Lightning Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre is proud to be run by YMCA Children's Programs, part of YMCA Victoria.
About the centre
We offer early learning programs for children between six weeks to five years old. We support, nurture and encourage your child’s development through early education and evidence-informed practice that emphasises discovery and adventure.
Lightning Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with Lightning Reef Primary School in North Bendigo, Victoria. This co-location enables us to support your child to feel prepared and excited with the next step of their schooling journey!
We’re only a 10 minute drive from:
- Bendigo Station
- Hargreaves Mall
- Peter Krenz Leisure Centre
YMCA Children’s Programs offers early learning programs for children between six weeks to five years old. We support, nurture and encourage your child’s development through early education and evidence-informed practice that emphasises discovery and adventure.
We take a holistic approach to early learning – creating engaging, fun and educational experiences. Our purpose is to ensure your child thrives by building connections and confidence so that they are prepared for school.
At Lightning Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre we offer:
Long Day Care
- Childcare for six weeks to five year olds.
Kindergarten integrated into long day care. Programs offered: 3-year-old kinder and 4-year-old kinder.
- Sessional kindergarten for 3-year-olds: 5 hours per week of kindergarten programming.
- Sessional kindergarten for 4-year-olds: 15 hours per week of kindergarten programming.
- Before Kinder Care (07:00 – 09:00)
- After Kinder Care (14:00 – 16:00 and 18:00)
The Y also offers the following services at the same location:
This purposeful and convenient co-location allows us to create community partnerships with the primary school and surrounds. As well as providing a smooth transition to school for children, it provides a sense of belonging through community events and connections.
Features and amenities
Lightning Reef YMCA was purpose-built with safety, indoor/outdoor play and inclusivity (all abilities) at the forefront of the design process. At Lightning Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre we offer a great range of facilities.
We provide your child everything they need to play, learn and thrive throughout their day, including:
- bed linen laundered daily;
- sunscreen for outdoor play activities;
- toys and educational resources and
- healthy meals and snacks prepared on-site daily by our qualified cook.
Childcare session lengths
To ensure our families are able to optimise their subsidies based on their personal circumstances, different session lengths are available:
- nine hour session
- 10 hour session
- 11 hour session
- all day session (full opening hours of our centre).
Our centre manager will be available to sit down with you to work out what is best for your family.
Safeguarding and quality standards
At the Y, our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of your child. We are an accredited child-safe organisation with safeguarding and quality standards embedded across all our services.
Child safety remains our highest priority during the coronavirus (COVID-19) period. Our services have implemented a range of additional hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff. Learn more about these measures on our COVID-19 updates page.
We recruit, train and support our staff and volunteers to care for the children and young people in our programs and services.
Our Early Learning Programs are staffed by:
- Centre Manager, Catherine Field
- Early Years Director
- Kindergarten Teacher(s)
- Room Leaders
Find out more about the team roles.
Prices and subsidies
To support our families, we offer two types of bookings:
- permanent bookings
- casual bookings
The table below lists the 2022 daily programming costs for Lightning Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre.
These costs come into effect on Friday 01 July 2022.
Long Day Care
Sessional 3 Year Old Kinder (5 hours per week)
$20 per 5 hour session (lunch provided)
|Sessional 4 Year Old Kinder (15 hours per week)||$20 per 5 hour session (lunch provided)|
Before Kinder Care (Two Hour Session)
After Kinder Care (Two Hour Session)
After Kinder Care (Four Hour Session)
Take a tour
If you would like to find out more about our centre, you can:
Bookings and enrolments
Enrolments and bookings are managed through an online system called My Family Lounge.
If you're new to our program, follow the step-by-step enrolment instructions on our early learning bookings page.
Already have a My Family Lounge account with YMCA Children's Programs? Sign in here.
Once you have made a booking and it has been accepted, you're ready for orientation at our centre, so that you and your child feel comfortable and confident in a new environment.
If you have any questions at all, our support team is here to help:
- Telephone: (03) 5444 6666 or speak to a friendly consultant on (03) 8371 0500
Lightning Reef YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with Lightning Reef Primary School.
74 Holmes Rd
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, from 6:30am – 6:00pm