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Our Central Kindergarten Registration Scheme means our community can access a fair, equal and timely system for processing kindergarten enrolments. The Victorian Government has announced free kindergarten in 2021 for four-year-olds and eligible three-year-olds in government-funded kindergartens. Find out what kindergarten option is best for your child.
Lucas Community Hub
The Lucas Community Hub is currently closed, with Maternal and Child Health Services temporarily moved to an enhanced hub at the Sebastopol Library and the Lucas Kindergarten relocated. Instead, COVID-19 testing is now available at the Lucas Community Hub. You can be referred by your GP, the COVID-19 hotline or you can self-refer if you are showing symptoms such as a fever or new onset respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, sore thr...
One-stop shop for Ballarat families
Ballarat’s Girrabanya Integrated Children’s Centre has almost doubled in capacity following a major renovation and expansion.
Child Care Centres
Please note: Wendouree Children’s Centre, Girrabanya Children’s Centre and Family Day Care are still operating. Centre-based childcare is available for children up to school age, with family day care (offering low educator to child ratios in a home-based environment) available for children aged up to 12. For further information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 5320 5500 Steps our services are taking to keep fa...
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy is a contribution that goes towards the construction of community facilities such as kindergartens, libraries, community hubs, maternal and child health rooms and, sport pavilions. This levy is a one-off payment, currently $1,210. It must be paid prior to the issue of a building permit for construction of a new dwelling, as specified in the Victorian Planning and Environment Act 1987 and mandated und...
Parent Place is open between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday. Families can visit Parent Place to feed and change their babies, get information and have a play! Our friendly team can give you general support and information on services for families with young children. You can still call or email us for information about: playgroups kindergarten Maternal and Child Health immunisation childcare family day care ...
Family Day Care
Family Day Care is a popular alternative to centre-based care. It offers low educator to child ratios in a home-based environment, where siblings can be cared for together. This is home-based care, with a ratio of one early childhood educator to four pre-school aged children, with up to seven children in total. It offers family care (i.e siblings are cared for together), and care for school-aged children until the end of primary school and bey...
Almost 15 years ago, the Brown Hill Progress Association rallied to save the Brown Hill Pool from closure. Today, the dedicated community group continues to manage this outdoor City of Ballarat aquatic facility to ensure the community can get together to make a splash each summer.