Child care in Southbank (Suburb Profile)

1+ childcare centre's found in Southbank and another 45 centres in adjoining suburbs of Melbourne, Carlton, Port Melbourne, West Melbourne, East Melbourne, South Docklands ,Fitzroy, Albert park

112+

Number of approved childcare /daycare spots

1+

Number of childcare childcare /daycare centres

3-5%

Growth rate of childcare centres

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Suburb Profile

Childcare Southbank

One of the best locations in inner city Melbourne, Southbank is a gorgeous suburb along the famous Yarra River. Here is thought of as the gateway to the arts, culture, and dining options that make up Melbourne. Even better, there are countless long day care centres which are conveniently located, especially for parents working in the heart of Melbourne. Whether you need long day care in Southbank or casual care, there are many council run childcare centres as well as privately owned businesses. Southbank is very easy to get to due to its central location. It is a short tram ride, or even a walk away, from the central Flinders Street Station of Melbourne.

Another aspect of the family friendliness of Southbank is that there are many parks and recreational facilities. Along the Yarra there are seating areas, playgrounds, and nice walking tracks to enjoy as a family. This makes it easy to have convenient and affordable days out when the children are not in childcare facilities.

If anything goes wrong in terms of health and wellbeing, there are numerous 24 hour emergency doctor clinics around Southbank. It is also closely located to The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Austin Hospital, and St Vincent's Hospital

Accessibility & Transportation

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

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Childcare info

Southbank (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 .

Childcare's 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

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 (CCR & CCB)

Childcare in Southbank /Melbourne can range from 80 dollars to 170 dollars a day. The cost depends on the childcare facilities, location and the brand. Some of the providers have invested in very well designed play areas and even employ a chef to cook quality meals for children at the centre itself. I know of one centre where kids are encourage to learn a 2nd language and provide teachers with the appropriate skills to teach the children.

The Australian Government provides families with two types of financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care - the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. It is important to remember that while Child Care Benefit is based on family income, the Child Care Rebate is not income tested.

For detailed information on child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate (CCR), visit the department of human services website.

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 Southbank 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.

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