Council does not directly manage childcare or kindergarten services within Hobsons Bay. These services are provided through private enterprises, community managed organisations and volunteer committees of management. Council does provide support to kindergarten services and also manages a Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme for kindergarten across the municipality to streamline the process for families applying for 3 and 4 year old kindergarten and to ensure equity of access. Kindergartens set their own fees in consultation and collaboration with Council.
All services are licensed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and provide education and care options to meet the needs of children and their families.
There are community managed and privately operated long day care and occasional care centres in Hobsons Bay. The majority of long day care centres also provide a funded four year old kindergarten program and a funded three year old kindergarten program in 2022. For all enrollment enquiries please contact centres directly.
Outside of school care programs
There are a number of before and after school care services and school holiday programs in Hobsons Bay.
Details of locations and contact details for each service can be found in the Early Years Services brochure. The brochure download link can be found below.