There are a range of Early Childhood Education and Care (child care) options for families in Moorabool including occasional care, long day care, kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours and school holiday programs.
Services that provide Early Childhood Education or Care for children in the absence of their parents or guardians must generally have a service approval or licence. These services include kindergartens, long day care services, occasional care, kindergartens, outside school hours care services and family day care services. The following Education and Care Services are available (click on the links to skip to the section):
Kindergarten is an early learning program for children in the year before school entry. Kindergarten programs are designed to engage children in quality learning experiences and provide them with opportunities to further develop their cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical skills. Children have the opportunity to build their self-confidence and gain the ability to use and recognise language through a play-based curriculum.
Children can also access a four year old kindergarten program through many Long Day Care Centres, talk with individual services regarding their educational program.
Enrolment four year old kindergarten
We allocate children funded four year old kindergarten places in kindergarten programs on behalf of five kindergartens located in Moorabool.
The participating kindergartens are Young Street, Darley, Montessori (Darley), Wallace and Ballan Kindergartens.
To enrol your child in a funded four year old kindergarten program please complete an application form and return it to Council. Children must turn four before 30 April in the year they are to attend Kindergarten.
To enrol your child in a four year old kindergarten program:
Click here to read important Kindergarten Enrolment Information
2020-Kindergarten-Central-Admission-Information.docx (DOCX, 3,757KB)
2020-Kindergarten-Central-Admission-Information.pdf (PDF, 1,170)
A credit card will be required to enrol online.
Alternatively you can download a form here and return it to Customer Service in person.
2020-Kindergarten-Central-Admission-Form.docx (DOCX, 90KB)
2020-Kindergarten-Central-Admission-Form.pdf (PDF, 276KB)
Applications for the 2021 Kindergarten year will open on Monday 2 March 2020. Information and the option to enrol online will be available on this website from this date.
Council is only reponsible for allocating 4-year-old kindergarten places. For information regarding session times, orientation, fees etc. please contact the kindergarten's directly.
Enrolment three year old kindergarten
Enrolments for three year old kindergarten programs are made through the Kindergarten Providers.
Occasional Care provides flexible hours of quality child care for children aged from six months to school age. The service provides families with the opportunity for their children to engage in early childhood learning on days and hours that best meets their needs. Families can access the service regularly on a sessional basis, irregularly, or on short notice and the fees charged reflect the amount of time children spend in care. For more information about the service see:
The service is located at the Darley Early Years Hub, 182 Halletts Way, Darley.
- Monday: 9:00am – 2:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am – 2:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00am – 2:00 pm
The Occasional Care Service does not operate on Public Holidays or during the School Holidays.
Families are welcome to come and visit and experience the program with their children and to meet the Educators and ask any questions they may have about the program and the education program offered.
Fees and Payments
Fees: $9.50 per hour
Payments: Payments can be paid via EFTPOS in person at the Darley Early Years Hub,182 Halletts Way, Darley. Cash payments are not accepted. Bookings are confirmed when payments have been received in full.
Foodworks Bacchus Marsh provides vouchers to families enrolled in the Occasional Care Service. For every $500.00 spent at Food Works Bacchus Marsh, families can receive $12 off their Occasional Care fees. Vouchers are available from the Occasional Care Service and Foodworks Bacchus Marsh.
Family Day Care is an approved form of child care that is provided in an educators' own home. Family Day Care educators are required to be registered with a service that is responsible for approving, supporting, training its educators.
Family Day Care operates under the National Quality Framework and parents/carers are eligible for the Federal Government Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate subsidies.
If you are looking for Family Day Care or wanting to become a Family Day Care Educator please see the list of Services providing Family Day Care in the Moorabool area on the Australian Govenments Childcare Finder website (to view Family Day Care Services select in home care in the serach filter).
Long Day Care is sometimes referred to as centre-based care and is provided in a building that has been created specifically for use as a child care centre. Services operate under the National Quality Framework. Centres usually operate between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, providing education and care programs that are created around the developmental needs and interests of children 0-6 years. Many centres offer meals throughout the day including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Long Day Care centres are run by private companies, local councils, community organisations, individuals, non-profit organisations or by employers for their staff.
The majority of Long Day Care centres are approved child care services. This means that families using the service may be eligible for Childcare Subsidy.
Approved services must also show that they are meeting certain quality standards.