Children's Centres

Childcare Centres; little girls in tunnel

If you're a parent and need child care assistance while you study, or a member of the community looking for first-class childcare, we can help.

TAFE NSW in the Illawarra region has Children’s Centres located at TAFE NSW Shellharbour and TAFE NSW Wollongong which are available to our students and the community.

As a TAFE NSW student, you have access to our Children's Centres where you will find qualified educators who can look after your child while you study.

Education and care is provided for children from six weeks of age to five years. Our Centres employ qualified early childhood educators, many who are bilingual and reflect the cultural diversity of the local community.

Staff at our Children's Centres develop appropriate educational programs for all children based on the National Early Years Learning Framework. Within these programs your child will be supported and challenged and their achievements are highly valued.

Our Philosophy

Our learning environments are welcoming and reflective of the children and families who attend our Centres.  Our educators respond individually to children’s varying learning capacities and styles.

We value learning through play. Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine.

The team of early childhood educators incorporate current theory and research into their education and care of children. A holistic approach to learning is valued wherein all areas of child development and well-being are planned for.

The learning program is developed in partnership with families who are the child’s first and most influential teachers.  We celebrate the diversity of our Centres and commit to promoting in children a sense of being, belonging and becoming.

Childcare fees

Fees are determined by how many hours your child attends the Children's Centre. You may be eligible for fee assistance through Centrelink.

Applying for a place

If you're interested in enrolling your child at one of TAFE NSW's Children's Centres, you will be required to submit an application.

Preference for childcare places are given to:

  • re-enrolling students
  • students enrolled in courses of 20 hours or more
  • students from a non-English speaking background
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • students with disabilities.

Childcare Centre Locations:

To find out more information please contact your preferred TAFE NSW location:

TAFE NSW Shellharbour Children's Centre

  • Phone: 02 4295 2269

TAFE NSW Wollongong Children's Centre

  • Phone: 02 4229 0627