Early Childhood Education and Care

UNSW Early Years

UNSW considers the accessibility of high quality early education and care to its employees, to be one of the key factors in attracting and retaining staff.
UNSW Early Years owns and operates four early learning centres situated on or near the Kensington campus:
  • Kanga's House
  • House at Pooh Corner
  • Tigger's Honeypot
  • Owl's House
Staff working at the Kensington campus, UNSW Art & Design (Paddington campus), as well as non-UNSW staff are able to use these centres - download the brochure for more information. Places at UNSW Early Years centres are limited. It is important that you place your unborn or newly born baby's name on the central waiting list for UNSW's centres as soon as possible, and consider centres close to your place of residence. Staff with children at UNSW Early Years centres may be able to salary sacrifice their childcare fees.  
Settling Your Child into Childcare
If possible, allow for a slow transition to child care in the weeks / months before your return to work. Some centres are happy for you to spend short periods of time with your baby (at the centre) before you're officially enrolled, which can be reassuring for both parent/s and baby/ies.

Other early childhood education and care options

Government website
The mychild.gov.au website is Australia's online childcare portal. On this website you will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centres in your local area. In many cases, you will also be able to find the services' vacancy and fee information. This site also has information and links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.
Family Day Care
This is a childcare service where care is provided for small groups of children (usually four to six) in the home of an approved carer. Carers register with their local government coordination unit and are matched with families based on care requirements. Area coordinators work closely with carers by monitoring the carer along with details of groups and vacancies in the area. Family Day Care is available for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years and may be able to provide flexible hours to suit a variety of situations.
Private Nanny
There are many agencies listed online. At present, staff/students are unable to claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) or Child Care Rebate for the service of a Nanny.
Vacation Care
Often local councils will provide public vacation care for children during the school holidays. For information on options in the Kensington area please visit the Randwick City Council website. For other areas, please visit your relevant council's website.
Care for Kids
Care for Kids website has a primary goal of supplying families with high quality information about early childhood education and care and helping parents seach for care quickly and easily

UNSW Canberra staff

ACT Early Childhood Education and Care Resources
Since 2009, five public early childhood schools have been available to Canberra families. The early childhood schools are located in:
Each operates as early learning and development centre providing integrated services for children (birth to 8 years) and their families. These schools are an innovative and exciting addition to public education provision in the ACT. For further information visit the ACT Government Education website.

Children on campus

Children from the UNSW child care centres occasionally visit the UNSW campuses, primary school children attend a range of vacation programs and staff / students may occasionally need to bring their children onto campus. Under NSW's Work Health and Safety Act 2011, employers have an obligation to ensure the health safety and welfare of employees and other people who enter the workplace.
The Children on Campus Policy outlines the circumstances were bringing your child to work would generally be acceptable and the steps you need to take to ensure the safety of your child whilst they are on site.  It is important that children visiting the campus are not exposed to any hazards or cause a disruption to the activities of the University.