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The Women's Childcare and Early Learning Services

The Women's Childcare Services and Early Learning Centre is a workplace-based facility that provides early childhood education and care and an integrated funded kindergarten program in the heart of the Parkville health precinct.

We provide care and education to children aged six weeks to six years whose parents work at the Women's, Frances Perry House, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Staff are kindly invited to join the waitlist here:

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We also offer occasional care, if places are available, to the children of patients of the Royal Women’s Hospital. Read more below, or enrol here:

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Services for patients

Occasional places are available for children whose parents are patients at the Women’s in Parkville. Advanced bookings are preferred, however, we try our best to accommodate last minute and emergency bookings.

The aim of our onsite education and care service is to offer patients peace of mind as they attend their clinical appointments. This care is available between 9am and 5pm. If you are a patient and you require extended hours of care for your child, please speak with the Manager Childcare Services.

You will need to provide your child’s Immunisation History Statement to enrol. To obtain your child’s Immunisation History Statement, please visit Services Australia.

Please Note: If your child has a diagnosed Anaphylaxis, Allergy, Asthma, Eczema or other medical condition, the appropriate management plan and medication must be brought in with your child. Please speak with the Manager of Childcare Services to discuss which plan you are required to have.

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Services for staff

The Women's Childcare Services and Early Learning Centre provides childcare and kindergarten at the hospital’s Parkville site for employees of the Women’s, Frances Perry House, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

We are a not-for-profit and wholly owned and operated by the Royal Women’s Hospital and registered to educate and care for children from six weeks to six years of age.

Employees can access casual and ongoing enrolments and our hours of operation are 6:45am to 5:45pm, Monday to Friday. Casual enrolments are by availability only.

Priority is offered to employees of the Women’s with remaining available enrolments offered to our precinct hospital employees.

Employees can join our waitlist and will be contacted with further information once applications are received.

You will need to provide your child’s Immunisation History Statement to enrol. To obtain your child’s Immunisation History Statement, please visit Services Australia.

Please Note: If your child has a diagnosed Anaphylaxis, Allergy, Asthma, Eczema or other medical condition, the appropriate management plan and medication must be brought in with your child. Please speak with the Manager of Childcare Services to discuss which plan you are required to have.

For more information, please visit the Women’s staff Intranet or contact the Manager Childcare Services.

Click here to join waitlist

Kindergarten program

The centre also offers an integrated funded kindergarten program. Funding for kindergarten is available for all children who turn four years by April 30 in the year they will attend kindergarten. The Victorian Government is investing funding for services to operate 3-year-old kindergarten in 2022. Children of patients who are attending the service for an extended period may be able to access kindergarten at the Women's. Please speak with the Manager Childcare Services to confirm your eligibility.

Our team

Our team of early childhood educators and teachers bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the Women’s. We are proud to be part of your child's learning journey and look forward to supporting the meaningful experiences they will engage in during their time with us.

Our team is made up of a diverse group of qualified industry professionals, each with different interests, values and philosophies which combined, drive our holistic and tailored programs. We embody the Women's values every day and strive to instil courage, passion, discovery and respect in our team and the children who are in our care.

The National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations sets out the minimum qualification and educator-to-child ratio requirements for children’s education and care services.

Our centre works within the following ratios at all times:

  • Birth to 24 months – 1:4
  • Over 24 months and less than 36 months – 1:4
  • 36 months up to and including pre-school age – 1:11
  • Over pre-school age – 1:11
Fees

Employee care fees:

  • Daily (1-4 days): $120.00 per day
  • Weekly (5 days): $110.00 per day

Please note:

  • Fees are quoted before Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
  • Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available if families are eligible and have been approved by Services Australia. To apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS), please click here.
  • Fees are payable via our direct debit payment system – Childcare EasyPay. Cash payments and salary deductions are not available for employee childcare.

Casual and Patient care fees:

  • 1-4 hours: $22.00 per hour
  • 5+ hours: $120.00 (8 hour day)
  • Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is not available on casual & patient care
  • Bookings are 2 hours minimum (fees non-refundable if you don’t utilise your whole session)
  • Fees are payable via credit & debit card only, charged via our direct debit payment system – Childcare EasyPay
  • Cash payments are accepted & payments can be made via the Cashiers office located on Ground Floor.

Please note:

  • Fees must be settled prior to the child’s physical attendance
  • If paying in cash, the receipt from the Cashiers office must be provided to the centre as proof of payment
Meals and Nutrition

Patient care meals:

For single session/day bookings, care does not include a hot meal (lunch). If your child is attending one or more days of care in a consecutive week a meal will be ordered from our caterer (The Royal Children’s Hospital).

The centre provides breakfast, morning tea & afternoon tea.

If your child is attending for a single session/day booking over the lunch period, please provide one sandwich. Approved fillings are:

  • Butter/Nuttelex
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Vegemite

Parents/Guardians must label their child’s lunch with the following:

  • Name
  • DOB
  • Ingredients

All food-related allergies/intolerances must be documented on the online enrolment If you forget to bring in a meal for your child, you will be asked to purchase a sandwich with the approved fillings above from Zouki Café located on Ground Floor of the Women's.

Employee care meals:

The centre provides breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as part of your child’s enrolment. Individual allergies and food related medical requirements are catered for and our friendly team will discuss this with you during enrolment.

What to bring?

Please ensure all belongings from home are labelled. The Women’s does not take responsibility for lost items.

Please bring the following items with you for your child’s stay with us:

  • Broad-brimmed sun hat 
  • Appropriate footwear (no thongs/crocs)
  • Sun smart clothing (no exposed shoulders)
  • A warm jacket/jumper to wear (important in winter)
  • A cool top/shorts/dress with sleeves (important in summer)
  • Drink bottle, formula/breastmilk (if needed)
  • Lunch (as described in the Meals and nutrition section above – patient care only)
  • A change of clothes (in case of toileting/food accidents and in the event of water play)
  • Nappy/Barrier Cream (if required)
  • One comfort item which may help your child to settle into their day

Nappies are provided for both patient and employee care.

Prams/strollers can be stored for you.


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