Child care

We operate five children’s centres in Yarra. The centres provide a long day care program for children aged from 6 weeks of age until they commence primary school. 

Our long day care programs operate for 10.5 hours per day Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year.

Update on coronavirus (COVID-19) situation

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

About our children's centres

Each children’s centre provides a safe and inclusive environment, where we work together with children, families and the community to meet their needs.

  • Consistent, qualified educators that engage in ongoing professional development.
  • Indoor and outdoor learning environments that provide children with opportunities to explore, experiment, create, take risks and play.
  • Opportunities to support children to be strong and confident learners.
  • A focus on health and wellbeing in our programming and menu options.

Each centre can also provide information about other early years services and referrals to family support where needed. 

Our programs 

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.

We celebrate the diversity of Yarra and all families and children of all abilities are welcome in our centres. Our programs are inclusive and are based on the needs and interests of children and their families.  

Times and locations

Name of centre Session times  Address Phone
Connie Benn Children's Centre  7.30am to 6pm  160 Brunswick St, Fitzroy   03 9426 1500
Gold Street Children's Centre  7.30am to 6pm  64 Gold St, Collingwood  03 9205 5576
Keele St Children's Centre  7.30am to 6pm  177 Keele St, Collingwood  03 8415 0970
North Carlton Children's Centre  7.45am to 6.15pm   481 Canning St, North Carlton  03 9274 2710
Yarraberg Children's Centre  7.15am to 6pm  4 River St, Richmond  03 9428 0707

All of the Children's Centres except Keele St Children's Centre offer a 4 year old Kindergarten programme which is integrated with long day care. There are also a number of Children’s Centres in the City of Yarra that are operated by private and not-for-profit providers.

Cost of childcare

The daily fee for long day care is $122.10 per day

Families may be eligible for government support with fees for many of our services. The fee support is provided through Centrelink (The Family Assistance Office) in the form of the Child Care Subsidy. 

Families who are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy will pay a reduced fee. To register for Child Care Subsidy you must have a myGov account and complete an assessment.

To claim the Child Care Subsidy, you will need to accept the bookings you make with us through myGov. Before commencing care, you will also need to sign a paper based agreement with the Children’s service.  Please note that Child Care Subsidy approvals may change the level of benefit you currently receive. For more information please visit the Victorian Government Childcare website

How do I register my child for long daycare?

Download and complete the registration form and email us a scanned copy of the completed form. Alternatively, a paper copy can be obtained from and submitted at one of our customer service centres

From 1 July we will no longer be charging a one-off administration fee of $15 for registrations. 

You will need to provide a copy or photo of your current Health Care card, if you have one.

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 your offer you must pay a $50 deposit to confirm your place.

More information

If you have any questions about child care please contact 9205 5555.