Child Care Preston

Kindergarten and Day Care Centres in Preston

Community Kids' sister brands across the G8 network own 9 long day care and kindergarten centres in and around Preston. These well-resourced, high-quality early learning centres are ideally located for busy working families in the Preston area in Victoria's Inner North, including surrounding suburbs such as Thornbury, Coburg, Coburg North, Northcote, Reservoir, Bellfield, Heidelberg West, Brunswick and Brunswick East.

Equipped with quality learning resources and spacious natural outdoor areas that engage all the senses, our child care centres are designed to develop your child’s critical skills that set them up for life. Our team of passionate and experienced educators plan play-based learning experiences around children’s interests and learning goals. 

Our childcare centres in Preston offer high-quality, government-approved preschool programs delivered by qualified early childhood teachers, with access to flexible hours, Child Care Subsidy benefits, meals and more.

At our Preston childcare centres, seasonal, delicious and nutritious meals are freshly made daily. You will also receive daily photos and updates of your child's learning and development through our family communication app.

Casa Bambini Coburg offers child care in Coburg in a homely setting that is great for families living or commuting through Coburg, Preston, Reservoir, Fawkner, Hadfield and Pascoe Vale. The centre provides child care and early education for children between 6 weeks to 6 years and operates from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

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Great Beginnings Reservoir is a long day care centre ideally located for families living or commuting through Reservoir and nearby suburbs Thomastown, Preston, Heidelberg Heights and Epping. It provides early education and child care for children aged between 6 weeks to 6 years from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

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Kinder Haven Northland is a long day care centre that offers child care in Preston that is great for families living or commuting through Preston and nearby suburbs Heidelberg West, Bellfield, and Reservoir. It provides child care and early education for children between 6 weeks to 6 years. It operates from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

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Pelican Childcare Coburg is a child care centre ideally located for families living in Coburg, Coburg North, Preston and Brunswick. It provides early education and child care for children aged between 6 weeks to 6 years from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. 

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The Learning Sanctuary Brunswick is ideally located for families in Brunswick or nearby suburbs Fitzroy North, Brunswick East, Carlton North and Thornbury. The childcare centre is open from 7:00am to 6:30pm for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

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Thornbury World of Learning is a long day care centre ideally located for families living or commuting through Thornbury, Northcote and Preston. It provides early education and child care for children aged between 6 weeks to 6 years from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does G8 Education do?

G8 Education is one of Australia’s largest providers of quality early childhood education and care, with 21 long day care centre brands and 400+ centres across Australia. No matter the location or centre, our purpose is creating the foundations for learning for life.

Guided by the principles, practice and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), our qualified educators design programs that enrich learning through an inclusive environment that offers children diversified play-based experiences in a nurturing environment.

Is there any difference between the brands?

G8 Education owns 21 well-respected and recognised early education brands across Australia. Together, we are one team of 9,500 dedicated, passionate and supportive team members and experienced educators, committed to empower children and helping them develop and grow.

Our approach to early childhood education, high-quality programs and services, as well as our strict policies and procedures are consistent across all G8 brands. Each child we care for in our childcare centres is a special individual, nurtured and supported through their learning journey and development. Our families can trust that the quality education and support our families receive will be the same across all 440+ child care centres.

How do I book a tour to see the centre of my choice?

A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the early learning centre of your choice and meet with our qualified and experienced educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. We are now also offering the virtual tour option in all of our child care centres, so you can select either an in-person tour or a virtual tour.

With G8’s childcare centres, you have 4 options to book a centre tour for your desired early learning centre.

  1. Book a self-scheduled tour directly online at anytime from the centre webpage using our 24/7 self-scheduled online booking tool, where you can book anytime, from anywhere. All available centre tour time slots are conveniently displayed for you to choose and lock a time in.
  2. Use a Web Chat to speak with our Family Support team and get them to book the tour in for you.
  3. Call our Family Support team on 1800 411 604 and get them to book the tour in for you.
  4. Walk-in and visit the child care centre of your choice and the friendly team will schedule a tour time for you.

To learn more about what’s involved in a centre tour, click here.

What is a virtual tour?

A virtual tour gives you a guided virtual tour walk-through on your chosen device (desktop, mobile or tablet) of your desired childcare centre directly by the Centre team. This gives you the opportunity to tour the child care centre if you are out of area or when your busy schedule time doesn’t allow you to attend in person. You can then always follow-up by doing an in-person tour.

What is on offer at G8’s early learning centres?

Most of our early education centres offers the following:

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Nutritious meals, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea prepared by our in-house cook
  • Regular updates and photos on our family communication app
  • Quality learning resources
  • Engaging specialised programs designed by qualified early childhood educators
  • Kindergarten / preschool programs
  • Beautiful outdoor spaces and play equipment
  • Regular festivities for annual events, cultural celebrations, and special occasions.
  • Excursions and special guest visits

Some of our early learning centres provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them. It’s best to speak to your child care centre of choice for a full list of everything included for the different age groups.

For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toy or blanket, sun hat, three spare outfits, spare socks, a jumper 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, a jumper 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.

How do waitlists work?

All early learning centres across the G8 network accept applications for future enrolments, and we offer enrolment placements as they become available. Our Family Support team will add your child’s name on our waitlist if a child care centre is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as places 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. When spots do become vacant, we will give you a call to let you know.

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 childcare centres near you, with the same offerings at the child care centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.

What are the rules regarding sickness and absences?

If your children shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at their child care 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, we’re committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children at our childcare centres.

Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 52 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.

Absences should only be claimed when care would have been provided if the child was not absent, and the family has been charged a fee for the session of care. CCS is only payable for absences submitted before a child has started at a service, or after a child’s final day of actual attendance at a childcare service, under limited circumstances.

Please click here for more information about absences.

How does Child Care Subsidy work?

The Child Care Subsidy is a government subsidy designed to reduce childcare fees for parents. Families must meet certain eligibility criteria to get Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

The amount of CCS a family can get depends on their circumstances. Use our Child Care Subsidy calculator to find out how much your family is entitled to.