Melbourne Central Childcare & Kindergarten

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

The campus is now enrolling for 2023.

Spring Tour Week - Thursday 6th - 13th October! We are open for tours on Thursday evening 6th and 13th between 5.30pm - 7pm. Discover our unique approach to early learning!

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 have a team of multilingual educators who speak over ten languages including Spanish, Croatian, French, Mandarin, Turkish, Persian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bahasa Indonesian and English. 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. 

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 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 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 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 3-5 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.

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.
  • 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.

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

Jodie Radas Jodie Radas

Jodie Radas

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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Explore our campus, meet our educators and learn more about our state of the art curriculum

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