Lancaster and Frank Hartley House

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Lancaster and Frank Hartley House

At Lancaster House Childcare and Kindergarten we aim to provide high quality care and education for all children at our service in a safe, secure, supportive, nurturing and stimulating environment.

  • Lancaster and Frank Hartley House Child Care Centre is located on the corner of Malvern Rd and Orrong Rd.
  • The centre provides all meals which are cooked on site by our cook.
  • Lancaster House provides both long day care as well as a funded 4 year old kinder program run by a qualified kindergarten teacher.
  • The centre boasts excellent relationships with families and a high focus on the needs of the child and helping them to learn and develop in a positive, family-oriented environment.
  • The centre draws on Reggio Emilia philosophies in the planning of the program.

We Believe:

  • Respectful and trusting relationships between families and the centre enable us to provide a holistic approach to the development of each child as a unique individual.
  • High quality in childcare is essential for development in the early years, and to set children up for success in all aspects of their life into the future– their heath, development, learning, and wellbeing.
  • In acknowledging the religious, cultural and spiritual diversity among our families, educators, and the wider community that we belong to.
  • Encouraging resilience, positive self-esteem, and high self-worth will provide children respect for themselves and their peers, and give them a basis to cope with challenges in life.
  • It is important for children to learn and develop through play, exploration, imagination and curiosity, in an environment that encourages them to take risks, try new things, and make decisions about their own learning.
  • The importance of natural play spaces – giving children the choice between indoor and outdoor play as much as possible, and encouraging a love and respect of the natural environment and the large outdoor space that our centre offers.
  • That it is important to role model sustainable practices, and imbed them into our daily routine, to promote the development of lifelong skills and attitudes.

We will achieve this by:

  • Responding to differences with respect and an understanding that everyone is unique.
  • Providing a stimulating and evolving program & environment that is based on the interests and strengths of individual children, which includes input from families, and enables them to feel supported in their learning.
  • Creating an emergent curriculum that is based on an understanding that children have agency, and learn best through play – exploring using their own ideas, imagination, taking risks, problem solving, and working collaboratively with their peers to scaffold each other’s learning.
  • Creating an environment that embeds diversity into the daily programming and planning – developing awareness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage of Australia, and encouraging families and children to bring elements of their own culture into the room.
  • Building positive relationships with families, and engaging in shared decision making where possible to respect the needs and right of the individual child, their families, and the other children in the room.
  • We will respect children’s right to choice, taking into consideration their individual ages and developmental needs. This will help build children’s confidence, independence, sense of wellbeing, and self-worth.
  • Implementing sustainable practices into our program as much as possible, encouraging the children to participate, and discussing why this is important.
  • We will create a team environment by treating other staff with respect, being open minded to ideas and suggestions from colleagues, and not defining ourselves or each other by the role we have or the room we work in.



Childcare Centre Contacts

Lancaster and Frank Hartley House
698 – 700 Malvern Road, Prahran, Victoria, 3181, Australia

Julie Gillard
PH: 9510 7385

For Fees, Enrolments and
General Enquiries
Julie Gillard
PH: 9510 7385

Programming and Staff Support
Di Earp
0477 010 636

Coming up

Lancaster House’s Biggest Morning Tea!

Date: June 29, 2018

Time: 9:30am

We are holding a morning tea to help fundraise and raise awareness for the Cancer Council!

Pyjama Day

Date: July 10, 2018


All children and staff come in their favourite PJ’s for the day!


Date: August 26, 2018

Time: 11AM- 1PM

Centre tours available as well as Meet and Greet with the staff of Lancaster House. Find out information regarding Kindergarten program!

Crazy Hair Day!

Date: July 24, 2018


Come with your craziest hairstyle!

Jeans for Genes Day

Date: August 3, 2018


Wear as much denim as you can!

Book Week 20th- 24th August

Date: August 20, 2018


Children are encouraged to bring their favourite book. Don’t forget to dress up as a book character!

Fathers Day Afternoon Tea

Date: August 30, 2018

Time: 3:30pm

All dads or someone special can come in for some afternoon tea and afternoon activities!

Footy Dress up Day

Date: September 27, 2018


Dress in your favourite footy team colours!

CLOSED: Friday before AFL Grand Final

Date: September 28, 2018


Children’s Week 22nd – 25th October

Date: October 22, 2018


Halloween celebrations

Date: October 31, 2018


Come dressed for Halloween!

Melbourne Cup – Hat Making and Activities

Date: November 5, 2018


We will be making hats and having Melbourne Cup themed activities

CLOSED: Melbourne Cup Day

Date: November 6, 2018


Colour Day

Date: November 15, 2018


Come dressed in your favourite colour!

Movie Week! 10th-14th December

Date: December 10, 2018


Every afternoon the children will watch a movie with some healthy food options for afternoon tea

Lancaster House Kinder Graduation and Christmas Party!

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 12pm

Further details provided closer to the date!

National Quality Standard Rating


Please contact the service directly for information regarding Fees.

Opening Hours

7.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

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