Excellent logoWelcome to Clarendon Children’s Centre! We are proud of our reputation for offering the highest quality early education and care, where the safety and wellbeing of our children is paramount. In 2021, CCC has achieved a third consecutive Excellent rating from ACECQA.

The CCC community stands by its Statement of Commitment to Child Safety. Children’s learning and development is encouraged, supported and documented daily and their curiosity and creative expression is also highly valued – as you will see from the moment you walk through our doors. At Clarendon Children’s Centre our children learn and grow in an environment of warmth, nurturing and genuinely affectionate care.

Our excellent and dedicated educators are our biggest asset. We support our educator team with over-award pay and conditions, many opportunities for ongoing professional learning and flexible working arrangements.

We value parents’ contributions and support parenting with information, advice, resources and the opportunity to establish new networks. There are many ways that parents can become involved in the social and organisational aspects of our Centre and it is especially wonderful to note the many friendships, between children and families, which have endured long after children have left the Centre.

Together, children, parents and educators make up the community of Clarendon Children’s Centre.


Linda Davison Centre Co-ordinator

Get to know our centre a little better- watch the video below!


Clarendon Children’s Centre (CCC) acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land where we work, teach and learn each day and pays respect to elders – past, present and emerging.

CCC is committed to fostering a safe and respectful environment free from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age or disability. CCC will actively pursue social justice to address inequality.

We believe children’s early experiences have long term implications for their learning and development. We are committed to providing the highest quality education and care in an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant setting, centred on children’s best interests and rights.

We will promote children’s learning and development through respectful, equitable and meaningful relationships in a highly responsive, inclusive and innovative learning community. We value family/educator partnerships. We will embrace families through shared decision making and the provision of support and resources. Our work is grounded in the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the national quality standards. It is informed by our collective ideas and understandings about early childhood theories and research.

You can read our full philosophy here.


The Clarendon Children’s Centre has the following aims:

  • To provide flexible, high-quality early education and care for children that meets a variety of families’ needs.
  • To meet the individual needs of each child and family and to offer a program focusing on ‘living/learning’ activities that enhance the social, emotional, physical, cultural and intellectual development of the children.
  • To encourage non-sexist, non-racist and non-violent attitudes and activities.
  • To foster the development of social skills by providing the opportunity to relate to other children of all ages, to develop bonds with educators and to relate positively to families who use the Centre.
  • To foster a sense of belonging in the local community including, where possible, interacting with other community groups.


The Centre Today

Clarendon Children’s Centre is a parent-managed co-operative, ensuring that parents have a real say in the running of the Centre and the education and care their children receive. Educators also become members of the Co-operative and have input into the management and running of the Centre.

The Centre provides an integrated program of full-time, part-time or occasional care for up to 40 children aged 0-5 years. Priority is given to children whose parents live, work and/or study in the City of Port Phillip.

The Centre is open from 7:30am – 6:30pm, Monday to Friday, and is closed on public holidays and for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.

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VEYA Winner!

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We won!! We were very excited to be announced as the winner in Category 7: The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in the 2021 Victorian Early…

Excellent … again!!!

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First achieved in 2015 …. …. then again in 2018 … … and now, for a third time, in 2021. Congratulations to Team Clarendon – what an amazing effort!  

Nature Play – action research project

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Read this terrific article able the Nature Play action research project that Sujata has been leading in the Adventure Room this year.

Linda Davison Centre Co-ordinator

The Centre Co-ordinator supports and provides resources for parents and staff, welcomes new families and familiarises them with the Centre, oversees the welfare of all children, carries out administrative functions, implements the decisions of the Management Committee, overseas the budget and promotes the Centre as a community service.