Quality Childcare and Preschool in Blackburn

Your best choice in early education, childcare and Kindergarten.

Address

195 Whitehorse Rd, Blackburn, VIC, 3130

Open Hours

Monday - Friday
6:30 am to 6:30 pm

Ages

0-5
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Early Learning Blackburn

Welcome to Papilio Early Learning Blackburn, quality early education and child care in Blackburn for ages 0-5.

Our passionate educators and teachers are trained and accredited in the Lifelong Learning Curriculum by Affinity Education Group, Australia’s leading provider of early education and care.

Here at Papilio Early Learning Blackburn, we pride ourselves on creating strong, positive bonds with children, and providing them with the individual care and attention that is essential in early education. We nurture a lifelong love of learning through a combination of play-based and intentional teaching experiences, which helps your child develop social connectivity, emotional confidence, foundational learning, and physical health and wellbeing.

Papilio Early Learning Blackburn has a range of inspiring environments for children to explore. Our centre rooms are set up based on the children’s current level of development and their interests. Our centre also includes a spacious outdoor play area that encourages children to test their limits, build strength, and develop self-confidence.

Our days incorporate messy play experiences, allowing children to use their natural curiosity and engage their senses. Your child will be introduced to literacy and numeracy through fun learning games, and investigate science, technology and the arts. We also offer a range of health and wellbeing activities, and nurture a love of animals, nature and the environment.

Papilio Early Learning Blackburn provides nutritionally balanced meals cooked daily by our onsite cook, an inclusion that is unique to Affinity Education Group child care centres. All nappies are included, plus you can stay connected with your child’s progress and receive updates about their day through our Storypark platform.

We know you’re busy and that deciding on child care and early education is a huge task. We are here to help you though! Our dedicated Family Support Team is available to answer any questions you may have about our programs, services, and subsidies available to your family.

Contact us today at 1800 24453 2273 or fill in our online form to book a tour of our Blackburn child care centre, meet our team of experienced and caring educators, and learn more about the Papilio Early Learning’s difference.

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Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum Includes:

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    Language Lessons
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    Yoga
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    Sustainability
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    STEAM
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    Multi-sport
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    Performing Arts
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    School Readiness
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    Cooking

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Meals Prepared Onsite

Each day our Papilio centre cooks prepare a wide variety of nutritious meals and purees onsite for the children and babies in our centres, taking the time to involve the children in meal preparation and healthy food education.

Creativity is essential when satisfying a number of young food critics every day, as is care, to ensure children's daily nutritional needs, and any individual cultural or dietary requirements are being met.

Note: A small number of our centres do not provide meals. The Centre Manager will let you know when you meet the team prior to enrolment though.

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Child Care Near Me | Papilio Early Learning Centres

Outdoor Play Area

Each Papilio Early Learning Centre features an exciting outdoor play area for children to explore, build confidence, and develop friendships.

Outdoor play is an essential experience for young children as it plays a vital role in their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

The outdoor play area is different at each Papilio centre, but all include a large playground, sandpit and space to run, jump, balance and climb.

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Child Care Near Me | Papilio Early Learning Centres

Reconciliation

Papilio has partnered with Wandana Aboriginal Education to deliver a purpose-built Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural education program for children.

This unique program is an immersive cultural learning experience for all students and teachers, and includes weekly classroom activities, as well as an authentic Aboriginal handmade artefacts and education kit.

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Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum

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Healthy Beginnings

Babies aged 0-1 years

Your baby will start their lifelong learning journey in a safe, nurturing environment. Educators will:

  • Develop strong, positive bonds;
  • Encourage confidence to explore new surroundings;
  • Spark curiosity through sensory experiences; and
  • Establish helpful routines that support health and wellbeing.
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Early Experiences

Toddlers aged 1-3 years

Your toddler will enjoy an exciting environment in which to explore and experiment as their confidence and social skills emerge. Educators will:

  • Introduce literacy and numeracy through learning games;
  • Support self expression through language skills; and 
  • Develop social and friendship skills in group settings.
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School Readiness

Children aged 3-5 years

Your child will be given the very best start before they begin Primary School where they will delve into enquiry based project work, and literacy and numeracy programs. Educators will:

  • Guide self-awareness, self-help skills and socialisation;
  • Investigate literacy, mathematics, science, technology and the arts;
  • Stimulate creativity, deeper thinking and problem solving; and
  • Prepare children for classroom environments through play-based preschool and kindergarten programs.
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Meet our team

Hello, my name is Kirsty, and I am the Centre Manager here at Papilio Early Learning Blackburn. I am an Early Childhood Professional with over 10 years of experience in the Early Childhood and Education industry. I am passionate about creating a safe, warm, and nurturing environment that focuses on play-based and open-ended learning.

I love incorporating natural resources, teaching yoga, and sharing my passion for gardening and sustainability with the incredible team I work with, children, families, and our community.
I excelled in my career in Early Childhood where I began as a casual educator, progressed into leadership, and spent some time being part of a start-up team for the building of new services across Australia. It is through these experiences I have enjoyed a rich and varied learning journey that has helped shape my knowledge and inform my pedagogy.
I appreciate and value every moment of my career and look forward to my journey with Papilio.

Come in to say hello and meet our wonderful team – we’d love to meet you and show you our beautiful centre!

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How to Enrol

If you’re thinking of enroling, we encourage you to book a tour of our centre. 

Family tours are an opportunity to explore our learning environments, meet our team of Educators, and see our curriculum come to life in the room where your child will learn and play.

Our dedicated Family Support Team is always available to answer any questions you may have about our programs and services. Contact us today at 1800 24453 2273 or fill in our online form to book a tour, meet our team of experienced and caring educators, and learn more about the Papilio Early Learning difference.

Flexible Sessions

To make the most of the CCS available to you, we also offer the option of 10-hour or full-day sessions. This means your fortnightly CCS hours can be spread out over more days. Talk to one of our Family Support Consultants on 1800 CHILD CARE. We can help you determine if you qualify to receive the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and provide you with a quote.

Some families can also get extra support on top of the CCS through the Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).

To estimate your Child Care Subsidy or other entitlements you may be eligible for, please visit our CCS Estimator.

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Big Thinkers STEM Program

Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has always played a vital role in the development of our Lifelong Learning Curriculum for children in our preschool rooms (3-5 years*).   

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum - Big Thinkers STEM program is aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework, ensuring:  

Your child has a strong sense of identity - Through creating a safe secure and supported learning experience, your child will develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience, and sense of agency; through this, developing on their self-confidence with encouraging interaction with care, empathy and respect. 

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Get in touch with one of our friendly team and start your journey with Papilio Early Learning Blackburn