Child care

Starting child care is an important milestone in your life and your child’s life.

All child care centres must comply with legislation and Victorian Department of Education and Training regulations.


Types of care

There are different types of care for different situations:

Child care 

Known as Long day care LDC - often called Early Learning Centres) Long day care is available for children whose families/ carers are working, volunteering or studying.

Occasional care

This form of child care helps parents who require care on a less regular basis, like needing two hours for an appointment, or to rest. 

Map of child care and kindergarten services in Darebin

Darebin City Council operate a registration system for a number of services operating across the municipality.
Completion of a registration form does not guarantee a child care placement.


We take registrations for eight participating community-managed services. These are operated by either a committee of management or early years management organisation.

  1. Annie Dennis Childrens Centre

    2 Oldis Avenue Northcote

  2. Darebin Child Care & Kindergarten

    260 Gower Street Preston

  3. Darebin Child Care & Kindergarten

    6-8 Kenilworth Street Reservoir

  4. Merri Community Child Care Centre & Kindergarten

    313 St Georges Road Thornbury

  5. Merrilands Early Learning

    23-25 Ryans Road Reservoir

  6. Nara Community Early Learning Centre

    77-91 St Georges Road Preston

  7. Oakhill Children’s Centre

    91  North Road Reservoir

  8. Raleigh Street Community Children’s Centre
    28 Raleigh Street Thornbury

Map of child care and kindergarten services in Darebin

You can apply to the childcare waiting list after your child is born. It’s important to contact and visit centres to understand their individual service models, fees and policies.

What do you need?

To register child care you need to provide:

  • your child’s proof of birth documents (birth certificate or passport) attached to your registration
  • documentation to support your registration, if applicable
  • receipt of your administration fee payment

Completing a registration form does not guarantee a child care program.

How to register

There are two ways to register for child care using our registration system:

  1. Register online
  2. Register by completing our Child care registration form

You can get paper registration forms at:

Darebin customer service centres

Please return completed paper registration forms:

by mail to PO Box 91 Preston Victoria 3072
by email to registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au 
in person at any of the 3 Customer service centres in your area.  

Administration fee

We charge a one-off administration fee for the registration of each child. Administration fees are waived for eligible Australian Government concession cards holders.

Please note: Completing the application form doesn't guarantee placement and we recommend you explore all options in the area.

Immunisation (NO JAB NO PLAY Legislation)

For your child's enrolment at kindergarten to be confirmed, you will need to provide the Kindergarten service with evidence of your child’s up to date immunisation statement. 

A current immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register, the statement must show your child is up to date with all vaccinations that are due for their age. Or they're up to date with the vaccinations they're able to receive.
The immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register is the only document accepted for enrolments. Letters from GPs or local councils are not accepted.

Darebin Immunisation Service is able to support your families immunisation status: immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au or 8470 8562 or www.darebin.vic.gov.au/immunisation.

You can find out more about the No Jab No Play legislation on the Better Health Channel or Australian Department of Human Services

Further information and resources

My Child website
Early childhood education and care services in Darebin

Map of child care and kindergarten services in Darebin


Contact Darebin Registration Team
Phone: (03) 8470 8825
Email: registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au


Are you looking for childcare?
Community managed child care centres