Children’s Activities & Childcare

Aurora School, Blackburn South
96 Holland Road, Blackburn South. Phone 8878 9878. Specialist school for young deaf and deaf blind children. Early intervention staff visit families’ homes. Specialist facility supports and educates young deaf and deaf blind children.  Strong focus on developing communication for families.  Community kindergarten for local children. Centre runs programs Monday–Friday 9am–3pm.

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley, Blackburn South
87 Eley Road, Blackburn South. Phone 9808 2000. In addition to offering occasional care 9am-3pm Monday to Friday (bookings essential). Bubba Beats music group for children aged 0-4 years on Thursday mornings.

Box Hill South Neighbourhood House
47 Kitchener Street, Box Hill South. Phone 9898 8270. Small groups (maximum 12); support for gradual separation; qualified staff members. Three year old activity group: Mondays 9:15am-12:15pm;  Childcare: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9.15am-12.15pm.

Bowen Street Community Centre, Camberwell
102 Bowen Street, Camberwell. Sessional/casual childcare in Camberwell: Qualified educators in line with the Early Years framework. 3 and 5 hour Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Grandparents/new families playgroup: Mondays and Thursdays various times. Gold coin donation. School holiday activities for children. Pre-school music. Phone 9889 0791. Email:

Camberwell Childcare, Church of Christ
Cnr Aird St & Riversdale Road, Camberwell. Activity Group Wednesdays 12:45pm–3:15pm. Supervised Activity Group for toddlers/pre-schoolers. Sessions run by experienced staff. Phone Anne Marie 9889 6002.

Children’s Art and Craft After School Program, Chadstone
Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Amaroo Street, Chadstone. Bring out the artist in your child! Qualified tutor: mosaics, art collages, painting, mobiles and more. Afternoon snacks provided. Thursday 4pm–5:30pm during school terms. Cost $9 per session. Contact Robyn 0435 711 679.

French Playgroup in Camberwell
“Le jardin des enfants”. Camberwell South Anglican Church, 101-103 Bowen Street. Wednesdays from 10–11:30am. $5 per family. Phone 0450 676 537. Email:

Moving Together mother/baby dance program, Ashburton
Ashburton Baptist Church hall, enter via Marquis Street. Special time for mothers and their babies who delight in music and movement. Fridays noon, during school terms. Bookings essential. Phone Karolina 0406 990 957.

Music Playgroup at Highfield Road Uniting Canterbury
Thursdays 10am in term time. Music, craft, story, toys, books, play dough, bikes and morning tea for children and parents – $3 per family. Cnr Highfield Road and Prospect Hill Roads. Phone Barbara 9836 6560.

Playgroups and Kids Club at St Thomas, Burwood
St Thomas’s Anglican Church, 44 Station Street, Burwood. Thursdays, 3:30–6:30pm, $5, dinner included. Suit school aged children up to Year 6. Playgroups Tuesday (English), Thursday (Bi-lingual) 10am-noon. Phone Ruth 0425 776 313. MOPS – Informal playgroup fortnightly.

St Faith’s Playgroup, Glen Iris
4-8 Charles Street, Glen Iris. Church Office, 9889 5086. The Playgroup aims to provide a safe and secure, nurturing and fun environment for pre-school aged children (0-5 years) and offer a supportive network for their parents/carers. Playgroup Wednesday 10:30 am.

St Luke’s Children’s Programs, Mount Waverley
St Luke’s Uniting Church, 94 Essex Road, Mount Waverley. Parent run Playgroups Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am. Phone Leanne 0400 871 965. e:

St Matt’s Cats, Ashburton
St Matthew’s Anglican Church, corner High Street & Warrigal Road, Ashburton. Christian playgroup for carers & tots. Thursdays school terms 10am–noon.  Phone Leonie 9802 6406 or 0414 547 952.

St Scholastica’s Kindergarten, Burwood
13 Pheasant Street, Burwood. Phone 9808 1006. Monday–Friday 9am–3pm (optional Before and After Care). The only local kindergarten with a government-funded longer-day program. Get your children ready for full time school.

Uniting Care Playgroup, Box Hill South
Forsyth Hall, St James Uniting Church Wattle Park, 1201 Riversdale Road, Box Hill South. (Melways 61 C3). Playgroup Mondays 10-11.45am. Phone Margaret 9808 5657. Kindergarten: 3 yo: Thursdays and Fridays; 4 yo: Mondays to Wednesdays. Phone 9808 4495.

YogaBugs at Power Neighbourhood House, Ashwood
A creative, imaginative and fun yoga for ‘walking to 7 years old’.  554 Power Avenue, Ashwood. Contact PNH for fees, dates and further information. Phone 9807 3589.


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