Our Docklands Centre delivers and demonstrates high quality, responsive programs for children through:

  • Education and care programs
  • Integrated kindergarten programs
  • A large shared outdoor play space 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
  • The unique design of this centre provides community building opportunities through a shared outdoor space, dining room and close connections with the Docklands community
  • Training facilities for large and small groups

Our Docklands Centre 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.

Tour Dates 2017

All tours run from 10.00am – 11.00am.

  • Thursday 12 October
  • Tuesday 24 October
  • Thursday 9 November
  • Tuesday 21 November
  • Thursday 7 December
  • Tuesday 12 December

Please call us on 1300 4 GOWRIE to book a tour.

Fees
  • The fees are $134 per day
  • There is a two day minimum enrolment to ensure consistency and a sense of belonging for children and families
  • Some families are entitled to the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate from the Commonwealth Government, which is taken off the scheduled fee. The amount that can be claimed is dependent on the family’s income. Parents need to contact the Family Assistance Office (Phone 13 61 50) for further details
  • Fees include the provision of nutritional morning and afternoon tea, lunch and late snack.
Rooms

Room 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
6 weeks to 3 years
12 children each day
2 Diploma Qualified Educators
2 Certificate III Educators

Rooms 6 and 7
2-4 years
20 children each day
2 Diploma Qualified Educators
2 Certificate III Educators

Rooms 8 and 9

3-5 years integrated funded Kindergarten Program
25 children each day
1 Early Childhood Teacher
1 Diploma Qualified Educator
2 Certificate III Educators

Support Team
2 Cooks
1 Part-time Maintenance Officer
1 Administration
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), the Education 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.

In December 2015, the service was awarded the Excellent rating under the National Quality Standards. The Excellent rating is the highest rating an education and care service can achieve. The purpose of the Excellent rating is to: celebrate excellence in the delivery of education and care; engage and involve families and the community in the profession’s discussion about quality and what is important in education and care; learn from and be inspired by examples of highly accomplished practice, innovation and creativity in education and care; promote and reinforce the value of education and care and the people who work in the sector; recognise providers and educators who are champions of quality improvement.

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 www.acecqa.gov.au

Apply to Enrol

Gowrie Victoria receives numerous child enrolment applications each year. To ensure a fair, equitable and transparent process, parents need to register their details and be placed on a waiting list.

For our Carlton North and Docklands centres a non-refundable waiting  list application fee of $40.00 applies for all new applications. Applications for two (2) or more children at the same time pay $40.00 for the first child and $20.00 for each additional child.

If you would like to place your child on the waiting list, please register your details online.  If you have not logged in previously, please select register and instructions will be provided. You will need a mobile number and email address to complete this process.

Alternatively, please download our waiting list form, complete and return to Gowrie Victoria. Please view Children’s Program Waiting List Policy for all terms and conditions.