New early learning and childcare centre locations and sites confirmed

The Victorian Government has announced sites for the 10 centres that will open in 2026, along with the locations of the remaining 20 centres to open by 2028.

A kinder teacher is reading a picture book to three toddlers. Two toddlers sit on her lap and the other toddle is crawling behind her. They are all looking at the picture book in her hands.

The Victorian Government has released more information about the 50 government-owned and operated early learning and childcare centres (ELCCs) due to open across Victoria between 2025 and 2028.

Having previously announced where 30 of these new ELCCs will be based, in November 2023 the government announced the locations for the 20 additional centres:

  • Mickleham
  • Wollert
  • Craigieburn
  • Woori Yallock
  • Maffra and District
  • Cohuna
  • Warrnambool
  • Drouin
  • Avoca
  • Wonthaggi – Inverloch
  • Nicholson and District
  • Newborough
  • Churchill
  • Casterton
  • Roxburgh Park
  • Cranbourne
  • Alexandra
  • Hamilton
  • Bendigo South
  • Melton West.

A complete list of locations, including already announced locations, is available at the Victorian School Building Authority website.

The government has also announced that 10 centres will open in 2026 in:

  • Clunes at Clunes Primary School
  • Frankston at McClelland Secondary College
  • Hallam at Hallam Primary School
  • Kings Park at Kings Park Primary School
  • Loddon at Wedderburn College
  • Noble Park at Harrisfield Primary School
  • Numurkah at Numurkah Primary School
  • Portland at Portland South Primary School
  • Shepparton at Wilmot Road Primary School
  • Werribee at Wyndham Vale Park Primary School.

The first 4 centres will open in 2025 in:

  • Sunshine at Sunshine Primary School
  • Fawkner at Moomba Park Primary School
  • Eaglehawk at Eaglehawk North Primary School
  • Murtoa at Murtoa College.

About the new early learning and childcare centres

These government-owned and run centres will provide childcare, Three- and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten and, eventually, transition to include Pre-Prep.

In some cases, the centres may be co-located with services like maternal and child health services and playgroups, making it easier for families in the local area to access affordable childcare.

Where possible, the centres will be located alongside government schools, hospitals, TAFEs and major employers to create convenient access for working parents.

We are excited about the opportunities these centres will provide for local children and the broader community. The remaining 35 centres will be open by 2027, with all 50 open by 2028.

This is part of the Victorian Government's latest kindergarten infrastructure strategy, which invests billions to create spaces for learning, expand existing services and deliver high-quality kindergarten in the areas that need it most.

Find out more

For more information, refer to the Victorian School Building Authority.