Child care in Melbourne (Suburb Profile)

24+ childcare centre's found in Melbourne and another 45 centres in adjoining suburbs of North Melbourne, Carlton, Docklands, West Melbourne, East Melbourne, South Docklands ,Fitzroy


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Childcare Melbourne

The city by the bay is one that has been voted the most liveable city in the world for 7 years in a row. And there are plenty of good reasons why Melbourne has earned this title. Melbourne is a place that accommodates to everyone, especially families. Living in the city suburbs means there is lots of access to healthcare, childcare, and primary schools, often all within walking distance. With long day care options available, working and raising a family here can really be a dream come true. Whether you need long day care in Melbourne or casual care, there are many council run childcare centres as well as privately owned businesses. In terms of accessibility, many centres can be accessed by car or walking, as well as child care near train stations and metros. The train stations typically have trains running every 15 minutes to half an hour for convenience. There is also a well connected tram system and buses that run throughout Melbourne.

Melbourne is also a place that provides plenty of recreational spaces for families. There are many parks along the Yarra River and playgrounds. The bayside also has a lot of park facilities and walking/cycling tracks that are designed for safety and convenience of the whole family. This makes it easy to have convenient and affordable days out when the children are not in childcare facilities. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. Furthermore, Melbourne has plenty hospitals and medical facilities

available when sickness occurs in a family. This includes many 24 hour doctor clinics in the suburbs of Melbourne, as well as the Royal Children’s Hospital in inner-city Melbourne.

Accessibility & Transportation

Melbourne is a welcoming city with venues, services and facilities designed to make your trip into the city accessible, easy and enjoyable. Find out more about Melbourne's Accessible amenities..

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Childcare info

Melbourne is a family friendly city offering various options for childcare which include community or council based not for profit centres and private or commercial centres .

Melbourne Childcare centres usually operate for children from 0-6 years of age. Beyond 5/6 years of age a child is expected to be at school and most school's provide after school care.

Long day care
0-6 years

Long Day Care centres aim to cater to working families by opening a minimum of 8-10 hours per day.

These centres offer child care and developmental programs including programs which preschools offer. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services

Pre school
3-6 years

Melbourne Pre schools offer development programs for children usually between the ages of 3-6. Preference is given to children who are about to start school. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services.

Family day care
0-6 years

Family Day Care offers child care and developmental programs in the homes of registered carers. Each carer can care for up to 4- 5 children under school age. Each carer is registered with a family day care organization who oversee their quality and program and also help them obtain fee subsidies for families using their service.

Occasional care
0-6 years

Occasional care services are for parents who need short periods of child care for children under school age. They can be used regularly or irregularly while parents shop, attend appointments or take a break from parenting. Fee subsidies are available.

Childcare cost and government subsidy (Child Care Subsidy)

Childcare in Melbourne can range from 60 dollars to 190 dollars a day. The cost depends on the childcare facilities, hours of operation , ownership type ,location and the brand. Some of the providers have invested in well designed play areas and even employ a chef to cook quality meals for children at the centre itself. Some centres encourage kids to learn a 2nd language and provide teachers with the appropriate skills to teach the children.

The Australian Government provides families with financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care - the Child Care Subsidy. There are elegibility requirements to accessing the subsidy. For more information on the subsidy visit the Child Care Subsidy blog.

National Quality Framework for childcare

The NQF framework assesses childcare centres against seven quality parameters. It is important for parents to check the same before selecting a childcare for their child. For more information on the quality rating visit the National quality Framework site

Demand vs Supply

Demand for affordable childcare in Melbourne outstrips the supply. Most community and council run child care centre's have a long wait list. With new private commercial centres opening recently, childcare spots availability have improved. This trend is expected to continue with increased particiation of private equity and corporate interest in the childcare sector.

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