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Administration and Management:
The office is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Centre Director:
Mrs Bernadette Dower (full time)

Centre Manager:
Mrs Maree Leslie.  (part time)

Staffing Supervisors:
Mrs Lynette Berryman (part time)
Ms Jessica Russell (full time)

Educational Leader:
Ms Rosanna McDonald (full time)

Office Administrator:
Ms Kirsty Officer
Monday to Friday (up to 30 hours per week)

Kirsty manages all child bookings, payments and other enquiries regarding Child Care Subsidy. Kirsty works Monday /Tuesday 9.30 to 2.30 and Wednesday to Friday 9.30 to 4.45. You can contact Kirsty by phone on 9646 1065 or via email

Child Care Subsidy

The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

The Child Care Subsidy:

·        replaces the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means-tested subsidy

·        is paid directly to providers to be passed on to families

·        is simpler than the current multi-payment system

·        is better targeted and provide more assistance to low and middle income families.

How does it work?

There are three factors that will determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy. These are:

·         Combined Family Income

·         Activity Test – the activity level of both parents

·         Service Type – type of child care service

For more information go to: 


(Our fees are adjusted in line with budgetary requirements)

Fees are payable for all holidays and absences. There is no reduction in fee’s for illness of the child or for public holidays. Fee’s are payable by direct credit, credit card/EFTPOS payments at reception.

Families can elect to have their credit card debited fortnightly by centre administration. Fee payments are for current week and one week in advance. A late fee of $25 per week is applied to accounts in arrears. Statements are issued fortnightly to families, those preferring to pay weekly in person, are advised to ring the administration to ensure their accounts are kept up to date.

Diners and AMEX cards are NOT accepted by the centre.

Current Daily Fee is $133.00

*fees are subject to change*


Priority of access – prioritising vacancies

All priorities are allocated in line with the Australian Government Priority of Access Guidelines City of Port Phillip also gives additional priority to families who live, work or study within City of Port Phillip.

This reflects the Australian Government’s intention to help families who are most in need, and support the safety and wellbeing of children at risk in accordance with the Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 -2020.



Welcome Pack
This attachment is full of information you need to know when joining our service. It covers all the “little things” which will help you settle in and feel at home.

Parent Information Pack 2019

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DEECD National Quality Standard
Why do we need a National Quality Framework?
The National Quality Framework is an important reform which will deliver a higher standard of care for children in the critical areas of education, health and safety and will provide clearer and comprehensive information for families so they can choose the best services for their child.

We know that the first five years of a child’s life shapes their future – their health, learning and social development – and we want to make sure that their future is bright.
Early childhood experts and professionals maintain that quality is critical when it comes to early childhood education and care.
At the moment quality standards across early childhood education and care services vary across Australia and there is often limited information available to help families choose the best service for their children.

The National Quality Framework will require all providers to improve services in the areas that impact on a child’s development and safety and to provide families with quality information to help them make informed choices about services.

Changes will be made in key areas
The National Quality Framework will set a new National Quality Standard for early childhood education and care providers in Australia.
The National Quality Standard will improve quality through:
• Improved staff to child ratios to ensure each child gets more individual care and attention
• New staff qualification requirements to ensure staff have the skills to help children learn and develop
• A new quality rating system to ensure Australian families have access to transparent information relating to the quality of early childhood education and care services
• The establishment of a new National Body to ensure early childhood education and care is of a high quality.
The new National Quality Framework will cover long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and preschools

We are very happy to announce that we are the first centre in Victoria to attain the HEAS Menu Planning Guidelines for long day care.   This is a great achievement as it means we are the first Victorian centre to demonstrate that we provide food consistent with the new Australian Dietary Guidelines (as required by the National Quality Standard) as well as meeting benchmark 5 for the Victorian Prevention Health Promotion Achievement Program! Nutrition Australia have an important role to play in encouraging children to experience a wide variety of healthy foods and drinks which can help them develop healthy eating habits early in life.  

Our menu also aims to provide a variety of flavours, textures and cultural influences. We have a 4-week cyclic menu for spring/summer and autumn/winter. We provide positive mealtime environment for young children where food is an enjoyable social occasion to share with educators and peers.

Click here -> Summer Menu’ to view our current menu for 2018


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