With demand for quality childcare constantly on the rise, local workers and residents will be happy to learn a new early learning centre has opened in nearby Docklands.
Located at the end of the 86 and 70 tram routes at Harbour Town Melbourne, Giraffe Early Learning Centre caters for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
According to owner Jacqui Scheinberg, the centre aims to become a key part of the local community.
“We really aim to create an environment that’s very supportive for the children and families.”
“Having four kids myself, I have a real vision of what I would have liked for my own children and that’s what I’ve created here,” Ms Scheinberg said.
Having opened her first childcare centre in Sydney in 2009, the new centre in Melbourne caters to the growing number of inner-city families, along with parents working in the city.
The Docklands centre opened in July this year and Ms Scheinberg said spaces were still available but were expected to fill quickly.
With its convenient Harbour Town location, Ms Scheinberg said working parents could find cheap parking at the shopping centre, drop their children off at Giraffe Early Learning Centre and then jump on the free tram and head to work.
Ms Scheinberg said the centre was focused on ensuring children were comfortable and settled in their new environment.
“Something we do that a lot of centres don’t is our long transition periods into the centre. We encourage families to visit as many times as they need to in order for their children to feel comfortable with us,” Ms Scheinberg said.
She said the centre’s purpose-built, open-plan classrooms also promoted a sense of community across the centre.
At the same time, the “magnificent” rooftop outdoor play area is also a highlight, Ms Scheinberg said.
With play equipment, a sensory garden, a sandpit and plenty of space to run around, the space offers children a great play environment.
“Many of the children we care for live in apartments and have very little outdoor play space at home, so having such a big outdoor area for them here was so important,” Ms Scheinberg said.
Giraffe Early Learning Centre currently has childcare places available and welcomes enquiries.
The centre is located at level 1, 25 Star Crescent at Harbour Town Melbourne in Docklands.
Visit www.giraffedocklands.com.au or call the centre on 9670 0880 for more information.