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Headstart Early Education Knoxfield

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Welcome to Headstart Early Learning Centre Knoxfield

Headstart Knoxfield child care and early learning centre is a convenient choice for local families living in Knoxfield, Wantirna South, Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Scoresby and Bayswater in Melbourne. Our Knoxfield child care centre offers long day care and kindergarten for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years from 6:45 AM – 6:45 PM.

Our Knoxfield early learning centre is proudly rated Exceeding in the National Quality Standards by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Our Knoxfield childcare and kindergarten centre provides families with daily updates and photos detailing their child’s learning and development, which is accessible on our family app.

Our childcare centre in Knoxfield boasts beautifully presented rooms as well as supplying all meals and nappies. Our rooms and outdoor playscapes focus on nature and are filled with natural elements for the children to explore.

We aim to provide the children with an educational experience that will give them a solid grounding for their primary school education and their further life. We also have a Victorian Government Supported Kindergarten Program that is supported by a Bachelor Qualified Teacher. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become school ready.

Our Knoxfield centre is a warm and welcoming place that maintains a family feel. We make a huge effort with the children and families that come through the door. We ensure that we know each child’s name so we can acknowledge them when they come in, as well as knowing all of the parent’s names so that all families feel comfortable coming into the centre each day.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Headstart Knoxfield Family.

Shaira Bardien

Headstart Knoxfield Centre ManagerI have been working in early childhood education since 2019. I joined the team at Headstart Knoxfield in 2022. I am diploma qualified. I started in Early Childhood as an assistant educator. Then I had the opportunity to become a room leader and an Educational Leader. I worked on the floor as an assistant centre manager and educational leader before having the amazing opportunity to Centre Manage here at Headstart Knoxfield.

After working in retail and managing teams across Victoria, I decided to pursue my real passion and studied for the Diploma of Early Childhood. During my first placement, I was offered a role with G8 Education, and I have not looked back!

As educators, we get to see children grow and develop every single day. There is nothing more rewarding than that. Building long-lasting and meaningful relationships with the families and community have certainly been a highlight of my career.

Children are extremely resilient. As adults, we can learn so much from them. My teaching style is based on a child-led experience. I have a very gentle approach to helping children with their learning and life journey. No two children are the same. I tailor my teaching and educational approach to meet the needs of the child.

A dedicated Early Childhood setting provides every child with the opportunity to learn, grow and express themselves in a warm and nurturing environment. Here, they are able to grow into their individual selves and learn from their own peers and educators through play. We provide the opportunity for children to develop their social skills as well as provide a safe environment where they can regulate and learn about their emotions.

Here at Headstart Knoxfield, we have a dedicated team of educators who are so extremely passionate about early childhood education and care. We have numerous qualified educators who are currently upskilling, mentors who guide them and long-standing early childhood teachers that focus on school readiness and the social development of the children. We have a wonderful team culture, and we provide a lot of support for one another. We also have two dedicated cooks who love creating wonderful meals for our children.

I believe that open communication is key to developing and building long-lasting and honest relationships with families. When families decide to enrol with us, I ensure that they know just how passionate we are about children’s well-being and maintaining that positive relationship between the centre and families. We have many community events spaced throughout the year, and we encourage families to connect within our community.


Our Knoxfield centre provides care for the following age groups:

Nursery Toddler Pre Kinder Kinder
0 – 18 months 18 – 2.5 years 2.5 – 3.5 years 3.5 – 5 years


Our Knoxfield service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies Included
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Other meals
  • Petting Zoo/Animals
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • On-site parking
  • Music program
  • Classroom technology – computer/s
  • 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 connects families with their children’s progression, development and daily learning

Our families love Headstart Early Learning Centre

4.7 /5
23 reviews

Our Pricing




  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024




  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024




  • Fees effective from 29 January 2024

Please note: The Childcare Subsidy can reduce your daily out-of-pocket fee by up to 95% depending on your family’s entitlements. Calculate your estimated subsidy here.

Frequently Asked Questions

A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. Headstart also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres in New South Wales and Victoria. Click here to book a tour online.

On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.

On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.

Headstart’s Family Support team will add your child’s name on our waitlist if a Headstart centre is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place become available.

We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.

Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the Headstart centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.

It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care service together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.

Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.

Most of our Headstart early education centres offers the following:

– Nappies and wipes
– Sunscreen and hats
– Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook

Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.

For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toy or blanket, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, comforter or medication.

It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.

Headstart uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day. After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.

If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, Headstart is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.

Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.