Welcome to Nurture One Ray Street Children’s Centre.
Our care and education service is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and provides quality long day care and education for children ages six weeks to six years.
Our experienced and qualified educators provide programs based on the Early Years Learning Framework including a specialised Kindergarten program taught by a qualified teacher; aimed at preparing children for school and beyond.
In addition to quality care and education the centre provides nappies and nutritious meals as part of the fees.
We believe in our children learning the importance of protecting and respecting the environment. Our outdoor areas boast vegetable patches for the children to grow and maintain a worm farm and water tank. We also try to be very conscious in regards to recycling & energy use- separating all our rubbish & food scraps, turning off lights, appliances, heaters when not required.
We are focused on using natural materials & creating a home like environment. We are very team and family focused and strive to treat each and every family member (and educator) as though they are part of our family.
We welcome you to contact the centre or drop by at any time to meet the team and learn more.
Our Kindergarten program is supported by the Victorian Government.
Our childcare centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become school ready.
What is your name?
How long have you been working in childcare?
I have been working in child care for the past 12 years, all of which have been here at Ray Street Children’s Centre. After working here for 3 years I took on the role of Assistant Manager, which then led to being Centre Manager. I have been Centre Manager since June 2015.
What is your favourite part of working at the centre?
The relationships between our families, children and staff would have to be my most favourite part. We here at Ray Street believe strongly that good relationships are key to meeting the individual needs of each family.
What qualifications do you hold?
I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services.
What are you most proud of at your centre?
I am most proud of how far the industry has come in the last 10 years of my career and how each educator has embraced the changes to provide the highest quality of care for each child.
What values are most important to you in your team members?
I value respect, trust and honesty in my staff. We are looking after the most important person in your life and to do that you need to have a strong connection with your staff members.
What is your philosophy about educating children?
I believe that children learn from play and by providing an enriched play based program streaming from the children’s interests with educators scaffolding their development each child is capable of anything.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child I knew I wanted to work with children in some way. As soon as I finished school I started my Diploma in Children’s Services and have never looked back. I had the opportunity to go into Kindergarten Teaching but easily childhood is where my passion lies.
What message would you like to tell parents considering your centre?
I would say come in and meet us, I believe that when you walk into our centre and meet the staff and see our beautiful purpose built centre you will know that this place is the place for your child to grow and learn.
Our centre provides care for the following age groups:
|Acacia – Nursery
||Waratah – Toddler
|6 weeks – 18 months
||18 months – 3 years
|Hakea – Pre-Kinder
||Banksia – Kindergarten
|3 years – 4 years
||4 years – 6 years
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Morning tea
- Afternoon tea
- Other meals – Late snack/fruit available
- Petting zoo/animals
- Sustainability program
- Veggie garden
- On-site parking
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard
- In-house cook
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Water Play Area
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Government Approved Kindergarten Program
- Xplor – a parent communication app that will keep you up to date about your child anywhere, anytime, from any device.
Reviews and Testimonials
See what some of our parents say about our centre:
“My children have been going to this centre since they were in the baby room. I, like most parents had to return to work and was very particular with my childcare requirements. I have found the Centre manager there Nayomi Parsons to be very accommodating and always smiling. The staff at the centre are always happy to chat and tell you about the day for the children with good contact and I have found their work on making sure standards are of a high level are maintained. Caryn the Kinder teacher is fully qualified and that was another aspect of me keeping my children at the centre. The end of year diary books are full of photos and information and are a great way for me to stay in touch with the milestones of my children. The equipment and centre are clean and smell that way- let’s face it – the first turn off is the stale smell of urine which I had at another centre I investigated before deciding on Ray St. I could not praise them enough really. Since I could not be with my children every day I wanted to make sure they really were in the best hands…and at Ray St Castlemaine they were indeed. Well done ladies.”
“I really like this childcare centre my little girl is well looked after and the meals are great. The staff are great communicators.”
“My daughter calls this centre the “big hello” place. It is always a struggle to get her to leave. Lovely staff and always clean.”
“My daughter has been attending 2 & 1/2 years and loves everything about it. She even talks about different foods she has tried that we can’t get her to touch at home! She has developed many friendships with the other children and the educators.”
“Great centre! Carers are an amazing crew, very caring and always touch base. Food is great and such a large variety. I know my children are well cared for.”
We’d love to welcome you to one of our NurtureOne Childcare and Early Education centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Ray Street Childrens Centre, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.
Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.