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Childcare options

There are a number of childcare options available within the City of Melbourne.

City of Melbourne owned and run centres

The City of Melbourne manages five children's centres in the municipality. Four of the centres provide a kindergarten program. Read about our childcare philosophy.

Central Carlton Children's Centre

483 Drummond Street
Phone: 03 9347 4788

Lady Huntingfield Children's centre

87-93 Haines Street
North Melbourne
Phone: 03 9328 2083
Fax: 03 9329 6716

Melbourne City Children's Centre

104 A'beckett Street
Phone: 03 9329 9561
Fax: 03 9329 1947

North Melbourne Children's Centre

28 Howard Street
North Melbourne
Phone: 03 9328 1592
Fax: 03 9329 1935

Hotham Hub

113 Melrose St
North Melbourne
Phone: 03 9326 8655

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Fees as of 6 July 2015

Long Day Care

  • $106 per day
  • $493 per week

Sessional Pre-school (Central Carlton Children’s Centre only)

  • $41 per week (2 days per week 9am to 4.30pm)

Occasional Care (Melbourne City Child Care only)

  • $52.50 per day (3.5 hour session)
  • $60 per day (4 hour session)
  • $112.50 per day (full day session)

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Council childcare waiting list

The City of Melbourne has an application form that parents can fill in to include their children on a centralised waiting list for its centres.

For more information about the City of Melbourne childcare waiting list contact the Waiting List Manager on 03 9658 9044 or visit Council childcare waiting list.

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City of Melbourne owned, community-run centres

Each of the Council-owned, community-run centres has a separate fee schedule.

The Harbour Family and Children's Centre

1 Seafarer Lane
Victoria Harbour, Docklands
Phone: 03 8624 1000

East Melbourne Child Care Co-operative

Powlett Reserve Children’s Centre
Corner Grey and Simpson streets
East Melbourne
Phone: 03 9419 4301
Fax: 03 9417 7761

Fawkner Park Children’s Centre

65 Toorak Road West
South Yarra
Phone: 03 9820 2758
Fax: 03 9866 6504

Kensington Community Children’s Co-op

81B Altona Street
Phone: 03 9376 4565
Fax: 03 9376 6008

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Other childcare centres

City of Melbourne provides a brochure ‘information for families with children’ which provides other options for childcare within the City of Melbourne boundaries:

Alternatively, you can visit

You can also find more information about local kindergarten programs at Find-a-kindergarten through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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Family day care

Family day care is an alternative to centre-based childcare, where children are looked after in the homes of carefully selected carers.

Carers are registered with family day care schemes which manage requests for care and provide training and support for carers.

More information

Outside school hours and school holiday care

Outside school hours and school holiday programs provide a range of supervised activities before and after school and during the school holidays. Visit Outside school hours and school holiday care.

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City of Melbourne Children's Services Policy and Procedure Manual

The new National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care requires that service policies are updated to reflect current legislative requirements. These policies assist services to maximise children's development and learning.

For questions or comments regarding Children's Services policies, please contact Maree Lehmann by phone on 03 9658 9709 or by email at

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