Mernda 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.
Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with Mernda Park Primary School, in Mernda, Victoria. Our convenient co-location offers a single pick-up and drop-off point for busy parents with children at both the primary school and our centre.
We’re a 10 minute drive from:
- Mernda train station
- Mernda Village
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 Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre we offer:
- Long Day Care (for six weeks to five year olds)
- Integrated Kindergarten (for four year olds – this is integrated into Long Day Care)
- Sessional Kindergarten (in partnership with Whittlesea Council) – families access 15 hours per week of Kindergarten programming for four year olds
- Before Kindergarten Care
- After Kindergarten Care
The Y also offers the following services at the same location:
- Mernda Park Primary YMCA Before and After School Program
- Mernda Park YMCA School Holiday Program
- Mernda Park YMCA Facility Hire
with the following services nearby:
- Mernda Central College YMCA Before and After School Program
- Mernda Central YMCA School Holiday Program
- Mernda Central YMCA Facility Hire.
- Kingswim Mernda
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
Mernda was custom-built with safety, indoor/outdoor play and inclusivity (all abilities) at the forefront of the design process. At Mernda 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.
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:
- Acting Centre Manager, Crystal Jansz-Narayana
- Early Years Director
- Kindergarten Teacher(s)
- Room Leaders
Find out more about the team roles.
"We are dedicated to providing a vibrant, happy, connected and welcoming hub, where parents trust that their children are being cared for." – Crystal Jansz-Narayana, Acting Centre Manager
Prices and subsidies
To support our families, we offer two types of bookings:
- permanent bookings
- casual bookings
The table below lists the 2021 daily programming costs for Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre.
These costs come into effect on Monday 8 February 2020.
Long Day Care
Provided free of charge in 2021 through the Free Kinder initiative.
Before Kinder Care
After Kinder Care
Is your child child attending kindergarten in 2021? Families can expect to save around $2,000 over the 2021 calendar year for each child enrolled in our funded kindergarten programs. This additional funding is part of the Victorian Government's Free Kinder initiative.
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.
Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with Mernda Park Primary School.
2 Goulburn Street
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, from 06:30 – 18:30
The Victorian Government is making it easier for families to find approved kindergarten programs. For kinder you can count on, just look for the tick.
When it comes to making decisions about your child’s early education and care, there can be a lot to consider. We understand you want what’s best for your child and family, and to be sure about your choices. The Victorian Government is making it easier for you to find kindergarten programs that are funded and approved by the government.
That’s why we’re introducing the Kinder Tick. When you see the Kinder Tick, you can be confident:
- the program will be led by a qualified teacher
- children will benefit from play-based learning
- the kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
- the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.
This is the same in both long day care and standalone kindergarten services.
No matter where your child attends a kindergarten program, they’ll be learning through play with an early childhood teacher. Research shows that play-based learning is the best way to help young children learn, develop well and prepare to thrive at school.