Programs at Yarralea
Children in the 4 year old program attend Bush kinder once morning a week in the Darebin Parklands which is extended to 4pm from August. This enables the children to spend regular, long periods of unstructured time in a natural environment. Children in the 3 year year old Friday program attend bush Kinder 8.30-12pm from Spring.
There is mounting evidence of decreasing opportunities for children to play outdoors in nature and this links to concerns about children's health and wellbeing. There are well documented diverse benefits of nature play including increased confidence, motivation, imagination and concentration; increased social, physical and language skills; deeper conceptual understandings; an authentic connection and respect for the natural environment and sustainability; and enhanced family and community attitudes towards natural play spaces and risk management.
• Children as natural learners
• History of Bush Kinder/Forest Preschool programs
• What are the benefits for children to connect with nature?
• What if the weather is bad?
• Have the risks been considered to ensure the children are safe?
• What do the children bring?
• What do the staff bring?
Yarralea provides a kindergarten stream and a long day care stream.
4 year old 2019
Kindergarten- 15 Hours (Wollert and Wattarang groups)
Wollert- Monday and Tuesday 8.30am-4pm (Bush Kinder Monday)
Wattarang- Wednesday and Friday 8.30am-4pm (Bush Kinder Wednesday)
Long Day Care- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-6pm incorporating either Wollert or Wattarang above.
3 year old 2019
Kindergarten (Kurboroo) 6.5 hours (1 morning and 1 afternoon from the sessions below)
Monday - 1pm-4pm
Tuesday - 8.30-12pm
Thursday - 8.30-12pm (Includes Bush Kinder from Spring)
Thursday - 1pm-4pm
Long Day Care- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-6pm incorporating two kinder sessions from above.
Multi age care- morning or afternoon for under 3's and long day over 3's
Daily: 8.00-1pm and/or 1pm-6.00pm
under 3's 9-12pm or 1-4pm
Yarralea Children's Centre has a history of providing a comprehensive and high quality service, with higher levels of staff/child ratios than those experienced in many other centres in the area. As a community run, not-for-profit centre, Yarralea depends on fees to make all programs viable. Children attending the 4 year old kindergarten program receive a per capita grant which is paid to the centre to reduce their fees. Yarralea is an approved child care provider and all fees can attract Child Care Rebate and Benefit for eligible families. Please visit the Australian Government - Human Services website for current information about the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit, to ascertain your eligibility.
Yarralea provides a sessional kindergarten stream and a long day kindergarten steam. Children in each stream attend together but are charged according to the stream in which they are booked into,
4 year old funded kindergarten
Sessional kinder- (15 hours) $650 per Term
Long Day kinder- 8.00am-6.00pm.
First 2 days $70 per day, $35 half day
Subsequent days $100 full day, $50 half day 8.00-1pm or 1pm-6.00pm
3 Year old kindergarten
Sessional Kinder- (6.5 hours) $700 per term
Long Day kinder- 8.00-6.00pm.
$100 full day, $50 half day
Under 3's - $50 per session (9-12pm or 1-4pm)
Fee payment options include: eftpos, credit card, internet transfer, cheque or cash
Yarralea 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. We encourage families to make a time to come into the centre to experience it for themselves.
Yarralea is part of the City of Yarra Central Registration System for 3 and 4 year old kindergarten places and children can be registered from birth. To enrol in kinder please click City of Yarra to download a form. Once offered a kindergarten place families have the option to add Long Day Kindergarten hours if they wish.
All children are eligible to attend kindergarten at Yarralea Children's Centre, whether they live in the City of Yarra, the City of Darebin or beyond. Our enrolments are prioritised for places by the Commonwealth Priority of Access guidelines and Yarra Council's Priority of Access Policy. Read more about this service on the City of Yarra's website.
Multi-age kindergarten enrolment
Enrolments for the multi-age kindergarten are taken directly through the Centre. Please complete an application form below and return to the centre. The Multi-age Program is for children from 1 year of age and is a great first experience of being cared for outside the home. Please note that children under 3 can only attend 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pm. This follows on from our history of providing occasional care which is designed to provide an opportunity for children to socialise with peers while giving parents a break.