Melbourne Central Childcare & Preschool

Explore our Melbourne Central childcare campus and learn how our programs and inclusions can give your child more!

Campus Overview

Only About Children Melbourne Central is a conveniently located and expansive childcare centre. All of our age-based rooms lead to a fantastic outdoor play space, with large sandpits, a bike track and the opportunity for plenty of climbing experiences on our fort and slide! Children at our early learning centre are encouraged to lead their own play through creativity and exploration. We have no barriers or divides between the ages and this really encourages social interaction between the children and quality time amongst siblings. We have five dedicated age-based rooms that are designed with natural elements. At Only About Children Melbourne Central, we enjoy connecting with our local community through planned excursions and community activities that build on the children’s interests and learning. At our Melbourne Central childcare centre, these include regular trips to Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Aquarium, the State library, Collingwood Children’s farm, Carlton Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and Art play. We love to organise visits from local musicians and other community groups to enrich our educational curriculum. 

You will find a team of qualified and passionate Educators at our Melbourne Central early learning centre, ready to provide a safe, stimulating, happy and nurturing space for your child. Your child will take part in a range of experiences daily that cover teachings from numeracy and literacy, to exploration, technology, sustainability and creative expression. We provide a learning environment that is both fun and inclusive, with programs ranging from our ‘Active’ program, to a fun ‘Book of the Month’ offering, as well as our Music program and our ‘Spanish Language Appreciation’ program. Our dynamic play-based curriculum allows us to deliver consistent teaching in small group learning environments where we regularly monitor children’s skills, challenges and successes. 

Flexi Care (occasional care) is available at Only About Children Melbourne Central.

Melbourne Central Kindergarten

Only About Children Melbourne Central Kindergarten is focused on creating quality experiences that place your child in the best position to begin school. Our nurturing educators give special emphasis on building school-ready skills, such as reading, writing, numeracy, and technology. 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 Melbourne Central 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 Melbourne Central Kindergarten program includes:

  • Age 3-6 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 – with exclusive Music/Spanish Language/Active/Book of the Month programs offered each day.

Melbourne Central Toddlers

Our Only About Children Melbourne Central 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 Melbourne Central Toddler program includes:

  • Age 2-3 years of appropriate learning and playing environments.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum – with exclusive Music/Spanish Language/Active/Book of the Month programs offered each day.
  • Small group learning activities.
  • Dietitian designed menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Calm sleeping and resting rooms.

Melbourne Central Nursery 

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

The Melbourne Central 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 Melbourne Central 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 – with exclusive Music/Spanish Language/Active/Book of the Month programs offered each day.

Where to find us

Our single-level purpose-built Campus is located on level 5 of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, on Swanston Street and LaTrobe Street. We have plenty of public transport options with Melbourne Central Station below us, on the ground floor of the building, and tram stops just a two-minute walk away. We are attached to the Wilson parking downstairs and offer 30 minutes free parking for the morning and evening drop off and pick up, or an early bird option of $17 to park for the whole day. We have a variety of schools nearby who we have built strong connections with, including Melbourne Grammar, Haileybury Carlton Gardens and St Michael’s. 

We have 3 childcare centres located in the Melbourne CBD, please view our Melbourne CBD 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

  • Mon-Fri 7:15am - 6:15pm
  • Level 5, Melbourne Central, Swanston Street & LaTrobe Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Meet our Campus Director

Rebecca Battenally Rebecca Battenally

Rebecca Battenally

Campus Director

What our families are saying

They have made it easy for my son to adjust as well as myself as a first time mum. The centre is very thorough and there is a lot of attention to details. I have also learnt a lot which I am able to introduce at home.

Thank you Melbourne Central Team

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