Holiday.

Enroling Your Child

  • 1 On initial contact with the centre, a Waiting List form is to be completed.
  • 2 Once your child has been accepted and registration fees have been paid, a commencement date will be given for your child to start attending.
  • 3 An Enrolment Form and Getting-to-Know you form need to be completed prior to your child’s commencement.

Orientation / Helping Your Child to Settle

Entry into an early childhood setting may well be your child’s first experience away from his/her parents and the home environment. We encourage parents and children to visit the centre prior to the first day of care. This gives the child and parents the opportunity to meet staff and other children, and become acquainted with the environment.

Please remember: you are welcome at all times.

Early Years Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principlespractice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.  The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.

Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming.

Belonging

Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.

Being

Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the signifi cance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.

Becoming

Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming refl ects this process of rapid and signifi cant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.

Learning Outcomes

The Framework conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through the following five Learning Outcomes: 

  • 1 Children have a strong sense of identity
  • 2 Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • 3 Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • 4 Children are confident and involved learners
  • 5 Children are effective communicators

Handbook, CCB & CCR

Parent Handbook

To download a copy of the parent handbook, please use the link below.

Waterford Early Learning Centre – Parents Handbook 2015

Rebates & Benefits

For more information about the Childcare Subsidy go to:-

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy