Whitehorse City Council

Early Childhood Services

Council's Whitehorse Early Childhood Services consist of five long day care centres that provide care and education for children between the ages of zero and six years.

The long day care centres offer full-time and part-time care in a specially-designed centre. A children’s services director, qualified and trained educators and a cook are employed to provide excellence in service delivery.

All of the centres strictly adhere to Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) regulatory requirements for children's services.

WELS Childcare and Kindergarten 2018 Open Days

Whitehorse Early Learning Service (WELS) is inviting local families to tour its centres in May. Four of the centres will be opening on select Saturday mornings, giving you the chance to find the right centre for your family.

There are varied but limited vacancies across all WELS centres for 2018.

Open Morning Sessions:

All centres will be open from 10am to 12 noon on their open morning.

Blackburn Children’s Services Centre
15 Central Road, Blackburn
When: Saturday 5 May
Phone: 9878 8510
RSVP: By Tuesday 1 May
Wattle Park Children’s Services Centre
25 Livingstone Close, Burwood
When: Saturday 26 May
Phone: 9808 0361
RSVP: By Tuesday 22 May
Lucknow Street Children’s Services Centre
37 Lucknow Street, Mitcham
When: Saturday 19 May
Phone: 9873 1655
RSVP: By Tuesday 15 May
Vermont South Children’s Services Centre
Corner Karobran Drive and Livingston Road, Vermont South
When: Saturday 12 May
Phone: 9887 9489
RSVP: By Tuesday 8 May

WELS Information Sheets

Please download the information sheets below.

Kindergarten/Pre-school Program

The kindergarten programs are state-funded and are operated by educators that have completed a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

Early childhood educators provide programs that increase children's capacity for discovery and exploration.

Long Day Care Service

The long day care service has achieved, and maintained, high quality accreditation with the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

Qualified and experienced staff provide an educational program that is stimulating, engaging and enhances children's learning and development. The service provides:  

  • Cancer Council endorsed sun safe centres
  • Kindergarten to school readiness program
  • Parent education nights
  • Nutritious meals catering for individual needs that meet Kids Go For Your Life program accreditation
  • Access to inclusion support facilitators (ISFs)
  • Childcare benefit

Childcare Benefit

Parents may apply for a childcare fee subsidy through the Family Assistance Office (Centrelink). The amount of subsidy you receive is means-tested. Contact the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50. 

General Enquiries

If you have any enquiries regarding Whitehorse Early Learning Services, please contact the Children's Services Unit on 9262 6476.

Inclusion Support Program for Children with Additional Needs

The Inclusion Support Agency in the Eastern Metropolitan region employs inclusion support facilitators (ISFs) to ensure that children with additional needs are accepted into the children's services centres. Children with additional needs include those from a culturally and lingquistically diverse background, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders or children with a disability or developmental delay.

Centre Address Phone
Blackburn Children's Services Centre 15 Central Rd, Blackburn 9878 8510
Lucknow Street Children's Services Centre 37 Lucknow St, Mitcham 9873 1655
Vermont South Children's Services Centre Karobran Drive and Livingstone Rd, Vermont South 9887 9489
Wattle Park Children's Services Centre 25 Livingstone Close, Burwood 9808 0361


Other Childcare Centres

A listing of other childcare centres in Whitehorse is available through the online community directory.