Ray Street Childrens Centre

About Us

We Nurture Enquiring minds at Nurture One Ray Street

Our early learning and long day care centre offers child care in Castlemaine in a homely setting that is great for families living or commuting through McKenzie Hill, Muckleford, Chewton, Golden Point, The Green Folly and Muckleford South for children between 6 weeks to 6 years. The centre provides on-site parking and operates between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Nurturing and inclusive environments

Nurture One Ray Street strives to provide a warm, happy and secure environment for children and their families that encourages respect for each other and the environment. We encourage children to let their creative juices flow through our fun and engaging, sometimes messy learning activities. Our rooms include creative spaces, role play zones, quiet areas, reading and construction areas, we have something for everyone. We are focused on using natural materials & creating a home like environment.

Children are provided time and space for uninterrupted play as they explore the outdoor spaces to test their limits and develop strength, balance, and self-confidence. We love our large natural trees providing shade for our centre. Children learn about the importance of saving our environment by learning about recycling and effective energy use. We also incorporate our sustainability practices into our centre with our vegetable patches, worm farm and water tank.

A dedicated team of educators

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. Our longstanding team of educators are passionate about nurturing and caring for children and supporting them on the early learning journey. Our centre manager has worked in the centre for the past 15 years helping it to develop into the environment it is now. We understand that communication is critical between our staff and families and partner with our families to keep you informed every step of the way. You will also receive daily updates and photos detailing children’s learning and development on our parent App – Xplor.

Inclusive menus designed by in-house chef

We have everything covered here at Nurture One child care centre, so you won’t need to worry about preparing lunch or snacks. Nutritious meals and snacks created and prepared by our on-site chef. Shared mealtimes between children and educators strengthen relationships, with opportunities to share stories and experiences, and model healthy eating practices.

Victorian Government approved Kindergarten Program

Victorian Government Approved Kindergarten Program

Our Kindergarten program is supported by the Victorian Government. Our 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.
As members of our Nurture One community, we look forward to partnering with you to provide information, support, and high-quality education and care in your child’s formative years.

Our Family Support Team is happy to chat through your child care needs. Call them today on 1800 517 027 to book a tour at our centre, meet our team of educators, and learn more about why these first five years are so important for your child’s development.

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.

Centre Manager Profile

Jennah Millard

I have been working in child care for the past 15 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. I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services.

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.

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. In learning the the first 1000 days of a child’s life is the most important, I pride our centre on provide a rich learning environment.

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.

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 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 early childhood is where my passion lies.

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.

Facilities

Rooms

Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

  Age Group  Daily Fee
Nursery (6 weeks to 1.5 years)     $135.00
Toddlers (1.5 years to 2.5 years)  $135.00
Pre Kinder (2.5 years to 3.5 years)  $123.50
Kinder (3.5 years to 6 years)   $123.50

Facilities

Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies
  • Breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Other meals – Late snack/fruit available
  • Chooks and worm farm 
  • 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.

Testimonials

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.”

– Lee

 

“I really like this childcare centre my little girl is well looked after and the meals are great. The staff are great communicators.”

– Janette

 

“My daughter calls this centre the “big hello” place. It is always a struggle to get her to leave. Lovely staff and always clean.”

– Jo

 

“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.”

– Shannon

 

“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.”

– Heather

Enquire Now

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.