Long Day Care

Long Day Care offers part and full-time education (1 – 5 days) for children aged 0 to 5 years. We offer small group programs of 15 children per room on each day with a variety of indoor/outdoor play offered. All of our long day care rooms are named after prominent Australian poets.

Qualified Early Childhood Educators plan the program for the Banjo Paterson (0-2 years) and Judith Wright (2-3 years) rooms, to encourage independence while establishing and developing skills through play.

In 2019 we offer three Kindergarten groups for long day care children aged 3-5 years, each designed and run by a Bachelor qualified teacher. To complete a full kindergarten program, 4-year-old children in long day care must attend THREE days per week. These are operated in the Dorothea Mackellar (4 year old) and Colin Thiele room (multi-age kindergarten program for 3-4 year olds).

Long day care fees

2019 daily fee $125.00 (2020 daily fee: $128.00)

Families using the long day care program can apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) through the Family Assistance Office. Where eligible, CCS reduces your daily fee and is means tested based on your family income. www.familyassist.gov.au

Poets Grove Family & Children’s Centre Opening Hours

Monday – Friday
7:15am – 6:15pm except public holidays.
The centre also closes over the Christmas New Year period for approximately 2 weeks.

Please note that Reception is staffed from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

To go on child care waiting list

Please contact the City of Port Phillip on 9209 6360 to go on the centralised waiting list for child care in community and council centres in the City of Port Phillip.

Please note that to be offered a place in long day care at Poets Grove children must be registered on the City of Port Phillip Centralised Childcare Waiting List.


No Jab No Play Legislation

The Victorian Government has passed new immunisation legislation named ‘No Jab, No Play’, which took effect on 1 January 2016. All children seeking enrolment at Poets Grove Family and Children’s Centre must be fully immunised. To find out more visit the “No Jab, No Play” page on the Health Department’s website.