Child care

Our children centres provide a safe and inclusive environment, where educators and staff work together with children, families and the community to meet their unique needs.

All programs meet the National Quality Standards for Education and Care services and are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework.

Types of care

Below are the different types of care available to suit your family's care needs.

Long day care

The long day care program is for children aged from 6 weeks of age until they commence primary school. The programs operate operate for 10.5 hours per day Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year.

All of the Children's Centres offer a 4 year old Kindergarten programme which is either sessional or integrated with long day care.

Below is a list of Yarra-managed centres that offer long day care as well as other care options.

Centre Location  Care type 
Connie Benn Early Learning Centre  Fitzroy
  • Long day care
  • Casual care
  • Occasional care
  • Funded 4 year old Kindergarten (sessional or integrated)
  • Funded 3 year old Kindergarten (sessional) 
Gold Street Children's Centre

 Collingwood
  • Long day care
  • Casual care
  • 4 year old Kindergarten (integrated)
Keele St Children's Centre  Collingwood
  • Long day care
  • Casual care
  • 3 to 5 year old Kindergarten (integrated)
North Carlton Children's Centre  North Carlton
  • Long day
  • Casual
  • Funded 4 year old Kindergarten (sessional)
  • Funded 3 year old kindergarten (sessional)
Yarraberg Children's Centre  Richmond
  • Long day
  • Casual
  • 4 year old Kindergarten (integrated)

If you have any questions about long day care please contact the Customer and Business Support team on 03 9205 5555 or refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (775KB, pdf).

For a full list of available child care options in the City of Yarra, please search by postcode on the Victorian Government’s Starting Blocks website - www.startingblocks.gov.au.

Fees and payments

For a full list of fees across our childcare services, how to check if you can claim any subsidies and payment options please go to our Fees, subsidies and payments page.

The Federal Government has announced subsidised childcare for eligible families who need support through the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit the Support for families with children during COVID-19 page. You can also visit our COVID-19 information hub for service changes information.


Registrations

Families can register for our council-managed or participating children’s services by completing the online form below. There is no administration fee for your registration.

REGISTER FOR LONG DAY CARE

Completing the application form doesn't guarantee placement and we recommend you explore all options in the area.

Please note that there is one form for Long Day Care and one form for Kindergarten programs.

How are places allocated?

Our Priority of Access Policy is an important consideration in the allocation of child care and kindergarten places for Children’s Centres operated by the City of Yarra. The policy is applied to ensure there is a fair and equitable process for the management and allocation of places in Council’s Children’s services.

Accepting an offer

You will be contacted via email or SMS if a place becomes available for your child. You will have up to three days to respond to this offer.

After you have accepted the offer, you will receive an invitation via email to enrol your child using our Xplor website.

No Jab No Play legislation

Under the No Jab No Play legislation, to have an enrolment confirmed for a child in long day care, kindergarten, family day care or occasional care, parents/carers have to provide the service with:

  • a current Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR); and
  • the statement must show that the child is up to date with all vaccinations that are due for their age, or that they are able to receive.

For more information on how the City of Yarra can support you with your immunisation requirements please refer to our Immunisations page.

Also visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services' No Jab No Play legislation FAQs

Contact us

Contact the Customer and Business Support team with any questions.

Phone: 03 9205 5555
Email: customerandbusinesssupport@yarracity.vic.gov.au