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.

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.

Child Care Centralised Waiting List

Darebin City Council take registrations on behalf of ten 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 Application 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.

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. 

Further Information:

Families Diversity and Community 

Centeralised Waiting List Team

Ph: (03) 8470 8825


The following table outlines the waiting list numbers on the Centralised Waiting List as of 18th October 2017

This if for 1st preference option only 



      South     Middle  North  
3- 12 months          117    31     26
1 - 2 years    209    40    42 
2 - 3 years    163    31    34
3 - 4 years    106    31    36
4 - 6 years      57    18    38

An application fee of $22.00 applies, with a concession rate available.
Payments accepted: Credit card (online), cheque or money order for $22.00 registration fee
Fees are still payable for children who have siblings already attending the nominated centres.

How to Register:

One application per child required, the application form submitted must be for the current financial year.

Complete the Child Care Centralised Waiting List Application Form and return the form in-person at any Customer Service Centre.

Payment can be made online via the Child Care Waiting List Application Payment.

Hard copy forms are also available from our Customer Service Centres, Maternal and Child Health Centres, Child Care Centres and Kindergartens.

Documents to be attached are: 

A photocopy of child's proof of birth. E.g. birth certificate, declaration of birth from the hospital, passport, or letter from family services, local doctor or Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Documents from family support services or intervention services confirming vulnerability and/or disability. E.g. Disability Support Services, Child Protection Services.

Documents confirming proof of work or study. E.g. letter from employer, current payslip or copy of official student card

Mail to:
Centralised Waiting List Team
Families Diversity and Community
PO Box 91
Preston VIC 3072


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


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 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:
Families Diversity and Community

Ph: 8470 8114

Pre School Field Officer Referral Form 2017

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.

Immunisation Program 2017

Immunisation Sessions are available weekly throughout the municipality. Please click on the link below 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. 

Appointment Clinics

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


Fairfield MCH Appointment Clinic 84 Arthur Street FAIRFIELD
Darebin North East Hub 35 Copernicus Crescent BUNDOORA


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

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.  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 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)

Meningococcal ACWY Program for 15-19 year olds 

All teenagers 15-19 years of age are funded to receive the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine.

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.

Darebin Council is visiting all secondary schools and educational facilities in the Darebin municipality to provide the vaccine to 15-19 year olds.

The vaccine is also available through all Council immunisation sessions.  There is no need to book before attending.

Influenza (Flu) Immunisation

The Service offers the influenza (flu) vaccine each year around March. The vaccine costs $20 (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.

Darebin Council now has stock of the Quadrivalent Vaccine for 2017.


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

You can read our 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.

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

2018 Three Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Program

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.

2018 Pre Kindergarten Application Form
Statutory Declaration Form 

2018 Four Year Old Kindergarten/Preschool

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

2018 Kindergarten Application Form
Statutory Declaration Form 
How to enrol in Kindergarten in Darebin
Frequently Asked Questions for Kindergarten and Pre-kindergarten

Centralised Waiting List

Council administers a centralised waiting list on behalf of 31 community managed kindergartens in Darebin. This simplifies the application process and offers a fair and equitable allocation system. Applications for Three Year Old Pre Kindergarten Programs and Four Year Old Kindergarten open 1 February to 30 April in the year prior to attendance. Application forms are not available before this time.

2017 Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Limited vacancies are available for 2017 for Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten. To apply for a position, please complete the relevant form below and submit as per below instructions;

Download the 2017 Pre Kindergarten Application Form
Download the 2017 Kindergarten Application Form

Make sure you include the following documentation:

  • A Photocopy of child's proof of birth (e.g. birth certificate).
  • Documents from family support services or intervention services confirming vulnerability and/or disability (e.g. Disability Support Services, Child Protection Services).
  • Cheque or money order for $22.00 registration fee if applicable or payment can be made online.

Return the form in-person at any Customer Service Centre, or post it to us:

Mail to:
Centralised Waiting List Team
Families Diversity and Community
PO Box 91

Note: Completion of the application form does not guarantee placement.

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.

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 our early childhood education and care services, including childcare services and kindergartens through our central enrolment 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 (or the cluster manager, to determine that your child's immunisations are up-to-date for their age or an exemption applies.

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.

Confirmation of Application

Applications received will be sent a letter of acknowledgment and an application number within four weeks of receipt of application. It is your responsibility (parents/guardians) to contact the Centralised Waiting List Team if you have not received an acknowledgment letter within this time frame. 

Changes to Your Application

Alterations to your application must be submitted in writing. Download and complete the Application Alteration Form, and return it to us by email, post, or in-person at any Customer Service Centre. 

Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List Procedures
Kindergarten Centralised Waiting List Policy

Further Information
Centralised Waiting List Team
Families Diversity and Community
Phone: 8470 8105 or 8470 8118

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.

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. 

Breastfeeding Support Service

Your MCH Nurse can assist in breastfeeding or other feeding issues. Additional breastfeeding 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


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.

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.

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

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

Northcote Primary School (Run by OSHClub) 
Address: 33 Helen Street, Northcote
Phone: 0437 692 819

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

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

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

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

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

Charles La Trobe College (Run by Extend)
235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West 
Ph: 1300 366 437

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)

Further Information
Families, Diversity and Community
Phone: (03) 8470 8100

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.

Toy Library Plus is the place for families to discover how to start or join a playgroup, learn about community events and play opportunities, and find out about information sessions for families with young children.  See Toy Library Brochure July 2017 for details.

You can also sign up to the What's on for Families eNewsletter for details on local activities and seminars suitable for families.

Hours of operation from 1 July 2017
Day Time Location
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month 11.00am - 12 noon

East Preston Community Centre
7 Newton Street, Reservoir

2nd Wednesday of the month 9.30am - 11.00am Keon Park Children's Hub
1-7 Dole Avenue, Keon Park
4th Wednesday of the month 9.30am - 11.00am Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)
Thursday 10.00am - 12 noon Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)
Saturday 10.00am - 12 noon Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

Membership Fees:

Annual Family Fee: $45.00
Concession Rate: $6.00
Group : $65.00
Student: $11.00
Grandparent: $11.00
Additional toy (small): $2.50
Additional toy (large): $5.50
Note: Overdue fees apply, and prices as a 1 January 2017.

To join the Toy Library:

  1. Complete Toy Library Plus Online Form
  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.

Further Information
Phone: 8470 8104
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