Cheltenham Childcare & Kindergarten

Explore our Cheltenham childcare campus and learn how our programs and inclusions can help your child reach their full potential!

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Only About Children Childcare in Cheltenham has three dedicated outdoor play areas, one each for Nursery, Toddler and Kindergarten aged children, there is lots of active space for creativity and exploration. We have sandpits, raised gardens filled with herbs, lemon trees and native flora, balance-bridges, specially designed undulating turf surfaces, a river stream and a worm farm! Our indoor spaces are all age-based and designed to encourage children’s learning and development, with a focus on safety and natural elements. We love connecting with our local community through activities and planned excursions that build on the children’s interests and learning. At Only About Children Cheltenham, these include road safety education with visits to the school crossing in preparation for school readiness. We provide high quality early learning, through innovative programs, with a focus on health, wellbeing and early years education. Through this integrated approach, we believe every child is given the best opportunity to reach their full potential. 

With a team of qualified and passionate Educators, your child will find an early learning environment where they feel safe, nurtured, stimulated and happy. Our educational curriculum – Grow – gives Nursery, Toddler and Kindergarten children the best opportunity to develop their growing minds during their early years. It includes

  • Left Brain Logic – Literacy & Language, Exploration & STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math) and Sustainability
  • Right Brain Creativity – Music, Dramatic Play and Art
  • Health and Wellbeing – Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Social Development – Trust, Respect & Relationship and Resilience & Mindfulness

With an innovative play-based curriculum we stand out by delivering intentional teaching in dynamic small group learning environments where children’s successes, skills and challenges are monitored on an ongoing basis. 

Flexi Care (occasional care) is available at our Cheltenham Campus. This option is for families wishing to utilise occasional or back up childcare at short notice. Flexi Care is available in 2 sessions, full day or part day and is available for children aged 12 weeks – 5 years old.

Cheltenham Kindergarten

Only About Children Cheltenham Kindergarten is focused on creating quality experiences that place your child in the best position to begin school. Our nurturing kindergarten educators give special emphasis on building school-ready skills, such as Literacy & Language, Exploration & STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math), Sustainability, Music, Dramatic Play and Art. We aim to make your child’s transition to school as smooth as possible by providing balanced, small group learning activities that build independence and resilience along with academic skills.

Our team of highly-skilled educators and health specialists work together to create an integrated journey that enhances your child’s learning and development. Individual learning plans are created to empower each child with skills that will help them reach their full academic and social potential.

We use the Kinder Tick at Only About Children Cheltenham because we’re an approved provider of a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program. That means our service delivers a play-based learning program, led by a qualified early childhood teacher.

Our Cheltenham Kindergarten program includes:

  • Age 3-5 years appropriate indoor/outdoor learning environments.
  • Dietitian designed menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Small group learning activities for individual attention.
  • Special focus on school readiness and skill development.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum

Cheltenham Toddlers

Our Only About Children Cheltenham campus is focused on giving your child a calm and welcoming environment that balances play, exploration, and learning. Our Toddler rooms are led by passionate educators who create play-based learning activities designed to provide toddler-aged children with nurturing experiences that encourage growth and development.

Our Toddler rooms are safe, supportive spaces that facilitate creative exploration. Each space is expertly designed to encourage younger children to explore, solve problems, create, construct and interact with peers.

Our Cheltenham Toddler program includes:

  • Age 2-3 years of appropriate learning and playing environments.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum
  • Small group learning activities.
  • Dietitian designed menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Calm sleeping and resting rooms.

Cheltenham Nursery 

At Only About Children Cheltenham Nursery, our passionate educators focus on laying a foundation for enduring curiosity, confidence and a love of learning. Our Cheltenham Nursery caters to the care and development needs of infants aged 6 weeks -2 years.

The Cheltenham Nursery focuses on safe sleep practices developed by qualified Family Health Nurses and Consultants. Our nursery is a safe and stimulating environment that encourages your child to explore and play and implements both structure and a nurturing environment with our exceptional caregiving and play routines.

Our Cheltenham Nursery Program includes:

  • Age 6 weeks -2 years appropriate indoor/outdoor learning environments.
  • Sleeping rooms with a focus on positive sleep practices.
  • Dietitian designed baby menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Baby essentials such as nappies, cots, linen, and sunscreen.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum

Where to find us

Our gorgeous purpose-built Campus is located at 15 Herald Street, Cheltenham. Made up of two buildings, crafted and designed by a Melbourne-based boutique architecture and design consultancy, we are nestled into quiet streets with local native flora and fauna surrounding us. We are right next door to Cheltenham East Primary School and a short walk to Le Page Primary School. With dedicated onsite car parking, including disability access, families can be confident of a smooth and safe drop off and pick up every visit. We are a short walk to public transport and Centre Dandenong Road with regular bus services operating. Moorabbin Airport is a five-eight-minute drive in one direction and the City of Kingston Council Offices a five-minute drive in the other. 

We have 4 childcare centres located in the Bayside area please view our Bayside Campus page to see more

Interested in learning more? The best place to start is with a tour  or call us today on 138 622. 

Helpful information

Meet Our Campus Director

Jes Barrett Jes Barrett

Jes Barrett

Campus Director

With over fifteen years’ experience working in the Early Years Learning Sector Jes has a very strong understanding of every role within a service, having held most of them at one time or another.


Jes started her career in the Northern Territory as an Assistant Educator before coming back home to Victoria to work her way up into a Service Manager/Director’s position. She is proud to be able to share her experience and knowledge with the team.


Jes has a passion for photography and for the last few years, while working as a casual educator across centres in Melbourne has also worked as a Childcare & Preschool Photographer. When she doesn’t have a camera in her hands, you can usually find her at the beach or spending time with her family, especially her beautiful nieces and nephew.

What our families are saying

Nurturing environment that provides age appropriate, engaging activities. My child has thrived since coming to Only About Children and loves the range of outdoor activities.

Thank you Cheltenham Team

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