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Knox Children & Family Centres - Bayswater & Wantirna South

Our two Children & Family Centres located in Bayswater and Wantirna South, include the following services:

  • Education and Care
  • Long Day Care
  • Kindergarten
  • Occasional Care (only in Wantirna South)
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • 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.

Centre Address Phone Email Hours
Knox Children and Family Centre
Wantirna South
81 Argyle Way 9837 9600 7am-6pm Mon-Fri
Knox Children and Family Centre
41 Phyllis Street 9738 9700 7am-6pm Mon-Fri

GUIDED TOUR BOOKINGS - To book a guided tour please contact your preferred centre via phone or email (details above)

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Book online for 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 Centres are 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.

As part of our ongoing commitment to improvement, we have implemented an integrated online waiting list management service as well as an online Enrolment. This service is known as My Family Lounge (MFL).

Current Families

Please log into your My Family Lounge account and use the 'Edit' button next to your current booking to make any alterations to your child's enrolment.

New Families

Do you already have a My Family Lounge account with another provider? If so, please login below to link your current account to our database.

Register for My Family Lounge (MFL) in three easy steps!

Step 1

  • For NEW families to My Family Lounge (MFL), click the REGISTER button
  • Complete the 4 easy fields and click register
  • A registration email should have been forwarded to you. Follow the instructions on the email to complete the registration process.

Step 2

  • Login to your MFL account
  • Complete your contact details, save and next or add another contact
  • Add your child's details to the child details section
  • Create and complete a waitlist request

Step 3

  • When a position is available, you will receive an email with an offer of placement
  • Accept/Decline the offer and complete and submit the online enrolment form

Kindergarten in our Long Day Care Program

Children can access their Funded Kindergarten 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 Kindergarten Program.

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


$147.05 per day per child
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

Occasional Care Only available at Wantirna South

PLEASE NOTE: During COVID-19 the occasional care service at Knox Children and Family Centre (Wantirna South) is temporarily closed due to low attendances. While this service is closed families have the option of using the long day care service.

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 five (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.


$17.00 per hour
For further information and bookings email:

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) Kindergarten

(also known as Preschool)
Our four-year-old Sessional Kindergarten 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.


As per advice from the Victorian State Government, families will not be charged fees for Sessional Kindergarten in 2021.
For further information on 4 Year Old (Sessional) Kindergarten, visit the Kindergarten page.

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.

'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.


Knox City Council has playgroup sessions where parents, carers and grandparents with babies and children 0-5 years are welcome to attend. You’ll find a fun, friendly playgroup operating from many locations across the municipality, with times and days to suit you.
For further information, please visit Playgroups 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?
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