About Us

about Yarralea


At Yarralea Children’s Centre the educational program is underpinned by the following principles to create a learning community for children, families and staff:

     Play is children’s natural way learning 

     Children flourish in an authentic indoor/outdoor play program

     Learning is a social activity

     Children instinctively act out and tell stories to develop their understandings of the world

     Indigenous knowledge and respect is integral to children’s education

     Culture (including popular culture) is influential to children’s lives and is valued.

    • Education for sustainability embedded in daily routines builds respect and responsibility

     Children’s learning is supported & enriched when staff, children, & families share knowledge and skills.

     Inclusion and fairness is promoted through the phrase “Everyone can Play".

    • Family diversity is welcomed and celebrated 

Click here for our detailed philosophy statement.

Centre Management

Yarralea Children's centre is a stand-alone, not-for-profit community children's centre, led by our experienced and committed Coordinator Stephanie Willey and supported by our capable and dedicated staff team.   Our qualified and experienced teachers hold Bachelor degrees and our educators hold Certificate 3 and Diplomas of Children's Services 
The centre is governed by our Committee of Management which works closely with staff to carry out its responsibilities as employer.  Being involved in the Committee is a great opportunity to make an important contribution to Yarralea's management and strategic direction and get to know parents, families and educators. 

Committee of Management

  • Made up of parents, guardians and Association members
  • Makes major management decisions about finances, service delivery and broad policy – doesn't become involved in day-to-day administration. This is handled by our efficient officer Manager.
  • Meets monthly; meetings open to all parents
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February
  • Members contribute to the Centre and learn about its operations
  • Policy documents, executive duties, constitution, legal agreement, meeting minutes and how to nominate are available on request.
2018 Committee of Management

Jodie Sweeney
Vice president

Shao Qi He

James White
Assistant Treasurer 
Astrid Kandiah
Policy Officer
Tom Reid
Caroline Mills
GrantsAlex Baxter
Anna Kirby, Penny Chalke 
SecretaryMia Pearce
Vicky Tu
Communications Officer

Strategic Planning Co-ordinator


Lori Dalton

Rebecca Young

About Us

Womin-Je Ka! Welcome! Yarralea Children's Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which Yarralea is built. 
Yarralea Children’s Centre is a not for profit centre that provides 3 and 4 year old sessional and Long Day kindergarten, bush kindergarten and a multi-age kindergarten program for children from 1 year of age. Yarralea is community managed and provides a reasonable fee structure that contributes directly to maintaining quality programs with a high staff/child ratios.
Yarralea has a warm and inviting atmosphere featuring engaging indoor play spaces that are filled with natural light and spacious natural outdoor play spaces.  Our creative and imaginative play spaces encourage involvement, exploration and learning.
If you would like to visit, please call 9499 2251 to arrange a time with our Coordinator Stephanie. To enrol in 3 or 4 year old kindergarten please visit www.yarracity.vic.gov.au.

Address: 54 Yarralea St, Alphington VIC 3078

Yarralea in Alphington