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Centre History

The first university based, parent managed, child care centre in Victoria.
 

1967

Pauline Cross and others organised the setting up of Monash University Child Minding Centre

1968



May


December

Monash University granted the use of 12 Beddoe Avenue, rent free for 1 year
Sister V Rush looked after 4 children before the granting of registration with Health Department approval

MMBW gave permit for 15 children: 12 over 2 years and 4 under 2 years
57 children attended in the first 6 months

The union Board agreed to give financial assistance of $800 to facilitate move to 2 Beddoe Avenue (G.P.T Sweeney Warden of the Union)

1969

August

Moved to 2 Beddoe Avenue

Registered for 25 children: 17 over 2 years and 8 under 2 years

Supervisor Sister Mc Hugh

1970

Name change to: Monash University Creche

Supervisor Edith Rogers with Elizabeth Barnfield and Bronwyn Surridge

1971

16 Beddoe Avenue registered for 15 children from 8:30 – 5:30

1973

Application to become a subsidized State Day Nursery

Declined offer to amalgamate with Monash Community Family Co-Operative Ltd.

1974

New Constitution

Registered as a Benevolent Society with the Hospital and Charities Commission

1978

18 Beddoe Avenue registered

Dorothy Hill appointed as Director

1980

May

Incorporated as a Community Advancement Society

Name change to: Monash Student Creche Co-operative Limited

1981

Extension/renovation to the building at 18 Beddoe Avenue completed

1988

Extension to the building at 16 Beddoe Avenue completed

1991

Mary Burley appointed as Coordinator

Received Commonwealth Fee Relief

1992

Removal of funding as a State Day Nursery

1993

 

June

October

Ellinor Campbell appointed as Coordinator

Commonwealth funding of Operational Grant

Moved to 62 Beddoe Avenue. Registered as a 60 place centre

Official opening by the Vice Chancellor Professor M. I. Logan

1996

Operation subsidy finished

1998

Name change to: Monash Children’s Centre (Clayton) Co-operative Limited

New slogan unveiled

New constitution due to the implementation of the Co-operatives Act 1996

First year of Kindergarten Funding

1999


December

Natasha Nolan Addison appointed to Assistant Coordinator

2001

Families who are Monash University staff are able to receive Salary Sacrifice for childcare

Julie Cauchi appointed to job share Coordinator

2004


December

Relationship with Monash University formalised with the Health and Wellbeing Department

Building extension and renovations completed by Ian Perkins Architects and Barnes Constructions

2005

March

April

July

Registered as a 107 place centre

Endorsed for Charity Tax Concessions

Official opening by the Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Larkins

Support from Monash University acquired for teachers for Professional Development Days

2006

August

All outdoor play space landscaping completed by Winstanley Landscapers

Achieved High Quality Rating across all 10 Quality Areas in the National Childcare Accreditation Council review

2008

June

August

Angie Serwecinska appointed to job share Coordinator

Vegetable garden established in empty playground with the help of families

Initiated the appointment of specialist teachers in areas of interest including: Sustainability, Emergent Curriculum, Occupational Health and Safety and Pedagogical Leader

2010

 

August

Signed on to the Professional Childcare Standard Award

Acquired additional land from Monash University to extend Room 7 playground

Added Inclusion Support and Nutritional and Natural Product Support to our Specialist Teacher areas

2011
June

September


October

Achieved High Quality Rating across all 10 Quality Areas in the National Childcare Accreditation Council review

Room 7 playground landscaping completed by Tim Fitzgerald Landscape Architect and Desired Landscapes

Official opening of the Room 7 playground by Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Peter Marshall

2012

March

November

Signed a Service License Agreement with Monash University

Appointed Karen Schneider and Emma Lindner as Educational Leaders

Constitution amendments made