Highly accredited and flexible options

The Northern Grampians Shire Council offers highly rated children's services that are flexible to meet the diverse needs of your family in St Arnaud and Stawell.

St Arnaud

St Arnaud Early Learning Centre

An award-winning, state-of-the-art childcare facility, the St Arnaud Early Learning Centre was Victoria's first 'children's hub' to house several children's services under one roof including a Maternal & Child Health Nurse two days a week. 

As part of its long day care service, council's qualified and dedicated early childhood educators care for children from birth to 5 years. The centre also offers preschool for three and four-year-olds.

St Arnaud Early Learning Centre also administers a Vacation Care program. This service runs from St Arnaud Early Learning Centre from 8am to 6pm during school holidays.

Most families are eligible for rebates. These can be confusing for families, so please contact us to discuss how to understand rebates and concessions.

Contact details:
3-7 Walker Street, St Arnaud
Phone: 03 5495 2666
Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

Stawell and surrounding area residents have two options for Long Day Child Care -

Aussie Kindies Early Learning Centre Stawell 

Aussie Kindies offers long day care for children aged six weeks to five years. Contact centre staff on 03 5358 4266 to discuss your childcare options. The centre is located at 1-11 O'Callaghan Street, Stawell and kindergarten sessions, outside school hours care and vacation care programs are also available.

Please follow the link to the Aussie Kindies website

Y Community Hub

The Y Community Hub, run by YMCA Grampians, is located at 87-89 Darcy Street, Stawell and provides long day care for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Contact hub staff on 03 5358 1100 to discuss your childcare options. Kindergarten sessions are available within the hub through Marrang Kindergarten 03 5358 1249.

Please follow the link to the Y Community Hub website

Outside School Hours Care - Stawell

Aussie Kindies Early Learning Stawell

Outside School Hours Care: Aussie Kindies provides outside school hours care for school-aged children at their O'Callaghan Street Centre.

Vacation Care: Aussie Kindies provides a vacation care program from their O'Callaghan Street Centre, contact centre staff for more details for both programs 03 5358 4266 - website link

YMCA Grampians 

Outside School Hours Care: The YMCA Grampians provides Outside School Hours Care at Stawell 502 Primary School. The program commences at the end of school through until 6pm Monday to Friday. The children are cared for in a safe and caring environment run by qualified local staff who run activities throughout the session.

Vacation Care runs every school holiday period at Stawell 502 Primary School from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday (except over Christmas/New Years). The programs are for school-aged children and children are able to participate in various activities such as arts and craft, games, cooking, excursions and much more.

Please call Elvie on for both programs 0408 531 795 - website link


Kids Matter To Venue Care Family Day Care Navarre located in the beautiful setting of Navarre Primary School.

A qualified Family Day Care Educator provides a personalised educational and caring program for children 0-5 years. Activities include excursions into the primary school classrooms for special events, special programs and visitors.

Open Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm. School Holiday Vacation Care Program, before and after school care for school-aged children is also available.

For more information and to arrange a visit contact Educator Angelique Bordan 0419 704 974

Childcare Benefits

Childcare benefits and child care rebates are available through Centrelink to assist eligible families with their child care, outside school hours care and vacation care fees. Please call 136 150 between 8am and 8pm (local time) Monday to Friday for more information or go to their website for more details. 

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