Children's Services

Child Care

There are a range of Children's Services in the City of Darebin to help children and their families, parents, grandparents and carers in Darebin.

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Child Care

Child Care Centres in Darebin offer full-time and part-time care for children up to school entry age. Highly qualified staff and safe, positive, learning environments ensure the needs of all children are met. Some centres also offer a funded kindergarten program.

Child Care Centres need to comply with legislation and regulations of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Child Care Centres
For a listing of Child Care Centres in Darebin, visit the Community Directory.

Further Information
Children's Services
Ph: (03) 8470 8118

Centralised Waiting List
The City of Darebin operates a Child Care Centralised Waiting List on behalf of ten participating community managed child care centres within the municipality to ensure efficient placement of children into child care. Families can apply to the Centralised Waiting List Officer from the birth of their child onwards. Names are placed on the waiting list in the order of receipt of application.

Do you have a question about the Child Care Centralised Waiting list? Our frequently asked questions may have the answer 

Child Care Frequently Asked Questions 2016

Darebin City Council has a new Child Care Waiting List Application Form.  Please note that Council will not accept out of date application forms. To confirm you have a most recent form, please check the publication date printed next to the application page number. The date printed should be relevant to the current financial year.  To guarantee you have the correct form, please download directly from the Darebin City Council website.

Incorrect and incomplete applications will be returned to families for completion and resubmission.  The date of application will only apply to the submission of a complete application.

An application fee of $17.50 applies.  This fee is still payable for children who have siblings already attending the nominated centres. A concession rebate is applicable, please see application.

How to Register

  • To commence child care a child must be between 3-6 months.
  • Complete the Child Care Centralised Waiting List Application Form
  • Attach to the Form photocopies of the following supporting documentation:
  • Proof of child's age such as a copy of the child's Extract of Birth Certificate, passport, Maternal and Child Health Record or letter from family services
  • Proof of Darebin residency such as rates notice/tenancy agreement or current utility account
  • Letter from family support services or intervention services
  • Document confirming sibling's attendance at preferred child care service (for example, receipt of child care fees paid with sibling's name)
  • Documents confirming proof of child in a family which includes a person with a disability (for example; receipt of carers allowance)
  • Cheque or money order for $17.50 enrolment fee if applicable or payment can be made online by going to:
  • Return the form by mail or in-person at any Customer Service Centre.

Mail to:
Darebin Family and Children
Child Care Centralised Waiting List
PO Box 91
Preston VIC 3072

Note: Completion of the application form does not guarantee placement




Children with Additional Needs

Children with additional needs are those who require support to participate in the same activities and events as their peers. This includes children with disabilities, children from culturally diverse or indigenous backgrounds, and children who require long or short-term help in developmental areas.

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Children with additional needs are encouraged to participate in Council’s events and activities including:

  • Primary School Holiday Program
  • Long Day Care
  • Vacation Care
  • Outside School Hours Care
  • Occasional Care
  • Kindergarten/Pre-School

Preschool Field Officer Program

This program is provided by Darebin City Council and is funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The program provides support to children with additional needs attending a government-funded kindergarten program.

The Preschool Field Officers are highly qualified early childhood education professionals with further experience in special education. This service is provided at no cost to families or kindergarten staff.

Further Information:
Family and Children
Ph: 8470 8119

Pre School Field Officer Referral Form 

Respite Care

Respite Care is available for carers of children and young adults who have a disability or significant additional support needs. This service is provided in your home, and allows carers to have a break from their caring duties for a few hours or even a few days.

Further Information
Respite Care
Ph: 8470 8828


Immunisation prevents the spread the infectious diseases and protects the community. We provide immunisations to babies, children, secondary school students and adults.

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Immunisation Program 2016

Immunisation Sessions are available weekly throughout the municipality.   Please refer to the Immunisation Program 2016 for dates and times of the next immunisation sessions.

Bring your Medicare Card, Child Health Record Book or any other immunisation history documents with you when you attend. 

Immunisation Program 2016

Appointment Clinics
Appointment clinics are available at the following venues.  Please telephone 8470 8562 to make a booking.


Reservoir Community Learning Centre (RCLC)

23 Edwardes Street  Reservoir

Darebin North East Community Hub (DNECH)

35 Copernicus Crescent
Fairfield Maternal and Child Health Centre  84 Arthur Street             Fairfield           


No Jab, No Play

 From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:

  • fully immunised for their age; or
  • on a vaccination catch-up program; or 
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

The No Jab, No Play legislation will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide long day care, kindergarten, occasional care and family day care.

No Jab, No Pay

From 1 January 2016 only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are:

  • fully immunised; or
  • on a recognised catch-up schedule

can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.

Immunisation Status Certificates

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) can issue Immunisation Status Certificates for early years and primary school enrolments.

Please telephone 1800 653 809 for an Immunisation Status Certificate.

Overseas Immunisation Records

If your child was immunised overseas please contact our office prior to attending an immunisation session. We can review your child's history, update the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and recommend catch up immunisation if required.  


Secondary School Immunisations

The Service visits all secondary schools within the City of Darebin to provide immunisations to Year 7 students according to the National Immunisation Program.

For more information about the diseases and recommended vaccines please visit 

Visit Vaccine
Visit 1

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Dose 1)

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Boostrix)

 Visit 2

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Dose 2)

Chickenpox (Varicella)

 Visit 3 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Dose 3)

Students who were absent from school can attend any of the council's sessions to receive missed immunisations. 

Influenza (Flu) Immunisation
The Service offers the influenza (flu) vaccine each year around March. The vaccine costs $25 (EFTPOS only – no cash accepted), however it is free for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months to under 5 years and 15 years and over,
  • Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy;
  • People from 65 years of age.  

Babies 6 months and older are recommended to receive the flu vaccine.

Council has EFTPOS facilities at all immunisation sessions.

Adult Immunisations 

Council also offers adult immunisations according to the National Immunisation Program.  

For more information regarding adult immunisations visit the Better Health Channel to check your immunisation "Halo".

Workplace Vaccinations

The service visits workplaces to provide staff with flu and other vaccines specific to your workplace.

The benefits of offering workplace immunisations to your employees are:

  • Reduction of absenteeism in your business
  • Increased safety in the workplace – illness can slow reaction times by 20-40%
  • Compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
  • Protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
  • Increased staff morale by taking an interest in employee health and wellbeing

To discuss a workplace visit, contact Lynne Ryan on 0419 765 230 or email

Workpace Vaccinations Flyer

Historical Immunisation Records 

Council keeps hard copy records for residents born prior to 1996. Please email with your name, date of birth and contact telephone number. Retrieval of records from archives takes 5 working days. We will contact you once your records become available. We will email or mail a copy of your immunisation records. Records are held for 25 years only. 

Further Information

Phone: (03) 8470 8562 
Fax: (03) 9261 4883

Darebin has an Immunisation Nurse on call for immunisation related medical enquiries only. 
Monday - Friday 
9am - 5pm 
Phone: 0419 765 230 

Related Links

Immunise Australia Program -
Immunisation Fact Sheets in Your Language -
Victorian Government Health Information –
Better Health Channel -
HPV Register -
Immune Hero -




Kindergartens/Preschools in Darebin offer a play-based learning environment that promotes healthy development in the early years. Going to kindergarten is an important step for your child. It will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their life.

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Ask Us -

Are you unsure about the Kindergarten and Childcare Waiting List applications process? Come down to the Preston Customer Service Centre on Wednesdays only between 10:00am-3:00pm  to ask your questions to our Centralised Waiting List staff. No bookings required. 

Staff will also attend the Northcote Customer Service Centre on Tuesdays 9:00am - 1:00pm starting March 2016

Pre-Kindergarten Program 2017

This is a program designed to meet the developmental, social, emotional, language and listening skills of young children who have turned 3 years old.  

Eligibility: A child must be three years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the program

2017 Pre Kindergarten Application Form

Statutory Declaration Form 

4 Year Old Kindergarten/Preschool 2017

This is a 1 year, State Government subsidised, program available for children the year before they begin school. Children attend for a minimum of 15 hours per week, which can be spread across 2, 3 or 4 days.

Eligibility: A child must be four years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the program

2017 Kindergarten Application Form

Statutory Declaration Form 

How to enrol in Kindergarten in Darebin

Kindergarten Waiting List Frequently Asked Questions 2016

Centralised Kindergarten Waiting List

We administer the Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List on behalf of 29 community managed kindergartens located in the municipality. This simplifies the application process for both early year’s services and families and offers a fair and equitable allocation system.

Applications for Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten open 1 February to 30 April in the year prior to attendance. Application forms are not available before this time.

Information and Application Forms are also available from:

Darebin Customer Service Centres

Darebin Maternal and Child Health Centres

• Local Darebin Kindergarten and Childcare Centres

Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten Applications

Applications can still be made for any remaining Kindergarten or Pre Kindergarten places available for 2016.

To enquire about remaining vacancies, please contact us.

2016 Pre Kindergarten Application Form 

2016 Kindergarten Application Form 

Vulnerable Children and Families

We support the State Government policy directions which shows that children with additional needs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, children known to Child Protection and those eligible for fee subsidy, benefit most from being involved in early childhood programs.

Families that demonstrate that they have a child in one of these categories will be allocated to a kindergarten program as a priority.

Confirmation of Application

Applications received will be sent a letter of confirmation and centralised waiting list number within four weeks of receipt of application. It is your responsibility (parents/guardians) to contact the Centralised Waiting List Office if you have not received a confirmation letter.

Changes to Your Application

We only accept alterations to your application in writing. You can send your changes via email, post, or in-person at any Darebin Customer Service Centre.

Mail to: Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List, P.O Box 91 PRESTON VIC 3072


Further Information

Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List Office

Ph: (03) 8470 8105 or (03) 8470 8118

Email: kindergarten waiting

Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List Procedures

Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List Policy 


Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health service supports your family in the areas of parenting, health and development, and can offer referrals to other professionals. You and your child will have regular appointments from birth to 4 years of age.

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About Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health Nurses are registered general nurses, with postgraduate qualifications in both midwifery and child health.  The service is free and strict confidentiality is maintained.

We provide 10 Key Ages and Stages consultations, including:

  • A Home Visit
  • Centre consultations at two weeks, one month, two months, four months, eight months, twelve months and eighteen months
  • Centre consultations at two years of age
  • Centre consultations and three and a half years of age.
  • Darebin also provides an additional Maternal health check at 3 months.

At each consultation you are given the chance to discuss your concerns, talk about parenting experiences and learn how to improve your child’s health, growth and development, and provides counselling and emotional support to families.

Health Checks and Health Education

Maternal and Child Health Nurses will monitor your child’s health, development and wellbeing by regular screening and assessment.  They will discuss parental health issues as they arise, i.e. post-natal depression, family planning and other parental health concerns.  We also provide guidance, emotional support and education on childhood illnesses, child behaviour, child safety, use of car restraints and other childhood issues.

New Parents Groups

Each first time parent is invited to attend a New Parents Group. Groups offer the opportunity to meet other new parents in the area, and provide information on a variety of parenting topics. Groups run for 6 weeks, and usually start when your baby is over 6 weeks of age, subject to sufficient numbers. 

Breastfeeding Support Service

Your MCH Nurse can assist in breastfeeding or other feeding issues. Additional lactation support will be available from March 2016 for mothers of infants 0 to 4 weeks of age. We offer Breastfeeding Support Sessions on a weekly basis on Wednesdays and one to one individualised appointments for mothers with additional needs. Please discuss with your MCH Nurse which is the most suitable for you.


MCH Booking Office

Ph: 8470 8648


Enhanced Maternal and Child Health

We provide additional support for families experiencing significant early parenting difficulties Referrals are made through your Nurse.

Appointment Bookings

Appointments for any of the Darebin Maternal & Child Health Centres can be made by phone or email. If you are new to the area, please phone to make an appointment for your child.

Further Information:

MCH Booking Office

Ph: 8470 8298


Maternal and Child Health Brochure 

First Aid For New Parents 

Darebin Maternal & Child Health recommends new parents attend a First Aid Course.  Knowing what to do in an emergency situation could save your child’s life.

We can provide information about where to access First Aid courses within the Municipality.  Please telephone the administration office 8470 8648 for more information.

Understanding Your Baby’s Needs

The Australian Childhood Foundation has released a booklet "I Need you A-Z Understanding your Baby’s Needs" to assist parents with Raising children. 

Raising Children’s Network

The Raising Children's Network is a complete Australian resource for parenting newborn to teens.

Further Information

Maternal and Child Health

Ph (03) 8470 8648


Primary School Holiday Program

There are a range of Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care programs in the City of Darebin to help children and their families, parents, grandparents and carers in Darebin.

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Primary School Holiday Programs offer fun, caring and safe environments for primary school aged children during school holiday periods. Programs are ideal for parents who work full-time, study or require care for their children.


Please see below for a listing of all holiday programs that operate within the City of Darebin.

Wales Street Primary School (Run by Leapkids)
Address: Wales St, Northcote
Ph: 1300 366 235

Preston South Primary School (Run by Leapkids) 
Address: Hotham St, Preston
Ph: 1300 366 235

Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Address: 857 Plenty Rd, Reservoir
Ph: 9471 4935

Clifton Hill Primary School
Address: 185 Gold St, Clifton Hill
Ph: 1300 105 343

Bundoora Park
Address: 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora
Ph: 8470 8170

Goodstart Early Learning – Bundoora
Address: 17-19 Bendoran Cres, Bundoora
Ph: 1800 222 543

La Trobe University
Address: Plenty Rd, Bundoora
Website: or

Reservoir West Primary School
Address: Carrington Rd, Reservoir
Ph: 9478 5238 

Waratah Special Developmental School (run by Oshcare4kids)
Address: 228 Banksia Street Bellfield, VIC 3081
Program Ph: 0428 267 610
Head Office: 1220 Burwood Hwy Upper Ferntree Gully Victoria
Head Office Ph: (03) 9758 6744

Able Australia
Ph: 1300 225 369

Annual Registration Form
Please complete the Annual Registration Form (once per child) and the relevant term Booking Form (per term,per child).

Children With Additional Needs
The program also caters for Children with Additional Needs. If your child has additional needs please first contact the Program Officers to obtain the necessary forms and arrange an appointment.

Phone: 8470 8520

Asthma, Epilepsy, Anaphylaxis and Allergies

There have been changes to Action Plan requirements for our Primary School Holiday Program. If your child has any of the conditions listed below please download and complete the relevant Action Plan and forward with your Registration Form.

All action plans and child photographs must be printed in full colour and be completed by your medical practitioner.

For further information about the Action Plans visit the ASCIA Website.

Allergic Reactions
To be completed by a doctor for use where no adrenaline autoinjector has been prescribed so there is only one version.

Child Care Benefit

Families may be eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB). To register for CCB please contact the Family Assistance Office (FAO) on 13 61 50. You need to ask to be assessed for Child Care Benefit. Upon registering for CCB, the FAO will send a copy of the letter to you. The letter will state your CCB percentage, Child/rens reference number/s and your eligible hours for care.

Register for the benefit:

Family Assistance Office
Phone: 13 61 50 (English)
Phone: 13 12 02 (Multilingual)

Registration & Payments

  1. Please complete the Registration Form and relevant term Booking Form
  2. Submit the form to any Customer Service Centre or mail to the address below:

Primary School Holiday Program Coordinator
PO Box 91, PRESTON VIC 3072

You will receive confirmation of your booking. Should you not receive confirmation, contact the Program Coordinator.

You will receive an invoice at the conclusion of the program with payment options. Please note that a late fee of $20 will be charged for overdue payments.

Note: Registration forms are also available at Darebin Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Further Information
Primary School Holiday Program Coordinator
Phone: (03) 8470 8520

Toy Library Plus

We provide members with a comprehensive range of toys and equipment suitable for children aged three months to six years. Staff can assist families to choose suitable toys on request relevant for the age of your child, children with specific interests and abilities, and children with additional needs.

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Toy Library being renamed as Toy Library Plus
Toy Library is being renamed Toy Library Plus to better reflect the scope of services, events and information that is available to families with young children. Not only have membership fees been simplified, a concession rate introduced, additional venues operating where families are able to borrow toys and equipment, but Toy Library Plus is also an avenue for parents to access resources for families with young children.

The aim of Toy Library Plus is to be responsive to community need and provide an affordable service that is accessible to all. In order to achieve this Toy Library Plus has, and will continue to pilot new ways of operating, such as the Toy Library and Pop in Playgroups (Keon Park and Bundoora), a mobile service at the ‘Play in the Park’ which is held each month at various locations in the municipality, and the provision of both morning and afternoon sessions at a number of locations.

As well as being able to borrow toys and equipment, Toy Library Plus is also the platform for families to discover how to start or join a Community Playgroup, obtain information about Community Events and play opportunities, and find out about Information Sessions for families with young children. Families will shortly be able to sign up to the Toy Library Plus eNewsletter to keep up to date with current events and information.

Hours of Operation as of  11 January 2016 (Keon Park Toy Library Plus & Pop in Playgroup will commence on 2 February)

Monday: 9.30am - 11.30am Northcote Family Centre, 185-187 High Street Northcote (Corner of James St and High Street)

Tuesday: 9.00am - 10.30am    Keon Park Children's Hub, 1-7 Dole Ave, Reservoir (Toy Library and Pop in Playgroup)

Wednesday: 9:30am - 11:30am Preston Neighbourhood House, 218 High Street Preston 

Thursday: 10.00am - 12.00pm Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

Thursday: 2.00pm - 4.00pm    Darebin North East Community Hub, 35 Copernicus Crescent, Bundoora (Toy Library and Pop in Playgroup)

Friday: 9.30am - 2.30pm Northcote Family Centre, 185-187 High Street Northcote (Corner of James St and High Street)

Saturday: 10.00am - 12.00pm Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

Membership as of 1st January 2016

Annual Family Fee: $41

Concession Rate: $5

Group : $62.00

Student: $10.00

Grandparent: $10.00

Additional toy (small): $2.00

Additional toy (large): $5.00 

Note: Overdue fees apply

Families can borrow three toys per child for a period of four weeks. Items can be renewed by emailing or phoning the Toy Library. Toys can be returned to any site during hours of operation.

  1. Complete Toy Library Plus Application Form (hard copy forms are also available from all Toy Library sites).
  2. Return the form and an invoice will be given to you for payment which can be made at any Darebin Customer Service Centre 

Toy Library Plus Brochure 

Toy Library Plus and Pop in Playgroup

Come for some or all of the time and you can:

  • see the range of toys and equipment that are available for borrowing
  • spend some time with you child playing with the activities that have been set up
  • talk with City of Darebin staff about services for families with young children
  • find out more about joining Toy Library

Play in the Park - the Toy Library Plus is going mobile! 

The Toy Library Plus will be visiting a park in Darebin once a month and families are invited to join in the fun. It offers a free play opportunity with additional activities in the park. Its a great way for parents and children to make new friends. Participants will also be able to speak to City of Darebin staff about services for families with young children. Brochures will also be available for you to collect. Children will have a great time trying out some of the toys and equipment in the natural park surroundings. A selection of toy library equipment will be available to borrow on the day. Please see below flyer for a list of dates and times. 

Play in the Park January - June 2016

Further Information 

Phone: 8470 8104

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