How to enrol
If you are interested in a place for your child at Salamander Child Care Centre we encourage all families to visit the Centre prior to placing themselves on the waitlist to ensure our philosophy and the Centre suits their families’ expectations and needs.
Tours of the Centre can be made Monday to Friday between the hours of 10.00am to 2.00pm. Please phone to make an appointment on 02 4982 0777.
Please fill out the Waitlist Form available on our website or you can fill out a Waitlist form at the Centre. Your application will then be placed on the Waitlist according to the ‘Prority of Access’ system depending on your family situation.
Once a vacancy becomes available within the Centre we offer the vacancy to the appropriate family in line with the Priority of Access Guidelines (see below).
Once a space is available
Families will be contacted if and when a place becomes available. An enrolment package will be sent to families detailing how to accept the position, documentation required and how to pay the refundable bond. We will request a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and Immunisation History Statement (issued by Medicare). Your child will not be permitted to start at the Centre unless their immunisations are up to date.
Upon enrolment families are provided with the opportunity to share information with their child’s Educators. We encourage you to inform the staff about your family culture, your child’s strengths, interests and routines. This information will become the basis of their education plan.
Priority of Access
As the major portion of our funding comes from the Federal Department of Family and Community Services we are bound to their guidelines on priority of enrolments.
We are required to fill available places using a priority system.
The priority of access stipulates that there must be evidence of priority. This means that workforce participants must produce evidence of their employment.
Studying parents must provide study hours, while parents looking for work must provide evidence of registration with an employment agency and active involvement in obtaining work.
We are very proud to carry the rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standards’ in 4 of these quality areas with an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards.
Children at risk of serious abuse or neglect. This includes children in Foster Care.
Workforce participants – where a single parent or both parents are either employed, are seeking employment or studying/training for future employment.
Special consideration will be given to those families within each group who have a child or parent with a continuing disability or incapacity, whose CCB percentage is 100%, who are from an indigenous or Non-English speaking background, single parents and children in socially isolated families. Siblings of children already enrolled will also be given priority for a position.