News & events for families

Places available at Hopetoun Early Years Centre

Hopetoun Early Years Centre has a number of integrated kindergarten and long day care places still available for residents.

Hopetoun offers high quality integrated kindergarten and long day care for children from birth until their first year of school. It's perfect for those families who are looking for child care or integrated kindergarten not only during the day but also outside of kindergarten session hours and over the school holidays.

At Hopetoun, families can access a range of services all in the one place, including onsite maternal and child health nurses and allied health services.

Families of preschool-aged children are encouraged to give the centre a call on 9243 1680 to organise their personal tour of the newly refurbished child care facility.

Walk to kinder and childcare in October

This October, children in childcare and kindergarten are encouraged to walk with their family to their program to be ready to play and learn as part of VicHealth's Walk to School initiative.

We want all children have the best start in life with improved health and family wellbeing for all children and their families. Regular physical activity is important for children’s growth, development and emotional wellbeing. Physical activity gets children ready to play and learn. It is recommended that pre-schoolers require up to three hours of physical activity per day.

Read more about the Walk to School program.


It’s time to get active with these FREE activities just for kids! Registrations are now open for Active8, with eight weeks of free activities for everyone to enjoy.

From 1 October until 26 November there’ll be a whole range of events and activities to get you and your children active including kids yoga, calisthenics, active kids story time and much more.

Join now at the Active8 page.

Celebrating Children's Week

Kicking off from Saturday, 21 October to Sunday, 29 October, this year’s Children’s Week events will celebrate children’s rights, talents and citizenship.

A diverse range of events and activities are being organised across the state, focusing on children’s needs and achievements.

We encourage children, families and community members to get involved and celebrate children’s achievements by visiting local services and schools during Children’s Week.

View the full program of events and activities happening in Moonee Valley.

You can also find more information on Children’s Week through the Children’s Week Council of Australia.

Moonee Valley Quilt Project

We are pleased to launch a cross-generational art project, the Moonee Valley Quilt Project, which has seen three diverse groups collaborate to celebrate the artistic expression of local children.

With the help of the Essendon Quilters and the Aberfeldie Men’s Shed, the artwork of 183 children from the 2016 Moonee Valley Festival has been immortalised in 11 colourful quilts, demonstrating the diversity of images that make up children’s views of the world. Each quilt includes a square representing the creativity and dedication of the quilters and the enthusiasm of the Men’s Shed to lend a hand building the wooden hangers.

The Essendon Quilters ‘Quilts for Others’ group have made quilts for hospitals, community agencies, kindergartens, sports clubs. They are currently planning for a range of quilt projects for a range of community service agencies including women’s refuge and nursing homes.

The quilts were launched in July 2017 at the Incinerator Gallery and will be rotated around various Moonee Valley childcare centres, kindergartens and libraries, until November.

Watch a video from the launch:

Quilt Tour calendar

The quilts will be on display at various Moonee Valley libraries and childcare centres from July to November.

  • Ascot Vale Library: Friday, 29 September – end of November
  • Avondale Heights Library: Friday, 29 September – end of November
  • Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children: Friday, 29 September – end of November
  • Moonee Valley Civic Centre: Friday, 28 July – Friday, 22 September
  • Niddrie Library: Friday, 29 September – end of November

Contemporary Quilting – Colour and Community Exhibition

When: Saturday, 9 December 2017 – Sunday, 14 January 2018
Where: Incinerator Gallery, Boadle Hall, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Last updated: Monday, 23 October 2017, 9:19 PM