Crèche

King Eddy’s Crèche is a free child-minding service based at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), next door to the East Wing Clinic, on the Hensman Road side of the hospital.

Who can attend? 

The crèche accepts children of parents/guardians who: 

  • have an outpatient appointment scheduled before 3pm and can provide proof of this or have a baby in the Special Care Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (SCN/NICU). Please note: Only parents, guardian or emergency contact may sign a child in or out of the crèche. 

The crèche does not accept children of parents who:

  • are visiting the hospital 
  • are an inpatient 
  • are having day procedures 
  • are having any transfusions.

Children attending the crèche must be:

  • aged between two months (eight weeks) and six years (proof of age may be requested) 
  • well and free from illness. 

Children may not attend if they have:

  • colds 
  • continuous coughing
  • green runny nose 
  • vomiting 
  • diarrhoea
  • unexplained rash 
  • ring worm
  • head lice or any other infectious illness.

Please remember: babies and children who are too sick to go to day care or school are too sick to attend the crèche. For the safety and wellbeing of others using the crèche, staff have a right to refuse entry to sick children.

How long can my child stay at the crèche? 

  • Outpatients – up to three hours (in any 24 hour period) • 
  • Visiting baby in the SCN/NICU – up to two hours (in any 24 hour period). 

Please note: your child may spend up to a maximum of 12 hours per week in the crèche.

What do I need to do before dropping off and during my child’s crèche stay? 

Parents/guardians need to: 

  • make sure their child’s toileting needs have been met i.e. fresh nappy or have been to the toilet – crèche staff may call you back to meet these needs if necessary
  • spend just a few minutes settling their child in – parents are not permitted to remain in the crèche or crèche foyer
  • be available to return to the crèche if their child is upset and can’t be consoled by staff, becomes unwell or has any other need which cannot be met by crèche staff. 

What do I need to bring to the crèche?

  • nappies and wipes
  • prepared milk bottles 
  • water bottle 
  • healthy finger food snacks (ready to eat, no nuts*)
  • pram for non-walkers 
  • change of clothes.

* For the safety and wellbeing of children in the crèche please do not bring snacks with nuts.

Who will look after my child in the crèche?

The crèche is staffed by senior, qualified child care workers who have: 

  • Senior First Aid certificates 
  • Working with Children clearance. 

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1370

No bookings accepted – just walk-in.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
(excluding public holidays)

First drop off: 8:05am
Last pick up: 3:45pm 

CLOSED for lunch: 12:15 to 1.00pm 

KEMH Creche