Childcare and schools

Childcare

Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here.

 

More childcare resources

There are a number of childcare facilities in the Hunter region. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.  

 

Generic school teacher

Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher
Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher

Schools

DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

The Hunter region has both public and private schools.

  • School Choice is a useful site which covers all education institutions in the Newcastle and greater Hunter region.

  • The Private Schools Guide contains information on all private schools and independent schools in Newcastle, Maitland and nearby towns.

  • The Hunter Region Independent Schools website provides information about 16 member schools stretching from Port Macquarie in the north, Tamworth in the west and Erina in the south.

 

NSW School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in NSW during 2019.

Defence School Mentors

 

The Defence School Mentor Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly when changing schools on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school mentors in primary and secondary schools are funded by the Department of Defence through Defence Community Organisation (DCO) [hyperlink DCO to www.defence.gov.au/dco ]. They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.

 

Primary schools with Defence School Mentors

                     

High schools with Defence School Mentors

                                 

Enrolment Information

  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for NSW primary schools.
  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for NSW high schools.