Our Docklands Centre is the only Early Learning service in Melbourne CBD with an Excellent rating!

We deliver and demonstrate 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.

Enrol Now

Gowrie Victoria is pleased to accept your enrolment request at any time of the year. 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.

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

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.

Tour Dates 2018
  • Thursday 11th October, 10-11am
  • Thursday 25th October, 3-4pm
  • Tuesday 13th November, 10-11am
  • Thursday 29th November, 3-4pm
  • Tuesday 11th December, 10-11am

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

Fees
  • The fees are $140 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 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: https://www.education.gov.au/child-care-package-families
  • Fees include the provision of nutritional morning and afternoon tea, lunch and late snack.
Rooms

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

Room 6
3-5 years integrated funded kindergarten program
20 children each day
1 Early Childhood Teacher
1 Diploma Qualified Educator
1 Certificate III Educator
1 Part-time Certificate III Educator

Room 7
2-4 years
20 children each day
2 Diploma Qualified Educators
2 Certificate III Educators
1 Part-time Certificate III Educator

Room 8
2-4 years
23 children each day
2 Diploma Qualified Educators
2 Certificate III Educators
1 Part-time Certificate III Educator

Room 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