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Opening dates for Knox Children and Family Centres

Knox Children and Family Centre Wantirna South is expected to open from 30 January 2019. Child care, preschool, Maternal and Child Health, and playgroups will all commence on that day.

Arrangements have been made to accommodate families at either existing centres or alternate locations from 15 January until open.

Knox Children and Family Centre Bayswater is expected to open for child care from 26 March 2019 with preschool and playgroups commencing on Day 1 of Term 2 2019.

Knox Council’s current five long day care and one occasional care services will close 19 or 20 December 2018, however, arrangements have been made to reopen one or two centres early in 2019 in order to cater for families who are enrolled to attend the Bayswater centre when it opens.

Playgroups and preschools designated Bayswater will also run out of other Council facilities prior to the Term 2 opening.

Enrolment process

Families currently attending a Knox Council child care facility have started to receive their enrolment offers and families on our waiting list will be contacted later this month. You will be asked to confirm your enrolment and secure it by paying a deposit as detailed in your enrolment offer.

Internal and external fit-out in Wantirna South

Check out the latest photos and read more about our progress

View the artist's impression video

A building starts to take shape in Bayswater

View the latest photos and learn more about our progress

View the artist's impression video

Expression of interest for child care in 2019

The new Knox Children and Family Centre (Wantirna South) and Knox Children and Family Centre (Bayswater) are due to open early 2019 and we have commenced our child care enrolment process.

To register to enrol at one of the new centres visit our child care waiting list. More information about the child care waiting list

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About the Knox Children and Family Centre (Wantirna South) and Knox Children and Family Centre (Bayswater)

Council-run child care facilities are undergoing substantial improvement to co-locate and integrate a range of early learning and family support services to better support children and their families.

From 2019, Council's five long day care and occasional care services are being consolidated into two new early years hubs. Each centre will include:

Where the new Knox Children and Family Centres will be located
  • Maternal and child health
  • Four-year-old sessional preschool
  • Playgroups
  • Long day care

The centre in Wantirna South will also house Council’s occasional care service.

This means that in 2019 the following services will be relocated to the new centres:

  • Long day care currently at Birchfield Crescent Children and Family Centre
  • Long day care currently at Rowville Children and Family Centre
  • Long day care currently at Coorie Avenue Children and Family Centre
  • Long day care currently at Talaskia Children and Family Centre
  • Occasional care currently at Tyner Road Children and Family Centre
  • Long day care currently at Park Crescent Children and Family Centre

Playgroups and Maternal and Child Health Service will remain at Park Crescent Children and Family Centre.


These specially designed centres will be located at 81 Argyle Way in Wantirna South (formerly the Knox Gardens Preschool site) and 41 Phyllis St in Bayswater (formerly the Blue Hills Children and Family Centre site). The centres will modernise the facilities and provide improved services to young children and their families in Knox.


Careful consideration is being given to the design of these centres to make sure that they meet the needs of all children, including providing safety for younger children as well as challenging older children.

Watch the Knox early years hub video on YouTube

Council is currently considering how to best use the existing facilities once child care services relocate.

Learn more about the new centres

More information

Please take the opportunity to register your email address so we can keep you updated with the progress of this project.

Sign up for email updates on the new Knox Children and Family Centres.
If you have specific questions, please contact us on early.years@knox.vic.gov.au

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