Caterpillars (2-3 years)

The Caterpillars are always a hive of activity!  This room offers busy toddlers a chance to play and learn with age appropriate toys in a safe and secure environment.

Designed with little fingers in mind, all of the facilities are safe for toddlers with special seating, tables and beds/cots that are pulled out for sleep time.  Our carers love working with toddlers and engage the children in a variety of programmed activities that allow them to explore their creativity and physical abilities as well as encouraging them to interact with other children

Caterpillars (2-3 years) FAQs

How much does MELC cost and how do I have to pay?

The cost of childcare at MELC is as follows;

  • Children 0-2 years  $127 per day
  • Children 2-3 years  $121 per day
  • Children 3-4 years  $115 per day
  • Children 4-5 years  $115 per day
  • Before School care 5-12 years $35 per day
  • After School care 5-12 years $42 per day
  • Vacation care is $65-$95 per day depending on the activity

Short day pickup by 3.00pm - $30 reduction in fees.

In terms of government assistance, the Centre is licensed and accredited by ACECQA.  By contacting the Family Assistance Office and quoting our Customer Reference Number (407 185 690H) your rebate entitlement can be calculated.  As of 2 July 2018 the new child care rebate system is in effect.  For further information please go to 

Payment of fees can be made via EFTPOS (including credit card), electronic transfer via Internet banking, or by direct debit.  Fees are payable fortnightly in advance and a bond of $500 per family is payable on enrolment.



What is the daily routine in the Caterpillars room?

The daily routine in our Caterpillars room is always fun and packed with action and learning!  We are very busy with a range of activities, but generally speaking our routine looks like this:

  • Morning activities eg play dough, puzzles, art/craft
  • Music/movement experiences
  • Morning tea
  • Outdoor play
  • Programmed learning experience eg dramatic play
  • Language group time
  • Lunch
  • Rest 
  • Special interest experiences eg. Water and other sensory play
  • Outdoor play
  • Indoor play
What do we need to bring each day in the Caterpillars room?

At MELC we provide:  

  • Breakfast, morning tea, hot lunch, afternoon tea, late afternoon tea
  • All drinks, including milk (soy, full cream, etc)
  • Nappies
  • Sunhats and sunscreen
  • All bedding

You will need to supply a change of clothes (labelled clearly) a comfort item for rest time such as a teddy or soft toy, and a bottle if required (labelled).

What are your opening hours?

We are open from 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday - Friday, 51 weeks per year.

Parents are encouraged to come in and visit our fabulous facilities at any time, or to call us if you have any questions.

Is my child’s progress & development recorded?

To assist you in seeing your child’s progress during their time at the Centre, portfolios are prepared by the carers for each child. They contain observations, examples of work, photos, art/craft and information on children’s current interests or work in progress and become a lovely memento of your child's time here with us.

There are regular times throughout the year when the portfolios are sent home for parents to look at and add to, and you are welcome to view your child’s portfolio at the Centre at any other time. 

How do I book a place at MELC?

If you are thinking about enrolling your child in long day care and considering which centre to attend, we would encourage you to come in and take a look around our Centre at any time. We’d be delighted to meet you and show you how we do things at MELC.

If you have already decided that you would like to book your child in to MELC, then simply print and complete the Request for Placement Form and send it back to us by fax or mail. This form then adds you to our waiting list for the first available place.

When a place becomes available, you will need to complete and return the Enrolment Form to ensure that we have the necessary information on file regarding your child.

Getting Started Is Easy

At MELC we are big enough to cater for the needs of most families – but small enough to make sure you feel like part of our extended family.


Contact us today or just drop in – we are always available to give you a guided tour and answer all your questions.


Simply fill out the form below and let us know your preferred days – we'll be in touch within 24 hours.


Once we've confirmed your days, you just need to complete our enrolment form and your child can start with us straight away.

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