Child care centres

Child care centres offer full-time or part-time care for children aged up to 6 years.

Qualified staff provide safe learning environments and education programs to meet children's developmental needs. Many child care centres also have funded kindergarten programs for 3 and 4-year-old children.

Child care centres operate under the National Quality Framework and must meet the requirements of national legislation and regulations. The Regulation and Quality Assessment section on the Department of Education and Training website has information about the regulations and standards that child care services must meet.

Council's role in child care

Many children's services use Council-owned building. We develop and maintain lease and service agreements with operators. We also do maintenance and improvement works on these buildings.

Council provides services and support for child care centres and kindergartens in Moreland. We provide training and professional development to early childhood professionals, coordinate Moreland's child care network meetings, support and advise committees of management and coordinate parent information sessions.

We also provide inclusion support for children with additional needs for State-funded kindergarten programs through the Preschool Field Officer program.

Through the Family and Children Services Advisory Committee, we provide information to Council about the delivery of family and children's services.

Child care centre fees

All child care centres charge fees to look after your child. The fee amount depends on the length of time your child is cared for and the type of service you choose.

You may be eligible to claim the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Tax Rebate to reduce the cost of child care. To find out if you are eligible for these benefits, contact the Family Assistance Office.

Child Care Central Registration Service

Council has a Central Registration Service for child care. This is an agreement with a number of child care centres in the Moreland area for Council to take registration bookings on their behalf to enable fair and easy access for families to child care.

To register for child care, download and complete the Child Care application form (DOC 350Kb). Application forms are also available from participating child care centres.

There is no fee to register for child care with the Moreland Central Registration service.

For more information about the Child Care Central Registration Service, see:

Council also has a Central Enrolment Scheme for you to register for family day care and kindergartens.

Child care centres in Moreland

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Child care centres in the Central Registration Service

You can register for child care at these centres through the Council Central Registration service:

Other child care centres in Moreland

These child care centres are not part of the Central Registration Service.

You will need to contact these centres directly to find out about vacancies and enrolment procedures.

Download the Information for Families with Children brochure (PDF 5Mb) for an overview of all children's services in Moreland, including a list of child care centres.

Opening a child care centre

To open a child care centre, you need to comply with government regulations.

The Department of Education and Training has information about legislation and licensing and funding to help your early childhood service offer the best learning and development environment for young children.

For more information about opening a child care centre and the processes which are involved contact Council.