Child care

The Women’s Child Care Centre is a not-for-profit workplace child care centre that is operated by the hospital at the Parkville campus. We offer Long Day Care to the children of hospital staff and also occasional places for children of patients at the Parkville campus.

This service enables women to discuss their health care confidentially and without interruption or distraction. Our child care centre provides care for children from the age of 12 weeks to 7 years old.

The Centre is open from 9am-5pm for care for patient's children. Care can be provided for up to two hours per day, and longer care can be arranged by discussion with the centre coordinator.

Bookings are usually required. On occasions, it may be possible for patients to arrange child care at the centre without an advance booking. 

Our staff

Our staff are qualified and experienced child care workers. All staff work as a team to ensure that your child is cared for in a happy, active and safe environment.

What to bring

You will need to provide the following items for your child:

  • a packed lunch (recommended if your hospital appointment is in the morning)
  • a change of clothes
  • spare nappies
  • a pram or stroller, if required
  • a favourite soft toy is also helpful

First visit

Please download the child care enrolment form and bring the completed form on your first visit. The form can be filled in on your computer and saved, then printed and signed.  

You will need to provide: 

  • name, address and telephone number of your child's doctor
  • name and telephone number of an emergency contact person (other than yourself or your partner)
  • details of your child's immunisation

Information about paying fees

Patient Fee Rate (from the week beginning 26th March 2018): $22.00 per child per hour (or part of an hour).

All Fees must be paid for at the Cashiers Office before to using care at the Women's Child Care Centre. The Cashiers Office is on the Ground Floor behind the enquiry desk.

Fees will need to be paid in two – three hour blocks. Any unused full hours will be credited to your account for your next visit.

Please bring in your receipts to the Child Care Centre. Receipts will need to be presented on enrolment.

Parents may be eligible for reduced fees by applying for Child Care Benefit. We recommend that all families apply for a Customer Reference Number (CRN). 

This needs to be done before you begin Child Care. The family will receive a letter with their CRN’s and they will need to provide these to the Centre.

For further details contact the Government's Family Assistance Office by telephone on 136 150 or 132 413 and quote the Royal Women’s Hospital CCMS Approval ID Number 1-631-6358.

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