Child care

Childcare - Thornbury & Preston
occasional child care

Bridge Darebin has been providing outstanding occasional child care in Preston and Thornbury for over 20 years, led by passionate, supportive, experienced educators. 

Our Thornbury site has a bush setting and nature-based outdoor undercover play area, providing a safe, stimulating, nurturing environment for children to be curious, explore and learn through play. 

Our programs are guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and we are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Our team is multicultural and speaks Arabic, Cantonese, Malaysian, Persian and Sinhalese in addition to English. We are proud of our high employee retention, which provides consistency for children – some of our educators have worked with us for over a decade.

We also run special children’s activities during school holidays and rent our spaces for children’s parties.


Enrolment is required before commencing child care.

Child care can be booked quarterly or annually, and is available for 48 weeks of the year from the 20th January 2021.

We are registered for the Child Care Subsidy; up to 85% of childcare fees may be claimed back by eligible families. Click here to confirm your eligibility. 

To enrol your child: please call us to confirm availability, then read and complete the following documents: 

Get in touch for more information or to arrange a site visit during opening hours; our friendly staff will be happy to show you around.

Occasional child care (6 months – school age)

Location: Bridge Darebin: Thornbury

  • Monday – Friday 9am-4pm from 20th January 2021

2021 Fees:

  • $112 per session

Up to 85% of childcare fees may be claimed back by CCS-eligible families.

Bookings are made per term. Payment may be made weekly via myGov for CCS-eligible families, and by weekly direct debit or full term payment for all others.

For families that are not eligible for the CCS, a “Relevant Agreement” can be created and fees determined according to ability to pay.

School-holiday program (6 months – school age)

​Our school-holiday programs feature a variety of fun things to do such as pizza making, face painting, rock painting, gardening, make your own picture frames, Zumba, children’s gym and football games.
Details for 2021 TBC.

Parent testimonials 

“My son is always excited to attend child care and loves the educators. They’re warm and nurturing and I’m very grateful for their care and expertise.”

“We had previously used a few other childcare facilities, but this has been the best in terms of offering a warm, caring and stimulating environment. The educators facilitate a sense of community, which we found lacking in other larger centres.”

“We are so happy at Bridge Darebin. All the staff are lovely and absolutely brilliant with the children. They care for the kids like their own and you can tell they love their jobs.”

“The staff are thoughtful, generous and caring towards the children and have created a program that enables the children to have fun and learn new skills. Our child has thrived in this environment.”

“We love occasional care at Bridge Darebin. My daughter is excited to go each week and I love getting a few hours to myself. There are lots of fun things to do, the staff are lovely and the space has a great feel. Thanks!”

“I always feel my children are happy when I drop them off and do the pick-up because the carers are patient, friendly and generous with their time (particularly with greeting and farewelling).”

“Lamia has taught all three of my children over the past eight years. She is kind, considerate, nurturing and incredible at bringing out confidence in children in a new environment. Her approach towards children – whether it be their emotions, a conflict between two children, or simply assisting them with an activity – is second to none. She has the ability to inspire kids in her care to have a sense of community and belonging, and in turn they feel confident and able to interact positively with their peers. Sandy and Lamia create a fun and stimulating learning environment that encourages inclusion and fairness, and inspires children to express themselves and be themselves. I would highly recommend Bridge Darebin to other parents.”