Werribee West Family Centre
Werribee West Family Centre delivers high quality and inclusive childcare for children aged six weeks to six years. Our team of nurturing and experienced teachers 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 at Werribee West Family Centre.
Highlights of our childcare centre
- Engaging and flexible indoor and outdoor play spaces filled with plenty of natural resources to support children's development.
- Children can connect with their community and learn in engaging settings outside the centre via our regular excursions.
- Delicious and healthy meals prepared by our friendly and talented cook to fuel children’s growth and development.
- Parents and teachers can share and receive live updates about children’s learning from anywhere via the Storypark ePortfolio.
- Busy parents can take advantage of our on-site maternal and child health nurse.
- Excursions, meals, and nappies are included within our daily childcare fee, which means there are no hidden costs for families.
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“All the carers are so friendly and always have time to say ‘Hi’. They are very welcoming and inclusive. The variety of toys and activities available for the children, especially the ‘organic play’, is fabulous. I love that my ideas are listened to and considered, and even welcomed. As a parent, being actively involved in my child’s care is very important.” Melissa J.
“I have been bringing my children to Werribee West Family Centre for the past six years. I am so thankful to all the staff for taking care of my children. I like how I get to see how my child is developing and learning through the use of Storypark. I love that the staff treat my daughter as part of their family. She really loves the centre, especially playing outside on the swings and in the sandpit.” Donna B.
Play is the best way for children to learn. That's why at Werribee West Family Centre, your child's daily program 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 activities will help your child develop important social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills.
All our 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 experiences 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.
Werribee West Family Centre's indoor play spaces are filled with an abundance of natural light, providing a bright and welcoming learning environment. Our rooms feature an open-plan design that enables educators to set up flexible play experiences that foster children’s imagination, curiosity and exploration.
Each room opens onto our spacious natural outdoor environment, which is surrounded by wonderful native trees and shrubs. Your child will have access to our array of natural resources and play equipment to support their development, including:
- a sandpit
- digging patches
- a cubby house
- vegetable garden beds
- climbing equipment.
Your child’s early learning program will be delivered by Werribee West Family Centre’s experienced, passionate and nurturing teachers. Our educators' number one priority is ensuring each child receives the best possible experience at childcare.
Educators will work in partnership with you – your child’s most important teacher – to develop a childcare 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 childcare. You can share your family activities and your child’s updates with teachers via Storypark too.
If your child has additional needs, our teachers can connect your family with specialist support.
Meet our Centre Director
Hi, I’m Michelle Belli, the Director of Werribee West Family Centre. I've been an early childhood professional for 17 years. I completed my diploma in children’s services in 2000 and joined ECMS in 2002 as a Room Leader and 2IC at Maribyrnong River Children’s Centre (MRCC). After four years at MRCC, I stepped up into a director role at QV Children’s Centre. In 2011 I was appointed as Centre Director at Thinking Kids Children’s Centre, and in 2017 I moved to manage Werribee West Family Centre.
I'm looking forward to building strong relationships with all children and families at Werribee West Family Centre and ensuring everyone has a sense of belonging in our community. The highlight of my role as Centre Director is supporting my team to become high quality and professional educators. I also love seeing the children grow into little people, through play, exploration, investigation and conversations.
Quality early learning is important for children. It prepares children for the world outside, by supporting them to become resilient and confident to explore new and exciting challenges.