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Child care options

On campus child care


Please visit Deakin and Community Child Care Centre Cooperative (DACCC) to find out more information about the child care services available at Burwood.


Building R, level 1, Melbourne Burwood Campus (near Entrance 2). Short-term car parking is available outside the main entrance to the Centre.

Contact information

Sally Young (03) 9888 0202


Up to March 2015

The Deakin and Community Child Care Centre provides day care from 8 am - 6 pm, Monday to Friday, for children up to six years of age. Care is offered on a full time, part time or occasional care basis.

The Centre proudly provides a range of creative and innovative programs which are planned and developed to give all children the opportunity to experience, explore, participate, feel, discover and enjoy their daily activities. These experiences promote freedom of choice, whilst encouraging children's increasing independence and self-esteem.

The staff at the Centre recognise the importance of ensuring the environment is one where security, trust and warmth can develop. The staff actively work towards generating a caring environment, where children are valued for their individual skills, personalities and sense of fun. The beautifully landscaped gardens and spacious grass areas, extensive playground equipment, large sand play areas and the shade cloths ensure the children have a safe yet challenging outdoor environment.


Building fi, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Contact information

Sally Moore (03) 03 5243 6933

After March 2015

New Centre - More Places

A new purpose-built early learning centre is currently being built on the Waurn Ponds Campus and is on schedule to open in March 2015. At 122 places the new centre will provide more than double the number of on-campus early learning and care places currently available to staff and students. Deakin staff and students will have priority access to places in the new centre.

To find out more about your local Goodstart centre or to arrange a free centre tour call 1800 222 543 or visit Goodstart

Places also available close to Waterfront campus

As an additional feature of the partnership we have formed with GoodStart Early Learning Deakin staff and students will also be provided with priority access Goodstart Geelong East and Goodstart Newtown which are close to the Waterfront Campus. 

Partnership with Goodstart early learning

The replacement of the existing ageing centre and expansion of service to Deakin families has been made possible through a partnership with Goodstart Early Learning. Goodstart was created by a partnership of four of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations who believe that access to quality early learning has the potential to transform Australia. The founding partners of Goodstart are Mission Australia; Brotherhood of St. Laurence; The Benevolent Society and Social Ventures Australia. The University advertised publicly for proposals to meet the future childcare and early learning needs of our community. The proposals were rigorously evaluated and it was determined that a partnership with Goodstart was the best long term option. Deakin is pleased to form a long term partnership with an organization that has a strong reputation for providing quality early learning and care and that also has social values closely aligned to our own.

2015 Transition arrangements

The new centre will open on 2nd March 2015. For families who currently use the existing on-campus centre Goodstart Early Learning will be operating in the existing on-campus child care from 12th January 2015 until the opening of the new centre.

Enrolments in the new centre

The new Waurn Ponds Centre will open from the 2nd March 2015. The new Waurn Ponds centre enrolments are now open to all Deakin staff and students.  If you are interested in enrolling your child/children at our new Waurn Ponds Centre please call Goodstart's Family Support Team on 1800 222 543. Goodstart will also host a number of family information sessions prior to the new centre opening in March 2015.

Existing center, parents and staff

Deakin and Community Child Care Centre (an independent Association) has provided care and service to the Deakin and broader Geelong community for 18 years. The service provided by the Volunteer Committee and the staff has been of the highest quality, a fact affirmed by many hundreds of parents, long waiting lists and formal assessment and accreditation. The University recognizes and applauds the wonderful contribution the Centre and all involved have made to the Deakin and broader Geelong Community. All families currently using the Deakin and Community Childcare Centre and those on the waiting list have been offered a place in the new Goodstart Centre and/or in the current centre during the transition period. Goodstart will be actively recruiting current staff to suitable roles in the new centre. The current centre will be decommissioned when the new centre is opened. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Sherwood Park Child Care Centre's operates from 8 am - 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Care is offered on a full time, part time or occasional care basis. The Centre operates 49 weeks per year closing during the Christmas/New Year period.

The Sherwood Park Child Care Centre philosophy states 'We aim to offer the highest quality care for children using the Centre. Working together we will be able to provide a secure, friendly environment, appropriate to your child's needs and contribute significantly to your child's early years.'

Sherwood Park adheres to the Food Safety Program in the preparation, presentation and serving of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late afternoon tea for the children using this service. Programs are designed around each individual child and his/her routine and learning experiences. The program is available for parents to discuss with staff.


Off Lodge Drive on the Warrnambool Campus.

Contact information

Suzanne Brown (03) 03 5561 3067

Important information

Registering for child care on campus

There is a sustained high demand for child care places nationally as well as at the Deakin University Child Care Centres. This high demand is reflected in the long waiting lists for each Centre, particularly at the Burwood and Geelong Centres.

Therefore, please register at your campus Child Care Centre as soon as you know you need care, even if times and days are not known, as places are in demand. It is recommended to register 12 months prior to care being needed, if possible.

Child care benefit and rebate

A range of payments and services are offered by the Australian Government's Department of Human Services to help families with the costs of child care. Assistance can differ for each family but may include the Child Care Rebate, Child Care Benefit and / or Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance.

For further information is available through the Department of Human Services, or through your local Centrelink office.

Deakin staff and salary sacrifice

Deakin staff have the added benefit of being able to salary sacrifice their child care fees. The Human Resources Division can provide more information.

National Quality Framework, regulations and selection

The National Quality Framework came into effect on 1 January 2012. The Framework aims to raise standards and quality within children's services through:

  • the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care ('National Quality Standard')
  • a national quality rating and assessment process
  • streamlined regulatory arrangements
  • a national body jointly governed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments—the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) — to oversee the system.

The system replaces state and territory licensing and quality assurance processes.

Each Centre develops its own policies in conjunction with staff and parents. Policies are dynamic documents and are revised regularly.

Each Centre is licensed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for a certain number of places in a particular age-group. So placement can depend on the following:

  • your child's age
  • available place in that age-group
  • what day/times will you need care

The Commonwealth Priority of Access Guidelines are primarily referred to when a service has a large waiting list and a number of parents competing for a limited number of vacant places. Each Centre should have its own policy on selection which also refer to these Guidelines..

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