Children's Services

Find a local child care centre for your children to attend, or register for the Child Care Centralised Waiting List to find a placement for your child at a community managed child care centre.

Child Care

Child care services offer full-time, part-time and occasional care for children up to school entry age. Qualified staff and safe, positive learning environments ensure the needs of all children are met.

Some centres also offer a funded four year old kindergarten program. 

All Child Care Centres need to comply with legislation and regulations of the Department of Education and Training.

On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to services to be passed onto families.
Three things determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:
•         A family’s annual adjusted taxable income determines the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for
•         An activity test determines how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight, and
•         The type of child care service determines the hourly rate cap.
More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.

There are currently 41 child care centres in the City of Darebin. A list of centres is available at:

There are different types of child care and it’s important to explore all options available.  The different types of care offered are:

Occasional Care: Is a centre-based form of child care, responsive to the needs of the general community and provide flexible care which allows parents to meet their work-related and non-work related commitments.

Long Day Care: Is provided in a specifically created building for use as a child care service. Services are typically open from 7.30am to 6pm and offer educational programs specific to your child’s interest and needs abiding by the National Quality Frameworks.

Family Day Care: Is flexible home-based education and care for children via a network of Family Day Care Educators in their home. Information about Family Day Care in Darebin contact Family Day Care Victoria. www.familydaycare.org.au

Child Care Registration System

Darebin City Council take registrations on behalf of eight participating community managed services in the municipality. These services are operated by a Committee of Management or Early Years Management organisation. These services are listed on the Child Care Registration Form. For all other centres in Darebin, please contact them directly for enrolment.

Families are able to apply to the child care waiting list after the birth of their child. It’s important to contact and visit centres to understand their individual service models, fees and policies. 

Note: Completion of the application form does not guarantee placement and we recommend you explore all child care options in the area.

Child Care Frequently Asked Questions

Priority of Access Guidelines for allocating places

Childcare places are made in line with the Australian Government Priority of Access Guidelines, which all services are required to comply with.

Families who live in the City of Darebin are also given priority on the waiting list. This is in addition to the criteria set by the Commonwealth Government Priority of Access Guidelines. 

Registration Fees:
A registration fee of $27.00 applies, with a concession rate available for eligible families
Payments types accepted: Credit card (online), cheque or money order for $27.00 registration fee
Fees are still payable for children who have siblings already attending the nominated centres.

Perry Street Childcare Centre and Elizabeth Gorman Memorial Kindergarten (Perry St CC) have advised Council that from 1 June 2020 they will be managing their own child care registration system. This change will allow Perry St CC to better meet their business needs.Families can register directly with Perry St CC from 1 June 2020

For centres still participating in the Darebin Registration System, please download forms here: Child Care Registration Form

Email forms to registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au
Photos of forms can also be emailed to the above address
Post forms to PO BOX 91 PRESTON VIC 3072

Please Include any documents to support your registration along with receipt of payment. 
Payments can be made by following the instructions How to Pay 

Our Customer Service counter services are closed

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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.

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

  • 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 Training. 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:

Families Youth and Children 

Ph: 8470 8114

Pre School Field Officer Referral Form 2019

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

Update: Darebin City Council Immunisation Program during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: 16 July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak some of Council’s immunisation sessions have been moved to alternative locations. Please find the Immunisation Program schedule for July and August 2020 in the table below. Social distancing and infection control guidelines will be strongly adhered to at immunisation sessions. If you are feeling unwell, have travelled or have come into contact with someone who has travelled internationally within the last two weeks or who is known to have contracted COVID-19 you must not attend.

Prior to attending any of the sessions below please complete a 2020 Influenza Consent Form
Bring the form with you to the sessions in order to save time on the day.  If you cannot print a form we will have forms available at the session.

We do not take bookings for any of the sessions listed below.  These are drop in only.

Children under 5 do not need to complete a form.  Please bring their Maternal & Child Health Record book with you. Children under 9 years of age being immunised against flu for the first time should receive 2 doses in this season - spaced at least 4 weeks apart.

As we adhere to the social distancing guidelines we recommend you bring an umbrella with you in case we need you to wait outside the hall for a short time.

Please note that photography and video photography is not permitted at Immunisation sessions.

ALL OPEN SESSIONS ARE NOW HELD AT PRESTON CITY HALL/PRESTON SHIRE HALL
284-286 Gower Street, Preston.

Childhood vaccines, secondary school vaccines and adult immunisations including flu are available at all sessions.

Session Date Day Time
JULY 2020    
21/07/2020  Tuesday  2-3pm
23/07/2020  Thursday 5.30-7pm
25/07/2020 Saturday 9.30-11am
 AUGUST 2020    
 04/08/2020 Tuesday 9.30-10.30am
 05/08/2020 Wednesday 2-3pm
 07/08/2020 Friday 9.30-10.30am
 08/08/2020 Saturday 9.30-11am
 12/08/2020 Wednesday  9.30-10.30am
 13/08/2020 Thursday 5.30-7pm
 18/08/2020 Tuesday 5.30-7pm
 19/08/2020 Wednesday 9.30-10.30am
 21/08/2020 Friday 9.30-10.30am
 22/08/2020 Saturday 9.30-11am
 26/08/2020 Wednesday 9.30-10.30am
 27/08/2020 Thursday 5.30-7pm

Appointment Clinics

Appointment clinics are currently available at the following venues.  Please telephone 8470 8562 to make a booking.
**Please note that the Darebin North East Hub Clinic is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

CLINIC LOCATIONS

CLINIC NAME

ADDRESS SUBURB
Fairfield Maternal Child Health Centre (morning and evening)
84 Arthur Street FAIRFIELD

2020 seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines Stock Availability
Prior to attending any session please check the table below to confirm we have vaccines available.

Category Supply Available?
Children 6 months to < 5 years of age AVAILABLE NOW
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over AVAILABLE NOW
Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy AVAILABLE NOW
People over 65 years of age AVAILABLE NOW
People from 5 years up to <65 years (Fee paying/$20 per person) AVAILABLE NOW

Prior to attending an immunisation session and to save you time when you visit, you can print your 2020 Influenza Consent Form and bring it to the session with you. Children 6 months to 4 years of age are government funded for the Influenza vaccine and they do not need to fill in an Influenza Consent form.

Payments: EFTPOS facilities are available at all sessions.

About the Immunisation Program 2020 - Please refer to the calendar above for July and August as our 2020 program has changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Do not refer to the 2020 Darebin Immunisation Program that may be in your child's Maternal & Child Health Record book.

Immunisation sessions are available as per the above table for July and August 2020. 
Bring your Medicare Card (if you have one), Child Health Record Book or any other immunisation history documents with you when you attend. 
You do not need a Medicare Card to receive free immunisations.

    Overseas Travel

    When planning overseas travel additional vaccines may be recommended depending on the country you are visiting.  It is recommended to consult with a travel doctor 6-8 weeks prior to departure.

    The following link provides a list of travel clinics registered to administer the BCG (Tuberculosis) vaccine.  A GP is not able to administer the BCG vaccine. 

    BCG Travel Clinics June 2020

    Measles

    Measles remains a common illness in many destinations popular with Australian travellers.

    As at 3 December 2019, 48 people in Victoria have been diagnosed with measles, usually after returning from an overseas holiday. Measles is highly contagious.

    2 doses of measles vaccine can give you lifelong protection.  The Government funds 2 doses of measles containing vaccine for all persons born since 1966 including women with low or negative rubella antibody levels. 

    Infants travelling overseas can have a free MMR vaccine from 6 months up to 11 months via their GP or travel clinic.  The scheduled 12 and 18 months MMR containing vaccines are still required. 

    If you're unsure of your vaccination record, it's safe to have another dose.

    For more information visit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/measles 

    Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine 

    From 1 July 2018 the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine will be administered to children at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program. 

    Darebin Immunisation Service can now administer the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to babies and children from 6 weeks of age. The scheduled 12 month Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine is still required. 

    The vaccine cost for Meningococcal ACWY is $70 per dose. You do not require a script from your GP.

    Meningococcal B Vaccine 

    Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) is available to purchase from 6 weeks of age (commencing 1 July 2020)*.  Children under 4 are recommended to receive paracetamol with every dose of Meningococcal B.  This is because of the increased risk of fever associated with receiving Meningococcal B.

    • Give the first dose of paracetamol within 30 minutes before, or as soon as practicable after receiving the vaccine.
    • This can be followed by 2 more doses of paracetamol given 4-6 hours apart regardless of whether the child has a fever.

    It is important that parents buy paracetamol prior to receiving the Meningococcal B immunisation.

    The vaccine cost for Meningococcal B is $130 per dose*.  You DO NOT require a script from your GP.

    * The Meningococcal B vaccine is funded for Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 2 years.

    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.

    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

    From 28 February 2018, an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will be the only documentation accepted by early childhood education and care services (long day care, kindergarten - 3 & 4 year old) for the purposes of confirming a child's enrolment in their service.   Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers (including Council) will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation. 

    Please telephone 1800 653 809 for an Immunisation History Statement or login to your www.my.gov.au account to download your statement.

    Overseas Immunisation Records

    If your child was immunised overseas please contact our office on 8470 8562 prior to attending an immunisation session. We can review your child's history, update the Australian Immunisation Register and recommend catch up immunisation if required.  If your child is under 20 years of age and requires catch up immunisation, they are provided free.

    Secondary School Immunisations

    The Service visits all secondary schools within the City of Darebin to provide immunisations to Year 7 and 10 students according to the National Immunisation Program. For more information about the diseases and recommended vaccines please visit immunehero.health.vic.gov.au.

    YEAR 7 IMMUNISATIONS

    Due to the closure of schools during COVID-19, Council is unable to deliver the Year 7 secondary school immunisations (1st visit) as originally planned.

    You are invited to attend any of the Darebin Immunisation sessions in the above table.  There is no need to bring any paperwork with you.

     

    If parents have any questions about the program please contact the Darebin Immunisation Service on 8470 8562 or email immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au.

     

    YEAR 10 IMMUNISATION 
    The year 10 immunisation program is currently scheduled for Term 3 2020.  If there are any changes to this families will be notified by their school.

    Visit Vaccine
    Visit 1 Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine (Nimenrix)

    This age group was chosen to be funded based on the recommendation of national immunisation experts as teenagers are at increased risk of Meningococcal disease and more likely to spread the disease to others.

    In recent years the prevalence of the W strain - one of the 6 main strains - has increased significantly across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and just one in 2013.

    The secondary school vaccines are also available at Council immunisation sessions.  Appointments are not required.

    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 lryan@darebin.vic.gov.au.

    You can read our Fighting Flu in the Workplace 2020 

    Historical Immunisation Records

    Your child's immunisation records may be available on the Australian Immunisation Register.  Create a profile or login to your existing profile at www.my.gov.au or download the Express Plus Medicare Mobile App. or telephone 1800 653 809.

    Council also keeps hard copy records for residents born prior to 1996.

    Before we can provide you with your immunisation history, an Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records must be completed.

    When returning the form please also attach either a Drivers Licence or other photo identification. 

    There is no fee associated with retrieval of immunisation records. 

    Please email your Application Form for Accessing Immunisation Records to immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au 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
    Email: immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au

    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.

    For an overview of kindergarten in Darebin, read our Darebin Kindergarten Guide.

    Allocation of Kindergarten (4yo) and Pre-kindergarten (3yo)for  2021 

    Kindergarten 4 year old Allocation
    1st round / 1st preference will be sent out to families via email. 
    We are anticipating to begin this process on Thursday 6 August.
    Please check your inbox, or junk / spam mail for emails from registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au
    to accept or decline the offer please reply to the email with your child's name, date of birth.

    Pre-kindergarten 3 year old Allocation 
    1st round / 1st preference will be sent out to families via email. 
    We are anticipating to begin this process on Thursday 13 August.
    Please check your inbox, or junk / spam mail for emails from registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au
    to accept or decline the offer please reply to the email with your child's name, date of birth.

    If your child turns 3 years old after the kindergarten year starts, you may be required to delay attendance until the child’s third birthday.

    Families may also need to pay Term 1 fees to hold their place. 

    From Friday 31 July to Friday 11 September  you will not be able to make any changes to your preferences, this is the main allocation period for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.

    How to Register For Kindergarten or Pre-kindergarten

    There are more than 54 kindergartens in Darebin. Kindergartens can be run by volunteer committees, not-for-profit early years managers and private organisations. Funded kindergartens also operate in long day care centres.
    Darebin City Council do not run kindergarten programs but we do have a range of resources to help you navigate the process including a full list of all kindergarten programs in Darebin and how to register with them. Who to call

    Council administers a registration system on behalf of 28 of the 54 kindergartens in Darebin. This simplifies the registration process for these centres and offers a fair and equitable allocation system. 

    Registration to the Darebin Kindergarten Registration System can be made in the year prior to kindergarten attendance and open February 1.

    The main registration period will close as of Midnight (12.00am)Sunday 26 July 2020. 

    All registrations received after this date will be eligible to be in round 2.

    Please download forms and email to Registration Team at: registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au include any documents to support your registration along with receipt of payment. Payments can be made by following the instructions How to Pay 

    Our Registration Team is available Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00pm on  8470 8825.   

    Download the 2021 Kindergarten Registration Form 

    Download the 2020 Kindergarten Registration Form

    Download the 2021 Pre Kindergarten Registration Form

    Download the 2020 Pre Kindergarten Registration Form

    Please download forms and email to Registration Team at: registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au include any documents to support your registration along with receipt of payment. Payments can be made by following the instructions How to Pay 

    Our Registration Team is available Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00pm on  8470 8825.   

    Photos of forms can be emailed or alternatively

    Post forms to PO BOX 91 PRESTON VIC 3072

    Our Customer Service counter services are closed.

    The following services will not be running the pre-kindergarten(3yo) program in 2021:
    Darebin Child Care and Kindergarten in Preston  
    Kookaburra Kindergarten 
    Merrilands Child Care and Kindergarten

    Four Year Old Kindergarten Programs 

    This 1 year, State Government subsidised program is 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.
    In Victoria, children cannot attend more than one State Government funded kindergarten program at the same time.
    Note: Completion of the registration form does not guarantee placement.
     

    Three Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Programs

    This program is designed to meet the developmental, social, emotional, language and listening skills of young children who have turned three 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. If your child turns three after the kindergarten year starts, you may be required to delay attendance until the child’s third birthday. Families may also need to pay Term 1 fees to hold their place. Please contact your preferred three year old program in advance for their enrolment policy.

    The following services will not be running the pre-kindergarten(3yo) program in 2021:

    Darebin Child Care and Kindergarten in Preston  
    Kookaburra Kindergarten 
    Merrilands Child Care and Kindergarten
     

    Vulnerable Children and Families

    If you are with an agency supporting a family to register for kindergarten or child care, please contact us directly for additional assistance.
    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.

    Further information to help through the process

    Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team 
    Phone: 8470 8825
    Email: Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team

    No Jab No Play

    No Jab No Play
    The "No Jab No Play" law requires all children to be age-appropriately immunised before enrolment in an early childhood service can be confirmed. Your child will be offered a place at an early childhood education and care service, including childcare services and kindergartens through the registration system. You should note that this offer and your acceptance of the offer will not mean that your child's enrolment is confirmed.

    Enrolment will be confirmed when immunisation documentation has been received, assessed and found acceptable by the service at which the place has been offered.

    Further information about immunisation requirements for enrolment in early childhood services, including information on how to obtain the required documentation, is available on the State Government's Better Health Channel.
    Early childhood services can also provide you with a copy of a brochure for parents that explains the requirements and how you can meet them.

     

    How the Darebin Kindergarten registration process works

    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.

    UPDATE: Darebin City Council Maternal Child Health Service during coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Last updated: 23 July 2020

    The Darebin MCH service has been supporting families through the COVID lock down period. Darebin MCH service continues to offer face to face appointments with families of newborn to 8-week-old babies as well as those infants and children identified as having additional needs and from vulnerable families. Darebin families with older babies and children, will continue to be offered MCH telehealth appointments.
     
    Under the current COVID stage 3 restrictions that apply in Darebin, please note that
    from 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July 2020, the Chief Health Officer has said people 12 years and older living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire who are leaving home must wear a face covering unless an exemption applies. 

    Wearing a face covering protects the person and community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note that babies and children under 2yrs are not to wear masks. Face masks in those under 2yrs of age are a choking, strangulation and SIDS hazard. 

    Our priority is always the safety of our families, community and staff. The Maternal and Child Health Centres reopening will look different, with increase in hygiene implemented, only 1 Adult to attend with the child, no toys available in waiting areas or consult rooms. New Parent groups and information sessions are resuming online via Microsoft Teams.
     
    In addition you can download the free MCH app for trusted information matched to the age of your child, at your fingertips! The app can also track your child’s growth and remind you about upcoming MCH appointments or immunisations. More information is available on the 
    Better Health Channel website

    There is also the confidential, 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line you can call to get free information and advice about the care and health of your child (from birth to school age). The number is 13 22 29.

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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.

    Maternal & Child Health Centres

    Health Checks and Health Education

    Maternal and Child Health Nurses will assess your child’s health, development and wellbeing by regular screening.  They will discuss parental health issues as they arise, i.e. post-natal depression, family planning and other parental health concerns.   They 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. 

    FIRST TIME

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

    Breastfeeding Support Service

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

    Bookings:

    MCH Booking Office

    Ph: 8470 8298

    Email: mchappointments@darebin.vic.gov.au

    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

    Email: mchappointments@darebin.vic.gov.au 

    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.

    The MCH App

     

    A free MCH App is available which provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use every day for trusted information on child and maternal health. Time saving features include information on popular child health and development topics; click-to-call emergency contacts; prompts for upcoming MCH consultations and regular updates and messages.

    This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones.

     

     

    Further Information

    Maternal and Child Health

    Ph (03) 8470 8648

    Email: mchappointments@darebin.vic.gov.au

    An outside school hours care (OSHC) service provides education and care for primary school-age children (generally ages 5 to 12 years) outside school hours and during school holidays.

    Outside school hours care (OSHC)

    OSHC is an education and care service that supports children to:

      engage in play and leisure activities
      learn new skills to further their development
      build relationships with educators in a community that is connected to, 
      but separate from, the school community

    Locations

    OSHC locations are usually located at or close to primary schools.

    They may also be offered in locations such as:
      community centres
      halls
      neighbourhood houses, or
      recreation centres

    Hours

    Hours will vary depending on community needs, generally operating on weekdays as:
       before school care, 7.00am–8.45am (or until school start time)
       after school care (including early school finish), 3.30pm–6.00pm (or from school finish time)
       vacation care (during school holidays), 7.00am–6.00pm.

    For more information 
    www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/OSHC/Pages/about.aspx 

    OSHC Locations can be found at this link  
    www.startingblocks.gov.au/find-child-care

    Due to the changing nature of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) issue, 
    it is essential that families contact DET for the most up to date information.

    www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx 

    Families, Youth and Children 
    OSHC Resource Officer for Darebin Services
    Phone: (03) 84708106

     

    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.

    Three toys can be borrowed for each child with a family membership, and six toys for a group membership. The borrowing period is four weeks and loans can be extended via email or phone. Toys and equipment are to be cleaned prior to return.

    For current session times and locations see the hours of operation listing below. You can also sign up to the What's on for Families eNewsletter for details on local activities and seminars suitable for families.

    Closure Notice!   

    Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Toy Library sites at both Northcote Family Centre and Reservoir Community and Learning Centre are closed until further notice. Members can keep toys and equipment on loan until the library is reopened. No fines will be issued for late returns. Updates on the resumption of this service will be posted here. For enquiries about Toy Library please call 0413 807 858, email toylibrary@darebin.vic.gov.au or visit www.darebin.vic.gov.au/toylibrary

    Hours of Operation  (Toy library is closed until further notice)
    Day Time Location
    Thursday     
     10.00am -  12noon Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
    23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
    Friday
     10.00am -  12noon  Northcote Family Centre
    185 High Street, Northcote
    (Corner James and High Streets)
    Saturday  10.00am -  12noon  Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
    23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

    (Closed during public holidays)

    Annual Membership Fees:

    Family : $47.00
    Concession : $6.50
    Group : $67.00
    Student: $11.50
    Grandparent: $11.50
    Additional toy (small): $2.60
    Additional toy (large): $5.60
    Note: Overdue fees apply, and prices as at 1 January 2018.

    To join the Toy Library:

    1. Complete the Toy Library Online Form - Term 1 2020 online form (Term 2 2020 online form available 12 April )
    2. Make your payment online via credit card or a PayPal account

    Note: Printed forms are also available from all Toy Library sites, and payment can be made at any Darebin Customer Service Centre.

    Click here for Toy Library brochure >

    Further Information
    Phone: 8470 8104
    Email: toylibrary@darebin.vic.gov.au