1.1.E.25 Enrolment (CCS)
A child can be enrolled for care by an approved child care service (1.1.A.90) in one of 2 ways:
- the approved provider (1.1.A.90) of the service and the parent/guardian (or their partner (1.1.P.30)) of the child enter into an CWA, or
- the service provides care to a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect, and the approved provider is not able to identify an individual (1.1.I.90) who is eligible for ACCS (child wellbeing), so the provider makes itself eligible in respect of the child.
An enrolment can cease in one of 3 ways:
- where a child is enrolled under a CWA, the arrangement ends,
- where a service provides care to a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect in the circumstances described above, those circumstances no longer apply (the child is no longer at risk and/or the provider has been able to identify an individual who is eligible for ACCS (child wellbeing)), or
- a child has not attended any of the service's sessions of care (1.1.S.40) for 8 continuous weeks.
When a child is enrolled for care by an approved child care service, the approved provider of the service must submit an enrolment notice to the Department of Education through their third party software program or the Provider Entry Point. Providers are also required to submit an enrolment notice if they enter into an arrangement, other than a CWA, with a parent/guardian - this is referred to as a 'relevant arrangement'. Additionally, the provider should submit an enrolment notice if they enter into an arrangement for care with an organisation, such as a parent's employer.
An enrolment notice is the mechanism that links a child, parent/guardian, and provider/service in the CCSS. It also both enables and requires the provider to submit session reports (1.1.S.35) in relation to care provided to the child. If an arrangement for care includes more than one child (e.g. siblings from the same family), the provider must create an enrolment for each child, which reflects that child's care arrangement.