About early learning

Children who do well in their early years, continue to do well throughout school and get off to a great start in life. That's why YMCA Early Learning Programs exist – to support, nurture and encourage your child’s development through early education.

Our programs include Long Day Care and Kindergarten at our Early Learning Centres.

About YMCA Children's Programs

YMCA Early Learning Programs are a part of YMCA Children's Programs. YMCA Children's Programs also run:

About YMCA Victoria

YMCA is a community not-for-profit organisation - meaning all our income is put back into improving our programs and services, and to assist members of our community to access to our programs.

YMCA Victoria has been working with young people ever since we became a part of the community in 1853. We passionately believe in the power of inspired young people, and at YMCA Children’s Programs, we are committed to enriching the lives of every child by providing a warm and secure environment where they can thrive.

Learn more about YMCA Victoria and our mission, programs and services.

  • Our philosophy

    Building capacity

    YMCA has a role in building the capacity of those whose lives we work with.

    Developing the whole child

    YMCA strives for the highest quality education and care, assisting each child to maximise their learning outcomes.

    Providing high quality, evidence-informed practice

    YMCA enables children to identify their own learning interests and needs and supports them as they develop and grow.

    We believe in an inclusive society for all children and families. Find out more about inclusion.

  • Safeguarding and quality standards

    At the Y, we consider the safety and wellbeing of children and young people to be our highest priority.

    We're accredited by the Australian Childhood Foundation as a child-safe organisation. We've achieved this accreditation by ensuring that child-safe practices are embedded into everything we do.

    Find out more about our safeguarding and quality standards.

  • Policies

    We have a number of policies for Children's Programs to help ensure the safety of your child.

    Find our more about our policies.

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