Welcome to Kinder Haven Highpoint
Our Maribyrnong child care centre is located 5 minutes’ drive from Highpoint Shopping centre, and 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD. We are a convenient choice for local families living in the Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Kingsville, Seddon, and the Footscray in Melbourne. Our purpose-built Maribyrnong child care centre offers early childhood education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years from 7:00am to 6:30 pm.
Our Maribyrnong child care centre has an amazing team of highly qualified and passionate early childhood teachers and educators that are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early years’ education journey. We provide daily updates and photos detailing children’s learning and development, which is accessible on our family app.
Spacious and resource rich environments
Our Maribyrnong child care centre is designed to be a home away from home that encourages every child’s exploration. Our resource-rich early learning environments have been carefully designed to immerse your child into a world of exploration, curiosity, and learning.
Each learning space extends onto our outdoor environment, which encourages endless opportunities for play! Our outdoor environments include spacious playgrounds, cubby house, sand pit and veggie garden for children to safely develop their strength, balance, and self-confidence through play-based learning.
Dedicated and passionate team of educators
Our team of passionate educators make up the heart of our Maribyrnong child care centre. We know each child has unique talents and interests. Our experienced educators are passionate about helping every child succeed in discovering their identity and become confident, happy and resilient learners. We are a multicultural early learning centre with several languages being spoken across our team including Vietnamese, Serbian, Thai, Oromo, Arabic, Punjabi and Hindi.
Delicious and healthy meals prepared on site
We provide children with nutrient-rich, fresh and seasonal whole foods created to please even the fussiest of eaters. For variety, our menu rotates every four weeks, with our cook catering to the unique dietary requirements of every child.
Here at our Maribyrnong early learning centre, we believe that by encouraging active participation in food preparation (such as growing & harvesting the fruit and vegetables, preparing, and helping cook the meal) – children learn to appreciate and understand the importance of healthy eating.
For added convenience, we also offer our families a grab-and-go breakfast snack and coffee.
We look forward to partnering with you and your family to provide information, support, and high-quality early education and care in your child’s formative years. Contact our Family Support Team to start your journey with us today.
Play-based early learning curriculum
Play is essential to every child’s learning and development. It enables children to make decisions, learn, take risks, and have fun. Our experienced team plan play-based learning activities in line with national standards. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is designed to engage in your child’s interests and allow them to experience each day in a new way, supporting their learning in the lead-up to primary school.
Our Early Learning Curriculum also provides children with:
- Real Life experiences: Children participate in fun and exciting experiences such as woodworking, harvesting the veggie garden and basic cooking skills.
- Sustainability program: Each age group participates in a sustainability project that help children embed sustainable practices into everyday life. Children learn about recycling, conserving water, growing food and the importance of looking after and protecting our planet.
- Music and movement programs: Our music programs have been designed to help develop fundamental skills that help support children’s self-regulation, memory and concentration.
- Community engagement activities: We often have visits from local community Aged Care, Aldi, librarians, local police, and other community services in Maribyrnong to help familiarise the children with their local community. We also have excursions to our local park and local primary school Footscray North Primary School to assist our Kindergarten children with their transition to ‘big school’.
Meet the centre manager
I began my career in early childhood education and care in 2013 and started working at Highpoint Kinder Haven in 2021. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and a Certificate in Child Protection. I am fully trained in First Aid/CPR.
Throughout my years of working in Early Childhood Education, I’ve learnt that children best learn through play, and most importantly, through interactions. The play environments provide the children with many learning opportunities to support the children’s development and knowledge. The environments also support the development of the children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills. Having many learning opportunities available assists the children to become independent, social, and resilient.
Great educators know how to inspire children and ignite their curiosity about the world around them. It’s about developing the skills children will need to be successful both inside and outside a classroom in a rapidly-changing world. Through real-world scenarios, our educators support, encourage and enabling children to want to learn by: sparking a child’s natural curiosity, inspiring them to ask questions, building their confidence and showing them that knowledge can be gained in different ways. By nurturing every part of a child, great educators help to build a strong foundation for emotional, mental, and physical development, which are the building blocks for life.
Firstly, in a child care centre, children develop some really good habits. This isn’t to say they don’t develop them in a home based care situation. However for those families where their day is never the same (work hours, appointments, visitors and so on), having that routine can be a great way for them to learn what to expect each day. One of the biggest benefits to an early education centre is that children learn emotional resilience. They learn how to get along with other children and adults, how to share, how to listen and communicate, and how to become independent. These skills then help children as they grow, and they can manage their emotions when they hit school age.
My team at Highpoint Kinder Haven are multi-cultural, dedicated and passionate early educators with some educators being at the service for more than 10 years. Our main priority is ensuring we deliver high quality care and education to the children and most importantly building trusting relationships between the educators, children, and families. The team are all trained in Child Protection and first aid and regularly keep up to date with training through our company’s online portal.
Highpoint Kinder Haven ensures the enrolment and orientation process are a smooth process for each child and the family. Orientation is an important process as it gives the families the opportunity to ask any questions. We are here to assist every step of the way and to finalise all the required steps of the enrolment. We know settling and separation anxiety is every family’s biggest concern when enrolling their child. You can trust us when we say it does get easier as each day passes by. I look forward to meeting your family and introducing you to our team of early childhood educators.
At Kinder Haven Highpoint child care centre in Maribyrnong, each room has been designed and set up to provide the best early learning experience for your child.
Nursery (0 – 2 years)
Learning starts from before birth. Our nursery Educators have created a welcoming and nurturing environment where each baby feels safe to explore and discover new things – through their senses, their communication, cues (body language, facial expression, and sounds) and by experimenting.
On any given day you can see the nursery children engaging in all types of meaningful play, such as water play, music time, story time and more. Each day provides a brand new, exciting opportunity for our nursery children.
Toddler room: (2 – 3 years)
Our Teachers and Educators encourage the toddler children to learn through play to help enhance their sensory-motor development. This learning happens through carefully planned music, dance, games and reading experiences. On any given day the children can be seen developing their numeracy by building a tower, sorting objects, pointing and identifying shapes and patterns and participating in counting songs and games.
Children in our toddler rooms are encouraged to participate in group play. Group play is important, as it helps our toddlers develop important social skills such as, turn taking, developing self-confidence and emotional self-regulation. Our team helps children through talking, planning and role modelling.
Kindergarten Program: (3 – 5 years)
Kindergarten is a unique time for learning with peers and developing skills for later learning. Our play-based Kindergarten program encourages active engagement in learning and supports a range of positive developmental outcomes including resilience, independence, critical thinking, and creativity.
Our families love Kinder Haven Highpoint
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a centre tour?
A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. Kinder Haven also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres. Click here to book a tour online.
On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.
Do I have to be on a waitlist?
Kinder Haven’s Family Support team will add your child’s name to our waitlist if one of our centres is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.
We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.
Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the Kinder Haven centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.
What can I do to help my child prepare for starting care?
It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care centre together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.
Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.
What should I pack my child for their first day?
Most of our Kinder Haven child care and early education centres offer the following:
- Nappies and wipes
- Sunscreen and hats
- Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook
Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.
For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toys or blankets, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten-aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, a comforter or medication.
It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.
How do I get updates on my child's day?
Kinder Haven uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day. After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.
What if my child gets sick?
If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, Kinder Haven is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.
Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.