Headstart Early Learning Centre Hughesdale

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Headstart Early Learning Hughesdale – Supporting the first steps to learning

Our early learning and long day care centre offers child care in Hughesdale in a modern setting that is perfect for families living or commuting through Hughesdale or nearby suburbs Murumbeena, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Chadstone and Bentleigh.

We understand how busy life can be for our families, so we offer a stress-free all-inclusive early education experience to make your life easier. From nutritious meals to nappies, wipes, music, yoga and sports program – this is all included in the daily fee.

For your convenience, our childcare centre offers on-site parking and we’re located just a ten-minute walk from Oakleigh and Hughesdale Train Stations.

Our centre is purpose-built, with eight spacious rooms, a commercial kitchen, basement car park with lift access and newly renovated spacious outdoor areas.

See how we support the first steps to learning at Headstart Early Learning Hughesdale. Book a tour today to see everything our centre has to offer.

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Why you’ll love Headstart Early Learning Hughesdale

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  • Our team is made up of qualified and experienced educators who are dedicated to developing a strong relationship with your family and children.
  • Our outdoor environment features sandpits, water play area, climbing fort, slides, a teepee and more.
  • Fees are inclusive of nutritious meals, nappies and wipes.
  • Meals are prepared daily by our in-house cook. We cater for all dietary requirements.
  • A kindergarten program taught by a qualified early childhood teacher. The curriculum and the school readiness program will assist to prepare your child socially and emotionally for their transition to primary school. We also hold mid and end of year parent teacher interviews, so you know where your child is at developmentally.
  • You’ll receive regular photos and updates on your child’s learning experience through our app.
  • Specialised extracurricular programs including yoga, music and sport to develop fundamental skills.
  • We welcome community/family involvement and invite special guests to the centre to extend on the children’s learning.
  • We offer flexible hours (9-hour, 10-hour or full-day sessions) to allow families to make the most out of their Child Care Subsidy.
  • We have on-site parking and we’re located just a ten-minute walk from Oakleigh and Hughesdale Train Stations.
  • Our sustainability program and vegetable garden teach children how to grow food and care for the planet.


Call our Family Support Specialist team today on 1800 517 034 or book a tour at your convenience to meet our team and find out more about us.

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Book a tour today to experience the Headstart Early Learning difference. We can’t wait to meet you and share this exciting journey with your family.

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Meet the Centre Manager

Rachel Porter

Hughesdale Childcare Centre Manager - Headstart Early Learning CentreAs a centre manager, my goal is to create a ‘safe-haven’ or a ‘home-away-from-home’ for every parent, guardian and child who enters our doors.

As our philosophy, we acknowledge and respect every child’s family, and we celebrate the individuality and diversity we are so lucky to have.

As a team, we acknowledge and celebrate the Aboriginal People as the Traditional Owners of the land, and we aim to incorporate routines and practices to support this.

As a centre, we welcome everyone into a warm, inviting, safe and educational environment that is holistically centred around the child.

As you arrive you will see smiling faces, smell a home-cooked meal, and feel appreciated for who you are.


Rooms and Facilities

Headstart Early Learning Hughesdale provides early education and child care for children from nursery age through to kindergarten. Each room has been planned and set up to deliver the best early learning experience for your child.

Nursery (6 weeks – 2 years)

Our nursery rooms provide:

  • A safe and nurturing environment where children feel confident to explore and learn
  • Tummy time, physical activity, messy play and sensory play
  • Language-rich activities including music, singing, reading and rhymes

Toddlers (2 – 3 years)

Our toddler rooms offer:

  • Enhanced social skills through group and individual play
  • Interactive technology designed to promote gross and fine motor skills
  • A language-rich environment through books and conversations
  • Opportunities to explore literacy and numeracy concepts through real-life experiences

Preschool (3 – 5 years)

Our preschool rooms offer:

  • kindergarten program focused on sharpening literacy and numeracy skills through play
  • Opportunities for children to use their interests as a vehicle for learning
  • Activities that boost social and emotional skills, self-awareness and respect for others
  • A transition-to-school program
  • A qualified Early Childhood Teacher in both the four-year-oldindergarten and the Pre-Kinder rooms.

See how we support the first steps to learning at Headstart Early Learning Hughesdale. Book a tour today to see everything our centre has to offer.

Hear from our families

“We highly recommend Head Start Early Learning at Hughesdale. There are great outdoor areas for all the different age group rooms which was important for us when choosing a centre. The staff are genuine, attentive, and helpful. And our son enjoys all the activities they do throughout the day!”

  • Kathryn


“Our son has been at Headstart Hughesdale for the past two years and our daughter for three years before him. Both have had wonderful experiences and enjoyed their time there immensely. The facilities are great and the carers do a wonderful job. The little extras like daily update emails, special events for Christmas/Easter/mother’s/father’s day, weekly yoga and music sessions, and the new library are a bonus.”

  • Aaron


“All of the educators are caring and great with kids. Always positive and happy atmosphere in the Centre, my daughter has been there for a year and half, and she’s learnt soooo much and had a lot of fun! Big thank you to all staff and strongly recommended to all friends and families.”

  • Dan


“The girls at headstart are amazing with my little boy. They’re so warm and loving/caring and very professional at what they do. The activities they have for the kids are unreal. Keeping these kids on their toes. Very impressed and love the place and its facilities. Thanks girls for loving my little Archie.”

  • Timmy


“I had to give this daycare 5 stars all around. My son and daughter have been attending since late last year and the daycare is truly a home away from home. The staff are very experienced and are constantly upgrading their superb skills. They are extremely loving and empathetic towards the children. The kitchen is huge, extremely clean and a lot of thought is put into nutrition. The equipment and play toys are largely wood, and arts and craft. There is lots of dress ups, imaginative play, and preparation in the kinder room for prep. My kids are always happy there and when a problem arises they are taught proper conflict resolution. My son has been to 4 other Childcare centers, some of which are very reputable, and they don’t even come close to the quality and professionalism that this daycare offers. They have a beautiful centre in Carnegie as well, but we were so happy with the Hughsdale staff that we decided to keep them there, even though we live in Carnegie. Word gets around quickly and I am sure that both centers will do well.”

  • G.R.


Book a tour today to experience the Headstart Early Learning difference. We can’t wait to meet you and share this exciting journey with your family.

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We’d love to welcome you to one of our Headstart Childcare & Early Education centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Headstart Early Learning Centre Hughesdale, please fill out the form below. One of our friendly team will then be in touch to discuss your needs.

Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place.