Pakenham 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.
Pakenham YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with John Henry Primary School in Pakenham, Victoria. This 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 also just round the corner from Cardinia Road train station and just one minute from:
- Pakenham train station
- Pakenham Place shopping 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 Pakenham 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)
The Y also offers the following services at the same location:
- John Henry Primary YMCA Before and After School Program
- Pakenham YMCA School Holiday Program
- Facility hire
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
Pakenham was purpose-built with safety in 2016 with safety, indoor/outdoor play and inclusivity (all abilities) at the forefront of the design process. At Pakenham 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:
- Centre Manager, Michelle Watson
- Early Years Director
- Kindergarten Teacher(s)
- Room Leaders
Find out more about the team roles.
"I am a dedicated early childhood professional with more than 15 years' experience working with families and children, and look forward to meeting and working with you in our YMCA Pakenham service."– Michelle Watson, Centre Manager
Prices and subsidies
To support our families, we offer two types of bookings:
- permanent bookings
- casual bookings
Long Day Care
$110 per day
$115.50 per day
$110 per day
$115.50 per day
Take a tour
If you would like to find out more about our centre, you can:
- Book a tour to visit the centre in person (currently not available due to COVID-19)
- Take a virtual tour of our centre via Google Maps
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.
Pakenham YMCA Early Learning Centre is co-located with John Henry Primary School.
9 Gateway Avenue
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, from 06:30 – 18:30