Prospective families

Families are important to us

To provide exemplary care and learning in an inclusive early childhood service that nurtures each child's potential, values the diversity of the families they belong to and the staff who work with them, and promotes learning within our community

Centre Mission Statement

Our Educational Philosophy

Our Educational Philosophy:

We believe in providing children with a nurturing and inclusive environment, where each child’s uniqueness and capabilities are celebrated. We seek and create meaningful connections with the children, their families, the University, wider community and our natural environment. Experiencing these connections allows children to explore their own sense of identity and wellbeing, while encouraging acceptance and respect for their community and the rich diversity of our world.

We view children as active participants in their own learning. We co-construct educational experiences with children, providing intentional learning opportunities, both planned and spontaneous and always responsive to the child.  We work within the principles of Reggio Emilia and the Group Early Start Denver Model.

What is the Reggio Emilia approach?

What is the Early Start Denver Model?

Partnership with families:

Our Centre recognises and values families as the child’s first and leading educator and endeavour to collaborate with families through a range of strategies, including;

  • Observing, documenting and communicating children’s progress with families
  • Collaboratively establishing learning goals for children with families
  • Weekly and daily communication about the room schedule and curriculum
  • Facilitating family participation in the room curriculum

Our programs

We offer three core early childhood education programs:

  • All Day Care
  • Sessional Care
  • Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre

For more information, please see below

All Day Care

Our All Day Care program provides long day care for children from 6 weeks through to 6 years, on a part- and full-time basis. Children are grouped by age, with qualified early educators in each room. In addition, our Centre operates an integrated funded 4-year-old Kindergarten program and a 3-year-old Kindergarten program, led by a qualified Kindergarten teacher.

RoomRatioChildren Per RoomAge Group
Koala1:480 – 12 months
Joey1:41012 – 24 months
Cockatoo1:41212 – 24 months
Butterfly1:4 under 3
1:11 over 3 years
122 - 3 years
Bottlebrush1:4 under 3
1:11 over 3 years
162 - 3 years
Bunjil1:11263 - 4 years
Eagle1:11264 - 6 years

Sessional Care

Our Sessional Care program provides a rich early learning environment for children from 6 weeks through to 6 years, on a sessional basis. Children are grouped by age, across two rooms, with qualified early educators in each room.

This program enables families, primarily La Trobe University students and staff, to access early education and care for their child/ren, for the time required by the family only, consequently supporting the entire family. Program sessions are;

Session Times:

  • Session 1 - 7:30am to 10:45am
  • Session 2 - 10:45am to 1:15pm
  • Session 3 - 1:15pm to 3:45pm
  • Session 4 - 3:45pm to 6:15pm
RoomRatioChildren Per RoomAge Group
Gum Blossom1:4 under 3
1:11 over 3 years
182 - 5 years

Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre

The ASELCC program offers education, care and early intervention to young children with autism across 2 specialist rooms, and in our All Day Care rooms, as part of an inclusive program. The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in combination with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), underpins the ASELCC program. Our highly trained team deliver early intervention as part of daily routines and small and large group experiences.

Orientation process

We understand that beginning in the Centre is an important time for families. Before beginning care in our Centre, we recommend that you visit the Centre with your child and see the rooms, meet the staff and familiarise your child with our environment before your child commences.

If this is your child's first experience in care, more orientation visits prior to commencing care and/or shorter days at the beginning of their enrolment can support the transition process. This approach also gives you an opportunity to see how our rooms work, establish a relationship with the education team in your child's room (and other families) and enable you to ask any questions that you might have about the Centre.

Please include in your child's bag each day:

  • A drink bottle (please take home to wash each night)
  • A few changes of clothes for mishaps with spills, messy play, drinks, etc. We also value nature play, and so there may be times that your child gets a bit muddy, mucky or wet.
  • Sunscreen (from September to May) which can be left at the Centre
  • Sun hat (board rimmed or legionnaires. No peaked caps, please) which can be left at the Centre
  • Nappy rash cream (if required) which can be left at the Centre
  • Any special comforters required for sleep or emotional wellbeing

Waitlist Process

To register your interest and place your child on our waiting list, please follow the links below.

Once you have completed the waitlist application form you will be contacted by the Centre with an offer to enrol when there is a place available.

Fee guide

The fees charged by the Centre are the maximum amount payable. Australian residents can apply through MYGOV to have these fees reduced via the Child Care Subsidy. The amount your fees will be reduced will depend upon your family's taxable income and the activity test.

Care TypeFee charged (from Jan 2022)
All Day Care per day$137.00
All Day Care per week$576.50
Sessional Care Community and Staff (per session)$43.50
Sessional Care Student (per session)$30.00

What is included in the fees:

If your child is in the ASELCC and All Day Care program, our Centre will provide all meals and nappies throughout the day for your child. Food is not supplied for children in our Sessional Care program

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Families contributing to children's learning.