Castlefield Community Centre is a small and welcoming Centre for your child. We have a range of programs for pre-school

children, based around the Early Years Learning Framework. You can find out more about the framework here.

A word from one of our parents…

‘I can’t recommend the program run by Lynne and Robyn highly enough! All the children are given all the support and attention they need to feel confident. Most important of all the hygiene is amazing, my daughter was never sick after attending. The love that Lynne and Robyn have for children is so special and their experience and patience that they have with the children is the best around’. Maria M

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Castlefield Community Centre Short Hours Child Care Program is for children aged between two and four years old. The Centre holds a licence to operate a children’s service under the Children’s Services Act 1996 issued by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), State Government of Victoria. The Centre has a Limited Hours Type 2 Service licence. This means we can conduct two and three year olds sessions with a maximum of 10 children and three and four year old groups with a maximum number of 13 children being cared for or educated at any one time. The licence is displayed in the main entrance to Castlefield and in the child care room for the information of parents or guardians. The Centre is also required to comply with the Children’s Services Regulations 2009, which outline the operation of the children’s services.

BayCISS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. We support children’s right to safety and will act without hesitation to ensure a child safe environment is maintained. The Centre’s policies and procedures outline generic policies and procedures to ensure compliance to the act and regulations.


What happens in the program?

The child care staff plan and deliver a range of age-appropriate activities for the children each day. The program changes weekly and includes music, fine motor skills activities, creative play, art and craft, social and outdoor activities. The program plans are displayed in the child care room.

Our program plan is based on staff observations of the participant children and is designed to meet the growth stages and individual needs and interests of each child. Our staff are qualified, experienced, nurturing and caring.

We have a flexible regular routine, which provides a sense of security and helps the children to settle into the program. Copies of our morning and afternoon routines are displayed in the child care room.

Who can attend the program?

Our programs are provided primarily for the residents of the Bayside municipality. To attend the program, your child must be two years old prior to enrolment. To enrol in one of the three to five year old groups, your child must have turned three years old. Priority is given to children who are not attending a kinder program.

The number of permanent sessions offered per child will depend on the level of demand at the time of enrolling. Priority of access is determined by the staff, based on the circumstances of the individual child and family. Children can attend up to 15 hours per week, depending on availability of spaces.

What is a short hours child care program?

A short hours child care program for many children is a first opportunity to spend a few hours away from their parents or guardians and to socialise with other children of a similar age.

The programs were developed to allow children the opportunity to become more independent and confident and to enhance their social and developmental skills within a semi-structured program. This enables them to gain confidence and self-esteem with both peers and staff before they move on to three or four year old kindergarten.

What are the session times? 

Two and Three Year Old Program:

Days and Hours:

          Monday 9.00am to 1.00pm (4 hours)

          Tuesday 9.00am to 12.30pm (3.5hrs)

          Wednesday 9.00am to 12 noon (3hrs)

          Thursday 9.00am to 12.30pm (3.5hrs)

Three and Four Year Old Year Program:

Days and Hours:

          Wednesday 1.00pm to 4.00pm (3hrs)

          Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm (4hrs)

What are the fees?

          Full fee per session (3hrs)           $37

          Full fee per session (3.5hrs)        $41

          Full fee per session (4hrs)           $47

Please Note: Concessions of $5 per session are available for second children in same session or holders of a Health Care Card.

When do sessions run?

The Child Care program runs during the school term. We are closed on public holidays.

2021 Term Dates:

          Term 1  Wed 27 January to Thu 1 April

          Term 2  Mon 19 April to Fri 25 June

          Term 3  Mon 12 July to Fri 17 September 

          Term 4  Mon 4 October to Fri 17 December 


Our Staff

Sessions are conducted by two accredited staff members at all times. At a minimum, one staff member holds a Diploma in Children’s Services; and the other staff member holds an Assistant Qualification in Children’s Services.

Each staff member holds a current Level 2 First Aid Certificate, anaphylaxis and asthma training, and a current police and working with children check.

Our staff members are: 

  • Lynne Wakeham, Occasional Child Care Coordinator
  • Robyn Watts, Occasional Child Care Assistant
  • Leintje Cusmano, Reliever (qualified) and volunteer.


Child Care contact details:

Please contact us for further information or to arrange a tour of the program.

Telephone:      9598 0662




Monday Playgroup with Monika – 9.45 to 11.30am.

Playgroups provide a great opportunity for parents, or the carers of young children, to develop networks with other families in the area with children of a similar age. Carers are required to participate in the group and are responsible for the care of their own children. Monika ensures that there are a range of activities to suit babies and toddlers, including outside play in our playground (weather permitting).There is a maximum of 10 families in the group so you get time to interact with each other.  Mum’s, Dad’s and Grandparents all welcome.

Cost: $6 per family, payable by the term (or part term if starting late). First visit free. $10 on a casual basis

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