Welcome to Moonee Ponds Kinder Haven
Our child care centre is located 2 minutes’ drive from Moonee Ponds Central, ideally located for families living in Moonee Ponds, Flemington, Brunswick West, Brunswick, Carlton North, Essendon and Essendon West in Melbourne. Our beautiful purpose-built early learning centre offers long day care and kindergarten for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years from 7:00 am – 6:30 pm.
Our Moonee Ponds early learning centre is proudly rated Exceeding in the National Quality Standards by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Our child care centre in Moonee Ponds has an amazing team of highly qualified and passionate early childhood teachers and educators who are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early years’ education journey. We provide families with daily updates and photos detailing their child’s learning and development, which is accessible on our family app.
Spacious and resource-rich environments
Moonee Ponds Kinder Haven is designed to be a home away from home that encourages every child’s exploration. The brand-new, resource-rich early learning environments at our childcare centre have been carefully designed to immerse your child into a world of exploration, curiosity, and learning.
Each learning space extends onto our beautiful outdoor environment, which encourages endless ways and opportunities for play! We have 6 separate ourdoor yards for children to safely develop their strength, balance, and self-confidence through play. Children help take care of our beautiful community garden. Our light-filled indoor spaces have a mix of natural and purpose-built resources for educators to design play-based experiences.
Dedicated and passionate educators and teachers
A team of passionate early childhood educators and teachers make up the heart of our Moonee Ponds 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 Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa, Italian, Tebugu, Hindi, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian.
Healthy meals prepared on site – dinner included
Our Moonee Ponds child care centre provides 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. We provide breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner! This helps busy families struggling to prepare nutritious meals after a long day at work or studying.
Here at our Moonee Ponds early learning centre, we believe that by encouraging active participation in food preparation (such as growing & harvesting fruit and vegetables, preparing, and helping cook the meal) – children learn to appreciate and understand the importance of healthy eating.
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. At our Moonee Ponds child care centre, 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, caring for our worm farm and basic cooking skills.
- Sustainability program: Each age group participates in a sustainability project that helps 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.
- Yoga program: The children enjoy regular yoga sessions at the centre, where they learn about posture, strength and mindfulness.
- 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 librarians, local police, and other community services in Moonee Ponds to help familiarise the children with their local community. We also have excursions to our local Queens Park and local primary school St Monica’s to assist our Kindergarten children with their transition to ‘big school’.
• Sports Program: This program is designed to encourage activity and movement, while also building the children’s motor skills.
Meet the centre manager
I began my career in early childhood education and care in 2012 and started working at Moonee Ponds Kinder Haven in early 2021. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care; I’m trained in Child Protection and First Aid.
During my time in the early childhood industry, I have undertaken most roles including student, assistant educator, lead educator, cook, assistant centre manager, educational leader and now centre manager. These roles have given me a strong understanding of how a service runs and what is needed to provide children with the best quality of care.
Growing up I have always been around children, my aunty and uncle have been foster parents since well before I was born, caring for over 550 children. Each time I would visit, I was so excited to meet the new child. The transition period was always difficult but being there to help settle, make them feel safe and secure has always been rewarding. Which has given me a great understanding of the transition period into care.
To make the transition into our service as smooth as possible, we offer the family to come in to have as many orientations as they need to feel comfortable and to ensure their child is feeling safe, secure and supported for their first day starting with us.
Moonee Ponds Kinder Haven have a long-servicing team with some educators being here for 15 years who truly believe this is their home. Our team are multicultural which gives our centre a large understanding of cultural needs children have and being involved with celebrating special cultural events with great knowledge.
Our beautiful heritage building foundation stone being laid on the 18th of September 1920, The War Memorial Hall and Club Room were built as a memorial to those who served during the Great War. Which was converted into our service back in 2006.
Community involvement is such a big influence with us at Moonee Ponds Kinder Haven as we are located in the heart of Moonee Ponds. Using our 6-seater pram we love to go on local excursions to Queens Park, Moonee Ponds Central, our local library and much more.
With many of our team having children of their own, we have all been or are going through the process of child care and early learning – we are proud to offer support where possible – from helping our families to enrol, applying for the Child Care Subsidy or even tips to help with fussy eaters. We are here to help!
Rooms and Facilities
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
Pre Kinder One
6 weeks – 1 year
1 year – 18 months
18 months – 2 years
Pre Kinder Two
3 – 4 Year Old
2 years – 2.5 years
3 years – 4 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.
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 is a unique time for learning with peers and developing skills for later learning. At our Moonee Ponds early learning centre, we provide a two year kindergarten program approved by the Victorian Government. Our play-based Kindergarten program delivered by qualified early childhood teachers encourages active engagement in learning and supports a range of positive developmental outcomes including resilience, independence, critical thinking, and creativity.
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Morning tea
- Afternoon tea
- Hot dinner
- Pin code security
- Sustainability program
- Veggie garden
- Secure on-site parking
- Music program
- Sport program
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard
- In-house cook
- Halal meal options
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Water Play area
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Government Approved Kindergarten Program
- Xplor – a parent communication app that connects families with their children’s progression, development and daily learning
Our families love Kinder Haven Moonee Ponds
- 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.