Creating a safe, secure and supportive environment.
Enabling children to develop their own identities.
Empowering children to make choices.
Celebrating every family’s unique differences.


Our Objectives

The objectives of the Association are –

  • to promote the welfare and care of children and families within the neighbouring community and to provide quality child care geared to the needs of the community;
  • To provide a secure, loving and stimulating environment to enhance the individual developmental needs of each child;
  • to provide childcare that is non-institutionalised, culturally relevant and able to offer continuity between the home and the service for the child and parent or legally appointed guardian.
  • to have a community focus that will aid the development of neighbourhood networks;
  • to promote parent and community participation and involvement to ensure the relevance and acceptability of service for the community;
  • to have a close liaison with other services within the community;
  • to have the flexibility to meet the changing childcare needs within the community’;



  • to create an environment where individual, staff and team potential can be appropriately developed for the benefit of the children, parents and community.

Our History

The Bayswater Child Care Association Incorporated was established in 1975 after a need was identified in the City of Bayswater for Community Based, Not for Profit long day care.

The Silverwood Child Care Centre was officially opened in 1975 by the Hon J. Berinson, MHR for Perth as a joint venture between the then Shire of Bayswater and the Australian Government.  The centre was named the Silverwood Day Nursery and offered long day care to children 0-5 years of age.

 In 1985 after constant requests from ratepayers to the City of Bayswater for emergency and occasional child care, the City of Bayswater Neighbourhood Centre was opened in Rudloc Rd Morley in a building owned by the Morley Shopping Centre, offering short-term child care, parenting classes, craft classes and playgroups. The centre was opened on April 2nd 1985 by Dr Ric Charlesworth Federal Member for Perth.  The Lyla Elliott Family Day Care Scheme shared the premises with the Occasional care service and opened on the same day.  Both projects were funded by the Federal Government.

 In 2006 the Neighbourhood Centre was renamed the Derrick Ernst Neighbourhood Centre in recognition of the hard work and dedication of Mr Derrick Ernst in the capacity of honorary Secretary/Treasurer with the Child Care Association for over 15 years.

In July 2016 the Neighbourhood Centre was relocated to purpose built premises in Tara Street Morley due to the end of the lease at Rudloc Rd.

 Bayswater Out of School care also opened in 1985 offering Out of School Care and Vacation Care to children 5-12 years of age.  This was followed by the opening of Morley Out of School Care located  at the Weld Square Primary School in Morley in 1988.

Salisbury Child Care Centre was officially opened on 3rd February 1989 by the Hon Peter Dowding MLA Premier of Western Australia, the centre was funded through a Commonwealth/State agreement.

On 22nd February 1992 Noranda Child Care Centre was opened due to a high demand for community based long day care places in the City of Bayswater.

The seventh centre to open under the umbrella of the Bayswater Child Care Association was the Maylands Out of School Care after a request from the Maylands Peninsula Primary School PAC.  The service was opened in 2010.