Have a question about Offspring Early Learning Centre? You may find the answer in our frequently asked questions section below.
If what you’re looking for isn’t there, please get in touch via the contact form, we’ll be happy to help.
How long is your waiting list at Offspring – is there space for my child?
At different times of the year, we do have a waiting list for some rooms in particular, but it is difficult to say how long it will take for a position to become available as this is determined on how old your child is, what days you are looking for and when you require the care.
If you need care immediately, it is well worth giving us a call as we may be able to accommodate your needs.
When our rooms have a full enrolment, children’s names will be placed on a waiting list. This also applies to a change of attendance days.
Our waiting list gives priority as per the DEEWR requirements. Once a position is available, parents will be contacted regarding placement.
I work long hours, what hours are you open?
Our centre is open from 6:30 am and closes at 6:30 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. We also close over the Christmas period for around 10 days and will provide this information many months in advance upon request.
Our centre has a secure system of sign-in and sign-out to ensure children are safe and sound every minute they are in our care.
What is included in the daily fees at Offspring?
Our daily fees include morning tea and afternoon tea (fresh fruit and vegetable platter), nappies for babies, sunscreen and a stimulating educational program.
We also provide free extracurricular activities in our centre including cooking, drama, dance, art classes and Lil Fi music classes.
Parents need to provide sheets for children who sleep, bottles for babies, a hat and change of clothes.
We also provide the option of tennis lessons and soccer lessons for children at our service on specific days carried out by external providers these are at the cost of the parent, if you are interested in finding out more please ask the centre director.
How old does my child need to be to attend your service?
We take babies from 6 weeks of age through to 5 years (preschool).
For info on the room groups for each centre please view the centre info for the specific room you would like to enrol with.
Are your staff qualified?
The number of trained staff we have on the premises is well above our legal requirements. Further information about this is available upon request from our centre director.
We strive to engage only the finest educators and have won awards for excellence in early learning education for our contribution to education.
Do you have a preschool program at Offspring Early Learning?
Yes, we do have a preschool program at Offspring Early Learning. Our preschoolers undertake a comprehensive transition to school program which covers all areas of development.
Does the centre provide meals?
We provide morning and afternoon tea only, our families provide the lunch meal for their children and any additional snacks they require throughout the day.
Do you provide government assistance?
Yes, we do offer Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) at our centre, find out more about the benefits by contacting the Family Assistance Office/Centrelink they will be able to determine what each family is eligible for.
More information on CCB and CCR is available online or ask your centre director for information.
Do I need to pack nappies and wipes in my child’s school bag?
Yes, our centre does provide nappies and wipes and will assist with toilet training for your child. We use quality nappies and wipes suitable for sensitive skin.
If you prefer specific items we welcome you to bring these along in your child’s bag and speak with your educator.
All items will be outlined in your handbook, if you have any questions about what to bring please feel free to give the centre a call ahead of your start date and we would be happy to assist.
How do I enrol?
We recommend you fill in our online enquiry form to enquire about a place for your child at Offspring. Should a place be available you will need to fill in all necessary enrolment forms ahead of your child’s start date at the centre.
A tour of the service is available if you would like to visit the service and meet the Director and educators, allowing you to get a feel for the place and ask any questions you may have.
Orientation is recommended if you would like to visit the service a few times before your child officially commences to familiarise them with the educators and service.