Children's Services

Find a local child care centre for your children to attend, or register for the Child Care Centralised Waiting List to find a placement for your child at a community managed child care centre.

Child Care

Child care services offer full-time, part-time and occasional care for children up to school entry age. Qualified staff and safe, positive learning environments ensure the needs of all children are met.

Some centres also offer a funded four year old kindergarten program. 

All Child Care Centres need to comply with legislation and regulations of the Department of Education and Training.

On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to services to be passed onto families.
Three things determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:
•         A family’s annual adjusted taxable income determines the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for
•         An activity test determines how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight, and
•         The type of child care service determines the hourly rate cap.
More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.

There are currently 41 child care centres in the City of Darebin. A list of centres is available at:

There are different types of child care and it’s important to explore all options available.  The different types of care offered are:

Occasional Care: Is a centre-based form of child care, responsive to the needs of the general community and provide flexible care which allows parents to meet their work-related and non-work related commitments.

Long Day Care: Is provided in a specifically created building for use as a child care service. Services are typically open from 7.30am to 6pm and offer educational programs specific to your child’s interest and needs abiding by the National Quality Frameworks.

Family Day Care: Is flexible home-based education and care for children via a network of Family Day Care Educators in their home. Information about Family Day Care in Darebin contact Family Day Care Victoria.

Have you got a question about navigating Child Care?

Date:  Wednesday 17 October 2018 - 
Time:  11.00 am - 12.30  pm
Place: East Preston Community Centre, 
        7 Newton Street 
        Reservoir 3073

Date:  Wednesday 5 December 2018 - 
Time:  5.30 - 7.00 pm
Place: Keon Park Children's Hub, 
        1 - 7 Dole Street 
        Reservoir 3073

Child Care Registration System

Darebin City Council take registrations on behalf of ten participating community managed services in the municipality. These services are operated by a Committee of Management or Early Years Management organisation. These services are listed on the Child Care Application Form. For all other centres in Darebin, please contact them directly for enrolment.

Families are able to apply to the child care waiting list after the birth of their child. It’s important to contact and visit centres to understand their individual service models, fees and policies. 

Note: Completion of the application form does not guarantee placement and we recommend you explore all child care options in the area.

Priority of Access Guidelines for allocating places

Childcare places are made in line with the Australian Government Priority of Access Guidelines, which all services are required to comply with.

Families who live in the City of Darebin are also given priority on the waiting list. This is in addition to the criteria set by the Commonwealth Government Priority of Access Guidelines. 

Further Information:

Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team
Ph: (03) 8470 8825
Email: Kindergarten and Child Care Registration

The following table outlines the waiting list numbers on the Darebin Child Care Registration as of 16 April 2018

This is for 1st preference option only.

Darebin Child Care Waiting List
      South     Middle  North  
3- 12 months        72 15 11
1 - 2 years  174 29 24
2 - 3 years  154 30 27
3 - 4 years  118 22 26
4 - 6 years  39 21 28

An application fee of $25.00 applies, with a concession rate available.
Payments accepted: Credit card (online), cheque or money order for $25.00 registration fee
Fees are still payable for children who have siblings already attending the nominated centres.

How to Register:

A new online portal is available, this will allow families to view their child's current registration details, add or withdraw registrations, upload supporting documentation, update details as required, including nominated service preferences, respond to offers and make online enquiries.

After the registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration. A registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. 

Hard copy forms are also available from our Customer Service Centres, Maternal and Child Health Centres, Child Care Centres and Kindergartens.

To register:

To register for Child Care or /and Kindergarten please visit: Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registrations Portal. This link can also be used if you have already registered a child and want to update your detials or respond to an offer.

If you are unable to register via the portal, download the Child Care Registration Form 2018.

More Information:

Child Care Frequently Asked Questions 2018
Child Care Registration System Procedure May 2018

Are you looking for childcare options for your child?

Children with additional needs are those who require support to participate in the same activities and events as their peers. This includes children with disabilities, children from culturally diverse or indigenous backgrounds, and children who require long or short-term help in developmental areas.

Children with additional needs are encouraged to participate in Council’s events and activities including:

  • Long Day Care
  • Vacation Care
  • Outside School Hours Care
  • Occasional Care
  • Kindergarten/Pre-School

Preschool Field Officer Program

This program is provided by Darebin City Council and is funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The program provides support to children with additional needs attending a government-funded kindergarten program.

The Preschool Field Officers are highly qualified early childhood education professionals with further experience in special education. This service is provided at no cost to families or kindergarten staff.

Further Information:
Families Diversity and Community

Ph: 8470 8114

Pre School Field Officer Referral Form 2018

Respite Care

Respite Care is available for carers of children and young adults who have a disability or significant additional support needs. This service is provided in your home, and allows carers to have a break from their caring duties for a few hours or even a few days.

Further Information
Respite Care
Ph: 8470 8828

Immunisation prevents the spread the infectious diseases and protects the community. We provide immunisations to babies, children, secondary school students and adults.

Immunisation Program 2018 and 2019

Immunisation Sessions are available weekly throughout the municipality. Please click on the link below for dates and times of the next immunisation sessions.

Bring your Medicare Card (if you have one), Child Health Record Book or any other immunisation history documents with you when you attend. You do not need a Medicare Card to receive free immunisations.

Appointment Clinics

Appointment clinics are available at the following venues.  Please telephone 8470 8562 to make a booking.


Fairfield MCH Appointment Clinic (morning) 84 Arthur Street FAIRFIELD
Darebin North East Hub (morning) 35 Copernicus Crescent BUNDOORA
Northcote Family Centre (evening) 185 High Street NORTHCOTE


Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine 

 From 1 July 2018 the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine will be administered to children at 12 months of age on the National Immunisation Program. 

Darebin Immunisation Service can now administer the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine to babies and children from 6 weeks of age.  Then at 12 months, children will still receive the Government funded dose of Meningococcal ACWY.  The vaccine cost is $70 (pricing current at 1 July 2018).  Payment can be made by EFTPOS.  No GP script is needed.

Meningococcal B vaccine is only available on private script via your GP and not currently included on the National Immunisation Program.


No Jab, No Play

From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that their child is:

  • fully immunised for their age; or
  • on a vaccination catch-up program; or 
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

The No Jab, No Play legislation will apply to all early childhood education and care services in Victoria that provide long day care, kindergarten, occasional care and family day care.

From 1 January 2016 only parents of children (less than 20 years of age) who are:

  • fully immunised; or
  • on a recognised catch-up schedule

can receive the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.

Immunisation Status Certificates

From 28 February 2018, an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) will be the only documentation accepted by early childhood education and care services (long day care, kindergarten - 3 & 4 year old) for the purposes of confirming a child's enrolment in their service.   Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers (including Council) will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation. 

Please telephone 1800 653 809 for an Immunisation History Statement.

Overseas Immunisation Records

If your child was immunised overseas please contact our office prior to attending an immunisation session. We can review your child's history, update the Australian Immunisation Register and recommend catch up immunisation if required.  If your child is under 20 years of age and requires catch up immunisation, they are provided free.

Secondary School Immunisations

The Service visits all secondary schools within the City of Darebin to provide immunisations to Year 7 and 10 students according to the National Immunisation Program. For more information about the diseases and recommended vaccines please visit


Visit Vaccine
Visit 1

Human Papillomavirus (HPV9) (Dose 1)

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Boostrix)

Visit 2  Human Papillomavirus (HPV9) (Dose 2)



Visit Vaccine
Visit 1 Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine (Menactra)

This age group was chosen to be funded based on the recommendation of national immunisation experts as teenagers are at increased risk of Meningococcal disease and more likely to spread the disease to others.

In recent years the prevalence of the W strain - one of the 6 main strains - has increased significantly across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and just one in 2013.

The secondary school vaccines are also available at Council immunisation sessions.  Appointments are not required.

Influenza (Flu) Immunisation

As of  14 July 2018 our influenza vaccine supply is available for the following groups:

Category Supply available 
 Children 6 months to <3 years of age  Available
 Children 3 years to <5 years  Available
 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months to under
5 years and 15 years and over
 Pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy  Available
 People from 65 years of age  Available
 People from 5 years up to <65 (fee paying) NOT AVAILABLE


Council has EFTPOS facilities at all immunisation sessions.

Adult Immunisations 

Council also offers adult immunisations according to the National Immunisation Program.  

For more information regarding adult immunisations visit the Better Health Channel to check your immunisation Halo.

Workplace Vaccinations

The service visits workplaces to provide staff with flu and other vaccines specific to your workplace.

The benefits of offering workplace immunisations to your employees are:

  • Reduction of absenteeism in your business
  • Increased safety in the workplace – illness can slow reaction times by 20-40%
  • Compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
  • Protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
  • Increased staff morale by taking an interest in employee health and wellbeing

To discuss a workplace visit, contact Lynne Ryan on 0419 765 230 or email

You can read our Fighting Flu in the Workplace 2018.

Historical Immunisation Records

Your child's immunisation records may be available on the Australian Immunisation Register.  Create a profile or login to your existing profile at or download the Express Plus Medicare Mobile App. or telephone 1800 653 809.

Council also keeps hard copy records for residents born prior to 1996.

Before we can provide you with your immunisation history, an Application For Immunisation Records Form must be completed.

When returning the form please also attach either a Drivers Licence or other photo identification. 

There is no fee associated with retrieval of immunisation records. 

Please email your Application For Immunisation Records Form to with your name, date of birth and contact telephone number. Retrieval of records from archives takes 5 working days. We will contact you once your records become available. We will email or mail a copy of your immunisation records. Records are held for 25 years only. 

Further Information

Phone: (03) 8470 8562 
Fax: (03) 9261 4883

Darebin has an Immunisation Nurse on call for immunisation related medical enquiries only. 
Monday - Friday 
9am - 5pm 
Phone: 0419 765 230 

Related Links

Immunise Australia Program
Immunisation Fact Sheets in Your Language
Victorian Government Health Information
Better Health Channel
HPV Register
Immune Hero

Kindergartens/Preschools in Darebin offer a play-based learning environment that promotes healthy development in the early years. Going to kindergarten is an important step for your child. It will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their life.

For an overview of kindergarten in Darebin, read our Darebin Kindergarten Guide.

Have you got a question about navigating Kindergarten

Date:  Wednesday 5 September 2018 
Time:  6.00 - 7.30 pm
Place: Northcote Family Services 
        185 High Street
        Northcote  3070

Date:  Wednesday 15 November 2018 
Time:  10.30 - 12.00 pm
Place: Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
        23 Edwardes Street
        Reservoir 3073

Darebin Kindergarten Registration System 

How to register?

A new online portal is available for families registering with the Darebin Kindergarten Registration System.

Families who register through the portal will:

  1. Receive an instant confirmation email as soon as you submit your registration.
  2. Be able to easily upload your documents via your smart phone/tablet. 
  3. Be able to complete the registration when it is most convenient to you, reducing the need to come into Council to lodge it.
  4. Give you 24 hour access.
  5. Reduce the need for paper, printing and postage costs.
  6. Be able to view and respond to offers as soon as they are available. No need to wait for the post.
  7. Be able to update your information without having to call or email.
  8. Add children in later years to existing accounts.
  9. If you cannot remember what your preferences are, you can access them from the portal.

After the registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration. A registration is not complete until a confirmation email is received. 

Do you already have an account set up?

Families with a 3 year old child/children currently placed for 2018 and or families who have or had a child on the Darebin Child Care Registration System will already have a portal account set up. Email the Registration Team.

Online Portal Registration

To register for Kindergarten, Pre-kindergarten or Child Care please visit: Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registrations Portal. This link can also be used if you have already registered a child and want to update your details or respond to an offer.

If you are unable to register via the portal, please use a relevant registration form listed below.

If you have recently submitted a registration form you do not need to register through the online portal. A portal account will be made available to you.

Note: Completion of the registration form does not guarantee placement.

Council administers a registration system on behalf of 28 community managed kindergartens in Darebin. This simplifies the registration process for these centres and offers a fair and equitable allocation system. There is a list and map of these services on page 5 of the Darebin Kindergarten Guide.

There are a further 20 kindergarten programs in the City of Darebin. To see a full list go to the Department of Education and Training website.

If you want to register for a place at any other kindergarten you need to contact them directly. For a full list of all children’s education and care services, please refer to Council’s website. 

Registration to the Darebin Kindergarten Registration System can be made in the year prior to kindergarten attendance and open February 1.

The Darebin Kindergarten Registration System Journey Map outlines the timelines for registration in the City of Darebin. 

The main registration period is February 1 and April 30. Within this period the date of registration will not affect your chances of receiving your first preference, e.g. a registration received on April 30 will have an equal chance to one received February 1. 

Registrations received before 30 April will be given priority. Late registration will be processed after those which are received during the stated registration period. 

2019 Kindergarten/Preschool

Four Year Old Kindergarten Programs 

This 1 year, State Government subsidised program is available for children the year before they begin school. Children attend for a minimum of 15 hours per week, which can be spread across 2, 3 or 4 days.

Eligibility: A child must be four years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the program.

In Victoria, children cannot attend more than one State Government funded kindergarten program at the same time.

Download the 2018 Kindergarten Registration Form
Download the 2019 Kindergarten Registration Form

Three Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Program

If you are with an agency supporting a family to register for kindergarten or child care, please contact us directly for addition assistance.

This program is designed to meet the developmental, social, emotional, language and listening skills of young children who have turned three years old.

Eligibility: A child must be three years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the program.

Download the 2018 Pre Kindergarten Registration Form
Download the 2019 Pre Kindergarten Registration Form

Vulnerable Children and Families

We support the State Government policy directions which shows that children with additional needs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, children known to Child Protection and those eligible for fee subsidy, benefit most from being involved in early childhood programs. 

Families that demonstrate that they have a child in one of these categories will be allocated to a kindergarten program as a priority.

No Jab No Play

The "No Jab No Play" law requires all children to be age-appropriately immunised before enrolment in an early childhood service can be confirmed. Your child will be offered a place at an early childhood education and care service, including childcare services and kindergartens through the registration system. You should note that this offer and your acceptance of the offer will not mean that your child's enrolment is confirmed.

Enrolment will be confirmed when immunisation documentation has been received, assessed and found acceptable by the service at which the place has been offered.

Further information about immunisation requirements for enrolment in early childhood services, including information on how to obtain the required documentation, is available on the State Government's Better Health Channel.
Early childhood services can also provide you with a copy of a brochure for parents that explains the requirements and how you can meet them.

2018 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Vacancies are still available for 2018 for Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten. To register for a position, please register through the portal. See details in the section above, under Online Portal Registration.

I have registered – what now?

Please see the Kindergarten Offer Process Information Sheet

Further Information

Kindergarten Registration System Procedure February 2018
Commonwealth Statutory Declaration Form

Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team
Phone: 8470 8825
Email: Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team

How the Darebin Kindergarten registration process works

The Maternal and Child Health service supports your family in the areas of parenting, health and development, and can offer referrals to other professionals. You and your child will have regular appointments from birth to 4 years of age.

About Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health Nurses are registered general nurses, with postgraduate qualifications in both midwifery and child health.  The service is free and strict confidentiality is maintained.

We provide 10 Key Ages and Stages consultations, including:

  • A Home Visit
  • Centre consultations at two weeks, one month, two months, four months, eight months, twelve months and eighteen months
  • Centre consultations at two years of age
  • Centre consultations and three and a half years of age.
  • Darebin also provides an additional Maternal health check at 3 months.

At each consultation you are given the chance to discuss your concerns, talk about parenting experiences and learn how to improve your child’s health, growth and development, and provides counselling and emotional support to families.

Maternal & Child Health Centres

Health Checks and Health Education

Maternal and Child Health Nurses will assess your child’s health, development and wellbeing by regular screening.  They will discuss parental health issues as they arise, i.e. post-natal depression, family planning and other parental health concerns.   They also provide guidance, emotional support and education on childhood illnesses, child behaviour, child safety, use of car restraints and other childhood issues.

New Parents Groups

Each first time parent is invited to attend a New Parents Group. Groups offer the opportunity to meet other new parents in the area, and provide information on a variety of parenting topics. Groups run for 6 weeks, and usually start when your baby is over 6 weeks of age, subject to sufficient numbers. 

Breastfeeding Support Service

Your MCH Nurse can assist in breastfeeding or other feeding issues. Additional breastfeeding support will be available from March 2016 for mothers of infants 0 to 4 weeks of age. We offer Breastfeeding Support Sessions on one to one individualised appointments for mothers with additional needs. Please discuss with your MCH Nurse which is the most suitable for you.


MCH Booking Office

Ph: 8470 8648


Enhanced Maternal and Child Health

We provide additional support for families experiencing significant early parenting difficulties Referrals are made through your Nurse.

Appointment Bookings

Appointments for any of the Darebin Maternal & Child Health Centres can be made by phone or email. If you are new to the area, please phone to make an appointment for your child.

Further Information:

MCH Booking Office

Ph: 8470 8298


Maternal and Child Health Brochure 

First Aid For New Parents 

Darebin Maternal & Child Health recommends new parents attend a First Aid Course.  Knowing what to do in an emergency situation could save your child’s life.

We can provide information about where to access First Aid courses within the Municipality.  Please telephone the administration office 8470 8648 for more information.

Understanding Your Baby’s Needs

The Australian Childhood Foundation has released a booklet "I Need you A-Z Understanding your Baby’s Needs" to assist parents with Raising children. 

Raising Children’s Network

The Raising Children's Network is a complete Australian resource for parenting newborn to teens.

The MCH App


A free MCH App is available which provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use every day for trusted information on child and maternal health. Time saving features include information on popular child health and development topics; click-to-call emergency contacts; prompts for upcoming MCH consultations and regular updates and messages.

This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones.



Further Information

Maternal and Child Health

Ph (03) 8470 8648


There are a range of Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care programs in the City of Darebin to help children and their families, parents, grandparents and carers in Darebin.

Primary School Holiday Programs offer fun, caring and safe environments for primary school aged children during school holiday periods. Programs are ideal for parents who work full-time, study or require care for their children.


Please see below for a listing of all holiday programs that operate within the City of Darebin.

Wales Street Primary School (Run by Leapkids)
Address: Wales St, Northcote
Ph: 1300 366 235

Northcote Primary School (Run by OSHClub) 
Address: 33 Helen Street, Northcote
Phone: 0437 692 819

Preston South Primary School (Run by Leapkids) 
Address: Hotham St, Preston
Ph: 1300 366 235

Reservoir West Primary School
Address: Carrington Rd, Reservoir
Ph: 9478 5238 

Darebin Community Sports Stadium
Address: 857 Plenty Rd, Reservoir
Ph: 9471 4935

Bundoora Park
Address: 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora
Ph: 8470 8170

Goodstart Early Learning – Bundoora
Address: 17-19 Bendoran Cres, Bundoora
Ph: 1800 222 543

Charles La Trobe College (Run by Extend)
235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West 
Ph: 1300 366 437

On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to services to be passed onto families.
Three things determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:
•         A family’s annual adjusted taxable income determines the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for
•         An activity test determines how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight, and
•         The type of child care service determines the hourly rate cap.
More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.

Register for the benefit:

Family Assistance Office
Phone: 13 61 50 (English)
Phone: 13 12 02 (Multilingual)

Further Information
Families, Youth and Children 
Phone: (03) 84708106

We provide members with a comprehensive range of toys and equipment suitable for children aged three months to six years. Staff can assist families to choose suitable toys on request relevant for the age of your child, children with specific interests and abilities, and children with additional needs.

Toy Library Plus is the place for families to discover how to start or join a playgroup, learn about community events and play opportunities, and find out about information sessions for families with young children.  See Toy Library Plus Brochure 2018 for details.

You can also sign up to the What's on for Families eNewsletter for details on local activities and seminars suitable for families.

Hours of operation from January 2018
Day Time Location
4th Wednesday of the month
 9.30am -  11.00am  Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)
Thursday  10.00am -  12noon Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
 10.00am -  12noon  Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)
Saturday  10.00am -  12noon  Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir

Annual Membership Fees:

Family : $47.00
Concession : $6.50
Group : $67.00
Student: $11.50
Grandparent: $11.50
Additional toy (small): $2.60
Additional toy (large): $5.60
Note: Overdue fees apply, and prices as at 1 January 2018.

To join the Toy Library:

  1. Complete the Toy Library Plus Online Form - Term 4 2018 (until 15 Dec 2018) ; after 15 December use the Summer 2018/2019 Online Form.
  2. Make your payment online via credit card or a PayPal account

Note: Printed forms are also available from all Toy Library sites, and payment can be made at any Darebin Customer Service Centre.

Further Information
Phone: 8470 8104