Hurstbridge Children's Centre
Hurstbridge Children's Hub is a lovely, welcoming childcare centre housed within Hurstbridge's new state-of-the-art community centre. We deliver high quality and inclusive early education and care for children aged three months to five years. Our team of nurturing and experienced educators will partner with you to develop a play-based learning program that helps your child realise their potential. Even more importantly, our educators will ensure your child is safe, secure and happy while in childcare.
Highlights of our childcare centre
- Engaging and flexible indoor and outdoor play spaces filled with plenty of natural resources to support children's learning.
- Delicious and healthy meals prepared by our friendly and talented chef to fuel children’s growth and development.
- Close ties with the local community - including the CFA and men's shed - to extend children's learning.
- Children learn how to care for their environment from an early age via our sustainability programs.
- Busy parents can take advantage of the on-site maternal and child health nurse and allied health services.
- Parents and educators can share and receive live updates about children’s learning from anywhere via the Storypark ePortfolio.
- Excursions, meals, and nappies are included within our daily childcare fee, which means there are no hidden costs for families.
Hurstbridge Children's Hub vacancies change frequently. Please refer below for our current group availability. Register your interest in our childcare centre here.
“When I came and visited the Hub, my child was immediately drawn to the outdoor yard and I couldn’t get over the size and different things on offer for him to do.”
“I love how the Hub is connected to a community centre and has MMaternal and Child Health Nurse on-site. This was the reason I visited, but I chose the Hub because of the staff in my daughter's room. They gave her the time to settle in and feel welcomed.”
Play is the best way for children to learn. That's why at Hurstbridge Children's Hub, your child's curriculum will incorporate a variety of open-ended and structured play-based learning experiences. Activities will be guided by your child's interests and capabilities, ensuring your child gets the most out of their childcare experience.
Activities will include:
- language and literature
- music and movement
- art and craft
- dramatic play
- science and maths
- sensory motor activities
- activities to promote physical coordination.
These play-based experiences will help your child develop important social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills.
All childcare programs are based on the National Early Years Learning Framework “Belonging, Being and Becoming” and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
Integrated four-year-old kindergarten
Our integrated kindergarten program is led by our wonderful bachelor qualified teacher. It features a variety of play-based activities that help prepare children for the transition to school.
Our kindergarten program is a convenient and flexible option for families requiring care outside of kinder hours and during school holidays.
Hurstbridge Children's Hub focuses on the natural environment, in keeping with our rural surroundings. Our outdoor area is expansive and provides many opportunities for children to explore the natural elements (e.g. water, sand, mud, trees) and promotes children’s curiosity and learning about nature and sustainability. Your child will have access to our array of natural resources and play equipment to support their development, including:
- a sandpit
- a cubby house
- climbing equipment.
Our indoor play spaces are filled with an abundance of natural light, providing a bright and welcoming environment. Our rooms feature an open plan design that enables teachers to set up flexible play experiences that foster children’s imagination, curiosity and exploration.
Your child’s program will be delivered by Hurstbridge Children's Hub's experienced, passionate and nurturing teachers. Our educators' number one priority is ensuring each child receives the best possible childcare experience.
Educators will work in partnership with you – your child’s most important teacher – to develop an early education program that reflects and builds on your child’s interests, curiosities and skills.
Educators will share live updates about your child’s learning via Storypark - a secure, login based ePortfolio. Documentation may include photographs, videos, learning stories, and samples of your child’s work. Storypark will also allow you to contribute to and comment on what your child is doing while in care. You can share your family activities and your child’s updates with teachers via Storypark too.
If your child has additional needs, our educators can connect your family with specialist support.
Meet our Centre Director
I’m Alyx Knox, the new Centre Director at Hurstbridge Children Hub. I've been working in the early years sector for over 12 years. During this time I have undertaken my Advanced Diploma of Children's services and been a part of many community focus groups.
I believe communication, understanding, and listening are the key foundations for strong leadership. My personal philosophy for the early years is, ‘families are the primary carer, and with the right support from an early learning centre, our children can grow, learn and explore their world to achieve their full parental.