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Knox Children & Family Centres - Bayswater & Wantirna South

Our two Children & Family Centres located in Bayswater and Wantirna South, includes Education and Care Services (Long Day Care [also known as Early Childhood Education and Care], Preschool [also known as Kindergarten], and Occasional Care [only in Wantirna South]) as well as Maternal & Child Health and Playgroups.

The Knox Children and Family Centres are designed to bring together many different kinds of services for children and their families in one location. This will assist families to have a better awareness of the extensive early years services Council offers, and provide them with easier access to multiple services. All services under one roof will also mean that children’s development can easily be supported from early age through to preschool without the need for repeat conversations between families and staff.

Education and Care Services

Long Day Care

We provide child care and education for children between the ages of birth to five years of age. The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm.

Each centre provides a healthy, stable education and learning environment for children. Our experienced and professional staff welcome families into our friendly centres where each child's individual needs are our priority.

Both centres offer education and care 49 weeks of the year.

To apply for our Long Day Care Program, please complete the following form:

Waiting List Form

Preschool in our Long Day Care Program

Children can access their Funded Preschool Year in our Long Day Care program, which is offered Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm to allow for flexibility for those parents with work commitments. Our program is delivered by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.

The minimum attendance requirements is three days a week, to ensure that your child receives 15 hours per week of Preschool Program.

For further information on applying for Preschool in our Long Day Care Program, visit the Preschool page.


$142.80 per day per child (1July 2019 - 30 June 2020)
$698.25 per week per child (1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020)

Fees for child care and education are reviewed annually, each financial year.

To register for the Child Care Package or for more information or advice, call Centrelink on 136 150 or visit education.gov.au/ChildCarePackage

Occasional Care

(Only available at Wantirna South)

Occasional Care is flexible, high quality, child care and education offered Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm for children from birth to 5 years of age.

Bookings open on a Monday, at 8:30am for the following week. Bookings for the current week, can be made, depending on availability.


$16.80 per hour (1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020)

For further information and bookings email: kcfcwantirnasouth@knox.vic.gov.au

Fee Subsidies for Long Day Care and Occasional Care

Parents may apply for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) through the Australian Government Department of Human Services website or call 13 61 50.

4 Year Old (Sessional) Preschool

(also known as Kindergarten)
Our four-year-old sessional preschool program delivers 15 hours of program time per week. Families can choose between 2 days of 7.5 hours or 3 days of 5 hours.


The 2019 Preschool Fee is $1,476 per child split into four termly payments of $369.

For further information on 4 Year Old (Sessional) Preschool, visit the Preschool page.

'No Jab No Play'

'No Jab No Play' is the Victorian Government legislation requiring all children to be fully immunised before enrolling in any childcare and/or Preschool in Victoria.

All children enrolling in early childhood education and care services will need to be up to date with their immunisation or have an approved exemption.

To find out more visit the "No jab, no play" page on the Department of Health & Human Services website.

Maternal & Child Health

The Knox Maternal & Child Health Service is a free, confidential service providing child health and developmental checks, information, advice and support to families with young children from birth until 6 years of age.

For further information, visit Maternal and Child Health page.

A Guide to Choosing Quality Education and Care

When you are looking for education and care service for your child, we recommend you visit a number of centres before making your choice. Here are some questions you might find helpful:

  • Does the centre have a Quality Improvement Plan?
  • Has the centre achieved accreditation?
  • Does the centre provide Child Care Subsidy (for Long Day and Occasional Care), if not, why?
  • What are the qualifications and experience of the staff?
  • Is there a variety of equipment and toys for the children?
  • Is the centre clean?
  • How many children attend the centre and how many children are in each room?
  • Is the centre a warm, safe and friendly environment where you would feel comfortable leaving your child?

Knox Children and Family Centres

Centre Address Phone Email Hours
Knox Children and Family Centre
Wantirna South
81 Argyle Way 9837 9600 kcfcwantirnasouth@knox.vic.gov.au 7am-6pm Mon-Fri
Knox Children and Family Centre
41 Phyllis Street 9738 9700 kcfcbayswater@knox.vic.gov.au 7am-6pm Mon-Fri
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