1. POLICY STATEMENT
This policy has been developed to ensure fair and equitable access to education and care. The Centre aims to respond to the needs of the local community and to be inclusive of all children and families. As there will usually be more families requesting access than there are places available, there will be clear guidelines for the management of the wait list and for the allocation of places.
Our Centre will:
2. STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION
A computerised waiting list will be maintained. Families apply for a place by completing a wait list form and paying a non-refundable administration fee of $20 per child. Payment of this fee does not guarantee placement.
The completed form will be filed according to the following criteria:
The responsibility of remaining in contact with the centre regarding placement lies with the family. The family may telephone to advise the centre of any changes to contact or placement details, and to enquire when a place is likely to become available. Failure to advise of changes to information could result in loss of a placement at the centre.
A child will remain on the list for up to twelve months after the preferred date of enrolment as indicated on the application form. Beyond that time, unless the family contacts the Centre to extend the application, the child’s name will be removed from the list.
Families will be contacted by telephone when an offer of a place is to be made. This can happen at any time during the year. If the family cannot be contacted after two attempts this will be noted on the list before moving to the next family.
An offer may be temporarily declined without jeopardising the position on the list. The position on the list will be held for either a period of six months or for another two offerings of placement. If after this time the position is not accepted the application will be removed from the list.
Families with a child already in the centre who wish to increase days will also be required to complete a re-enrolment form to increase care. These applications will be filed according to the criteria noted above.
The Centre will use the Priority of Access Guidelines to prioritise the wait list and to allocate available education and care places to families.
The Priority of Access Guidelines followed by Long Day Care and Outside School Hours Care services are set by Family Assistance Law. These are:
Within these three priority categories, precedence should also be given to children in:
Whilst these guidelines are in priority order, child care needs are also assessed at the discretion of the Nominated Supervisor, based on:
a. The benefit to the child and family
b. The alternative arrangements reasonably available to achieve that benefit.
Families classified as low priority (non-working parents or two parent families with one working parent) can be required to reduce their hours at the centre should a family classified as a higher priority require care. This would only be done in exceptional circumstances and after consultation with the parents or guardians.
The Centre endeavours to meet the needs of the children and families in our community while complying with the above guidelines.
3. LEGISLATION AND CONSIDERATIONS
4. SOURCES AND RELATED POLICIES
Policy adopted: 12 March 2015
For review: March 2017