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Seeking Brilliant Child Care Centres/Occasional Care
Eltham Greensborough Area


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#1 magsta

Posted 01 October 2010 - 02:18 PM

Hello All,

I live in Eltham and my parents are in Greensborough so I'm looking for a fantastic Child Care Centre or Occasional Care Centre in these areas. DS is 21mo. It doesn't have to be all day, I'm planning on letting him be the guide as to how much time he spends there, but I've heard it best that he goes twice a week so that there isn't too many days of a gap between visits. I'm thinking maybe Mondays and Thursdays.

I work part time and my parents care for him 3 days per week. Which has been so fantastic, but now I believe he needs some help with becoming socialised with other children as he spends most of his time with adults. Also I also think he will benefit from getting out of the house and having new learning experiences.

I know I have to do the rounds and interview each one but there are so many I don't know where to start, what to look for and would love to hear any good or bad experiences from around our area.

Thanks In Advance!



#2 lowerplentymum

Posted 01 October 2010 - 09:51 PM

Maggie, we use Mission Australia at Lower Plenty and so does most of my mum's group and friends.... best place around. I also liked ABC at Eltham too.

Some things to consider: Is the food made fresh on the premises? Check out the menu. Do they have anything with preservatives/artificial colours?
How long have the staff worked there for? What are their quals? Do they have the same carers every time or do they rotate?
Does the play area back onto a main road (fumes/risk of a truck ploughing in!)? How do they make you feel when you turn up at the centre - welcome or like a nuisance?
What is their kinder program like - do they have a qualified kinder teacher?
How many toys are around the place, what condition are they in? What activites do they do? Can you see the schedule? How do they communicate with the parents as to what the kids have done through the day and how they have slept/eaten etc?
Best time to visit is about 10:30am, this is just before lunchtime.
Ask what their ratios are, and what programs are available (Hei de Ho etc) and how much extra they are?

That's all I can think of for now!

#3 3_for_me

Posted 01 October 2010 - 09:54 PM

If it's not too far out of the way View Bank Childcare centre near the Lower Plenty shops is amazing.  My kids have been to a number of the local centres and I absolutely love this place.  Great staff who adore the kids, excellent programing and a great atmosphere and facilities

#4 peachkoala

Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:12 PM

My kids go to Eltham college kids at Eltham North (cnr wattletree rd and ryans rd eltham north). It is a fantastic centre. The same carers that cared for DD1 in baby and toddler room are now caring for DD2! So staff turnover is very low.

They cook all food on the premises and have a nut free policy. They use a lot of wholemeal breads, brown rice and wholemeal pasta.

They have a qualified kinder program as well.

There is a max of 15 children in each room (except kinder room which is 25 kids).

I think it is about $76 a day less whatever amount of benefit you get and then the 50% rebate.

#5 foofoo

Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:21 PM

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If it's not too far out of the way View Bank Childcare centre near the Lower Plenty shops is amazing.


Second this.  They are fantastic.  They offer full and 1/2 days.  We have used them since 2006 and they have been great.

#6 magsta

Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:31 PM

Thanks Ladies. At least that gives me a starting point.

Would you call up and make appointments to visit for the first time? Or just pop in un-announced. I don't want to give the impressing that I'm a b@ll-breaker mother, but I would like to see them in action when they're not expceting me.

Edited by magsta, 05 October 2010 - 12:32 PM.


#7 magsta

Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:33 PM

And LowerPlenty mum - Thanks so much for all the info. Some great points there I hadn't thought of!! See you at our next meet wink.gif

#8 Lia

Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:03 PM

DS2 is at ABC Eltham and we are very happy there. dS1 also went there and he is about to turn 7, most of the staff are the same. Food is made on the premesis, nappies are included as are meals.
I would ring for an appointment, as I dont think they will try and make things look wonderful... Its just common courtesy original.gif
have you looked at playgroup to help socially, we go to Greenhills playgroup and love it. Jets gym run some play sessions on wed and fri which r great too.

#9 ~Sookasaurus~

Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:59 PM

St Faith's in Mountain View Road, Montmorency is great too.   biggrin.gif

#10 3_for_me

Posted 08 October 2010 - 10:24 PM

I can only speak for View Bank but I think as long as you didn't rock in just after lunch when the littlies are having a rest they would be happy for you to just turn up.

#11 EllaK

Posted 09 October 2010 - 12:07 PM

For those in View Bank CC how do you find the family grouping?? I like the centre but not sure about this set-up.

#12 EPZ

Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:29 PM

ABC Eltham..my mum works there and she is really lovely tongue.gif

My son has been there for 2.5yrs and he knows all the staff by name and asks to go the other 3 days a week when he is home with me....so I guess he loves it.

I find the director is very attentive to everything thats going on and very hands on.

#13 magsta

Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:32 PM

I've been to a few and been really impressed with Smartie Pants in Diamond Creek.
Does anyone have any experience with this place?

#14 3_for_me

Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:32 PM

I find the family grouping really good, I had a problem in the last week with an older child being a bit of a bully to DD but the staff are working on it, other than that it's been fab original.gif  DS2 loves when he gets to go and play with his sister and to b e honest I actually think it's really good for the kids to learn to get along with kids of all different ages.

#15 Lia

Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:34 PM

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ABC Eltham..my mum works there and she is really lovely tongue.gif


I can vouch for that, her mum really is lovely yyes.gif tongue.gif

Edited by Lia, 13 October 2010 - 10:34 PM.


#16 Luly

Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:38 PM

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ABC Eltham..my mum works there and she is really lovely tongue.gif


oo oo who is your Mum? LOL I adore some of the carers there  biggrin.gif Infact most of them really are lovely!

edit: We've been with ABC Eltham for almost 5 years now and have had no issues at all. Very happy!

Edited by Luly, 14 October 2010 - 09:39 PM.





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