Windsor Community Children’s Centre (WCCC), is a community-based Cooperative childcare centre and Kindergarten that is run by a Board and a Committee of Management made up of parents and educators.

WCCC provides long day care and Kindergarten for children aged six months to five years, on a part-time or full-time basis. WCCC is not zoned; children from all areas are able to attend the Centre when vacancies are available.

WCCC provides a program that is based on the National Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. We also find inspiration and guidance in several pedagogic approaches and philosophies including Reggio Emilia, Steiner and Montessori. We foster children’s interests and stages of development, with emotional and social development being a fundamental part of the program. Weekly room updates are sent to all parents, and individual learning stories are provided as the children progress.

WCCC children are free to make their own choices. We have informal routines (such as morning and afternoon tea, lunch and sleep/rest times) and the children are given the option of indoor or outdoor play whenever possible.

The centre is committed to environmentally sustainable practices. Our large natural outdoor space, use of natural materials and projects such as the eco-cubby, the Habitat Project and the community garden are integral parts of this philosophy.

The government Child Care Benefit is available for eligible parents and the Centre is registered for Child Care Rebate. 2017 fees are $125 per day, less any child care benefit or rebate you are entitled to.

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Statement of commitment to child safety

Windsor Community Children’s Centre:

  • has zero tolerance for child abuse
  • actively works to listen to and empower children
  • has systems to protect children from abuse, and will take all allegations and concerns very seriously and respond to them consistently, in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures
  • is committed to providing a safe environment for all children
  • is committed to promoting physical, emotional and cultural safely for all children, including Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with a disability.

History

1977

The Prahran College Union establishes the Prahran College Community Child Care Centre in an attempt to meet some of the childcare needs created by the mature-age students and employees of the college.

1979

The Union forms the Prahran College Community Child Care Cooperative. The Centre is open to children from the local and broader community.

1980 – 1982

The Prahran College Community Child Care Cooperative takes responsibility of the childcare centre from the Prahran College Union. With the formation of Victoria College and Prahran College of TAFE, the Centre changes its name to Prahran Campus Community Child Care Cooperative.

1986

The Centre receives a government grant to move the service to 47 Green Street and to increase numbers from 14 to 20.

1992 – 1996

Prahran College of TAFE amalgamates with Swinburne University of Technology, and Swinburne and the Office of TAFE provide funding for a new purpose-built centre based at 131-133 Union St.

March 1997

The Centre moves from Green St to the current Union St premises, and changes its name to Swinburne Prahran Community Children’s Centre Cooperative.

2013 – 2016

Swinburne University closes its Prahran campus and the Centre becomes independent from Swinburne, renamed Windsor Community Children’s Centre. The Centre in its present form provides education and care for 53 children per day.