Child care centres
About child care centres
Child care centres offer full-time or part-time care for children aged up to 6 years.
Qualified staff provide safe learning environments and education programs to meet children's developmental needs. Many child care centres also have funded kindergarten programs for 3 and 4-year-old children.
Child care centres operate under the National Quality Framework and must meet the requirements of national legislation and regulations. The Regulation and Quality Assessment section on the Department of Education and Training website has information about the regulations and standards that child care services must meet.
How to apply for child care
Council has a Central Registration Service for child care. This is an agreement with a number of child care centres in the Moreland area for Council to take registration bookings on their behalf to enable fair and easy access for families to child care.
Child care centres taking place in the Central Registration Service are listed below. For further information download Child Care Central Registration information sheet (DOC 386Kb).
Please note the online portal will be closed from 4pm Friday 13 December 2019 until Tuesday 28 January 2020.
Other ways to apply
Complete the Child Care application form (DOC 186Kb). The application form is also available from participating child care centres.
Submit your form by emailing Child Care Registration, by mail to Child Care Central Registration Officer, Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058, or in person at a Council Customer Services Centre.
There is no fee to register for child care with this service.
You need to provide proof as part of your application.
Residency in Moreland
A recent document with your name and street address:
If you are a student from overseas and live in Moreland, and do not have any of these documents, provide a letter from a college or university to verify your address.
A link to the municipality, if you do not live in the City of Moreland
If you work or study in Moreland, a letter or invoice from your employer or education provider, or copy of student card.
If a grandparent cares for your child, provide proof of their address.
Upload a copy of your Health Care Card
Support letter from a medical professional or community health service.
If you are employed, a letter or payslip from your employer.
If you are self-employed, a recent BAS statement or other proof.
If you are studying, a copy of your student card or fee invoice.
Upload an intervention, parental or custodial order document.
What happens after you apply
Once you apply for child care, you are placed on a waiting list according to priority of access guidelines.
We will contact you by email or phone when a vacancy arises at any one of your nominated services listed on your application.
Child care centre fees
All child care centres charge fees to look after your child. The fee amount depends on the length of time your child is cared for and the type of service you choose.
You may be eligible to claim the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Tax Rebate to reduce the cost of child care. To find out if you are eligible for these benefits, contact the Family Assistance Office.
Council's role in child care
Many children's services use Council-owned building. We develop and maintain lease and service agreements with operators and carry out maintenance and improvement works on these buildings.
Council provides services and support for child care centres and kindergartens. We provide training to early childhood professionals, coordinate Moreland's child care network, support and advise committees of management and coordinate parent information sessions.
We also provide inclusion support for children with additional needs for State-funded kindergarten programs through the Preschool Field Officer program.
Through the Family and Children Services Advisory Committee, we provide information to Council about the delivery of family and children's services.
Child care centres in Moreland
Enter your address to find child care centres in Moreland near you.
Child care centres in the Central Registration Service
You can register for child care at these centres through the Council Central Registration service:
Other child care centres in Moreland
These child care centres are not part of the Central Registration Service.
You will need to contact these centres directly to find out about vacancies and enrolment procedures.
Download the Information for Families with Children brochure (PDF 4Mb) for an overview of all children's services in Moreland, including a list of child care centres.
Opening a new child care centre
To open a child care centre, you need to comply with government regulations.
The Department of Education and Training has information about legislation and licensing and funding to help your early childhood service offer the best learning and development environment for young children.
For more information about opening a child care centre and the processes which are involved contact Council.