Our Clare Court Early Learning Centre in Yarraville promotes and demonstrates high quality, responsive programs for children through:

  • The Early Years Learning Program – Kindergarten and Long Day Care
  • Maternal and Child Health Service
  • Playgroup

Clare Court is open to children and families for long day care and integrated kindergarten from 7.30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year. We also provide a range of sessional kindergarten programs and holiday care programs. We offer regular tours for prospective families with all waiting list applications being managed through Maribyrnong Council.

Enrol Now

Enrolment for Long Day Care and Kindergarten is managed through the Central Registration System (CRS) at Maribyrnong City Council. You can register at any time after your child is born. To contact the Council Central Registration System call 03 9688 0116 or email: earlyyearscentralregister@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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

Fees

Long Day Care Program (Rooms 5 – 9)
Hours: Available from 7:30am – 6:30pm
Daily Fee (not including CCS): $131.00

Integrated Kindergarten Program (Room 3)
Hours: Available from 7:30am – 6:30pm
Daily Fee (not including CCS): $131.00

Four-year-old (funded) Kindergarten (Rooms 1, 2 & 4)
Hours: 15 hours per week (during school terms)
Term Fee: $500.00
Term Fee (with current Health Care Card) No charge

Three-year-old (non-funded) Kindergarten (Room 4)
Hours: 3 hours per week (during school terms)
Term Fee: $330.00

Extended (Kindergarten) Care (Rooms 1, 2 & 4)
Hours: 3.5 hours per day (2 day kinder program)
Daily Fee (not including CCS): $ 42.00
Hours: 6 hours per day (3 day kinder program)
Daily Fee (not including CCS): $ 72.00

Holiday program (provided for sessional children from Rooms 1, 2 & 4)
Hours: Available from 7:30am – 6:30pm
Daily Fee (not including CCS): $131.00

Playgroup (2.5 hour session per week)
Annual Fee (January – December) $128.00

Rooms

Our Long Day Care early learning program comprises of five rooms, grouped in the following age ranges:

  • Room 5 – Little Penguin: 3 – 4 years old, has 16 children and three educators
  • Room 6 – Rainbow Lorikeet: 2.5 – 3.5 years old, has 16 children and four educators
  • Room 7 – Cockatoo: Multiage 6 months – 3 years, has 12 children and four educators
  • Room 8 – Yabby: Multiage 6 months – 3 years, has 16 children and five educators
  • Room 9 – Blue Tongue Lizard: Multiage 6 months – 3 years, has 16 Children and five educators

Our integrated kindergarten program provides kindergarten with a minimum 3 day enrolment:

  • Room 3 – Wombat: 3.5 – 5 years, has 22 children and four educators
Playgroup

Clare Court’s multipurpose room is available for use by playgroups. Playgroups based at Clare Court become part of the Clare Court Playgroup Network (Playgroup Victoria membership No. 30147).

Playgroup is for children (newborn to 4 years) and their parents or carers. Playgroup is fun, informal, low cost, and run by the parents and caregivers. At playgroup, adults and children alike can have fun and make new friends. Each playgroup runs once a week for two – two and a half hours.

How to join

To join an existing playgroup, enquire at Clare Court reception or by phoning Clare Court. If you want to start your own playgroup, check with Clare Court reception by calling the office during business hours – you will need a minimum of two other families to get started. For a copy of the Playgroup handbook please contact us.

Maternal & Child Health Nurse

Free services are available to all families with children from birth to school entry age. The service offers guidance and support on parenting issues, child health and development, breast feeding and nutrition, maternal health, child accident and injury, immunisation and family planning.

For more information contact:

Maribyrnong City Council
Maternal and Child Health Services
Corner Hyde and Napier Streets
Footscray, Victoria 3011

Phone: +61 3 9688 0501
BookMCH@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Maribyrnong City Council – Maternal and Child Health

Quality Improvement Systems: National Quality Framework (NQF)

The 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 continues to 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) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (2nd ed. 2016) 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 September 2015, the service was assessed under the National Quality Standards, and received Meeting the National Quality Standard.

For more information on the National Quality Standard, see: www.acecqa.gov.au.