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


New Centre - more places

Goodstart Waurn Ponds Centre is ideally located at our Waurn Ponds Campus, close to the main campus entrance. The centre can provide places for up to 122 children and provides early education and care programs including nursery, toddler, vacation care and a government funded kinder program 5 days a week to university staff and students and local families.

The centre offers community and family spaces, natural environments and ample parking to support pick up and drop off.

To find out more about your local Goodstart centre or to arrange a free centre tour use the contact details below or visit Goodstart

Contact information

Priya Jain (03) 5243 9392

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. 


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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