Services to families & children

Our philosophy

Children are active learners who are capable and resourceful. We value and respect them as unique citizens with rights. We help them develop their full potential through innovative play-based programs delivered by nurturing professional staff and educators. We provide them with exciting, environmentally conscious and safe environments in which they can express themselves, learn and grow.

Playing is at the core of children’s discovery and learning experience. Our programs incorporate play as the primary and most important educational tool. Playing enables children to develop great skills and interact with one another, with adults and with their environment.

We believe the best outcomes for children are achieved when staff and parents work in close partnership. We work respectfully with families and the wider community to meet diverse needs and build community capacity. We empower families to raise happy, healthy children in vibrant and connected communities and seek their input to cultivate and build our programs. We collaborate across programs to ensure a holistic approach to children’s learning and development.

Our direction

Our Moonee Valley Early Years Plan provides strategic direction for our services to the community. It is closely aligned with the Council Plan and its strategic objectives in providing access to quality services that maximise children’s development and increase participation in community life.

Our guiding principles for the plan affirm that we will:

  • Action the Rights of the Child and a Child Friendly City.
  • Respect and listen to the voice of the child through ongoing children’s participation as active citizens.
  • Encourage activities that challenge children and ourselves in policy making and programming.
  • Facilitate children’s transition to independence.
  • Engage and support parents as vital first educators and recognise their role is central to a child’s early life.
  • Provide a universally relevant plan which will support active inclusion and equity of access for children,
    families and communities.
  • Foster social connections and accessibility and promote belonging and ownership to community.

Our services

We offer a range of early childhood services for families. Our services are there for families and children who live, work or study in Moonee Valley, to strengthen their ability to develop and grow.

We support children from birth to school through:

Our services work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their families. Visit the specific service page for detailed explanations of what these services include.

When children get a bit older, they are supported by our Youth Development team.

Family Services offer support to families with children from birth to 17 years of age.

Integrated early years centres

We continuously strive to service our community better. Providing a one stop shop location for early years services has proven to be a convenient way for families to meet the individual needs of children at different ages and stages.

A number of our preschools provide long day care and are co-located with maternal and child health services.

Our integrated service model delivered at Milleara offers a range of services under one roof including childcare, preschool and three year old programs, Maternal and Child Health, Family Services and complementary programs such as parent groups.

We are also looking at incorporating additional services such as health promotion programs and flexible use of space for community groups

Integrated services can be found at the following locations across our city:

Our policies

It is important for families to read and understand the policies when starting in our education and care services. 

This is in line with the Education and Care Services National Regulations.


Other relative policies

For more information

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Western Metropolitan Region Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
71 Moreland St
Footscray 3011
Ph: 9275 7000

TTY Service

If you have a hearing and/or speech impairment, call 1800 639 327. This is a free call unless you are calling from a mobile or pay phone.

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 1:45 AM