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Welcome to Wingate Avenue Children's Co-Operative. We are proud to be a Not-For-Profit Centre that prioritises high-quality care and education for the Ascot Vale area and surrounds. This commitment to our community is reflected in our reputation and our recent rating by the Department of Education as Exceeding in all seven Quality Areas (August 2022). 

Wingate Avenue Children's Co-operative is built upon the Traditional Lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation. The Wingate team would like to acknowledge their continued connection to the lands and waters and thank them for caring for Country for thousands of generations. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise that Aboriginal Sovereignty was never ceded.

Always Was, Always Will Be, Aboriginal Land.

Wominjeka yearmann koondee biik Wurundjeri balluk

Welcome to the land of the Wurundjeri people

Wingate Avenue Children’s Co-Operative first opened its doors in 1975 and we have been providing education and care to children within the local community ever since. The service shares its location with the Wingate Avenue Community Centre and has recently finished our building renovations, with new, purpose-built environments that have been architecturally designed to optimise children's learning and development. 

Wingate Avenue is a 70-place, not-for-profit Long Daycare Service, providing early education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. We provide Government Funded 3-year-old and 4-year-old Kindergarten programs within our curriculum.

As a not-for-profit service, we have a priority of access to families who live in the Ascot Vale Housing Estate, with 50% of our places reserved for families from that community in order to offer pathways for families to access high-quality care and education.

Our Centre is run by a small group of volunteer families who act as our Committee of Management, alongside our Director Gina, our Administrator, Christine and our Education and Family Support Manager, Alison. This management structure allows us to advocate and support our invaluable team of educators with above-award pay, flexible working hours and ongoing opportunities for professional and personal development. Without our educator team, we would not be the service that we are today. For more information about our Educators, click here


Our philosophy revolves around the importance of relationships. We prioritise relationships with our families, children and community in order to create a curriculum and environment that truly reflects and respects the people who are impacted by it. We believe in the importance of play as learning, and ensure children are given the opportunity to learn through all their senses. For more information about our philosophy, click here.

about us

hours and Contact

We are open from 7 am to 6 pm 

Monday through Friday

We are closed on Public Holidays and for two weeks over the Christmas period

P: 03 9376 8777


centre daily costs

Daily Fee: $140

Weekly Fee: $685

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B Minor Music

Our fortnightly music and movement program with Bree, an award-winning musician and children's artist. Children are supported to develop confidence and creativity


Sports 4 Kinders

Our weekly physical education program for our over twos, with a focus on the VEYLF Outcomes in regard to gross and fine motor skill development


Wingate Community Centre

We work closely with Maternal and Child Health Nurses, Community Support, Food Packages and other outreach supports


Brotherhood of St Laurence

Through our SRF funding, we have an ongoing mentorship and coaching plan to ensure the Centre is a culturally competent environment 

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Wingate staff and management protesting at the Big Steps Rally in 2022

At Wingate Avenue we celebrate diversity and this includes our staff. We welcome educators of all genders, from diverse backgrounds and see this diversity as a strength of our centre. ​We believe in an inclusive environment for every person that walks through our doors.

We are always on the lookout for passionate teachers and educators. If you are studying and looking to do training hours, please contact the centre via phone to find out if there is any availability.​​ Although we might not have a position available at the time you register, we will keep all details on file and will contact applicants when appropriate roles become vacant.

To submit your resume please email and include a short introduction.

employment at wingate

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