Alfred Child Care Centre

11 Alfred Lane
MELBOURNE VIC 3004
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  • 03 9207 1099
  • Monday to Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm
Babies Toddlers Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At our centre childhood is celebrated. When they play and explore, children's imagination and curiosity is sparked – they enjoy learning, and are inspired to continue learning more.

At Alfred Child Care Centre, we implement the Australian-approved curriculum, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). Play-based learning is the foundation of our curriculum and revolves around the children’s interests and educators’ close observations and assessment of their development. Play is interwoven with intentional teaching and provides a context for learning. Our educators work in genuine partnership with children to actively promote learning through challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills.

Our curriculum is inclusive of all children. We recognise that children bring their diverse experiences, perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills to the centre. We value and build on children’s strengths, interests, abilities and cultural traditions, while using strategies such as modelling, asking open ended questions, speculating, explaining and engaging in shared thinking and problem solving, to extend the children’s learning and thinking.

We aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door.

We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.


We Focus On

In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of focus.

At Alfred Child Care Centre, we focus on Collaborative Partnerships with Families and the Community.

We incorporate our focus on parent participation through parent story times, afternoon teas, celebrating unique festivals, support gardening, the creative arts and excursions. We believe strong partnerships with families support children to develop trust and confidence within the learning environment, enabling the children to develop and grow.

Our kindergarten program is rich in the creative arts, as we believe that this supports children’s early literacy and offers children a medium of expression to voice their understanding of the world around them. Our pen pal program with a preschool in New Zealand and an orphanage in Nepal supports the children to develop an understanding of children from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because it enhances their awareness of different cultures and enables them to develop positive relationships.


Our Quality



Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education Training Victoria under the National Quality Standard, and are proud to be rated as 'Meeting' the National Quality Standard.

However what matters most is what our families think...

“Thank you for the care and nurture over many years and for the wonderful memories. Our children are the happy, curious and confident children they are thanks to the considerable time they spent at the centre.” - Alfred Child Care Centre Parent

“The centre provides a caring, loving and safe surrounding while nurturing my children and providing an environment that has enhanced their development, allowing them to explore and learn through play.” - Alfred Child Care Centre Parent

Our Environment

Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families, not within four walls. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children – whatever our setting.

Our environment is a caring space, that is safe, stimulating and rich in natural resources, which creates a homely and welcoming atmosphere. Our environment gives children opportunities to explore, investigate, enquire and problem-solve. It is a space that encourages and engages children to create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understanding.

Our playground is our outdoor learning environment and includes natural elements such as sand, water, leaves and twigs and kitchen gardens. Wherever possible we avoid using lots of fixed, plastic equipment in our playground. Instead we provide an ever-changing array of challenging and interesting activities and equipment, explored by children and educators together. These activities help with the development of children’s gross motor skills, enhancing their overall health and wellbeing as they discover their strengths and abilities and feel inspired to create, imagine and play.


Other Features

Child Care Rebate
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Lunch
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Nappies
Award
Storypark

photo of Yoon-Hee Cha

Yoon-Hee Cha

Director

Yoon-Hee is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 18 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at Alfred Childcare Centre since March 2018. Yoon-Hee is very passionate about early childhood education and is driven towards delivering high quality care and education to children and families, as well as providing a positive, fun working environment for all staff.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high quality program.

The daily fees for 2019 at Alfred Child Care Centre are:

  • Infants: $140.50
  • Toddlers: $140.50
  • Preschoolers: $137.50

This is the full daily fee. If you are entitled to Child Care Subsidy, this will reduce the daily fee you are charged.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not-for-profit provider of quality education for more than 120 years. Like all early childhood education providers, our costs continue to be subject to market factors such as CPI, salary costs, Government funding and the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience, and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come. Any surplus we may make is reinvested into our local staff, continually improving the quality of our services, and ensuring our long-term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders or send them offshore.

About Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the main payment to assist families with the costs of childcare. It is paid directly to the childcare provider and passed onto families as a fee reduction wherever families meet the criteria. The level of subsidy you receive, as well as the number of hours you will be subsidised, depends on your individual family’s circumstances.

If you do not already have one, you will need a MyGov account linked to Centrelink to claim any subsidy you may be eligible for, and to find out more information, you can speak to your service Director or visit www.education.gov.au.