Child care

Council has been involved in offering quality childcare to the Warrnambool community for more than 35 years.

Our very experienced staff are focused on the health and happiness of your child, which includes serving nutritionally balanced meals and snacks, maintaining natural and appealing outdoor play spaces and offering a wide variety of activities.

We facilitate a range of childcare options to suit you, including Centre Based Child Care, Family Day Care, After Kinder Care, After School Care and Vacation Care.

Education and care services in Warrnambool

Centre Based Child Care

Find out more

For more information call one of Council’s Childcare Centres:

Florence Collins: 5559 4640 – Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 7.30AM to 6.00PM
Email:   (Coordinator)

Matron Swinton:  5559 4650 - Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00AM to 6.00PM

Sherwood Park:  5559 4595 - Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00AM to 6.00PM
Email: (Coordinator)

For information on Child Care Benefit and Rebate go to

The educational program

Council’s childcare services provide more than just care. Educators formulate and deliver play based educational curriculums. They use an evidence based approach that supports each child’s development through experimentation and exploration to build and foster resilience for their lifelong learning.  All council’s childcare services also offer a funded four year old kindergarten program.

The educators

Qualified and highly experienced educators engage in ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure current early childhood development research informs their approach to their work.

The food

Qualified kitchen staff are based on each site and prepare a variety of nutritionally balanced meals that meet the daily dietary requirements for children of all ages.  Individual dietary needs can be catered for, including cultural requirements, allergies and intolerances.

Engagement, diversity and inclusion

Every child and every family is different. Educators work individually with each child and each family to ensure their needs and beliefs are met.

The diversity of our community’s religious and cultural beliefs is respected and celebrated within Council’s childcare services.

Established relationships exist with community support agencies to supplement the knowledge of educators in ensuring children and families with additional needs are welcomed and fully included within all services.

Educator’s approach to working with children is to build trusting relationships with the whole family. Council’s childcare services encourage ongoing communication and collaboration between parents/carers and educators. There is an open door policy for families and many opportunities for whole family involvement in the service throughout the year.

Centre Based Childcare Waitlist Application Form

Cancellation of Centre Based Childcare

Cancellation Details

Will cancel care with Centre based Childcare (Service Name)
Please Note: 15 working days notice is required
Childcare Subsidy will not be paid if your child does not attend their last day of care.
An account will be sent to cover any extra cost.


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Family Day Care


Warrnambool Family Day care
Archie Graham Centre
118-130 Timor St
Ph 55594800

Family Day Care is a quality, home-based childcare service providing care and education for children in the homes of registered Family Day Care Care Educators. Educators are located in Warrnambool and surrounding district and are supported by a local specialist coordination and resource team.

Today’s working environment is no longer the traditional 9 to 5 routine, Family Day Care is a flexible option of childcare that meets the needs of modern families.

Family Day Care caters for young babies through to pre-teens and can offer care during standard hours, before/after school, during school holidays and in some circumstances overnight and weekends.

Standards and fees

All educators are skilled, experienced and highly trained; most hold formal qualifications ranging from Certificate III to university degrees.

As part of the National Quality framework in Children's Services, Family Day Care abides by scheme policy and procedures, the National Quality Standards to ensure that the quality of care is of the highest standard.

Educators need a current first aid certificate, asthma and anaphylaxis management qualification, police check, working with children check and public liability insurance and their home needs to meet safety standards.

Fees for Family Day Care are set by the individual educators. Educators may also provide food, nappies and transport.

Why choose Family Day Care?

Imagine your child in a small group of no more than 4 pre-schoolers, playing, learning and having fun with an educator they know and trust.

If you are working or studying and want excellent childcare for your child, consider Family Day Care. It is the only accredited childcare service that enables your child to learn and grow with in a small group of children in a secure family home with one professional educator.

Accreditation information

The Family Day Care management/advisory committee structure provides opportunities for community members to be involved in an advisory, consultative or decision making role. This includes the review of scheme policies and procedures.

If you would like to be involved please contact the Family Day Care Unit.

Click here to Register for Family Day Care Online


After School Care

St Joseph's Primary School
70 Botanic Road, Warrnambool
Phone: 0400 928 454

After School Care (ASC) Monday to Friday 3.30pm to 6.00pm during school terms.

Program Philosophy

To provide primary school-aged children care for the Warrnambool and surrounding district that is flexible and meets the needs of families.

The Warrnambool OSHC service is recreation based and children will be cared for in a relaxed, caring, stimulating, safe and secure environment. Care may be provided for after school and during school holiday periods.

Program Aims

Outside School Hours Care aims to integrate recreation, socialisation and quality care. The approach ensures our services are able to respond to the needs of children and families.


Council has introduced Xap to manage its After School Care program.
Xap is a leading edge childcare management system which will provide:

  • easy online enrolments
  • medication requests
  • learning observations
  • photo and video sharing
  • communication platform between services and guardians
  • and more!


Please complete our After School Care Enrolment Application. You will then receive a “no reply” email from Xap with your login details to continue the enrolment process.

Please also submit a completed booking form to the service via or at Warrnambool Stadium.

Vacation Care

The Warrnambool City Council Vacation Care Program is designed to provide quality care and recreational activities to Primary School children during school holidays.

The Program is designed specifically to offer a flexible range of activities that are age appropriate, and which encourage children to participate and develop specific creative, developmental and movement skills.

The Program operates from Warrnambool Stadium, Caramut Road Warrnambool.

Vacation Care Opening Hours - 8.00 am til 6.00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Phone: 5559 4555.

Autumn 2024 Vacation Care Program

Autumn 2024 Vacation Care Booking Form


If you have used Vacation Care previously

You will need to submit a completed booking form to the service. If any enrolment details have changed please update your details within Xap. 

If you have not used Vacation Care

Please register via the Vacation Care enrolment application

You will receive a “no reply” email from Xap with instructions on how to activate your account. After this process is complete you will then be able to complete your enrolment. 

Download the Xap Smile app on your phone for easy access to your account.

Complete the booking form, scan and email to

Email or call 5559 4555 if you are experiencing any difficulties.