Quality childcare to amplify your child's development

At ECMS we understand how precious your child is. So we can appreciate what an important decision choosing childcare is for your family. 
You’ll no doubt be looking for a centre where your child will be safe, nurtured, stimulated and happy. But it also needs to be close to your work or home, within your budget and have availability on the days you need.
And it doesn’t stop there.
Because quality childcare is about so much more than ‘caring’ for children. Quality childcare also helps children develop important physical, social, intellectual, language and emotional skills. These are the skills children need to start school well. 
And if you’re a Melbourne family looking for quality childcare that meets all these needs, ECMS is here to help.
For more than 20 years, we've been delivering high quality, inclusive and accessible childcare to thousands of Melbourne families just like yours. In fact, our early learning and care programs now touch the lives of 1500 Melbourne families each week. 

Find your closest ECMS childcare centre

The ECMS approach to childcare

Each ECMS childcare centre is designed to reflect its local community and family needs. Families tell us this is one of the things they love most about our centres. 

But no matter which ECMS early learning and care centre you select, you can feel certain your child and family will enjoy:

High-quality programs

  • A customised learning program that builds on your child's interests and needs to optimise their early development.
  • Early learning programs that reflect the Government’s National Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Programs that feature fun play-based activities that help your child develop vital physical, social, intellectual and emotional skills.
  • Regular incursions, and excursions in the local community, exposing your child to diverse experiences and environments.
  • An integrated four-year-old kindergarten program, offering convenience, quality and continuity of education when your child's ready for kinder. 

Experienced educators

  • Talented and qualified educators who love what they do, and who continue to build their knowledge and skills with regular training and professional development.
  • Educators who can connect your family with specialist support if your child has additional needs.

Strong partnerships

  • Your child will be valued and respected for their uniqueness and what they can contribute to their early learning experience. 
  • Educators will work in partnership with you – your child’s most important teacher - to optimise your child’s development.

Engaging environments

  • Engaging outdoor learning environments for your child to explore.
  • Inviting indoor environments filled with plenty of natural resources to support your child’s learning.

Additional benefits

  • A diverse menu of home-cooked and nutritious meals to fuel your child's growth and development. Meals can be tailored to your child’s dietary requirements.
  • Nappies, incursions and excursions are included within your daily childcare fees, which means there are no hidden costs for families. 

Childcare fees

On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.
Three things determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:
1. The combined family income.
2. Your fortnightly family activity level – how much families work, train, study or volunteer.
3. The fees charged by the early learning and care service.
The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to childcare centres. There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.
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