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Enrolling your child

Students and staff attending ECU, and a proportion of the wider community are invited to enrol children from 4 weeks to school age.

Enrolments are accepted in accordance with the Commonwealth Government priority of access guidelines:

  • First priority: A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect.
  • Second priority: A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the “A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999”.
  • Third priority: Any other child. (At Mount Lawley and Joondalup campuses, priority of placement is given to ECU students and staff. Siblings of children already in attendance are also given priority.)

As the centres are located on educational campuses, vacancies usually occur at the beginning of each year, with some changes occurring during each semester. It is recommended that you also place applications with other child care centres to maximise your chances of gaining a place for your child.

How to enrol your child

Each centre maintains an enrolment waiting list for children. To enrol a child, please contact the centre.


It’s the responsibility of parents to contact the relevant centre should their contact information change. Failure to do so could result in applicants missing a vacancy if they’re unable to be contacted.

An application for enrolment is an application for the waiting list only. The centres cannot guarantee a place upon application. The length of time between joining the waiting list and receiving a place varies according to factors such as the date of application, the age of your child(ren) and the days of care needed.

When a vacancy occurs, the parent of the child next on the waiting list who is of a similar age and wanting alike days will be phoned and offered a place. If there are not as many days available as requested, parents are advised to take the days that are offered, as once in a centre, parents with wait-listed days are the first to be offered the extra days when they become available.

International students and staff

If you’re an international student, it is recommended that you enrol your child/ren before you leave your home country. Students and staff moving from overseas should be aware that a place may not be available by the time they arrive and alternative arrangements may have to be made.

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