Pre Employment Checks  

What is considered a limited attendance childcare centre?

  • used regularly for the care of 3 or more children under 6 years old (this doesn’t include the children of the persons providing the care, or being provided with care before or after school)
  • where the children don’t stay for more than two hours per day and
  • the children’s parents or caregivers are nearby and able to be contacted and can resume responsibility for the children at short notice.

Examples of limited attendance childcare centres could include gym and mall crèches.

Limited attendance childcare centre workers must undergo a Police vet. The Vetting limited attendance childcare centres workers fact sheet from WorkSafe explains the requirements for checking workers and is found here.

So anyone who operates a limited-attendance child-care centre have the following duties:

  • ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that every worker who is employed or engaged to care for children at the centre is suitable for that role
  • obtain a Police vet of every centre worker (or prospective worker) who is to work during normal business hours and is not a teacher or holds a limited authority to teach.

The Police vet must be applied for no later than two weeks after the worker begins working at the centre. PCBUs applying for a Police vet must ensure that strict confidentiality is observed.

The Police vet must be obtained before the worker has, or is likely to have, unsupervised access to children at the centre during normal opening hours.