Church Street Children’s Centre
Highlights of our childcare centre
- An intimate home-like setting that ensures children feel happy, calm and ready to learn.
- Prevention and early intervention programs to support children and families to get the most out of their early learning experience.
- Engaging and flexible indoor and outdoor play spaces filled with plenty of natural resources to support children's development.
- Children learn how to care for their environment from an early age via our sustainability programs.
- Children can connect with their community and learn in engaging settings outside the centre via our regular excursions and strong ties to local community groups.
- Regular incursions based on children’s interests, including weekly movement, music and yoga classes that help children develop self-expression, coordination, speech, listening skills, a love of music and lots more.
- A strong transition program to help ensure children transition well to school.
- Delicious and healthy meals prepared by our talented cook to fuel children’s growth and development.
"I love the community and family feel of Church Street. My children feel just as happy and secure here as they do at home." Kate G.
“The staff supported me through my tough transition of my daughter, making our time to settle in easier knowing we were both fully supported.” Vivian C
“Warm caring, friendly, great staff, happy kids, happy life.” Matt. M
“Church Street Children’s Services has embraced their relocation to Maribyrnong Community Centre and are willing to participate in community activities at the centre. “ Cheryl.N
“Our family has loved being a part of the Church Street community and participating in the centre and room activities. The relationships established with educators for both our children and ourselves has been an invaluable part of our childcare experience.” Annie W
Children have access to a wonderful outdoor space area surrounded by large gum trees. This large space offers fantastic opportunities for children to explore nature in a variety of activities and to stay physically active. During the course of the day, the space is shared by both the kinder and toddler groups, enabling siblings to see each one another and different age groups to interact.
Children can decide whether they would like to be indoors or outdoors giving them flexibility and ownership over their learning experiences.
We grow our own vegie and herb patch, we produce our own organic worm juice through our worm farm, children are active participants and learn to look after our environment.
Suellen joined Church Street Children’s Centre in 1991 as a full-time childcare assistant. Since then, she's held various roles, including Occupational Health and Safety officer, Room Leader and Centre Director.
Suellen holds a Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) and is currently completing an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management. She's also trained in health and safety and training and assessment. Suellen also has an excellent understanding of the National Quality Standards, Quality Improvement Plans, Early Years Learning Frameworks and The Education and Care Services National Regulations.
Suellen is passionate about leading high-quality practices in her service. She believes the first five years are the foundation to children’s ongoing learning. It’s a period when children build cognitive skills — the foundation for reading, maths, science — character, social and emotional skills, motor skills and resilience, co-operation, problem-solving and learn about the world we live in. Suellen participates in this journey with each child and family she works with.