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EARLY LEARNING CENTRE

KingKids Childcare

A passion to nurture, encourage and support children, their early learning and development is what drives everyone at our KingKids childcare centres.

At our childcare centres we offer long day care, or childcare, and kindergarten for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne. Our programs are designed to educate and entertain children throughout their early years and encourage development.

We’re open Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 6.30pm 52 weeks a year, closing only on Public Holidays. The only exception is our Bentleigh early learning centre which is open from 7.00am to 6.30pm.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum, activities, childcare rooms, and outdoor spaces are developed around the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, or VEYLDF. The VEYLDF is built on the recognition that children start learning from birth and that providing children with the right environment, tools, guidance, and methods of learning helps increase their ability become lifelong learners.

Our Rooms

Our rooms are warm and welcoming, providing a safe and encouraging place for your child. The learning environments are designed to encourage learning, play and creativity.

Our Outdoor Spaces

Our outdoor learning spaces are fun natural environments designed to engage children, allow them to explore, be creative and connect with the environment. Filled with fun, age-appropriate play equipment, mud kitchens, sand pits, slides, chill out zones, soil, rocks, grass, plants and trees children are encouraged to engage and interact with the natural environment. Some of our Centres even have cubbies, chicken coops and vegetable gardens.

Our Kitchen

Each of our KingKids childcare centres have fully equipped kitchens and all the healthy, nutritious meals and snacks provided for your child are cooked and prepared daily onsite.

Our Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity

KingKids acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first people of the nation and the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and play. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and families and recognise their continuing connection to Culture, Land, Water and Community and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

KingKids celebrates and welcomes people from all cultures, religions, spiritualities, ages, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities & backgrounds and will ensure that all children and families will be supported to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights.

Our Team

Our team of trained and experienced early childhood professionals are dedicated to caring for and supporting your child to thrive and develop personally and socially. We provide plenty of activities, education, and care for your child based on their interests and learning goals, keeping them entertained and stimulated. It’s not just childcare, it’s fun care!

Jo MacKenzie-King Executive Director, KingKids
Jo MacKenzie-King

Executive Director
jo@kingkids.com.au

More About Me

Hi, I’m Jo. As well as being a Mum of 4 beautiful children, I hold a Bachelor of Business Studies (Human Resources) and an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, giving me the skills needed to govern and genuinely understand all aspects of running Childcare Centres. On my weekends you’ll find me at the gym or out to brunch with friends. My favourite AFL team is Hawthorn and I have three gorgeous dogs, named Mac, Harry and Remy. 

Gerard Bolger - General Manager, KingKids Early Learning
Gerard Bolger

General Manager
gerard@kingkids.com.au

More About Me

Hi I’m Gerard. As an authentic people leader with over 20 years’ experience delivering operational outcomes, I think of myself as always accountable, curious, yet kind. I love people and data, or data and people. I think both. I have been fortunate to work with some extremely talented people across a range of sectors. From banking, logistics, community recreation, AOD, dental, mental health and suicide prevention and now early learning. Of course, none of this could happen without the enduring and most valued love and support from my darling wife spanning centuries now. I also have two adult children and on my weekends you’ll either find me out for a run or spending time in my garden 

Joanne Smiles - Finance Assistant, KingKids
Joanne Smiles

Finance Assistant
accounts@kingkids.com.au

More About Me

Hi, I’m Joanne. I have over 14 years’ experience working in finance and payroll roles. I have worked extensively in administration, particularly in HR. I joined KingKids in July 2020, and enjoy working with all our centres. My favourite soccer team is Leeds United and I have two amazing boys named Tom and Max. A fun fact about me is that I love to do pottery, and I’d love to go travelling around Europe.

Carey Jacob - Finance Manager, KingKids
Carey Jacob

Finance Manager
carey@kingkids.com.au

More About Me

Hi, I’m Carey. I’m a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, I have worked in both SME and multinationals.  I possess a broad range of both technical and commercial accounting skills and have been responsible for numerous process and efficiency improvements. My favourite AFL team is Richmond and I have two cats named Willow and Alfie. On my weekends, I enjoy cycling with my wife Sara and I love 80’s rock.

Christopher Bradshaw Director of Education and Development, KingKids
Christopher Bradshaw

Director of Education & Development
chris@kingkids.com.au

More About Me

Hi, I’m Christopher. I have an extensive background in education across a range of fields. I am a lifelong learner who values education, training, and growth. It only made sense that a love of learning led me to step into the role of Director of Education and Development, wanting to make a difference by making it different. I share my love of learning with the team and aim to inspire those around me to engage in meaningful development and engaging in ongoing learning. My favourite soccer team is Melbourne Victory and I have a beautiful dog named Nahla. My secret talent is that I have an almost 100% success rate of guessing the colour of Clinkers.

Siti - KingKids Cook
Jordan Stanway

Operations Manager
jordan@kingkids.com.au

More About Me

Hi, I’m Jordan. I have worked within the ECEC sector for a long time now and I am passionate about learning, leading and making a positive difference to the lives of the people around me. I come from a large blended foster family who taught me valuable life lessons and are the reason I have strong values and morals today. My AFL team is Collingwood and my dream holiday would be in New Zealand.  During my spare time, I like to spend time with my beautiful fur children Otis and Pepper, visit my family and stay grounded by connecting with nature and country.

Fundraising

At KingKids we know how important it is to support our families, team members, community, and children. Each year we collaborate with our KingKids community to fundraise for organisations that support people close to our heart.

This year we have chosen to fundraise for two wonderful organisations that give back to the community and support children and families in many ways. The organisations are:

VACCA (Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency)

VACCA supports culturally strong, safe and thriving Aboriginal communities.

VACCA believe in Aboriginal peoples’ right to self-determination, the rights of the child and we commit to upholding Victorian Aboriginal cultural protocols.

VACCA delivers more than 50 programs across Victoria that help to support culturally strong, thriving & safe Aboriginal communities. These thriving communities mean strong Aboriginal Children.

VACCA’s services support Aboriginal children and adults in Victoria and can be accessed by non-Aboriginal people who have an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander family member, such as children or a partner.

All monitory donations collected in 2022 by the KingKids community will be donated to VACCA to help them support children and families.

Backpacks 4 Vic Kids

Did you know that 45,000 Australian children are in an out of home care placement such as foster care? There are around 4000 new placements each year in Victoria alone.

Often children are placed quickly into foster care, kinship care or emergency accommodation without much more than what they are wearing at the time. Backpacks 4 Vic Kids provide them with a few essential items to ease feelings of loss and to help with their relocation.

Looking For A Childcare Centre?

Get in Touch By Phone Or Email

Please contact your closest centre using the details below:

HALLAM

Located in service lane, driveway before Coles service station

Phone: (03) 9999 7930
Email: hallam@kingkids.com.au

Rowville

Enter via Stud Road, next to La Porchetta

Phone: (03) 8738 8770
Email: rowville@kingkids.com.au