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Children and study

You have the right to participate in study as a parent or carer of a child at The University of Sydney.  The University provides various facilities to assist you with your childcare needs, such as change and feeding rooms.

Bringing children to uni

Children are welcome on campus as long as they are under the supervision of an adult. Children will not be permitted to access spaces with potential hazards or that pose significant risk, such as laboratories. There may be times when your usual childcare arrangements fall through, and you may have to bring your child to class. In this situation make a request to your unit coordinator or person delivering the lecture or tutorial. Research students should consult your supervisor and fellow students if sharing a workspace.

Breastfeeding on campus

In Australia it is your legal right to breastfeed, including in public. Under the federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984, it is illegal in Australia to discriminate against a person either directly or indirectly for breastfeeding.

All University of Sydney campuses have parent rooms with baby change facilities and feeding rooms. Many of these rooms are private and lockable. Some may require special access with a swipe card, which you can arrange by contacting the building administrator or precinct officer. Parent rooms are located in many buildings on all campuses.

Facilities such as parent rooms and feeding rooms are provided for comfort and convenience, but this does not mean they are the only places you can breastfeed your child – it is legal to breastfeed in public in Australia.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association provides practical breastfeeding support and a 24-hour breastfeeding helpline.

Childcare

Types of childcare

Childcare services in Sydney are expensive, and it can be competitive to get your child a place. Deciding on childcare may also depend on cost and the type of childcare provided. Find information on childcare close to you on the Government’s Child Care Finder website. The University of Sydney childcare resources list also has useful information.

Long daycare

Usually operates 7am – 6pm, through a daycare centre. Meals are usually included. Cost is per day. Expect to pay $70 – $188 per day. Ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age.

Family daycare

Hours vary and are negotiable, but they are usually similar to long daycare. It is run at a family home. Meals are usually included. Cost is hourly. Expect to pay $7.50 ­– $16.80 per hour. Ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age, although older children are sometimes also accepted.

Occasional care

For casual care only. Cost is hourly. It is usually run at a centre. Meals are usually provided. Expect to pay $15 – $17 per hour. Ages 6 weeks to 6 years.

Preschool

For children aged 3 to 5 years. Preschools have a structured education program. They usually operate 9am – 3pm. Meals may or may not be provided. Expect to pay $45 – $80 per day.

Before and after school care

For school-aged children only, commonly run at their school. Meals are usually included. Hours are usually 7am – 9am for morning care and 3pm – 6pm for evening care, on school days. Expect to pay $15 ­– $30 per morning and $25 – $45 per evening.

School holiday programs

These are usually themed programs running for school-aged children, e.g. sports programs. They typically cost $100 – $235 per day and can run over multiple days.

Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) have school holiday programs.

Other options

Other options include professional and informal babysitting services, nannies and au pair services.

Childcare close to the University

There are a number of childcare services both on and close to University campuses, offering occasional care, long daycare, and family daycare. A list of these services is provided by the University. Some of these services offer discounts to Usyd students who have USU membership. Note that long waiting lists may apply for childcare.

Usyd Childcare Information Officer

The Usyd Childcare Information Officer can give you advice on childcare options including nearby childcares centres, occasional care options, school holiday programs and on-campus parent facilities.

Having trouble managing it all?

If you have unexpected carer commitments that impact your ability to complete your assessments (including exams) you may apply for special consideration or special arrangements. Contact us if you need assistance.

USYD Student Parents Network

The USYD Student Parents Network can help you to develop friendships with other students who have children. The group’s aim is to connect you with other parents studying at the University, to share experiences, help each other and meet new friends. SUPRA is a partner in the network.
Join the Facebook group to share tips, experiences and learn about events for you and your family.

Financial support for parents

The Australian Government offers different forms of financial support to parents including subsidising child care, payments and tax benefits.

Child Care Subsidy

The Australian government offers Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for eligible parents and guardians. Usually, you have to be an Australian resident or Australian citizen, although some visa holders may also be eligible. If you are eligible, the subsidy is paid directly to your childcare provider to reduce the fees you pay. You are required to pay the gap between the subsidy and the fees.

Check your eligibility for CCS payments.

Parenting Payment

The Parenting Payment is an income support payment for principal carers of young children. Eligibility requirements include: being the principal carer; income and asset tests; and residence rules. Find out if you’re eligible for the Parenting Payment.

Family Tax Benefit

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is a payment for carers of children that is split into 2 parts – Part A and Part B.

Part A

The Australian Government pays Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A per child. The amount paid depends on your family’s circumstances. You must meet an income test and residence rules. Find out about Part A income tests and eligibility.

Part B

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B is a payment for parents or carers who earn less than $100,900 per year. Additional parents or carer’s income, and the age of the child, also affects the amount payable. Find out about Part B income tests and eligibility.

Contact us if you need any help or support with accessing government payments.

Need help?

Our  casework and legal services are here for you.

Postgraduate Advocacy Service

Our caseworkers can help with any problems you face while you study at Usyd, from academic appeals to renting.

SUPRA Legal Service

Our solicitors can assist with a wide range of legal issues, including visas, migration law and intellectual property.