We manage a centralised waiting list for all of the Council and community-managed child care centres listed below. To register on the Children's Services Waiting List (CSWL), please contact us:
If you would like to register for a privately-run centre, contact them directly.
Child care centres in Port Phillip
Find a centre
To find your nearest child care centre in Port Phillip, visit Near Me or download the map of childhood services in Port Phillip (PDF 227 KB).
For a full list of child care centres in Victoria, visit the childcare finder.
Choosing the best centre for my child
We recommended that you arrange to visit any early childhood education and care centre that you might be interested in as you know best what suits your family’s needs.
These Government website pages contain more information to help you find the type of care that’s right for you and your child:
Fees and subsidies
Private and community run early childhood education and care centres, Occasional Care and Sessional Kindergartens need to be contacted individually for fees information. Information about the fees at Council managed centres can be found above.
Families may be eligible for government subsidies to assist with their child care fees. To see if you are eligible, visit these Australian Government websites:
Does my child need to be vaccinated to attend a centre?
Victorian Government legislation requires all children registering for childcare or kindergarten in Victoria to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination needs to be shown at the centre prior to starting. Speak with the centre Coordinator if your child needs to be on a catch-up schedule.
What is the difference between Early Childhood Education and Care and Sessional Kindergarten?
Early Childhood Education and Care Centres provide all day education and care learning programs for children zero to 6 years of age.
Programs for four-year-olds, run by a Degree qualified educator, are provided at all Council and Community run centres.
Sessional Kindergartens provide sessional education programs for children three to 6 years of age, for a minimum of 15 hours per week. For example, 2 x 7.5 hour days, 3 x 5 hour days. Some kindergartens offer above the 15 funded hours as an extended hours kindergarten program.
Regulations and assessment ratings
For more information on regulations and centre assessment ratings go to Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and Starting Blocks.
At all centres, programs need to be based on approved frameworks, including the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
All services need to operate following the National Quality Framework.