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Welcome to Creative Garden Pakenham

Our child care and Kindergarten centre is conveniently located for families looking for long day care or Kindergarten in Pakenham, Officer, Beaconsfield, Officer South, and Clyde North in Melbourne. Creative Garden Pakenham offers purpose-built daycare and Kindergarten services for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years, with convenient operating hours from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Our Pakenham child care and kindergarten centre provides families with daily updates and photos detailing your child’s learning and development, all accessible on our family app.  Meals, sunscreen, nappies, and wipes are all included in the fees.

Our Early Learning Environments

Creative Garden Pakenham early learning centre provides a nurturing and enriching early learning environment that fosters exploration and curiosity.

The outdoor environments at our Pakenham child care centre include a bike track, climbing fort, sandpits, vegetable garden and more. Our outdoor learning program focuses on the development of your child’s strength, balance, and self-confidence. Our spacious undercover areas ensure children get enough outdoor play time all year round.

Our open-plan indoor learning spaces offer a variety of engaging resources for children to learn and grow. Our experienced educators and teachers use these to design various age-appropriate play-based experiences.

Dedicated Team of Educators and Teachers

We are a multicultural early learning centre in Pakenham, with educators proficient in multiple languages. Our team of passionate and qualified early childhood teachers and educators are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early education journey.

Health and Nutrition

Our Pakenham early learning centre provides children with nutritious, unprocessed, and seasonal whole foods. Our menu rotates every 4 weeks and cater to diverse dietary requirements including Halal. We actively involve children in food preparation to promote healthy eating.

At Creative Garden Pakenham early learning centre, we recognise the importance of play in a child’s learning and development journey. Our team tailors play-based learning activities in line with national standards, specifically the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), helping prepare them for school and beyond.

We also offer the following enriching learning experiences:

  • Sustainability Program: Helps children develop and understand the importance of embedding sustainable practices into everyday life. Children learn about recycling, conserving water, growing food and the importance of protecting our planet.
  • Community Engagement Program: Encourages children to interact with and discover their local community. We often have visits from community services, and we go out on adventures to teach the children about their local environment.
  • Sports Program: Allows the children to be active and learn about different sports and movements. Children in all rooms enjoy weekly incursions by the Active8 Program.

At Creative Garden Pakenham child care centre, our Kindergarten programs are tailored to meet your child’s individual learning needs across numeracy, literacy, emotional and social development, resilience, and self-regulation.

We offer the VIC Government-approved Kindergarten enhanced learning program, supporting your child’s development and well-being from now, at school and beyond. In Victoria, 3 and 4-year-old children are able to access a funded Kindergarten program led by a Bachelor Qualified Teacher. If eligible, your child will be able to participate in the government-approved Kindergarten program, at no cost, up to a minimum of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Talk to us about how this reduces your out-of-pocket costs.

The added benefits of our Kindergarten program include:

  • VIC ‘Best Start, Best Life’ Government-approved program
  • Extended opening hours
  • Open all year round (excl public holidays)
  • Programs developed and delivered by our Early Childhood Teachers
  • Exclusive music and movement program for self-regulation

Creative Garden Pakenham provides early education and child care for children from nursery age through to kindergarten. Each room has been designed and set up to deliver the best early learning experience for your little one.

Our Nursery rooms provide:

  • A homely, safe and secure environment for children.
  • Highly qualified and dedicated educators who care deeply about children’s wellbeing and growth.
  • Activities designed to grow physical and cognitive development, including tummy time, sensory play, music, singing, rhymes and reading.
  • An open-door policy for families that allows them to drop in for a visit, a feed or a play at any time of the day.

Our Toddler rooms offer:

  • Play-based activities including music, movement, memory and construction games that are designed to support sensory-motor and cognitive development.
  • Enhanced social skills and self-confidence through group play.
  • The ongoing development of language skills through reading and open-ended questions.
  • Real-life and play-based experiences that allow children to engage in basic literacy and numeracy concepts.

Our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten rooms provide:

  • A Kindergarten program with a comprehensive curriculum focused on further developing literacy, numeracy and social skills.
  • Interest-based learning placing children at the forefront of their early education experience.
  • Play-based opportunities to further develop social skills and emotional development.
  • A transition-to-school program.

Tanya

I have been working in the early childhood industry for over two decades and hold a Diploma of Children’s Services. During this time. I have worked across a variety of childhood services. This has provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to help guide and mentor my team of passionate educators, along with understanding the needs of the community and the children that I have the privilege to educate and care for. 

Children amaze me every day! They are unique, capable, resilient and have a natural sense of wonder and curiosity, which they love to share with their caregivers and teachers. With this in mind, I aim to provide an environment that supports this sense of wonder and provide them with the opportunity to explore and discover their world in a safe and secure way.

I believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and we are part of that village. We are here to help and support you and your child on their early childhood journey. This drives us as a service to build relationships with you, your child, family, and the community. I am fortunate to have a passionate team of educators at Creative Garden Pakenham who also strive to provide high quality care and education for your child and enjoy getting to know you and your child.

We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment, from the moment you book a tour with us, through to enrolment and when your child starts care. We have an open-door policy and welcome your input and feedback, as this is important to us and helps form collaborative relationships, between you and the community. This also helps us to provide an environment that is supportive to all children, families, and educators.

The Creative Garden Pakenham team can’t wait to meet you and start your child’s early childhood journey.

Our families love Creative Garden Pakenham

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Our pricing

Nursery

$156.00

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Toddler

$156.00

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Kindergarten

$156.00

  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. Creative Garden also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres. Click here to book a tour online.

On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.

Creative Garden’s Family Support team will add your child’s name to our waitlist if one of our centres is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.

Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the Creative Garden’s centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.

It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care centre together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.

Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.

Most of our Creative Garden’s child care and early education centres offer the following:

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook

Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.

For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toys or blankets, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten-aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, a comforter or medication.

It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.

Creative Garden uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day. After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.

If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, Creative Garden is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.

Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.