You will require this approval if you intend to use particular land or premises, construct a premises or alter or extend a premises for the operation of children's services.
You will require this approval prior to applying for a licence to operate a service that provides care and developmentally appropriate programs for four or more children under the age of 13 years in the absence of their parents and guardians. These services include operating a kindergarten or providing long day care, family day care, occasional care and outside school hours care.
This approval ensures the premises and location of the children's service will be satisfactory for children's use and that the persons who intend to operate or exercise control over the children's service are fit and proper. It does not permit the operation of the service.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this approval you must:
- submit an application form
- comply with conditions that may be required
- be a fit and proper person and of good character
- provide design sketches, construction drawings, plans or specifications relating to the premises proposed to be used, constructed, altered or extended
- ensure the design and location of the premise are deemed satisfactory by the Agency
- pay any required fees.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
You will need to abide by all current industry codes of practice and conform with the usual local government planning and building guidelines and practices.
The person in charge of an early childhood service must not confirm the enrolment of a child unless the child's parents have provided an immunisation status certificate about the child or be given this certificate within 16 weeks after the date of the child's first enrolment . There are some exceptions to this rule. Please contact the responsible agency for further information.
Up to five years.
Fees will vary according to service and number of places. Please refer to the attached fee schedule.
Your application must be made to the Agency in writing and be accompanied by the relevant application fee. You must collect and provide a range of documents showing the layout, the space provided and suitability of the premises.
Within 30 days.
Department of Education and Training
Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
Children's Services Act 1996 (Victoria)
Children's Service Regulations 2009 (Victoria)
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