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Our Carlton North Children’s Program promotes and demonstrates high quality, responsive programs for children through:

  • Education and care programs
  • Integrated kindergarten program
  • Extensive separate outdoor playgrounds with many natural and sustainable features
  • Each room implements a flexible indoor/outdoor program and a progressive morning and afternoon tea
  • All programs provide rich learning experiences developed through a strength/interest based approach as we view children as capable, competent co contributors and acknowledge them as active participants in learning

Carlton North is open to children and families from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year. We offer regular tours for prospective families and welcome applications for children to be placed on the waiting list.

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Gowrie Victoria is pleased to accept your enrolment request at any time of the year. Once we have determined the booking request for your child and a place becomes available, you will be emailed a letter of offer. If you require childcare immediately and a place is available, we will be happy to offer you that place. If a place is not available or your enrolment is for next year, we suggest you join our waiting list. To ensure a fair, equitable and transparent process, Gowrie Victoria follows the Commonwealth Government Priority of Access Guidelines.

Priority 1: a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
Priority 2: a child of a single parent or parents who satisfy the work/training/study test
Priority 3: any other child

If you would like to place your child on the waiting list, please register your details online through our Enrolment portal and you will receive an email confirmation of your Wait List booking.

Register for our waitlist

If you would like to make a general enrolment enquiry or for further information, please contact us using the form below.

  • The fees are $134 per day
  • There is a 2 day minimum enrolment to ensure consistency and a sense of belonging for children and families
  • Some families are entitled to the Child Care Subsidy from the Commonwealth Government, The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to child care services to be passed on to families as a fee reduction. Families will make a co-contribution to their child care fees and pay to the child care service the difference between the fee charged and the subsidy amount. The amount that can be claimed is dependent on the family’s income and level of activity. For more information visit:
  • Fees include the provision of nutritional morning and afternoon tea, lunch and late snack in accordance with Healthy Together Victoria.

The children are grouped by age across three rooms:

Room 1: 6 weeks to 3 years
16 children each day
3 Diploma Qualified Educators
2 Certificate III Educators

Room 2: 3 – 4 years
26 children each day
1 Early Childhood Teacher
3 Diploma Qualified Educators
1 Certificate III Educator

Room 3: 4 – 5 year old integrated funded Kindergarten Program
29 children each day
1 Early Childhood Teacher
4 Diploma Qualified Educators

Support Team

Manager Children’s Program
Assistant Manager Children’s Program
Part time and float pool educators

Quality Improvement Systems: National Quality Framework (NQF)

The new National Quality Framework (NQF) came into effect on the 1 January 2012. This has involved the introduction and implementation of the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011), theEducation and Care Services National Law Act (2010) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) (2011). Children’s education and care services covered under the Education and Care Services National Law are assessed and rated against the NQS. This important reform will deliver a higher standard of care for children in the critical areas of education, health and safety and will provide clear and comprehensive information for families so they can choose the best services for their child. The National Quality Standards (NQS) are linked to the National Early Years Learning Framework (2009) which recognises that children learn from birth. The process reflects a uniform approach to assessment and reporting across the range of service settings. Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority undertakes the assessment and rating process. It is also the point of contact for any questions services may have about the assessment and rating process. On November 2014, the service was assessed under the National Quality Standards, and received Exceeding in all seven quality areas of the NQS with an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards. The services’ strengths, as noted by assessors, included:

‘The practices, principles and learning outcomes of the Learning and Development Frameworks were consistently embedded in pedagogy at the service. In particular, the holistic approach to teaching and learning, supported by achievements in establishing and maintaining relationships with children and the willingness to collaborate with families to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing. There was evident and demonstrated strong leadership from the service managers and a commitment to quality teaching principles and practices by educators at the service.’

For more information on the new National Quality Standard, see: