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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

Our programs

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

  • Childcare for six weeks to five year olds.

Integrated Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten integrated into long day care. Programs offered: 3-year-old kinder and 4-year-old kinder.

Sessional Kindergarten

  • 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.

Sessional kindergarten is offered in partnership with Whittlesea Council. 

  • Before Kindergarten Care
  • After Kindergarten Care

Co-located programs

The Y also offers the following services at the same location:

with the following services nearby:

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:

  • nappies;
  • 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.

 

Our team

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, Crystal Jansz-Narayana
  • Early Years Director
  • Kindergarten Teacher(s)
  • Room Leaders
  • Educators
  • Cook

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, Centre Manager

 

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 Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre.

These costs come into effect on Friday 01 July 2022

Program

Permanent booking

Casual booking

Long Day Care

$125.90

$132.20

Integrated Kindergarten

$125.90

$132.20

Sessional 3 Year Old Kinder (5 hours per week) 

$160 per term

Sessional 4 Year Old Kinder (15 hours per week)  $410 per term

Before Kinder Care

$29.00

After Kinder Care

$43.00

Payments are accepted by direct debit and processed according to our debit calendar. Prices may be reduced if you are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy

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.

 

Contact us

If you have any questions at all, our support team is here to help.

 

Location

Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with Mernda Park Primary School.

2 Goulburn Street
Mernda
VIC 3754

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, from 06:30 – 18:30

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