Childcare and schools


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 Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay area. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.



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.


There is a variety of public and private schools in the Nowra and Wollongong regions.


NSW School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in NSW during 2018.

Schools with Defence Aides and Mentors

The Defence School Transition Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly during their transition into and out of a school on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school aides (for primary schools) and mentors (for high schools) are funded by the Department of Defence through DCO (Defence Community Organisation). 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 Transition Aides (DSTAs)


High schools with Defence Transition Mentors (DTMs)


Enrolment Information

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