Childcare

We manage the operation of five long day care centres, two occasional care services and Family Day Care (home-based care). All of our long day care services also deliver funded kindergarten programs within the centre.

We deliver high quality education and care services services to families and children to strengthen their ability to develop learn and grow. We are committed to working in respectful relationships with families and the wider community to meet their diverse needs and build community capacity. Throughout our centres we will strive to promote and provide opportunities for everyone through community connectedness, skill building, health promotion and social supports.

For more information about our centres, contact our Childcare team on 9243 8888.

For information on childcare options, centres in your area, government help with the cost of care and choosing a quality service, visit MyChild or call 1800 670 305 between Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm.

Childcare registration process

The Moonee Valley Central Registration Service is a system that allows families to submit one registration form for all Council managed childcare centres, rather than applying to each individual service.

The scheme is an electronic database that records, sorts and allocates preferences according to the Priority of Access Guidelines.

To register, please contact the Central Registration Team on 9243 8888 or email childcareenrol@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Council managed childcare centres 

Flemington Street Children's Centre

Address: 80 Flemington Street, Flemington
Phone: 9243 1320
Fax: 9243 1299

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Flemington Street Children’s Centre is a community of learners that exists in the interest of children’s, families, and staff’s well being and learning.  We recognise that diversity enriches and build’s strength, we foster positive constructive and productive partnerships working together as a team with a common purpose.
We believe that, families are the first and ongoing creator of environments for children. We respect, support and encourage parents in their role of raising their children. We work in partnership with all our families to ensure that every child has the freedom to explore and experiment within a warm trusting and caring atmosphere, promoting diversity, fun and the celebration of discoveries.

We accept that we have a responsibility to parents and educators of children in our centre, we communicate to parents and educators regarding children’s safety health and development care and education. We are strongly committed to developing an environment that supports children to reach their full potential, to encourage and support families in their important roles in raising happy and healthy children. We continue to research, learn and become increasingly aware of current trends in the early childhood profession.  We share our knowledge with everyone.
As professional peers we encourage a sense of being a part of a team. We promote professional development for all team members, we are sensitive to the needs of each other, are cheerful, and maintain a sense of humour. Educators advocate for safe and suitable work environments. We foster a team approach, where staff are respected as individuals and valuable team members.

We provide a child centred educational program, that focuses on the process of the creation is more important than the end product.  We encourage each child’s unique creativity in the program and ensure that the environments are set up based on individual and group interest.  We believe that through playing alongside the children, that we gain a deeper understanding of what each child can do, knows and understands.
We believe that a centre’s philosophy changes as new insights are gained and practices evaluated this is evident as Flemington Street Children’s Centre is participating in a research project titled: Victorian Advancing Early Learning study in partnership with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.  The study involves educators implementing the 3a approach.

The Abecedarian Approach Australia, known as 3a, is a set of strong teaching and learning strategies (Ramey, Sparling, 2012).  The strategies have been designed  in conjunction with existing curriculum and at Flemington Street it aligns with the emergent play based curriculum .  The approach consists of four elements:

  • Language priority: a commitment to make every experience an opportunity for talking, listening and learning language;
  • Learning Games: 200 experiences or games arranged in ages, played between an adult and one or two children;
  • Conversational Reading: Individual and pair reading that emphasises back and forth communication; and
  • Enriched Caregiving: intentionally adding educational content to the daily, repeated routines of care.

At Flemington St Children’s Centre we have just completed the first year of a three year study in which educators have gained many new skills, specifically targeting extending children’s vocabulary. The 3a strategies will continue to be embedded in our planning for children’s learning and development. Information will also be made available for families to support some of these strategies at home as well.

Hopetoun Early Years Centre

Address: 220 Racecourse Rd, Flemington
Phone:
9243 1680

Strathmore Children's Centre

Address: Loeman St, Strathmore
Phone:
9243 1200

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The newly redeveloped Strathmore Children’s Centre has been designed to be a one-stop shop for families, with a range of integrated services all under one roof.

The redevelopment project has increased the capacity of the centre to 76 places, relocated maternal and child health services to the childcare centre site, as well as added a beautiful new playground and extra community space.

This new environmentally sustainable, accessible, state-of-the-art centre will provide much needed family and children’s services in the Strathmore area, including childcare, preschool and Maternal and Child Health.

Being part of Strathmore Children’s Centre means being part of a community and having a sense of belonging, where our children can be children, in an unhurried, relaxed environment.  Children are heard, happy, confident and families are part of an extended unit. In partnership with families our educators will share priorities, ideas and visions resulting in the best outcomes for children.

As a community we believe children should have opportunities to have input and guidance into the experiences provided for them, feeling supported and respected in our child initiated program that is based on their interests and the ideas that emerge from this.  The uniqueness of each family is recognised and valued and we welcome visits, suggestions and participation for the rich learning opportunities that this gives to our service.

Our Educators place the children’s well being first and foremost, both as the child and the emerging adult that they will become.  We believe children learn and develop best when exploring their world through stimulating and challenging play.  Our indoor/outdoor program will consequently provide children every opportunity to enjoy and incorporate nature into their everyday, as direct exposure to nature is essential for children’s healthy physical and emotional development.

Strathmore Children’s Centre has a backbone of traditional values, holding friendship, respect, fairness, teamwork, family and community, central to our way of life.

Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children

Address: 1-5 Keilor Park Drive, East Keilor
Phone:
9289 1500
Fax:
9289 1599

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Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children (MILDCC) is a safe and vibrant facility for children, families and the community of Moonee Valley. The centre provides opportunities for community connectedness, skill building, health promotion and social supports. It is an environmentally sustainable state-of-the-art facility offering:

Outdoor Learning Environment

Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children (MILDCC) is very proud of our extensive and inviting outdoor play environment. Educators plan and make the most of learning opportunities in both outdoor, and indoor, environments.

Young children need space, fresh air, exercise and opportunity to explore and play in natural outdoor environments. This is extremely important in keeping children fit and healthy, tackling the obesity epidemic and encouraging a deep and lasting connection with nature and the environment. Every day at MILDCC children have the opportunity to engage in play in our exciting outdoor learning environment.

Outdoor learning environments are living, breathing spaces that change every day. MILDCC offers children many elements to stimulate their senses, language development, imagination and understanding of their world. Through providing a space with sand, bark, grass, water, pebbles, and dirt children learn about the many elements of the natural physical world and relate in a hands-on, open-ended manner. Children observe, discover, question, reflect and document within natural outdoor environments.

Materials such as rocks, logs, sand, water, living gardens and plants provide endless opportunities, challenges and ideas for children’s play. These features are particularly important given the urban nature of a modern childhood. Children gain an understanding of the elements of nature and interact in a meaningful and purposeful manner. Children develop their fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, balance and coordination through engaging in outdoor play.

At MILDCC we value the beauty of natural objects and our natural environment. ‘It might be caterpillars in a tree, the changing colour of leaves or the types of visiting birds; all provide a focus for children’s innate curiosity’ (S.Elliot & J.Davis 2008, p.5). We aim to develop a sense of life-long curiosity and sense of wonder in the natural world. We ensure sufficient supervision in our indoor and outdoor spaces by working with high staff: low child ratios. We value the benefits of children building confidence and learning to take risks within a safe and supervised setting. We believe in children having choices to learn in both indoor and outdoor environments and advocate for the benefits of outdoor and indoor learning spaces.

Shuter Street Occasional Care

Address: 20 Shuter St, Moonee Ponds
Phone:
9243 1880

Montgomery Park Children's Centre

Address: 47 Lawson St, Essendon
Phone: 9375 1951
Fax:
9375 7379

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Community managed childcare centres 

Opening hours and fees

The following operating hours and fees are current as of 1 July 2016.

Childcare centres

Childcare Operatinghours Daily fee Weekly fee Health Care Card holders daily
Flemington Street Children's Centre 7.15am-6.15pm $109 $525 $101
Hopetoun Early Years Centre 7.30am-6pm $109 $525 $101
Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children 7am-6pm $109 $525 $101
Strathmore Children's Centre 7.30am-6pm $109 $525 $101
Montgomery Park Children's Centre 7.15am-6pm $105 $525 $97

Occasional care centres

Occasional care Operating hours Hourlyfee Hourly concession fee
Shuter Street Occasional Care

Monday: 8.30am-3pm

Tuesday-Friday: 8.30am-5pm

$13 n/a

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:17 AM