(03) 9328 3040

35 Canning St

North Melbourne

Victoria. 3051

We believe children, families and staff are an integral part of our community. We offer a warm, caring environment to children, parents and staff.

Child Care Rebate

Early Learning Framework (EYLF)

We provide regular incursions where children participate and interact with the Police, Fire brigade, Farm Animals and other such activities. We also have weekly activities which your child can participate in such as music, computer gym and a sporting program.


Our educational philosophy is ‘Learning through play’. Children naturally learn new skills each day simply through playing, but we also use play for structured development and education.


Wrapping learning in fun allows children to absorb more, and sends our little learners home happy at the end of the day.


St Catherine’s early learning programs are based on the early learning framework (EYLF).


This framework has been put in place by the Australian Government, as part of their drive to maintain consistent quality standards in early childhood education at a national level.


The EYLF is a play – based curriculum, which encourages children to achieve learning goals and milestones through play.


The framework also focuses on development of emotional, social and communication (Language, numeracy and Literacy) skills.


We have implemented the Early Years Learning Framework to ensure your child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting.This enables ?arers to develop learning programs responsive to children's ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through their play.


This is a vital time for them to learn and develop.


The Framework's vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.


The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.


  • Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.

  • Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just 'be'—time to play, try new things and have fun.

  • Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.


Play is learning


Play is very important for children. Through play babies and young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create.


When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. This is why play is one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework.


By using this Framework We guide your child's play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments.


Play based learning

  • Igniting a child’s interest in learning

  • Exploring, discovering, creating and learning about themselves and the world around them whilst doing what they do best – playing


Each child is Unique

  • Each child learns differently

  • Programs need to be tailored to draw on a childs unique interests and skills • When learning is enjoyable and relevant, children will absorb and retain more


The role of teachers, families and the community

  • St Catherine’s teachers and carers use their training, skills and experience to nurture a child’s learning

  • Parents are the most important educator in a child’s life – learning continues at home

  • Cultural diversity and community fosters a child’s understanding of themselves and teaches them to be accepting of others

About Us

All types of care at St Catherine’s are eligible for a percentage of the Child Care Tax Rebate for out-of-pocket expenses.


The Child Care Tax Rebate helps families with the cost of child care. The Child Care Tax Rebate covers a percentage of out-of-pocket child care expenses for approved child care, with a rebate up to a certain dollar amount (indexed) per child per year, for eligible recipients.


For more information go to www.familyassist.gov.au

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St Catherine’s early learning programs are based on the early learning framework (EYLF).

Your Child

Child Care Benefit

The Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a payment made to families to assist with the costs of child care. Families using child care provided by approved child care services may receive CCB. Childcare Benefit is available for families whose income meets the eligibility criteria.


You can apply for child care benefit at any Centrelink office. This should be lodged prior to your child commencing care as Child Care Benefit (CCB) only applies from the date of lodgment. You may apply for fee relief at your local Family Assistance Office (FAO) or call 13 61 50.


Application forms are available from the Family Assistance Office (operated through Medicare) or at www.familyassist.gov.au or at "St Catherine’s Early Education Centre for your convenience.