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Welcome to Penguin Childcare Parkville

Our child care and early learning centre is a convenient choice for local families living in Parkville, Travancore, Brunswick, Ascot Vale and Flemington in Melbourne. Our homely Parkville child care centre offers long day care and kindergarten programs for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.

Our childcare centre in Parkville provides families with daily updates and photos detailing your child’s learning and development, all accessible on our family app. Meals, sunscreen, nappies, wipes and bedding are all included in the fees.

Our Early Learning Environments

Penguin Parkville provides a nurturing and enriching early learning environment that fosters exploration and curiosity.

The expansive outdoor environments at our Penguin Parkville child care centre include a sandpit, slides, a bike track, a sustainability garden and more. Our outdoor learning program focuses on the development of your child’s strength, balance, and self-confidence.

Our indoor learning spaces offer a variety of engaging resources for children to learn and grow. Our experienced educators and teachers use these to design various age-appropriate play-based experiences.

Multicultural team of Educators and Teachers

We are a multicultural early learning centre in Parkville, with educators proficient in multiple languages, including Serbian, Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Somalian, Urdu and more. This diversity enriches our learning environment and provides children with exposure to different cultures and languages.

Our team of passionate and qualified early childhood teachers and educators are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early education journey.

Health and Nutrition

Our child care centre in Parkville provides children with nutritious, unprocessed, and seasonal whole foods. Our menu rotates every four weeks to cater to diverse dietary requirements including Halal. We actively involve children in food preparation to promote healthy eating. Additionally, we offer a grab-and-go breakfast snack and coffee for families.

We look forward to partnering with you and your family to provide information, support, and high-quality early education and care in your child’s formative years. Contact our Family Support Team to start your journey with us today.

Our Kindergarten programs are tailored to meet your child’s individual learning needs across numeracy, literacy, emotional and social development, resilience, and self-regulation.

We offer the VIC Government-approved Kindergarten enhanced learning program, supporting your child’s development and well-being from now, at school and beyond. In Victoria, 3 and 4-year-old children are able to access a funded Kindergarten program led by a Bachelor Qualified Teacher. If eligible, your child will be able to participate in the government-approved Kindergarten program, at no cost, up to a minimum of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Talk to us about how this reduces your out-of-pocket costs.

The added benefits of our Kindergarten program include:

  • VIC ‘Best Start, Best Life’ Government-approved program
  • Extended opening hours
  • Open all year round (excl public holidays)
  • Programs developed and delivered by our Early Childhood Teachers
  • Exclusive music and movement program for self-regulation

Sunit

I started working in early learning in 2005. I joined the team at Penguin Childcare Parkville in early 2024. I hold an Advanced Diploma and am working towards a Graduate Diploma in Early Education.

I am passionate about providing quality education and care for all children through diverse engagements such as hands-on learning and play. I believe every child has a unique strength and all children learn and develop at their own pace.
In a dedicated early learning environment, children socialise with their peer models.

They learn problem-solving skills, positive self-image, and respect for others. As an educator, I believe that we play an incredibly important role in shaping the future leaders of tomorrow by supporting, guiding, and developing every child’s inner passion. Our job is to provide an environment that fosters children’s love of discovery, independence, courage, confidence, and resilience. We further instil and equip lifelong skills to help them navigate the world.

We have a dedicated team of educators and teachers here in Parkville. We engage families through informal discussions and at planned gatherings to understand their expectations. We learn about and show respect for each family’s background, cultural identity, and strengths to inform educators’ practices. Building strong relationships with families is important for developing shared goals for children’s learning.

I look forward to welcoming you and your family into our Parkville child care centre.

Rooms

Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

Nest

Chicks

Huddle

Colony

 6 weeks – 15 months 15 months – 2 years  2 – 3 years 3 – 5 years

Facilities

Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies included
  • Breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • On-site parking
  • Music program
  • SMART Interactive Whiteboard
  • In-house cook
  • Halal meal options
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten Program

Our families love Penguin Parkville

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Our pricing

Nursery

$184.50

AUD/ DAY

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Toddler

$184.50

AUD/ DAY

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Kindergarten

$184.50

AUD/ DAY

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Please note: The Childcare Subsidy can reduce your daily out-of-pocket fee by up to 95% depending on your family’s entitlements. Calculate your estimated subsidy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. Penguin also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres in Victoria. Click here to book a tour online.

On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.

Penguin Childcare’s Family Support team will add your child’s name on our waitlist if a Penguin centre is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place become available.

We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.

Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the Penguin centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.

It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care service together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.

Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.

Most of our Penguin child care and early education centres offers the following:

  • Nappies and wipe
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook

Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.

For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toy or blanket, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, comforter or medication.

It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.

Penguin Childcare uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day. After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.

If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, Penguin is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.

Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.