Welcome to The Learning Sanctuary Malvern East
Our child care and Kindergarten centre is conveniently located for families looking for long day care or Kindergarten in the Melbourne suburbs of Malvern East, Ashburton, Carnegie, Chadstone, Glen Iris, Caulfield North, Mount Waverley, and Oakleigh. The Learning Sanctuary Malvern East offers modern, purpose-built daycare and Kindergarten services for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years, with convenient operating hours from 07:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Our Malvern East centre provides families with daily updates and photos detailing your child’s learning and development, all accessible on our family app. Our families love our nutritious and delicious meals prepared onsite daily as well as our additional offerings including extracurricular activities, sunscreen, nappies, wipes and bedding are all included in the fees.
Our Early Learning Environments
The Learning Sanctuary Malvern East provides a nurturing and enriching early learning environment that fosters exploration and curiosity.
The expansive outdoor environments include a mini gym, water play, sandpits, obstacle courses, vegetable gardens and more. Our outdoor learning program focuses on the development of your child’s strength, balance, and self-confidence. Our indoor learning spaces offer a variety of engaging activities including a dedicated art studio and science room.
We tailor our Kinder program to meet your child’s individual needs across numeracy, literacy, emotional and social development, resilience, and self-regulation. Our government-approved Kindergarten program offers extended opening hours and is open year round (excluding public holidays). Our centre is participating in the VIC government’s ‘free’ Kinder Program. Talk to us about how this reduces your out-of-pocket costs.
Our longstanding team of Educators and Teachers
At the heart of the centre in Malvern East is our longstanding team of early childhood educators and teachers with many team members at the centre for over 5 years. We are a multicultural early learning centre with educators proficient in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, German, Hindi, Bengali and Signalise.
Our team are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early education journey.
Health and Nutrition
Our Malvern East child care centre provides children with nutritious, unprocessed, and seasonal whole foods. Our menu rotates every three weeks to cater to diverse dietary requirements including Halal. We actively involve children in food preparation to promote healthy eating.
We look forward to partnering with you and your family to provide information, support, and high-quality early education and care in your child’s formative years. Contact our Family Support Team to start your journey with us today.
Play-Based Early Learning Curriculum
We recognise the importance of play in a child’s learning and development journey. Our team tailors play-based learning activities in line with national standards, specifically the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), helping prepare them for kindergarten and school readiness.
We also offer the following enriching learning experiences:
- Real life experiences: Children participate in fun and exciting experiences in our dedicated science lab and art studio.
- Community Engagement Program: Encourages children to interact with and discover their local community. We often have visits from community services, and we go out on adventures to teach the children about their local environment.
- Sports Program: Allows the children to be active and learn about different sports and movements.
- Music & Movement Program: Develops fundamental skills that help support children’s self-regulation, memory, and concentration. Children learn to appreciate and develop an understanding of music – and of course, have fun.
- Sustainability Program: Helps children understand the importance of embedding sustainable practices into everyday life. Children learn about recycling, conserving water, growing food, and the importance of protecting our planet.
Meet the centre manager
I began my career in early childhood education in 1997, and I started at The Learning Sanctuary Malvern East in 2021. I hold a Diploma in Children Services and a Diploma in Leadership and Management. I have also been a food safety supervisor, a senior first aid officer, and completed the Child Protection program.
I have learnt that children can reach their full potential when provided an environment of care, respect, encouragement and safe space to feel nurtured and educated. This guides my teaching style, and I believe that all families, children and educators have an important role in helping to provide opportunities to learn.
My passion and approach to helping children on their learning and life journey is by truly believing that it takes a village to raise a child by building a community around the child’s learning and environment, children will believe in themselves, flourish and grow.
The benefits of dedicated early childhood education are the opportunity to connect with and build long-lasting relationships with the local community. Children will also develop a sense of belonging through a nurturing environment that encourages and scaffolds their learning, which can be achieved while attending care. With dedicated educators, children can be extended in their learning and have opportunities to explore their curiosity through the curriculum on offer.
The team I work alongside at The Learning Sanctuary Malvern East will inspire children’s minds in a safe, nurturing environment.
I will support my families by offering quality team, education and care. I will create a respectful and supportive community where we can grow as a team together. I will meet each family and get to know what is important to their families in the centre environment, educationally and culturally.
Age groups and offerings
Nursery Room (0-2 years):
Learning starts from birth. Our nursery educators have created a welcoming and nurturing environment where each baby feels safe to explore and discover new things – through their senses, their communication cues and through experimentation.
On any given day you can see the nursery children engaging in all types of meaningful play, including water play, music time, story time and more.
Toddler Room (2-3 years):
Our teachers and educators encourage toddlers to learn through play to help enhance their sensory-motor development. This learning happens through group play, music, dance, games and reading experiences.
On any given day the children can be seen developing their numeracy by building towers, sorting objects, identifying shapes and patterns and participating in counting songs and games. Our team guides children through social skill development, talking, planning and role modelling.
Kindergarten and School Readiness Program (3-5 years):
Our Kindergarten programs are tailored to meet your child’s individual learning needs across numeracy, literacy, emotional and social development, resilience, and self-regulation.
We offer the VIC Government-approved Kindergarten enhanced learning program, supporting your child’s development and well-being from now, at school and beyond. In Victoria, 3- and 4-year-old children are able to access a funded Kindergarten program led by a Bachelor Qualified Teacher. If eligible, your child will be able to participate in the government-approved Kindergarten program, at no cost, up to a minimum of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Talk to us about how this reduces your out-of-pocket costs.
The added benefits of our Kindergarten program include:
- VIC ‘Best Start, Best Life’ Government-approved program
- Extended opening hours
- Open all year round (excl public holidays)
- Programs developed and delivered by our Early Childhood Teachers
- Exclusive music and movement program for self-regulation
Our families love The Learning Sanctuary Malvern East
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a centre tour?
A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. The Learning Sanctuary also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres. Click here to book a tour online.
On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.
Will I be put on a waitlist?
The Learning Sanctuary Family Support team will add your child’s name to our waitlist if one of our centres is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.
We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.
Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at The Learning Sanctuary centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.
What can I do to help my child prepare for starting care?
It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care service together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.
Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.
What should I pack my child for their first day?
Most of The Learning Sanctuary child care and early education centres offer the following:
- Nappies and wipes
- Sunscreen and hats
- Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook
Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.
For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toys or blankets, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten-aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, a comforter or medication.
It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.
How do I get updates on my child's day?
The Learning Sanctuary uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day.
After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.
What happens if my child gets sick?
If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, The Learning Sanctuary is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.
Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.