Priority Of Access

The Priority of Access Guidelines are used by approved services to allocate available child care places where there are more families requiring care than places available.
When filling vacant places, LEL must fill them according to the following priorities:
Priority 1:  A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
Priority 2:  A child of a single parent
Priority 3:  Any other child

Within these main priority categories, priority should also be given to children in:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Families which include a disabled person
  • Families on lower incomes
  • Families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Socially isolated families
  • Single parent families

Requiring a child to vacate a place

Under the Priority of Access Guidelines LEL may require a Priority 3 child only to vacate a place to make room for a higher priority child. The service can only do so if:

  • The person liable for the payment of the child care fees was notified when the child first entered care that LEL follows the policy, and Lili’s Early Learning gives the person at least 14 days notice of the requirement for the child to vacate the premises.

Policy reviewed August 2017