Alternative Care provides care and education to all children aged 8 weeks to 6 years. Alternative Care is specifically a mixed age range; it is primarily a family grouping experience.
We have a dedicated and qualified team of staff to ensure children receive the highest standard of care. The program is based on the individual interests and the developmental needs of every child.
A range of stimulating and diverse activities and experiences are offered to children to enhance their creativeness, social interactions and independence. The Alternative Care program offers an additional complementary service to Long Day Care and funded Kindergarten program.
Completed Enrolment Forms and Immunisation Details must be provided at the office prior to enrolment. Forms are available in the centre alternatively you can download the form below.
The fee is charged for the entire session. Families are encouraged to attend at 9.15am to assist children with settling and receiving the most benefit from the available program, Alternative Care is approved for Child Care Benefit.
To receive CCB please contact Centrelink on 13 61 50
Families must bring their Assessment Notice to the Centre to receive CCB.
All fees are to be paid at the end of each session.
Payment can be made by EFTPOS, cheque, money order, direct deposit or Centrepay deductions. CASH is not accepted.
Alternative Care is supported by a range of child and family services including Maternal Child Health Nurse, Laverton Community Centre and Neighbourhood House and Laverton Education Centre, we encourage families to access these services. The foyer area often displays local events and services.
Releasing children from our service
Children will not be released to anyone other than those previously authorised by the parents/adult guardians on the Enrolment Form. The service must be notified if someone other than those nominated are collecting child/children and photo identification must be presented.
Late pick up
If children are not collected on time, staff will transition them to the Long Day Care program. Parents will incur any additional costs associated with this program.
Accident and Medication Book
Staff will notify a parent/adult guardian in a timely manner if children are involved in an accident or incident. Staff will complete the appropriate reports for a parent/adult guardian to sign upon arrival.
If your child requires medication, the appropriate forms must be completed and signed when the child is collected.
DO NOT leave any medications in your child’s bag.
If your child suffers from Asthma or Anaphylaxis, parents/adult guardian must complete the appropriate management form.
When your child is enrolled at the centre you will be given a security code to enter the building. Please keep this code safe to ensure all our children are kept safe.
What to Bring to Alternative Care
Drink Bottle, Wide Brimmed Sun Hat or a Beanie, Change of clothes, Nappies – Wipes – Creams (For younger children) , Milk Bottles(for younger children).
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are all supplied by the service