Families are important to us
'The Centre acknowledges that families are children's first and most influential educators.' Centre Mission Statement 2013-2017
How we operate
The Centre is located on the east side of the Melbourne campus with access off the Ring Road between car park six and the AgriBio Building. The Centre has a 15 minute pickup drop off zone at the front of the building, we also have disabled access.
The Centre operates five days per week (Monday through to Friday) from 8.15 am to 6.15 pm.
Booked care fees are payable to the Centre for staff and students of the University from the start of the Academic year (usually March) through to the end of the University examination period (usually end of November). Community family’s fees are chargeable from the 1 January to 31 December. Fees will not be charged when the Centre is closed.
- First two weeks of January
- Australia day
- Easter (including Tuesday)
- ANZAC day
- Queens Birthday, and
- Usually around the 23 December
Demand for care
Due to a high demand for care, prospective parents are encouraged to place their details on our waitlist as soon as possible.
The Service achieves high quality ratings when undertaking external assessment. Across the whole service we work on child staff:ratios above those required under Regulation. The Centre also has higher staff ratios with higher levels of qualification than required under regulation. These factors along with our beautiful physical surrounds increase the demand.
There is an established list of families interested in obtaining a position at the Centre with major intakes being at the start of each academic year. However, requiring a start at the beginning of each year still does not guarantee you a position - it is all about availability. There are many variables that impact that availability.
Access will depend on your child’s age, the days required, and what is vacant.
Mid-year intake will be reliant on families leaving our service or reducing the hours they require. Availability of a mid-year start is difficult for us to determine.
Visits to the Centre (whilst on wait list or interested in going on the waitlist)
Book a visit
For families looking to use All Day Care or Sessional Care, please call and make arrangements to visit the Centre.
Visits are generally held at 10.30 or 2.30 with the staff in your child’s playroom.
Because this is the children’s 'home away from home', careful planning is required to ensure positive experiences for children and yourselves as visitors.
Open days - Margot Prior Wing
Due to overwhelming demand the Margot Prior Wing has restricted visitations.
The Margot Prior Wing has two open days per year, please go to Margot Prior Wing - Autism Specific Early Learning and Care.
Note: The fees shown below are a guide only.
The fees charged by the centre are the maximum amount payable. Australian residents can apply to the Family Assistance Office to have these fees reduced via Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR); some families may also be eligible for the JET scheme. The amount your fees will be reduced will depend upon your family's taxable income.
Note: The centre cannot determine your eligibility for Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate or the JET scheme.
To determine your eligibility please contact:
The Department of Human Services
Hours: 8am to 6pm
W: Family Assistance
All Day Care and ASELCC
|Care Type||Maximum Fee charged (from Jan 2018)*||Depending upon income, CCB out of pocket fees can range from (min to max)|
|All Day Care per day (10 hours per day)||$132.00||$84.70 to $132.00|
|All Day Care per week (50 Hours)||$547.00||$332.00 to $547.00|
La Trobe University also provides some financial assistance to students accessing Sessional Care in the form of reduced fees.
|Care Type||Maximum Fee Charged (from January 2018)*|
Student Services Administrative Fee (student rebate) per session
|Depending upon income, CCB out of pocket fees can range from (min to max) per session|
|Sessional Care Per Session||$42.00||$19.50||$10.67 to $42.00|
*Fees displayed on this site are subject to change without notice. Please contact the centre directly if you require confirmation of current fees, on T: (03) 9479 2122.
** JET families' fees may be reduced further if eligible. The Centre can provide further information on this program.
The Department Human Services now provide a site where you can obtain an estimate of the cost of care. The rates provided by this estimator are indicative only. Refer to link above: Family Assistance.
What else do I need to know?
Take a tour of our facilities.
Families contributing to children's learning.