Occasional Childcare Update

Created: Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria has been working on behalf of Neighbourhood Houses to better understand the up-coming changes to occasional childcare funding and how we may transition to another model. 

We have some good news! Occasional childcare funding will continue until the end of December 2018 AND we are eligible to apply for the new Federal package (the Jobs for Families Child Care Package). MNC will still need to understand what transitioning will involve, but we are hopeful that we can either continue to offer a great childcare service for local families or advocate for another provider to be based in Maldon. 

Childcare opportunities in Maldon

Created: Friday, 23 February 2018

Living and working in rural Australia can be a challenge for families due to the lack of childcare. Many families rely on support from grandparents to help manage the ‘juggle’ of work and children. But what happens when grandparents are not just down the road?

We are lucky in Maldon to have the Occasional Childcare service operating every Monday from 9.30am – 2.30pm. This service is strongly supported by the Maldon & District Community Bank who recognize the important roles it plays in providing quality care to our children, and respite and support for local families. The Occasional Childcare service runs at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and provides care to children aged 6 months up to 4 years old. Please contact the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre if you would like an Enrolment pack.

Aside from running this service, the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has been a strong advocate to Mount Alexander Shire Council to establish an Early Years Plan providing strategic direction for local providers of early years education and care, and to Maldon Primary School to establish After-School Care.

“The local Council is not a provider of early years services, but has a role in creating a strategic direction with providers in the Shire as well as creating opportunities for collaboration and partnership”, explains Amy Atkinson Coordinator, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.

Currently, the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has been working closely with Maldon Pre-School, YMCA and Mount Alexander Family Day care to investigate After-Kinder Care at Maldon Pre-School. This project has been supported by funding from Mount Alexander Shire Council through their Community Grants program.

“We are currently looking for a local educator who would love to be involved in this project. We are looking to use the In-Venue Family Day Care model to provide a wrap-around service to the kindergarten program.” Explains Lisa Girvan, Family Day Care Coordinator.

Help our local families with the ‘juggle’ of work and family by becoming a family day carer, please contact Lisa Girvan at Mount Alexander Family Day Care today if you are would like to find out more or check out the website www.castlemainechildcare.com.au/family-day-care.

Summer Newsletter Available Now!

Created: Friday, 19 January 2018

The Term 1 Summer Newsletter 2018  is now available!  Download

Semester 1 Program 2018 ( CCH & MNC) is available! Download

Makarrata Garden Tarrangower

Created: Friday, 19 January 2018

Regional Centre for Culture 2018 is a year-long celebration of arts, culture and community in Victoria's regions – including right here in Tarrangower! Led by Creative Victoria, the goldfields region is the first region to be in the spotlight.

“We are proud to announce that Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, in close collaboration with local artist Forest Keegel and Dja Dja Wurrung representatives, have been awarded a grant towards Makarrata Garden Tarrangower.” Explains Centre Coordinator, Amy Atkinson.

Read more: Makarrata Garden Tarrangower

Maldon Sunset Market

Created: Tuesday, 12 December 2017
We are just a little bit excited about the new Maldon Sunset Market which will be held for the first time on Friday 22 December from 4 – 8pm. The market will be held in the same location – Fountain St and Shire Gardens, Maldon with free access to the Kangaroo Hotel and it’s wonderful beer garden.

“Many stallholders requested another opportunity close to Christmas to sell their hand-crafted products and gourmet food products so we have obliged by staging the inaugural Maldon Sunset Market.”

“There will be yummy ready-to-eat food available at the Maldon Sunset Market complementing all delicious choices within Maldon itself.”

Read more: Maldon Sunset Market