20 years of the highest quality care
Established in 1997, Stonnington Children's Centre enjoys an outstanding reputation earned through more than 20 years of consistently high service to the community. We offer the highest quality care and education for children 1 – 5 years of age.
A full educational and individualised curriculum is implemented for all age groups. We aim not only to provide a quality environment for care and learning, but also a warm, inviting, happy centre for all our children and parents. The centre is run as a not for profit Incorporated Association and is managed by a committee of parent representatives.
We have achieved an overall rating of EXCEEDING in all 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standard because of our passionate educators who believe in quality Early Childhood Education.
Our greatest asset is the dedicated team of fifteen qualified staff, including two qualified kindergarten teachers. All staff are readily available for families to communicate with as partnerships between parents and staff are important to the centre.
Our centre is open from 7.45am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
The Centre closes on the following public holidays:
Australia Day, Labour Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day
The centre has an annual three week Christmas break and one non-contact day, which is held on the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day, to enable staff to attend professional development and training.
The service is funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide Child Care Benefit to families.
Play is our brain's favourite way of learning
Care & Education
The Early Learners Room
1- 2 years old
Our Early Learners room has 11 children aged between 12 months to 2 years old.
There are 3 qualified educators within the room.
Our curriculum aims to meet the individual needs of each child. Allowing each child to feel nurtured , secure, responsive and stimulated with the room.
Our educators will work collaboratively with the family and child gathering background information on their child's feeding and sleeping preferences and interests that they have.
Three Year Old Kinder
2 - 3.5 year old room
Our 3 Year Old Kinder room has 20 children aged between 2 years old and 31/2 years old.
There are 3 qualified educators within the room , with our Lead educator studying her Bachelor of Education.
Within the room we aim to provide a safe, nurturing, supportive and holistic environment for your children.
We encourage and foster the children in developing trusting relationships with their peers and educators.
Children are encouraged and supported to develop their self-help skills and independence.
Four Year Old Kinder
3.5 - 5 year old room
Our emergent curriculum is a play-based learning environment which evolves from the interest that is generated through involvement, enjoyment, discussion, play and parent participation. All our children are unique and individual, as are their abilities. We provide an environment where individuals are encouraged to focus on the journey of Belonging, Being and Becoming. Our resources are open-ended and culturally inclusive to facilitate learning. The kinder educators set realistic and appropriate, yet challenging goals for these children, so they can explore and develop school readiness skills in a nurturing, stimulating and social environment.
Self help skills and empathy are a continuous focus within our kinder curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their skills and independence both in preparation for their first year of school and for life. School readiness is an important aspect of the curriculum. Educators work in collaboration with families to ensure a smooth transition to school.
The children fill their every day with learning and enjoyment throughout a variety of independent and small group activities. Children experience the joy of learning through books, stories and early writing experiences. They develop maths and social science skills and enjoy creative arts such as; painting, singing and drama. There is also time to join together as a centre for larger events on occasion.
All the activities and experiences provided are designed to prepare children for school and to be fun so children do not just learn, they love to learn.
Each of the rooms functions within a flexible routine, which includes a balance of both planned indoor and outdoor play, group times, sleep times and meal times; morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. There is also time to join together as a centre for larger events on occasion.
At Stonnington Children’s Centre we provide a number of learning experiences that will extend all children in all areas of development social, emotional, language, cognitive, sensory and fine and gross motor skills. Our curriculum is based around an emergent curriculum. Both the National Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework underpin all programming and experiences for children.
The staff respect all parents’ rights to the very best care for their children and recognises that all individuals have different beliefs and values. Therefore the staff always make themselves available to parents when the need arises. Parents' suggestions and ideas are a welcome and valuable contribution to our centre.