As a parent, you are aware of the many decisions that go into raising your children. One decision is how to handle childcare for them while you work. Some parents choose to have their kids stay home with a relative or in-home child care provider, some find daycare services that meet their needs, and some decide on a more formalised setting like an accredited preschool centre or school. Whatever route you take, there are pros and cons involved, so it’s important to do your research before committing to anything permanent.
Finding the perfect childcare centre for your child can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider, like cost, location and hours of operation. One thing that should not be overlooked is whether or not you feel comfortable with the staff at the centre.
Are you looking for a childcare centre in the area? We’ve compiled a list of local centres so that you can find one near your home.
Ultimate List of Childcare in Melbourne, Victoria
Mentone Child Care and Kindergarten - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
03 9584 2145
Welcome to Mentone Childcare & Kindergarten
- Babies to 6 years old
- 3-year-old Kindergarten & 4-year-old Preschool
- Before/After School Care & Holiday Programs
Children are offered a variety of stimulating learning activities each day. They can join in from a choice of activities such as Yoga or Music Classes, have fun with a Science Experiment or help in the vegetable garden. The Kindy Kids have classes in Numeracy, Literacy and Languages. Each child is encouraged to have fun, make friends and discover new things.
- We are a privately run independent Childcare & Kindergarten— Not part of a big chain.
- At Mentone Childcare & Kindergarten, our focus is on education while having fun.
- Nutritious meals are cooked fresh each day.
- We are open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm—we only close on public holidays.
- We provide quality childcare and education for Babies, Toddlers, 3 and 4-year old Kindergarten.
- We provide before and after school care and with pick up and drop off to Mentone Primary School and St. Patrick’s School and School holiday programs.
- Click on an area of interest below for more information about what we offer here at Mentone Childcare & Kindergarten.
Happy Times - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9515 5260
Welcome to Happy Times Child Care & Early Learning Centre Mentone.
Happy Times is a fully approved provider of child care & kindergarten.
Happy Times Childcare & Early Learning Centre is a fully-funded Long Day Care Centre that provides a natural, warm environment for children to learn, grow and develop.
- Long Day Care
- Half-Day Care
- Casual Day Care
- Funded Kindergarten
We are a 23 place centre for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old.
Happy Times is conveniently located in the South East Suburbs of Melbourne (20 kilometres from the CBD)
We are a new, purpose-built facility that has been designed to foster children’s imaginations while engaging their senses within an environment rich with natural and raw materials.
Our curriculum embraces the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’, which is supported by the philosophy of the educators within each room. We believe that children learn best through play which is why we strive to create aesthetically pleasing learning environments and access to natural materials, with the intent of provoking wonder and intrigue in their daily experiences.
Happy Times has a full-time cook on-premises who prepare a nutritionally balanced menu of fresh meals daily. We provide Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, 2nd Course, Afternoon Tea & Late snacks.
At Happy Times Child Care & Early Learning Centre, we aim to meet the needs of families.
At Happy Times Child Care & Early Learning Centre, we aim to meet the needs of our families through the flexibility of service while providing the best care and education for your child in a warm, secure, safe, caring, loving, nurturing, and anti-bias environment.
We believe that parents and guardians are a child’s “first educators”, and our emphasis is on those partnerships. We aim to make the bridge between home and centre as close as possible. Children and their families are the core of our wider community, which we bring together as we encourage them to share, their culture, language and home experiences with us. We strive to form the bonds and ties whilst respecting individual lifestyle, value, belief, their rights and opinions. Families are encouraged to participate in the program and share in decision making with not only their children but the overall ways in which the centre operates.
We provide an interest-based and inclusive program full of natural resources to stimulating wonder, encourage creativity and exploration. We believe children learn best through play, and we aim to provide an environment full of rich opportunities and intrigue that fosters uninterrupted and supported play as the children develop their independence and sense of empowerment through decision making and choice.
At Happy Times, we believe it is vital for the children to be connected with the community. We offer the opportunity for children to go with educators to the local shops, Cafe’s, Parkdale Library, Local Walks and parks to expand the learning environment from the classroom to the wider community. We have a four-seater pram to cater for younger children to venture out and about within the community also.
Quality programming develops a child’s dispositions and stimulates their ability to learn to their fullest potential. We as educators embrace the Early Years Learning Framework to guide our focus and ensure we look at each individual child as a whole. We foster relationships to create a sense of ‘belonging’ for families. We recognise all children as competent, capable and knowledgeable individuals, giving them a sense of ‘being’. And we offer a place and program that empowers and supports them through challenges at each stage of their development—giving them a sense of ‘becoming’.
We commit to ongoing professional training and learning in the field as we continue to improve the quality of service and standard of care we provide.
It is our aim to provide a loving, equal, caring, and nurturing environment that promotes each child’s learning and development, self-esteem and individuality, whilst having a day with lots of fun.
Only About Children - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
Childcare & Programs
At Only About Children, we see ourselves as More Than Childcare. We’ve developed an early learning model designed to empower every child to reach their full potential through a passion for learning.
Explore what More Than Childcare looks like for different ages
Nursery (0-2 years)
A safe, nurturing place for your little one. The first two years of life is a time of rapid growth and development, where every moment matters. At Only About Children, we’re here to provide all the care and support your little one needs during this phase, establishing a strong foundation.
Toddler (2-3 years)
Toddlerhood is an incredible time of exploration and discovery, as toddlers gain an increasing sense of self and an understanding of the world around them - they are full of curiosity and eager to develop their independence. We support toddlers and encourage this growth and development.
Preschool & Kindergarten (3-6 years)
The years before school are a time of rapid growth for children’s minds, their emotional and physical development and their understanding of the world. The preschool and kinder years from 3 – 6 are a great time to lay down a love of learning as well as the developmental skills required to thrive.
Only About Children
Only About Children has over a decade of experience in early years education and childcare. Privately owned, we proudly operate over 70 campuses across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This breadth gives us the opportunity to provide high-quality early years education and care to over 8,000 families and employs over 2,000 people whose skills, experience and passion help us to deliver on our mission to empower every child to reach their full potential.
It’s our unique approach to childcare that gives children the platform they need to thrive. It’s an approach that goes beyond education to encompass the health, development and total wellbeing of every child in our care.
Goodstart Early Learning - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
1800 222 544
About Goodstart Melbourne
Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Melbourne Central is located in the heart of the CBD and is easily accessible by public transport. We are close to everything – schools, shops, transport, and often Mum and Dad’s work, making the daily drop-off and pick-up far less stressful!
Our rooms – from Nursery to Kindergarten / Preschool – are set up and regularly changed in line with the Early Years Learning Framework curriculum, and we work closely with parents and families to ensure the needs, interests and strengths of each child is taken into account.
Our Storypark platform is central to our ability to maintain clear and open lines of communication between the centre and our families. Any new developments, milestones or even issues that might arise from time to time can be communicated to families and plans put in place.
Outside, we have a wonderfully large space – and all of it, aside from our garden area, is undercover. That means whatever the weather, our children can explore and enjoy the fun of playing outdoors. We have a sandpit, bike path, wooden decking and a performance area, as well as a veggie patch and other garden spaces. Children can let their imaginations run free, all in the name of sensory and play-based learning.
Once playtime makes the children hungry, we have a kitchen and cook on-site to provide healthy and nutritious meals!
Goodstart Early Learning Melbourne Central has highly qualified staff who implement a quality educational program based on children’s interests, needs and parent input. We also have a full time qualified kinder teacher who runs a school readiness program.
We would love to meet you! Come in, say hello and take a look at how we can give your child the best possible start.
We’re for purpose, not profit.
Because we’re a not-for-profit, we can do more for children. Any surplus we generate is reinvested into our Goodstart centres and programs to benefit children, families and their local communities. No dividends are paid to shareholders.
We’re proud of our remarkable progress over the past 10 years, investing in Australia’s future, our children.
- $45.9 million was invested in social inclusion to enhance school and life outcomes for Australia’s most vulnerable children.
- $104.7 million was invested in the training and professional development of our people.
- $37.2 million invested in early learning and research.
- $217.3 million was invested in upgrading our indoor and outdoor learning environments.
Delivering on our purpose
Our strategic goals (2020 - 2025) steer our direction. We will be a Thriving Organisation by delivering Exceptional Quality, an Amazing Good starter Experience, and a Personalised Family Experience while being Inclusive of Everyone and having an Impact Beyond Goodstart. Safety and reconciliation are a part of everything we do at Goodstart.
- Exceptional Quality: Our practice will be world-class; we will deliver ‘best practice’ and discover ‘next practice’.
- Inclusion for Everyone: We will be a place of opportunity where all children, families and Goodstarters feel safe to belong.
- Impact beyond Goodstart: We will create an unstoppable force for change in the early year’s ecosystem.
- Amazing Good starter Experience: We will be known as a place to learn, grow and have a real voice.
- Personalised Family Experience: We will value our families for who they are and what they bring.
- Thriving Organisation: We will be a financially thriving organisation that reinvests to improve children’s outcomes in and beyond Goodstart.
Our guiding principles
Our guiding principles underpin everything that we do, providing a focus for the way in which we deliver social impact at scale and locally in each and every community we operate.
- Children are central to everything we do.
- Our people make the difference.
- Families are our primary partners.
- Being a valued member of the community.
We’re for all children.
Goodstart believes all of Australia’s children should have access to affordable, quality early learning and care.
Our ongoing investment in enhanced programs and service models aims to ensure that children facing disadvantage and developmental vulnerability have opportunities to maximise their learning, development and wellbeing, so they start school on an equal footing with their more advantaged peers.
We are helping families across Australia to understand and embrace the importance of early learning. And as this progresses, we’re simultaneously working to unite early learning professionals and policymakers on a national pathway to positive change. You can learn more about our advocacy work here.
Safety, health and wellbeing
Safety wraps around everything we do at Goodstart. “Safety starts with each of us - but at Goodstart, it is more than that. Being safe is who we are and what we do. It’s part of being a good starter.” These opening words of our safety commitment are more than just words. They allow families to trust us with their children, governments to support the community and us to value our work.
We're for reconciliation
Goodstart recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia and as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our early childhood services are offered.
Our ambition for reconciliation is the achievement of a socially just and equitable Australia that is free of racism. Our vision for reconciliation is for Goodstarters to engage with reconciliation on both a personal and professional level, creating the conditions that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice, equality and equity. Through this vision, we are laying the foundations to grow future generations that value and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of a shared identity.
Learn more about our deepening commitment to reconciliation in our second, expanded Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and first Stretch RAP 2020 – 2023. Goodstart’s Stretch RAP complements centre-based RAPs.
Genius Childcare - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
1300 955 541
Why choose Genius?
Our Curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The principles, practices and outcomes are essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age. As well as their transition to school and works in synergy with the National Quality Framework. The EYLF has a strong emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication, language, social and emotional development. Our centres also offer a Funded Kindergarten Program, delivered by an Early Childhood Teacher, for children in the year before they attend formal schooling.
We recognise and support responsive, meaningful and respectful relationships and interactions as being the foundation for the provision of quality education.
It’s our intention to keep you up-to-date on all aspects of your child’s learning and development, as well allowing you the room to share your unique insights on your child’s needs. This is all with the intention of creating an individualised approach to learning so that each child can tap into their own inner Genius.
At Genius, we strive to be Australia’s leading provider of premium childcare. It is our mission to provide children with a rich, unique and inspired learning environment where they will form strong foundations for a lifetime of successful learning to their fullest potential and create cherished memories along the way.
Our philosophy is strongly based upon the sociocultural theory that social interaction is integral to personal development. For this reason, we find it important to build strong, authentic and respectful relationships not just with all Genius children but also their families.
Environment and sustainability.
We believe a child’s environment is the key to their learning and development. For this reason, we are committed to presenting Genius children with a naturally-inspired environment that creates wonder, invites exploration, and guides them on their path to self-discovery.
Genius Childcare facilities are constructed to be stimulating, interesting and visually appealing, as these factors help to nurture children’s capacity to learn and grow. Careful attention was given to creating a space that is appropriate for the age and interests of Genius children. Our natural wood interiors and abundance of indoor plants foster a connection with and appreciation for nature. Genius Childcare centres also feature a number of interactive spaces and adventure zones to encourage investigation, play and social interaction.
When developing the concept for our Genius centres, it was important that we created spaces that were not just beautiful and peaceful but also environmentally sound. We endeavour to encourage and support sustainable practices in a number of ways, including the following:
- placing a strong emphasis on recycling and conservation
- utilising natural resources wherever possible
- promoting mutually beneficial relationships with our surroundings
- incorporating technologies that enable us to achieve these goals
Guardian Childcare & Education - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
1300 001 110
Guardian Childcare & Education Collins Street
Guardian Childcare & Education Collins Street is rated exceeding in the National Quality Standard. The Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, which means families can access the highest quality education and care in close proximity to work.
All with less rushing around and more time with your child! The warm and homely Centre boasts a range of resource-rich environments, including a family dining area, city views, simulated outdoor spaces, vibrant gardens, a treehouse and multiple water play areas. These spaces encourage the children to explore and learn, with the added benefit of a Kindergarten Program led by quality teachers who are there to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school.
But the children are not confined to the Centre, with regular excursions out and about into the community. Favourite locations include the National Gallery of Victoria, Flinders Street, Treasury Gardens and Federation Square. On these adventures, the children have the opportunity to explore the exhibits, have a picnic, play some games or visit the animals. Read more about the Guardian Collins Street Excursion Program on our blog. Assistant Centre Manager Soledad said: “We organise our excursions so that all the age groups get a chance to leave the Centre each week.
One day we might take the babies to the park, and the next, the kinder children to the museum or an art gallery.” Our on-site cook Fernando prepares five nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. Here Fernando shares his famous recipe for Italian Pork Ragú Lasagne – the dish is a firm favourite among the children and Educators at Guardian Collins Street. Children enjoy their meals in the dedicated piazza while socialising with peers and educators and participate in regular hands-on cooking classes to further explore their understanding of nutrition. Begin the adventure at Guardian Collins Street today by booking a tour to explore the Centre or speaking to one of our team.
Children are the heart of Guardian. Our people are the soul.
Founded in 2004 with 28 managed Centres, Guardian Childcare and Education has grown to more than 120 owned Centres across Australia. We are a collection, all united under the one vision: To deliver the highest quality of childcare and early learning to Australian families.
Guardian was initially created to provide day-to-day management of privately-owned childcare Centres. But in 2006, the focus shifted to owning and managing our own – allowing us to merge our experience of childcare management with our unique Curriculum expertise. To form a truly holistic childcare experience for families, children and educators.
Growth is at our heart. We are growing the minds of our children and the careers of our people, growing as a business to improve the quality of education and care that we provide. And we are steadily growing the number of services we own and operate by acquiring and opening more of Australia’s best early learning Centres. We do this based on the needs of local families and communities for high-quality childcare that focuses not just on the care but also on the importance of early education. It’s all in the name: Guardian Childcare and Education.
With 92% of our Centres meeting or exceeding the National Quality Standard, we are proud of our steadfast commitment to the highest-quality education and care. Our Centre Teams partner with our families to deliver the world-class Curriculum – based on the renowned Reggio framework – that has made us a leader in the childcare sector.
We pride ourselves on being a place that families can trust, where our people thrive, and children grow.
Everything we do is underpinned by the Guardian values:
- Passion for the role we play in the lives of our children, families and people
- Respect for open and honest interactions to guide our decisions and actions
- Excellence in all that we do
- Partnership with our families to deliver high-quality outcomes for our children
- Recognition and celebration for the efforts and achievements of our children and teams
We bring this all together through our commitment to Team Spirit and Leadership.
St Catherine’s Early Education Centre - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
What we’re all about
Think. Reason. Question. Experiment. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at St Catherine’s Early Education Centre (Childcare). From the get-go, we’ve focused on supporting children during all transitions throughout childhood.
Our vision is to recognise the uniqueness of each child and the importance of play in the lives of children. We will, working in partnership with families, be committed to providing exceptional education and care within a welcoming environment that embraces diversity ad the local community.
Unique and Valuable
At St Catherine’s Early Education Centre (Childcare), our mission consists of providing a warm and nurturing environment where children feel safe. Our unique childcare centre offers various activities that are specifically designed to encourage each child’s unique growth. Through cooperative play and creative activities, children reach their social, emotional and physical milestones naturally and with ease.
Commitment to Child Safety
St Catherine’s Early Education Centre is committed to the safety and well being of children and therefore are committed to creating and maintaining a child-safe organisation. We have a zero-tolerance of child abuse and are committed to actively contributing to a child-safe centre where children are protected from abuse. Our commitment to the safety of children is based on our duty of care and responsibilities to children and are always acting in the best interest of the children.
Innovative and Responsible
From language and literacy development to social skills and creative expression, the children at St Catherine’s Early Education Centre (Childcare) are constantly being exposed to new activities and environments in which to thrive. We build on the strengths and interests of each child to help build a solid foundation where they can develop their futures. Get in touch to learn more about us.
Our centre provides a fun and safe environment where your child will be able to learn, grow and develop through play and planned experiences. Our centre is filled with interesting materials, resources and equipment that encourages exploration and promotes your child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
Our experienced educators create and teach programs based on play, our environment, family and community ties as well as developmental learning outcomes.
We aim to encourage each child’s independence, self-confidence and respect for self, others and property through guidance, positive reinforcement and role modelling.
We value open and honest communication and recognise its importance when working with parents to support each child’s learning.
Welcome to St Catherine’s Early Education Centre. For many children, this will be their first time away from home, and they need to feel safe and secure in their new surroundings. We also want you, as their parents, to have peace of mind that your child is enjoying their day while in our care.
We provide quality care and education for children aged six weeks to six years and are open from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.
We’re located in beautiful North Melbourne. There is easy access to trams and buses and the city, as well as a designated car park for drop off and collection.
In addition to quality educational programs, the centre provides nappies, sunscreen, sun-smart hats, incursions/excursions, as well as nutritious meals including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and an evening snack.
Our centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more, your child will become Big School Ready.
East Melbourne Childcare Co-operative - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9419 4302
Welcome to East Melbourne Childcare Co-operative
East Melbourne Childcare Co-operative incorporates the guiding principles of the National Quality Framework. The Framework entails the Education and Care Services National Law, Education and Care Services National Regulations, National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
The National EYLF and the Victorian VEYLDF support educators in enhancing young children’s learning and development through the early years by building on their interests and knowledge as well as that of the wider community. The framework contains principles, practices and learning outcomes that assist in fostering the development of the whole child.
What is EMCC?
The East Melbourne Childcare Co-operative is a registered cooperative under the Co-operatives Act and has its own Constitution. It is sponsored by the Melbourne City Council. Parents, residents and staff are eligible to become members of the Co-operative.
Acknowledgement of Country
We would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land in which we operate. We would also like to pay respect to the Wurundjeri Elders past, present and future.
- The critical role of the family in the life of a child and the importance of collaboration and effective partnerships between families and educators.
- Play-based learning, where children can make their own decisions and explore their interests in thoughtfully planned environments with access to open-ended resources and uninterrupted blocks of time.
- Child safety, but also the benefits of risk-taking to help children meet challenges, develop resilience and persistence, confidence and independence.
- Diversity, inclusion and equity for children, families and educators. We want children to develop a sense of belonging to their community, understanding and appreciating differences in culture, values, abilities, beliefs, gender, sexuality, language, traditions and backgrounds.
- Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the rich learning opportunities these cultures offer children, families and educators. We respectfully acknowledge that we work and live on the land of the Wurundjeri people and endeavour to impart understanding and appreciation from non-Indigenous peoples while honouring and strengthening awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures.
- The natural environment, its learning possibilities for children and the increasing importance of environmental education for children’s long term wellbeing and their responsibility as citizens of the earth.
- Children have a right to high-quality early education, where the best contemporary practice is always promoted.
- In the importance of suitably qualified and experienced educators and of investing in their ongoing professional development, including their wellbeing.
- Decision making for children’s learning is enriched when educators regularly engage in critical reflection about issues of curriculum, philosophy, ethics and practice.
- Children are unique, competent and capable citizens with rights, and by supporting them to question, investigate and engage in purposeful play, we help them become successful, confident and creative learners.
- Strong, warm, enduring, respectful and reciprocal relationships are necessary to a child’s healthy development, wellbeing and learning success.
- Parents and family members should have many opportunities to be involved in all aspects of the management, daily life and programming of the service, promoting the ongoing reciprocal transfer of skills and information between educators and families.
- In the potential for the service to strengthen social capital in the East Melbourne community by acting as a community hub for families, where they can access information about local health, family support, leisure and wellbeing services and where they can develop relationships with other families.
Sentia Early Learning - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9629 9861
A beautiful space immersed in an atmosphere of safety and joy, crafted to inspire children, build their confidence and take their first steps toward a lifelong love of learning.
Each day at Sentia is a story that gently unfolds as your child gathers experiences from meaningful exploration, curiosity and friendships. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, our child care and kindergarten space actively encourage every child’s creativity, boundless imagination and sense of wonder and play.
WHY CHOOSE US?
We are a family. With loyal and long-serving staff, we have created a unique culture of care and learning. We take joy in helping you care for your child. We want you to feel a part of our family and make your family life easier.
Having your child close to your workplace is just one of the many Sentia advantages. The ability to spend some extra quality time with your little one, whether it’s commuting to and from work, popping in to breastfeed at lunchtime or joining in a quick parent celebration, are priceless moments that we want you to cherish.
Our hope is that you and your child join us at Sentia and become a valued member of our connected and caring community.
OUR EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
From our spacious rooftop playground with spectacular views over the Yarra River and beyond, Sentia is a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Melbourne.
With years of experience, we know the recipe for providing a comfortable and happy space for children - a safe, bright and positive environment where children can explore, bond and imagine.
As a single, privately owned service, it is our very own Sentia families who have had the greatest influence on our culture and values. We are able to listen and adjust with ease, and, as educators, it has been a privilege to create a boutique values-based model.
In an increasingly fast-paced world, we believe an unhurried approach in the early childhood years offers the healthiest and strongest foundation for a child’s academic, social, and personal growth.
Our program focuses on developing opportunities for children to discover, explore and learn through play. Children are given a voice and the power to make decisions regarding their play, learning and social interactions. This empowers them to build confidence and resilience while teaching them to be kind, civil and collaborative. These are the foundation blocks for their futures.
Sentia follows the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) from birth to 5 years, including a fully-funded Kindergarten program run by a qualified kindergarten teacher. Every child’s learning development is documented by the curriculum plan, their visual portfolios, reflection journals, newsletters and projects on display.
Apple Blossoms Early Learning - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
03 9699 5211
Welcome to Apple Blossoms Early Learning
Hello and Welcome to Apple Blossoms Early Learning.
When choosing child care, we understand how important it is when deciding who to entrust your child to. Our aim is to provide the very best of what we feel are the most important things families need.
We have a very strong focus on nutrition – our resident naturopath has tailored high quality, nutrient-rich food, especially for growing young people.
Our education philosophy draws from the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approach in developing our own program for readying your child for school.
Environments, both inside and outside, are the engine rooms of your child’s learning. We have carefully designed these areas where children can explore and research their ideas – just through play.
At Apple Blossoms, our philosophy is based on 3 key areas:
- Environments; and
Our naturopath works closely with our chefs to design fresh food menus with high quality, nutrient-dense food for your children – as organic as possible. When we eat well, we are feeding our brain, we feel good, and we are much healthier and happier.
Having fun and playing is also key to your child’s happiness while they are in our care. Environments are found both inside the classroom and outside in the garden. A lot of thought and effort has gone into creating nooks and crannies all over the place that foster children’s creativity, exploration and fun.
We have drawn upon the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approach in developing our own education philosophy through nature-based play. Our programmes link the indoor and outdoor spaces to provide a creative learning environment.
Kids & Co. - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
03 9614 2901
Welcome to the ‘Kids Co’ Early Learning Centre Melbourne City
Providing the safest and most positive environment for your child is not only a primary need for a growing kid, but it also lays down a strong foundation for their mental, physical and emotional growth.
Child care centres in Melbourne, CBD like Kids and Co. Childcare provides a safe place for children to learn in a secure place with qualified and merited educators who are no less than a guardian. We give every child the time and care they need for nourishment, learning, understanding, and playing. After all, the best learning happens when you are healthy and having fun.
Give your kid the loving, fun and friendly environment in which they will thrive in every area of life. From making healthy friendships to class lessons, we solely believe in learning by practice.
All of our curricula are designed to accommodate every child’s special needs, be it the need for closer attention or for more time.
Our educators will hold the hand of every kid in safety until they learn to do everything on their own, and then they will help them until they thrive everywhere.
Family Owned and Operated
Most child care centres today are owned by corporate entities that are listed on the stock exchange and only see your child as a means to increase the value of their shareholdings.
Kids & Co, on the other hand, is 100% family-owned and operated, so the people that own the centre are also the people working in the centre, working directly with families and children, getting to know each and everyone at a personal level. Kids and Co are underpinned with over 25 years of experience from our owners Paul and Kathy Klisaris.
Both Paul and Kathy believe in a hands-on approach and will be seen contributing to the daily tasks that childcare has to offer. From supporting our Educators to nurturing the development of the children and giving parents the peace of mind that all possible measures are put in place to enhance their child’s development and safety.
Early Learning Child Care Centre Melbourne CBD
At Kids and Co. Child Care, our strongest belief is that every kid is capable of being a competent learner and successful performer. They only need a supportive and nurturing environment to prosper. This is why we aim to provide an inspiring place to them which they can call home.
At a young age, the most important thing for parents and guardians should be to bring up their child in a curious way. Early in life, the best way to learn new things and retain them is by asking questions about the things we see around us every day. Our early learning centre works to instil this kind of curiosity in every child, so they ask, explore and find the answers themselves.
Give your child an earnest and harmonious second home, where they not only learn from books but also life and friends. This safe space will encourage your kid to not only learn by themselves but also by sharing and growing together.
Allow your child to grow and discover their full potential by inspiring self-confidence and imagination into them.
Nido Early School - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 8658 1051
When you walk through the door at Nido, you’ll find a warm and loving environment. We have a unique approach to childcare and early education, inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and are committed to providing children from six weeks to school age fantastic opportunities to create, explore, discover and grow.
- High-quality educational programs based on each child’s interests, abilities, culture and strengths
- A hand-picked team of passionate, sector leading and degree qualified teachers.
- All our Educators are diploma-qualified or hold a Cert III.
- Every Early School has a Curriculum Leader to coach and mentor Educators in developing high-quality programs.
- Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor spaces which optimise learning and development
- Our unique atelier art workshops won’t be found anywhere else in Australia, encouraging your child to express themselves artistically.
- A delicious, whole menu developed exclusively for us by Nourished Beginnings.
- All meals are prepared in our on-site cucinas (kitchens)
- A focus on good hygiene practices
- Full government rebate
We’d love to answer any questions you may have and welcome the opportunity to show you what we can offer through a tour of your local Early School.
Welcome to Nido, Italian for nest
We understand that selecting the right Early School for your child is an incredibly important decision and know how much consideration is given to finding a safe, comfortable, nurturing and peaceful environment.
At Nido, we offer exceptional education and care for children from six weeks of age through to school age. We believe the early years are the foundation for your child and that by providing meaningful experiences, we can cultivate a love for lifelong learning.
Families are drawn to our unique approach to childcare and early education, taking inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy and ensuring this touches every single aspect of our schools. Nothing is left to chance when it comes to your child’s future through our commitment to helping them create, explore and discover.
Why Nido is for you
The environment plays a key role in your child’s learning, and so our spaces are meticulously planned to ensure your child thrives. One of the first things you’ll notice is that every space feels light and features natural tones and textures, providing a calm environment for learning.
During the day, your child will have the choice to move between indoor and outdoor learning environments, including vegetable patches, relaxation spaces and music areas. Most of our Early Schools also have an Atelier, a dedicated art workshop where children have the freedom to engage in self-expression, curiosity and creativity.
You are always welcome to spend time with your child, have breakfast with them, stay to read their favourite book or come in during the day to feed.
Melbourne Juniors - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9470 2845
Welcome to Melbourne Juniors
Located in a quiet street in Preston, Melbourne, Juniors Early Learning Centre is managed by a team of educators with over 30 years of experience in caring for children in a nurturing learning environment.
We offer a range of child care options, from babies to preschool-age children, including a kindergarten program run by qualified and caring educators. We look forward to welcoming your family to our beautiful child care centre.
Managed by a team of multilingual educators, we have over 30 years of experience in caring for children in a nurturing learning environment.
- Our Program
- Active Start Sports
- Healthy Habits Program
- Music & Movement Program
Melbourne Juniors is a beautiful Early Learning Centre in Preston.
Following the Reggio Emilia learning approach, our centre is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment.
We observe your child and their interests, abilities and needs very carefully and provide appropriate individual and group experiences to challenge and stimulate them.
At Melbourne Juniors, we believe the program needs to:
- Be developmentally appropriate and caring
- Be concerned with every aspect of each child’s development
- Reflect the multicultural nature of our Australian society
- Be challenging, interesting, and varied, providing lots of choices
- Involve parents in its planning, implementation and evaluation
The programs encourage children to:
- Makes choices
- Develop creative abilities
- Problem solve
- Negotiate and cooperate with others
Children learn best through a play-based program focusing on their individual interests, strengths and needs. While establishing a routine is important for children to develop independence and self-esteem, the program acknowledges that all children are unique individuals and need to be nurtured within a flexible environment. There are known ages and stages of child development, but not all children go through these at the same age, time or rate.
Active Start Sports
Our health and physical education program has been designed for children aged 3-5 years and caters for all backgrounds and abilities. The program is educational and LOADS OF FUN! Our coaches run weekly sessions at Melbourne Juniors and provide all the equipment.
The program runs in alignment with The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. It’s structured to achieve five learning outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
In working towards achieving these learning outcomes, the program integrates three major components: physical education, health and social development.
- Developing fine and gross motor skills
- Stretching techniques and warming up
- Gaining knowledge of a variety of sports and games
- Familiarising children with a wide variety of sports equipment
- Complex body movements
- Developing a passion for exercise and sport
- Healthy eating choices
- Personal hygiene
- Hydration & Nutrition
- Discovering ways to be active
- Achieving goals & encouraging others
- Teamwork and interacting with peers
- Preparing children for primary school life
- Fair play - Sportsmanship and sharing
- Learning to play safely & in a non-competitive environment
- Developing self-confidence & learning through play
- Tying in with events and happenings of the wider community
We ensure our children have the right nutrition to keep them going throughout the day. All fresh, delicious meals are prepared in our purpose-built kitchen by a qualified chef and eaten together in the communal eating areas. We can also cater for special dietary requirements and allergies.
Children are encouraged to enjoy our natural environment by caring for chickens and planting their own vegetable garden, then using the fresh ingredients in their lunches.
We have a passion for games and activities to keep the children active, develop their gross motor skills and body awareness. We will run a speciality yoga program to introduce concepts of focused breathing, movement and to provide an outlet for self-expression. This healthy, active approach will encourage your child to choose a healthy lifestyle in their present and future life.
Music & Movement Program
Magical Days Kindy Dancing is a Creative Movement Music and Dance Programme specifically designed for children aged 1-5 years who attend Melbourne Juniors.
MDKD is loved by both little boys and girls and has been operating across Melbourne for a number of years. Children will ‘wiggle’ and ‘giggle’ as they progress every week through the 27 themed classes. The Early Years Learning Framework has been used to target learning outcomes, and a parent information sheet (children’s colouring-in sheet) is given to the child to show parents and caregivers. Most importantly, they will have FUN!
Some of the themes we have are: Dreamtime’ Indigenous Reflection’, Stranger Danger, Water Safety, Fairies and Pixies, Circus Skills, Spooky Wooky Skeletons Body Education, I Get Ready for School.....just to name a few!
Music & Movement Program Instruments
Hey, Dee Ho runs a music program at Melbourne Juniors. Each week different subjects and themes are presented in a fun and multi-sensory experience which engages children’s natural curiosity and nurtures their cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills, creativity and well being.
Hey, Dee Howe is very passionate about music. Not only does it provide great pleasure and comfort to many people, but it is a proven tool that stimulates learning, thereby providing the key to unlock potential.
In partnership with the ‘Australian Institute of Music and Childhood Development, and in alignment with the ‘Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (Belonging, Being & Becoming)’, Hey Dee Ho have set up a curriculum to ensure that our program is presented to maximise learning outcomes.
Ada Mary A’Beckett - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
03 9646 1066
Welcome to Ada Mary A’Beckett
Located in a quiet pocket of Port Melbourne, Ada Mary A’Beckett Children’s Centre is nestled amongst residential houses, right next to the beach. Despite being just 5km from the CBD, the centre boasts plenty of outdoor space, and large yards, for the children to enjoy. We boast an exceeding rating from ACECQA– meaning we exceed the national benchmark for high-quality early childhood education and care. ACECQA is an independent national statutory authority responsible for overseeing important changes to early childhood education and care and outside school, hours care in Australia.
Families can make use of easy walking access with a secure pram, scooter and bike storage, while our off-street car park allows safe drop off and collection. With all-day parking nearby and easy access to the CBD by bus or tram, our centre is well positioned for families in neighbouring suburbs who commute to the CBD or Docklands. Open 52 weeks per year.
To be the early childhood service of choice amongst families within the City of Port Phillip, where all children experience holistic learning that is engaging and builds the foundation for success in life.
We are committed to providing an environment that supports all members of the service to experience physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.
We are committed to providing the children and the families of our community with an environment in which they feel a sense of belonging.
We work collaboratively with our community and offer effective teaching and learning strategies that reflect best practices.
Our Service is committed to taking an active role in caring for its environment and contributing to a sustainable future. We will
Actively strive to embed sustainable practices through our service operations and programming; ensure all staff, educators and children are supported to become environmentally responsible and respectful carers of both our natural and physical environment.
We acknowledge that children learn at their own pace and that learning is not always predictable and linear.
We have high expectations for every child and ensure that they experience success in their learning.
We endeavour to maximise opportunities for every child.
We provide learning opportunities and experiences within the educational program to enable children to gain knowledge and skills to take action to enhance health and wellbeing.
Our learning programs are guided by and reflect the Early Years Learning Framework and Victorian Early Years Learning and Developmental Framework.
We acknowledge that families may be related by birth, adoption or invitation, and we actively seek to develop a relationship between all families and educators.
We respect every child’s first language and strive to incorporate home and cultural experiences acknowledging that cultural history shapes learning and development.
Families are given opportunities to share their culture, language and home experiences.
We work with families to support their child’s learning and development at home and in the community.
We encourage families to become involved with the Centre and welcome participation in daily activities, decisions, events, fundraising and committee of management.
City Kids Early Learning Centre - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
03 9034 7096
About City Kids Early Learning Centre
City Kids Early Learning Centre first opened its doors in April 2010. We started with the vision of providing exceptional quality care and education, and that vision continues to this day. This privately-owned centre embodies the spirit of community and a sense of belonging, not only for our families but for the wonderful staff we employ. It is this vision and sense of community and belonging that has made City Kids a high standing early learning centre within the heart of Melbourne.
Throughout our centre, you will find dedicated and passionate staff who provide a nurturing and secure environment that allows children to reach their full potential. In addition to this, our focus is on providing rich learning opportunities through play and teacher-led experiences. Informed by the National and Victorian Frameworks (EYLF & VEYLF), we strive to achieve the fundamentals of the Framework, which are Being, Belonging and Becoming. We do this in partnership with our families, the most significant educators in a child’s life.
At City Kids, our education and care philosophy encompasses a friendly, welcome, and nurturing environment for our kids and their families.
At City Kids, we pride ourselves on having a passionate and dedicated team of educators.
Health & Wellbeing
One of our focuses is the health & wellbeing of our kids, including being sun smart, good nutrition, physical activity, and good mental health & wellbeing.
We make use of Storypark for our educators and parents to jointly view and contribute to their child’s educational journey.
KU Children’s Services - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
+61 2 9264 8367
KU is our place, where we all belong. A safe, calm community of children, parents and educators. We are very proud to welcome the large and diverse KU family of children, families and staff who experience KU with us each day. Side by side, we explore the world through many cultures and perspectives. KU children learn it’s OK to be different, and we can all be different together.
In 2020, the reach and impact of our services were significant.
Why Choose KU?
At KU, children find their voice. From their very first visit until they transition to school, KU children discover their sense of self and learn to respect others. Curious and social, they’re ready for the world. They’re happy with who they are and interested in who you are. No matter how big the conversation, they have their say. Throughout KU’s 130 services, children experience high-quality early education preschool, child care, early intervention and inclusion programs, and small acts of kindness happen every day. They learn it’s OK to be different, and we can all be different together.
KU is the place where we all belong.
A safe, calm community of children, parents and educators. All KU centres have been independently assessed against the National Quality Standard as amongst the highest quality in the country, and the results speak for themselves.
Environments as unique as your child
Even though KU centres are part of one of the largest and most trusted early education organisations, you will notice right away that no two centres are the same. Each centre is unique and offers its own opportunities to explore and reflect the local community.
Some KU centres are located in historically listed converted old churches, some are new, shiny and purpose-built, some KU programs are even run in the bush or on the beach.. . and that’s just how we like it!
Children and education, not profit
Since 1895, KU has been and proudly remains a not for profit organisation. Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come.
Any surplus we may make is reinvested into our local staff, our high-quality services and ensuring our long term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders or send them offshore.
What are KU’s Childcare and Early Learning programs?
KU’s childcare and early learning programs are designed exclusively for children aged 0-5 to help your child discover their sense of self, as well as their sense of security and belonging. Children are cared for in a positive and nurturing environment rich in natural and open-ended resources that includes spaces for discovery, adventure, exploration and relaxation. In every KU centre, our programs are led by University qualified Early Childhood Teachers. The educational programs take a holistic approach to your child’s development, designed to spark their curiosity and offer greater opportunities to enjoy meaningful experiences which provide the foundation for life-long learning.
As they grow and develop, children naturally expand their capability and capacity through their experiences within our quality learning environment, so their learning goes further.
Why are the early years so important?
From their very first moment, children are absorbing information and learning from the world and the people around them. In these early years, children learn important skills such as listening, consideration and reflection.
The skills children develop in a KU program become the foundation for lifelong learning, and in fact, can positively shape the way they approach learning for the rest of their lives.
What can you expect to see in an early learning program?
We encourage children to develop positive relationships and connections so that they begin to trust in their ability to take responsibility and challenge ideas.
For example, positive peer relationships support all children to learn from and learn with others in a safe, secure and engaging learning environment. It is important for all children to develop connections in their social world to support active participation that allows children to be challenged in their learning in a secure way.
Children are provided with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences and activities, including gardening, arts and crafts, music and movement, physical play, block building, sand and water play, science experiments, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as reading, drawing and writing.
Other activities your child will experience include group games where children can take ownership and be leaders in their play. Children are also encouraged to engage in small group experiences that build on their capabilities and confidence, as well as with their educators in caring for their learning environment through sustainable practices and caring for each other.
Inclusion in preschool
KU’s Education Support Team supports KU centres with the inclusion of children with additional needs. This may include children with diagnosed disabilities, challenging behaviour or social and emotional difficulties, as well as supporting families and educators when they have concerns about a child’s development. The team of Education Support Managers have qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Teaching as well as Post Graduate qualifications in Special Education or related fields. The Education Support Manager may visit the centre your child attends by direct request of the family, the centre, or as a part of general education support and may also liaise with therapists and other allied professionals.
Little Flyers Learning Centres - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
03 9629 4090
Our Declaration of Intent
Little Flyers Learning Centres adopt a Reggio Emilia approach to learning which believes that each child develops their own unique knowledge, beliefs, culture, learning style and values. We acknowledge that families are the child’s first teachers, and they are central to their child’s learning. Our educational programs ensure each child is respected as an individual within a group and is encouraged to reach their full potential.
We believe that children should develop connections and relationships with their communities and that everyone has the right to belong. Children, families and staff in our Centres will develop cultural competence and, in the process, create a shared culture where everyone feels safe, included, respected and valued. Our environments and learning experiences aspire to create positive and trustful relationships, courage, resilience, empowerment and wellbeing.
Children are encouraged to be empathetic and caring. They will experience success, joy and celebration, by taking risks in their learning, accepting and embracing diversity, developing confidence in themselves and learning from their mistakes. We know that children learn best when they are interested, curious and motivated. Educators will have high expectations of children and will work with them to co-construct knowledge through learning strategies such as play, inquiry, investigation and research.
Educators will scaffold children’s learning through a responsive curriculum and a commitment to assist children in their search for meaning. We acknowledge the many ways that children express themselves and communicate. We afford children a hundred ways to express their ideas: imaginative, symbolic, cognitive and metaphorical. Educators listen, document and assess children’s theories and knowledge and share these through documentation to families and the community.
From birth, children demonstrate an enthusiasm to learn, be creative, and possess an extreme curiosity about their world. Our goal is to provide a stimulating, interactive and nurturing learning environment which encourages each child to develop their social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills to their full potential. Our professionally developed educators tailor learning programs to suit each individual child.
(UNDER 2 YEARS)
Young children need lots of love and extra special care, and our Infant Care program provides just that for under 2-year-olds. Each dedicated infant room is a comfortable place filled with nurturing surroundings and loving care. Our program offers each child one-on-one and group activities, gentle play and safe exploration. It’s stimulating to the development of young minds without being overwhelming. Each infant’s needs are different, so we have flexible routines for babies under 12 months. There are areas for sleep, relaxing and personal space and the opportunity for outdoor experiences in the fresh air. And so that you don’t miss out on all those little things that happen each day, your child has their own personal learning journal that captures their journey as it unfolds.
For a toddler, the world is a magical place, full of constant learning and exploration. When caring for toddlers, we help facilitate that adventure along with positive emotional guidance helping them to understand the boundaries of their independence. We help provide structure to little lives through a consistent routine that includes free play, structured play, group times for music and language, and outdoor experiences. Our encouraging and nurturing staff are sensitive to the individual needs of each toddler’s social and emotional development. And each child has their own personal learning journal, which helps you follow them on their exciting journey of self-discovery.
Kimmba Bilingual Early Learning Centre - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9525 8314
Who Are We?
Kimmba Bilingual Learning Inc. was a not-for-profit association organised by Jo Jo Bilingual Education Program founder Mrs Marisha Theeboom and had the help of a group of volunteer mothers with professional backgrounds as committee members.
Without their hard work, professional knowledge in their own specific areas, and strong support since 2007, we wouldn’t have this wonderful, educational bilingual early learning centre today, which has been specially set up for Melbourne’s young learners since 2012 at St Kilda East.
The bilingual early learning program developed by Marisha Theeboom also helps participant children and their families understand other cultures, thus promoting community cohesion and harmony.
Kimmba Bilingual Early Learning Centre is the first long day care service in Australia that offers 4 languages spontaneously to children daily. Its multilingual program aims at the acceptance of families and children who come from different nationalities and backgrounds and who speak different languages because we believe that a society that accepts its peoples’ colours, races, languages, and even religions is a successful, well-functioning society and one in which we would like our children to live and grow. This aim has exceeded the NQF and reached the NS outcomes way beyond DET assessors can measure with their standard assessment tool.
As migrants, we would like to see multiculturalism in Australia continue to succeed and, in doing so, promote the diversities of the world’s cultures without any language barriers.
Our core values
Learning & Fun
At Kimmba, we use play-based learning experiences that make learning fun, not a chore.
We provide delicious healthy meals, building a foundation of healthy eating for growing kids.
By focusing on safety, we stamp out bullying early to create an all-inclusive space.
Let kids be kids! We provide an interactive space where your kids can grow, learn and play.
To run a successful early learning language program, we need lots of support. At Kimmba, we are actively engaged in community work. We’ve supported the Alannah and Madeline silent auction fundraising event in 2014. We are always open to new ideas of gaining ongoing support from our sponsors to continuously provide a unique bilingual early learning program for young learners and their families. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting us with the running of our preschool language education program.
Tommaso Fiaschi Child Care Centre - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
At Tommaso Fiaschi Child Care Centre, we understand the role quality childcare plays in establishing a solid base from which children can develop and grow. We believe children are individuals and should be treated accordingly. We encourage children to develop a strong sense of self, recognise their own worth, and create their own identity. This ensures the rights and needs of all our children are respected.
Our programs are designed to encourage play and stimulate learning. Routines allow children a sense of stability and security. We encourage and support children to participate in all activities, irrespective of their ability, enabling them the best opportunity to develop to their full potential.
We recognise the importance of good nutritional habits and have attained the Start Right Eat Right Award, which acknowledges best practices in nutrition and food service in long daycare centres in Victoria. Our children enjoy a two-course lunch plus snacks which include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as meat and dairy. We encourage a pleasant, relaxed environment for eating, and younger children are offered foods suitable to this age group. All food is freshly prepared daily at the centre.
Our Waiting List
All children seeking a place at our centre need to be on the waiting list. The procedure is easy, just fill in the waiting list and send or e-mail to the centre. When a place becomes available, you will be notified of the vacancy. If you wish to take place, you will discuss orientation with the centre manager and the room staff. All children are individuals, and some need a longer period to settle than others.
Claim Child Care Subsidy
On 2 July 2018, the child care subsidy and additional child care subsidy replaced the previous child care fee assistance payment( child care benefit and Child Care Rebate). Child care Subsidies will generally be paid directly to your approved child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.
Inspection of our centre
Families are welcome to visit our centre at any time except at general sleep time between 12.00 and 2.30 pm. While we endeavour to be available to show you around, our priority is the care of the children, and we may not always be available. You can always telephone to make a time to be shown around on 03 93471484.
Assessment of Services
The National Quality Standard(NQS) promotes continuous quality improvement. Children’s education and care services covered under the Education and Care Services National Law are assessed and rated against the NQS. Tommaso Fiaschi awarded meeting National Quality Standard for all seven quality areas.
- Professional music and movement sessions
- Italian classes
- Shaded outdoor areas
- Reverse cycle air-conditioning in each room
- Gate and security systems at the front entrance
- Mini Maestros Music Program
- State-funded preschool program for 4-year-olds
Little Assets - Childcare Melbourne, Victoria
 9620 2888
EXCEPTIONAL CARE & LEARNING IN OUR CENTRES
Everyone needs that peace of mind in knowing their child is happy and thriving when spending time apart at a family daycare. That’s why at Little Assets, we’re committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment where your child can learn and grow – while having fun. Our passionate, qualified educators offer a play-centred curriculum based on the Australian Government Early Years Learning Framework. So, your child will receive the best quality education provider and care to help them reach their full potential. It all happens at one of our quality childcare centre’s near you, offering indoor/outdoor play and learning areas for specific age groups from six weeks to six years.
WHO WE ARE
At Little Assets, we understand that deciding who will care for your child when you’re apart is a big step. That’s why we take pride in providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for your child – and for you.
We want you to feel as comfortable and inspired as your little ones when they engage in our beautiful indoor/outdoor learning spaces with natural elements. Our encouraging educators, by their side.
We want you to have confidence in knowing your child is receiving a dynamic, high-quality education. One that is centred around your child’s unique self. Structured by progressive, flexible routines. And celebrates the fun of being a child.
We’re here for your child – and for you because working together is how the best learning happens. So, we welcome you to engage us with any questions or concerns.
And of course, enjoy our centre as much as your child will.
OUR PARENT COMPANY
Little Assets is proudly owned and operated by Asset 1, an active participant in the Australian property industry since the mid-1970s.
Asset 1 is more than just property developers of new residential housing. They are visionaries – creators of real communities like ours, who are continually strengthened by solid business strategies and profitable growth.
Together with Asset 1, we look forward to flourishing as a childcare community – now and into the future.
Little Assets was founded on the belief that every child deserves the best possible early childhood education. And we believe this begins with providing a safe, nurturing and engaging environment where your child feels happy and loved.
A place that values every child’s identity, culture, individual strengths, and interests to build their confidence, well-being, and enthusiasm to learn.
This is who we are at Little Assets.
We are a centre that embraces the effectiveness of play-based learning. We are a centre that embraces the effectiveness of play-based learning, using the practices, principles and outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards. We continuously encourage children to make choices, discover, create, explore, communicate openly – while having fun in our welcoming, well-resourced environments.
We also believe in continuous professional development for our educators, ensuring your child always receives the best quality education.
Finally, we celebrate the diversity of every family, recognising that learning primarily happens at home. For this reason, we strongly value an open partnership with families – one in which we’ll always honour the individual needs and aspirations of you and your child.
Because every child deserves the best possible early childhood education.
Small Class and Group Sizes
Small group size and class size mean more one-on-one time between teachers and students. It also allows teachers to create a stronger bond with the children in their classes, making the children feel safe.
Staff with Higher Education and Continuing-Teacher Training
Centres that employ staff with prior teaching experience in early childhood development means that they know how to tailor the curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways. It’s also beneficial to be a part of an education program that encourages its directors and staff to further their skills, providing them with the opportunity to evolve within the ever-changing landscape of the educational system.
Low Staff/Teacher Turnover
This is beneficial for a few reasons. First, it allows the staff to stay familiar with the children and build stronger relationships. Second, it also means that the team is well cared for by their employer and enjoys their job, making it far more likely to put extra time and effort into their teaching.
Positive Teacher/Child Interactions
It’s essential to observe how the teachers at a child care centre interact with their students. If the teachers seem stressed out or flustered, it can be a sign of poor organisation or lack of leadership. The children should be in a positive environment where learning looks fun and organic, not chaotic.
National Accreditation and Licensing Standards
Child care centres that receive national accreditation and meet the minimum licensing standards demonstrate both the ability and the intent to provide higher than average care for the children who attend them. It proves that they set the bar high and have the results to demonstrate it.
Good Health and Safety Practices
Young children aren’t known for their health and safety practices. Providing high-quality child care is a large part of ensuring that the children, teachers, and families who walk through the doors every day practice proper safety, hygiene, and emergency protocol. In addition, teachers should know what to do and who to contact in case of an emergency.
Between 0 and 18 Months
How old does a baby have to be for daycare? In some cases, parents wish to return to work as soon as possible. However, sometimes this can be a little too early to start childcare. Babies are forming attachments to their primary caregivers at an early age, and it is a very important part of childhood development. With this in mind, it is still possible to find daycare for this age group.
Smaller group sizes would be required for childcare for a baby. This creates a family-like dynamic that would allow interaction and attention more on a one-on-one basis. The downside to daycare at this age would be that not many caregivers will have space for babies due to class size ratios.
Between 18 months and 3 years
This is the age where children tend to have a lot of energy and curiosity. Toddlers entering this phase in their lives are growing and exploring and need special attention in a daycare setting.
The positives of enrolling your child at this age are that they will exercise creativity and active participation.
The downside to introducing your child in this age group to daycare is that the service provider will need to have a safe, encouraging facility and program. This means playtime is a must, and that will require additional supervision. This may rule out smaller providers or at home family daycare centres.
Between 3 Years and 5 Years
Since children in this age group are much closer to entering preschool, their requirements are very different. As they are at that stage where they are learning general life skills, they are developing a sense of independence. However, they will also still need to follow instructions and behave appropriately.
The good outweighs the bad when looking at whether or not this is the best age for kids to start daycare. Daycare providers able to prepare your child for the step into formal schooling would be beneficial at this point. However, there also has to be plenty of opportunities to learn through play and interaction with others.
As you can see, there is no clear indicator to tell you when you and your child are ready for childcare. In addition, having to return to work may force the issue or speed up the process for many, and it may have no bearing on the decision for others.
Generally speaking, waiting until after your child has had their first birthday can be a good time to start looking into a childcare service. After that, many parents look to between one and two years of age. But as for knowing when the best age to start daycare arrives in your home, only you will know.
Centre location and value
Make a list of all of the childcare centres in your local area and contact each to obtain their annual fees and any additional costs. Additional costs might include catering, special events or even waiting list fees. Don’t decide on price alone, but take into account proximity to your home and workplace. Would it be more convenient to have a centre closer to where you live or work?
Educator training, qualifications and staffing levels
Assessing the training and education level of the staff is a good place to start when comparing childcare centres. Does the centre have a good mix of experienced senior childcare professionals and the energy and enthusiasm of trained newcomers to the industry? The National Quality Framework sets minimum standard requirements for early childhood teaching qualifications. You should also ask about the educator-to-child ratio to understand how many children will be in the group and how many carers will be looking after them.
Healthy children’s menus and allergy awareness programs
Healthy menus equal healthy minds. As children take on the big step of attending childcare or preschool, they must be enjoying healthy meals that keep their energy levels steady. A growing number of childcare centres offer healthy eating initiatives, including in-house chefs, kitchen gardens, and edible gardening programs.
Food allergies are also an increasing concern for parents of young children, so it’s important to have educated kitchen staff who understand food allergies and have in place a management plan for food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Stimulating curriculum and engagement programs
The Early Years Learning Framework guides childcare providers on the principles, practices, and outcomes that support and enhance early learning from birth to age five and the transition period into school. This framework is used to construct the curriculum and engagement programs at childcare centres and preschools. These programs should encourage children to learn, interact and develop through child-centred play and learning activities, and call centres have their unique differences. Ask about the program inclusions to learn more, and choose a program that reflects your child’s family values and interests, needs, and personality.
Modern infrastructure and up-to-date childcare management technology
Professional, caring, and engaging staff are more important than having the latest play equipment, but take note of the age and condition of the central infrastructure. You’ll want to look for a centre that is well equipped with safe and modern infrastructure and learning resources. Importantly, the childcare centre should be tech-savvy and link into the Child Care Management System—a nationwide software network for childcare centres.
Choose the right service for your family.
The first step in easing your child’s transition is choosing the best care option for your child within your local area – whether that be family daycare, centre-based child care, preschool or kindergarten. You will feel much more comfortable sending them off on this new adventure if you are confident that you have chosen the care option and individual service that best suits your child and family.
Spend time getting ready together
Talk gently with your child about the upcoming transition, being mindful that the aim is to prepare your child for what is ahead without making them overly anxious or too excited. For example, take them shopping for a new backpack or lunch box and drink bottle just for ‘school.’ Read stories about starting child care or kindergarten. These types of interactions will help to create a bridge between home and school.
Take advantage of any orientation opportunities offered by the service.
Orientation sessions aim to provide your child with a chance to become familiar with the physical space, staff, routines and other children. It is a great idea to start visiting the service a few weeks before your child starts to care, and multiple visits are very valuable.
Work together with your service to provide the best care and education for your child.
The importance of positive family-centre communication cannot be underestimated when it comes to quality early childhood programs. After all, the family is the richest source of information about the individual child, and a true learning community welcomes the contributions of all of its members. Both the centre/school and the individual family share responsibility for regular communication about the child.
Regarding children starting in a new program or service, many centres/schools will provide a survey or questionnaire about your child, their family, interests, development and routines in addition to a standard enrolment form (like the sample shown below). This information is important for helping staff welcome your child into the service and adjusting routines and programs to incorporate their individual needs for care and the learning program.
Acknowledge your anxiety privately.
It’s important to model a sense of confidence and calm to your child as children are very perceptive and will sense how you feel about the upcoming transition. However, it is perfectly understandable if you need to take a private moment to acknowledge your feelings about the change.
Don’t be afraid to check in if you feel you need to
Do not hesitate to call your child’s service if you are worried about how they have settled. When you collect your child, ask staff how the day went and check their daily record sheet or program for further information about your child’s day. These snippets of information will help you to talk with your child about their day.
They’ll develop good habits.
Daily routines help children feel safe and secure. They’re also a great way to teach children healthy habits, like brushing their teeth or washing their hands. In addition, when children know what to expect each day, they’re more likely to be calm, settled and get into good sleeping habits. Over time, this early childhood development and education will help them start taking charge of daily activities, like getting dressed and packing their bag.
Childcare is ideal for helping your child get into a good routine. Educators know what skills your child needs to develop and use various techniques to help them develop these skills in a safe, structured environment. This not only prepares your child for kindergarten but makes family life easier, so you spend less time trying to get your child to cooperate and more time enjoying each other’s company.
They’ll develop literacy and numeracy skills.
Literacy and numeracy skills form a foundation for child education, but it’s more than just reading, writing and counting. Children learn literacy skills by listening to stories, talking about pictures and drawing shapes on paper. They learn numeracy skills by singing and playing music or pouring sand into containers of different sizes.
The literacy and numeracy skills your child learns before they start school dramatically impact their academic success later in life. For example, research shows that children who attend childcare for three years or more perform much better on year 4 literacy and numeracy tests1, while 18 months of preschool has a greater impact on literacy and numeracy levels at age 11 than all six years of primary school1.
They’ll develop emotional resilience.
Childcare gives your child an opportunity to develop social skills, which helps them form healthy relationships with other people. Early start child care will help them learn how to get along with other children, share and take turns, listen to others, communicate their ideas and become independent. Then, as your child grows older, they will use their talents to develop friendships that influence their sense of identity and future.
Childcare also helps your child develop emotional resilience. Research suggests that when they start childcare, kids who attend childcare at 2-3 years of age are more likely to be attentive and better able to cope with their emotions. Studies have even found that parents benefit from sending their children to childcare, reaping social, emotional, and even financial rewards from their relationships with other families at the centre.
They’ll enjoy a successful future.
Did you know the benefits of early childhood education can last a lifetime? In the United States, a 30-year survey revealed that adults who had a high-quality early childhood education from 0-5 years were more likely to be continuously employed and to graduate from university.
The skills that your child learns in the early years of their life are crucial for their social, emotional and academic performance. For example, research reveals that children who do not attend nursery or early childhood education are 50% more likely to start school with a developmental vulnerability.
They’ll develop a lifelong love of learning.
A high-quality early childhood education at a childcare centre will not only look after your child safe while you work but also inspire a lifelong love of learning. In addition, early childhood education can provide children with social and cognitive experiences that help them become independent and develop a positive attitude to learning. These skills help your child settle into primary school and drive their academic success4.
Whether your child is starting school next year or a few years, consider giving them an early start child care by sending them to a childcare centre that provides high-quality early childhood development education in fun, caring and supportive environment.