Early Learning programs

Our programs are developed in accordance with the National Quality Framework. All our Early Learning Centres in Victoria also follow the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework.

Our Long Day Care and Kindergarten programs provide high quality education and child care specifically designed to nurture your child's interests, skills and abilities. Kindergarten includes both Integrated Kindergarten and at a few of our locations we offer Sessional Kindergarten..

Our Early Learning Centres offer:

Long Day Care (for six weeks to five year olds)

Enrolling your child at a YMCA Early Learning Centre gives them the opportunity to enjoy making new friends, discover more about their world and provide a safe space to explore and be adventurous! Everyday our YMCA Early Learning Programs educators deliver tailored, age appropriate and exciting activities in an environment that supports your child’s holistic development (physical, personal, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive). Our integrated holistic approach to teaching and learning also focuses on connections to the natural world and instills curiosity, allowing children to learn naturally and creatively. We provide all meals and healthy snacks, nappies and linen.

Kindergarten (for three and four year olds).

Integrated and Sessional Kindergarten programs… what's the difference?

Integrated Kindergarten

A fun year of holistic learning and adventure awaits! Your child will participate in engaging activities and experiences such as expressing their creativity through music and art, learning about science and technology, and developing fundamental life skills such as team work and communication. Integrated Kindergarten is integrated as part of long day care. Our Kindergarten teachers foster a growth mindset with program delivery which supports a smoother transition to school.

Sessional Kindergarten (at select locations)

As the name suggests, Sessional Kindergarten refers to the session times the Kindergarten program occurs. Parents can choose to send their child to a session for a few hours a day, as opposed to Long Day Care. The program operates for 15 hours a week, typically delivered over two or three days, with predetermined start and finish times.

Sessional Kindergarten is offered based on local community needs in partnership with local government. We're proud to facilitate this service in in Bendigo, Derrimut and Mernda.

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Children learn best through play, discovery and self-initiated learning. Everyday our YMCA Early Learning Programs educators deliver tailored, age appropriate and exciting activities in an environment that supports your child’s holistic development.

Our programs support your child’s learning through:

Indoor / outdoor play

Freedom to move between our indoor and outdoor spaces to explore.

Messy play

Water play and mud play.

Risky play

Challenging boundaries and developing a strong sense of self and physical literacy through supervised play.

Music play

Singing, listening and playing.

Imaginative play

With educational and natural toys

Excursions / Incursions

Such as trips to a local park and retirement communities.