Merrilands Children’s Centre and Kindergarten prides itself on providing a caring and educational environment that embodies the cultural vibrancy of our community.
We offer kindergarten services for 3 and 4 year olds, 4 days per week, and long day care services each weekday. We believe diversity supports the development of valuable social skills, friendships, and multicultural education enhances your child’s early learning with a rich array of learning experiences.
Merrilands Children’s Centre and Kindergarten provides a well-equipped outdoor environment that encourages children to pursue personal interests and develop both physically and socially. Our safe and upgraded facilities will keep your child endlessly entertained, while offering opportunities for learning about nature and the environment.
Our early learning centre features:
We view all activities as an opportunity for your child to learn and nurture their natural curiosity through hands-on tasks such as feeding animals and tending to the vegetable garden. Many of our organised activities encourage children to interact with the natural environment to promote their knowledge of sustainable practices.
Some of these include:
We’ve also had many visitors and guest speakers including:
We focus on empowering children to make healthy choices by offering engaging lessons on nutrition, food safety, and cooking. Hands-on activities in our garden get them excited about practising healthy eating habits and sustainable living, and we encourage parents to get involved in exposing their children to a range of diverse foods.
Some of our healthy practices include:
Merrilands Children’s Centre and Kindergarten aims to create a welcoming environment that encourages all families to share their culture, skills, resources, and knowledge with the children. Families are vital to establishing connections with community organisations and resources that can be used to broaden your child’s understanding of the world.
Our staff speak a range of languages including Italian, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese and Greek. We can have all forms of communication translated for families who speak languages other than English
Our educators are experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability or have experienced challenges and trauma.
Registration forms can be submitted now for 4 year old kindergarten places in 2020 via the Darebin Council which manages a centralised registration for funded 4 year old kindergarten.
For interest in 3 year old kindergarten places for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020, please complete the Uniting registration form.
For a place in 2020, we send the letters of offer out to families in August including instructions for the next steps of enrolment and orientation dates.
For a place this year, we will be back in contact with you within a few days to discuss your care needs.
For more information or if you’d like to arrange a visit,, please Get in touch or call us on 03 9460 4674
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