Child Care in Ballarat

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Aurrum Kids Ballarat is a spacious, light filled centre featuring large gabled windows to capture sunlight and warmth in the classrooms that open onto a generous playground featuring all weather surfaces, covered decks and a sustainability hub showcasing a greenhouse and kitchen gardens.

Sitting on the land of the original custodians, the Wathaurong people, people, Ballarat Aurrum Kids is located 110km north west of Melbourne and 82km north west of Geelong in the central highlands of Victoria, home to the Victorian gold rush.  Conveniently located in the Suburb of Wendouree, children at the centre can access to nearby Ballart Botanical Gardens and the open-air museum Sovereign Hill to enhance their learning experience within their local community.

In addition to the art spaces, covered natural timber deck and custom built playground that features raised garden beds, climbing equipment, a rainbow bike track, water play area and creek bed the children area also able to access the parklands and sports fields adjacent to the centre.  

The rich history of cultures, steeped in the original custodians and goldrush era are represented among the Ballarat community, Aurrum Kids team and students with many cultural celebrations shared throughout the year.  Enhancing the breadth of experience for the children is the opportunity for intergenerational engagement in our Grandfriends program with Aurrum Reservoir Care Home, located in the north western Melbourne suburb of Reservoir where children will have weekly engagement, building lasting friendships, experiences and memories with the residents at this care home.

Our on-site cook prepares fresh meals daily in our custom designed kitchen using seasonal ingredients often harvested by the children from our very own herb and vegetable gardens – a real playground to plate experience! The children also get to regularly participate in cooking their own meals with the assistance of the cook and engage in conversations about nutritious food options.

What you need to know

Our opening hours

6.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)

What we provide, and what to bring

We have ready and waiting:

  • All linen
  • Hats are included in your child’s enrolment pack and will be named and kept at the centre for their ongoing use
  • Five meals a day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack

Bring along:

  • A change of clothes
  • Bottles with formula or breast milk for nursery children
  • Water bottles

Our childcare educators

Within the stimulating Aurrum Kids environment, our child educators are intentionally selected to share their passions and experiences and are dedicated to ensuring that the following educational focus areas are represented:

  • Cultural diversity including bi-lingual language skills
  • Health and nutrition
  • Wellbeing and emotional development focused
  • Varying age and background
  • Expressive Arts
  • Music and movement
  • Environmental sustainability

Fees

Nursery

Daily Fee: $115*

Toddler

Daily Fee: $110*

Kindy

Daily Fee: $105*

 

*Fee before the Child Care Subsidy is applied. For more information about Child Care Subsidy, click here

More about the Ballarat Centre

Our Teachers and Educators make sure families are updated on their children’s activities, interests and development through the Parent Portal in KinderM8.  Our Ballarat Aurrum Kids team have been carefully selected for their qualifications and experience in early childhood to ensure the best possible start for your child.

With the support of the team, the children grow and harvest vegetables and herbs from our greenhouse and gardens to contribute fresh ingredients to the daily meals or to contribute to the creations in our Playground to Plate cooking classes supported by our on-site cook.

Located within such a diverse and historically rich community, Aurrum Kids will experience all that there is to offer from the mountain to the goldfields connecting with and learning from their local community and environment.

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Giving your child their best start

Our Team

At Aurrum Kids relationships with children, families and community underpin our teams’ vision and values, creating a true sense of family and inclusiveness at all our centres.

Our Menu

Our Menu

Our dietician reviewed four-week rotating menu changes seasonally for variety while consistently providing nutritious meals for children, that will regularly extend into cooking experiences by the children with our centre-based cooks.

Learning

Aurrum Kids is the start of your child’s learning pathway with play-based, inquisitive explorations of the space around them. Adding to this, our educators and the natural resources in our centres will ensure your child grows and develops.