Phone: 03 9486 3299
Fax: 03 9481 0940
Address:  55 Clifton Street, Northcote, Victoria,
Australia, 3070



Opening Hours:
Monday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
 
The Centre is Closed:
• all Victorian Public Holidays;
• the day before Melbourne Cup for Professional Development; and
• for two weeks during the Christmas and New Year period. .

A Video Tour of Clifton Street Children's Centre

We are currently working on our centre introduction video, including interviews with our Centre Manager and 2IC, so keep tuned and visit this page soon.
 
If you would like to learn more about our centre and meet some of our educator’s, we welcome you to come for a centre tour.
Please contact the centre on 03 9486 3299 to book in your tour.
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Our Early Childhood Education and Care programs are run by highly qualified and experienced educators in accordance with the National Quality Framework including the federal Early Yeas Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.  Our rooms are allocated by children’s age and development.

Our rooms have been named with the support of Aunty Gail from the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council. The names represent our connection to country and our great respect for the Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and future who are the true custodians of the land our centre is built on. The names are in the local Woi wurrung language.

 

 

 

Wimbi Room

Age: 6 months to 2 years
No. of children: up to 12
No. of educators: 4


The Wimbi Room educators provide high quality care and education for up to 12 children per day ageing from 6 months up until 2 years.  At this age, it is vital for educators and families to work closely to ensure a smooth transition between children’s home life and their time at Clifton Street CC. We provide a warm, safe, caring and stimulating environment which challenges and supports children in their learning and development.


Our programs cater for the individual needs of children. Educators work closely with each other and families to provide an intentional and flexible play based education program that takes full advantage of the rich learning opportunities within routines.  Our program is emergent and therefore always changing based on children’s individual needs and their leaning and development.


The first few months of the year concentrate on building trusting relationships with children and families.  We welcome families to spend time with their children in the Wimbi room to get to know the room, routine, educators and to help settle children.  We believe it is important that children orientate by attending for short periods of time and slowly building up their hours. As children develop, educators support children’s self-help skill and independence as children start to toilet and eat independently.


Weather permitting children generally have the opportunity to choose between indoor and outdoor play including a range of experiences that support their learning and development in a range or areas such as wellbeing, physical development, social and emotional development, problem solving, sensory exploration, language, emergent literacy and numeracy, arts, crafts and music. We strongly believe in the benefits of explorative and messy play so please make sure to always bring spare clothes!


Children are provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all prepared by our experienced cooks and is nutritionist approved to make sure children’s nutritional needs are being met.  Children’s individual sleep routines are accommodated to continue home routines.

 

 


 

Walert Room

Age: 2 years to 3 years
No. of children: 15
No. of educators: 5


Our Walert educators work together with families and children to create a program offering a wide range of experiences to support this vital time in children’s development. We offer a range of experiences and incursions that support children’s learning in language and literacy, socio-dramatic and imaginative play, numeracy (such as puzzles, construction), science (through cooking, sensory and experimental play), sustainability with our edible gardens, creative arts and movement and music. We have weekly incursion run by local artists and musicians. As our programs are child led they are ever changing based on children’s, families and educator’s ideas and interests.


Educators foster children’s self-help skills and independence by supporting children with independent toileting and eating, looking after their belonging and making choices about their day.


Weather permitting children generally have the opportunity to choose between indoor and outdoor play which include numerous experiences supporting their learning and development in a range or areas such as wellbeing, physical development, social and emotional development, problem solving, sensory exploration, language, emergent literacy and numeracy, arts, crafts and music. We strongly believe in the benefits of explorative and messy play so please make sure to always bring spare clothes!


Children are provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all prepared by our experienced cooks and is nutritionist approved to make sure children’s nutritional needs are being met.  Children’s individual sleep times are accommodated to continue home routines wherever possible.

 


 

Darnum Room

Age: 3 years to 4 years
No. of children: 20
No. of educators: 3

 

The Darnum education and care program is for children in the year before kindergarten and is overseen by a qualified kindergarten teacher (or equivalent). Like our other programs the Darnum program is child interest led. This means that we use the children’s individual interests to plan and implement learning experiences that support their physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning and development.

 

Our programs have an emphasis on the environment and sustainable living. Children learn about water usage as we use rain water tanks in the centre, where food comes from as they help plant, look after and harvest our edible gardens, and explore waste as they learn about using, reusing and recycling. Additionally, our programs have a great emphasis on exposing children to the multiculturalism of Melbourne. Our programs explore a range of cultures, festivities and languages based on the cultures of our families, community and educators. We encourage families to share their culture, languages, and any special events that they would like us to explore with the children.

At this age children are working hard and learning about their place in the community and how to interact with their peers. Educators support children in learning about their feelings and developing their emotional self-regulation. Children are encouraged to work together as teams with their peers and educators, interacting positively with empathy.   We encourage children to be independent in their routines and in their interactions with each other, providing them with the skills to negotiate and problem solve confidently and respectfully.

Children are provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all prepared by our experienced cooks and is nutritionist approved to make sure children’s nutritional needs are being met.

 


 

Marram Room

Age: 4 years or the year before school
No. of children: 29
No. of educators: 4
Kindergarten hours: 8am to 5pm


Our integrated Kindergarten provides education and care programs run by two tertiary qualified kindergarten teachers from 8am to 5pm. Our Educators provide a stimulating environment to prepare your 4 year old child for school. Children will have opportunities to form great friendships and play together in group experiences, as well as have the opportunity to explore individual interests. Children generally (weather and ratios permitting) have the choice between indoor and outdoor experiences catering for children’s individual needs and dispositions.


Our days here are very flexible and allow children to make independent decisions as they further explore their developing independence, agency, self-help skills, sense of identity and relationships. Through combining the federal Early Years Learning Framework and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework with children’s interest, we are able to foster a sense of identity, community, wellbeing, learning and communication.


We know that children are competent, strong individuals who can make choices about their day while still enjoying and benefiting from warm, comforting and safe learning environments. For this reason, our routines are flexible based on children’s needs. Our morning tea and afternoon tea is generally progressive allowing children to eat when they are ready without interrupting their learning and interactions with each other.  While at lunch time we celebrate our community as children and educator’s sit together to share our main meal, enjoying conversations around health and nutrition, sustainability and reflecting on our days.


Most of the day we encourage children to freely interact with each other, educators and the available experiences, supporting children’s sense of agency, their learning through play and exploration and genuine social interactions.  Additionally, we also enjoy several planned group experiences every day, ranging from games, cooking, stories, group conversations, creative arts, music and movement.


Our kindergarten children also enjoy an excursion every year.  Our excursion destination depends on children’s interests and relevant learning objectives set by educators and families.  In recent years, we have been to the Melbourne Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens and Edendale Community Farm.  Additionally, we enjoy our proximity to McDonnel Oval by visiting it often, to play sports, games, enjoy the open space and even for picnics.


Our programs have an emphasis on the environment and sustainable living. Children learn about water usage as we use rain water tanks in the centre, where food comes from as they help plant, look after and harvest our edible gardens, and explore waste as they learn about using, reusing and recycling. Additionally, our programs have a great emphasis on exposing children to the multiculturalism of Melbourne. Our programs explore a range of cultures, festivities and languages based on the cultures of our families, community and educators. We encourage families to share their culture, languages, and any special events that they would like us to explore with the children.

Children are provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all prepared by our experienced cooks and nutritionist approved to make sure children’s nutritional needs are being met.

 


 

Incursions / excursions

Our education and care programs are enhanced by regular incursions and excursions.


Weekly Incursions:
Joana’s Art where children explore a variety of visual, sensory and creative arts.
Cheeky Monkey Music and Movement with Daemos where children learn about different types of music, beat, rhythm and instruments.


Regular Excursions:
We regularly make use of our neighbouring McDonnel oval to play sports and games, have picnics and enjoy the wide-open space.


One off incursions:
Throughout the year, we also arrange for one off incursions that support children’s interests, leaning and development, in previous years we have enjoyed incursions such as Wild Action Zoo, Responsible Pet Ownership, Meditation and Yoga, Trash Puppets, Pottery with Liz, Yarn Strong Sista (indigenous storytelling) and African Drumming.


Kindergarten Annual Excursion:
Our Marram kindergarten children also enjoy an excursion every year.  Our excursion destination depends on children’s interests and relevant learning objectives set by educators and families.  In recent years, we have been to the Melbourne Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens and Edendale Community Farm. Families are invited to volunteer during excursions ensuring a higher adult:child ration which supports children’s safety and wellbeing while on excursion as well as their engagement in the excursion program.

 

Gallery - Gross Motor and Creative Arts

 

 

Documenting Learning and Development

Documenting and evaluating children’s learning and development is a vital part of what our educator’s do. This ensures our programs support children to learn and develop during these critical developmental years. Communicating children’s learning and development to our families is very important to us. We do this in a range of ways. While our preferred method of communication is always face to face and our educator are always available at pick up and drop offs as well as through appointments we understand that we are a time poor community. This is why Clifton Street children’s Centre uses Storypark as a digital portfolio that documents our program and children’s learning through photos, videos, learning stories, community posts, observations, planning notes and online conversations. Our programs are also displayed in each room for families and our community to view at any time.


Storypark is a secure, private online space to ensure your child receives the best support possible and that you are involved and up-to-date with your child’s development and learning. It provides each child with an online community which their parent/guardian own and control who has access to, at no cost to families, for as long as you wish.


Storypark helps educators, children and families:

  • improve understanding of each child’s interests and abilities so they receive even better support
  • deepen relationships and strengthen communication
  • share videos, photos and text capturing children’s learning and development
  • create a portfolio of children’s learning that travels with with and can be accessed by them forever
  • reinforce experiences and deepen children’s learning
  • capture family culture and heritage
  • involve the children in their portfolio
  • interact quickly and effectively through iPhone, Android and tablets
  • create smooth transitions when children move from one educator/centre to another.


Families can choose to add their own stories or leave comments and feedback for children and our teaching team. Families can also choose to share these stories with family members if they wish.


We have considered the aspects of cybersafety and made sure our education team have the knowledge and skills to ensure we are cybersafe. Storypark takes security very seriously and is not open for anyone to read, it is a password-protected private space for families, children and their educators.


Content we add will only be shared with our education team and the family members you choose to invite. No personal information is shared with any third party.
Go here for more information:  https://www.storypark.com/
Videos and Information about story park - - https://storypark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/200158537-For-Families