Children & Families
New Early Learning & Care Centre (ELCC) in Bondi Junction
Waverley Council received funding to build a purpose built 52 place Early Education Centre, Mill Hill Early Education Centre, at 25 Ebley Street Bondi Junction. With hundreds of families on our child care waitlists this is an exciting new initiative delivering affordable care to working families in the heart of Bondi Junction.
mainly cater for children aged 0-5 whose parents work. They open at least 8 hours per day, 49 weeks of the year. Care can be part time or full-time and children may stay for shorter periods though, there are usually minimum hours of attendance per day. A varied educational program is provided as in pre schools. In practice very few centres cater for 0-2 year olds and it may be difficult to find a place for a child who is under 3. Parents are always advised to put their child’s name on a number of waiting lists as early as possible. Centres may be non profit making and run by a community organisation or Council, or may be privately run.
Pre-Schools and Kindergartens
are usually open between 9.00am and 3.00pm during school terms only. Care for 3-5 year olds is provided on a sessional basis either as a morning or afternoon session or a full day, with some centres offering both. In Waverley, pre-schools offering a shorter day program are government subsidised, fees are based on a means test.
is a government funded and licensed service. Children are cared for in small groups of up to 5 children in the Educators’ own home. Educators are available in a variety of locations, contact Waverley Family Day Care service for more information. Flexible arrangements are possible ie full day care, part-time (Carers charge for a minimum of 7 hours per day), before and after school care and limited emergency care. All Educators are registered and the service provides supervision and support for them through the Coordination Unit and from Child Development Officers who visit Educators regularly. The scheme also provides play sessions for Educators and children registered with Waverley Family Day Care.
Eligible families could claim Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate when attending Waverley Family Day Care.
Waverley Family Day Care is licensed by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and complies with the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.
is provided for short periods of time on an occasional or emergency basis. At some centres this may be limited to a session or a few hours per week. Parents may be able to use this type of care on a regular basis and for whole days. It is ideal for shopping or appointments or for providing a necessary break.
Private Home Based Carers
are licensed by the Department of Community Services (State Government) to care for up to 5 children in their own homes. Phone the Department on 9245 1666 to check current licenses. In the Waverley area there are 15 such carers in a variety of locations. Most cater for under 3’s. Hours vary, as do fees.Childcare Benefit is not available.
provides direct services to children and families through 4 Long Day Care services, a Family Day Care services and a Family and Community Support Worker.
Council also subsidises a number of community based children’s services. Assistance with identifying local needs and planning new services is available from Community Workers. Information is provided on child care and community services.
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