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Most importantly my son Lachlan is happy when he goes to day care and has fun interacting and learning with everyone there. The centre is clean and the menu has a wide variety of nutritious food which was really important to me. Overall the team is always professional and kind, I cannot speak more highly of the level of care they provide. Trusting in someone else to care for your child is a difficult step but I am grateful that we can be a part of the Penguin family.”

We have 10 parents in Docklands listed in our online childcare directory.

Welcome to our state of the art centre located in the heart of Melbourne. Melbourne’s only ground floor early learning centre that is conveniently located near Spencer Street railway station, Docklands and the Freeway entrances.

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As Centre Director of Penguin Childcare Melbourne, my mission is to ensure that the centre and its educators deliver the high quality care and programs that it sets out to do.

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We can also accommodate for early and late drop off and pick up (open at 7am and close at 7pm), please ask in the office for more details.

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“The team at Penguin Childcare Melbourne are fantastic! My daughter started there when she was 6 months old and is now 19 months. The carers are warm and friendly. With their encouragement my daughter has learned so much. She particularly loves creating art works and using the outdoor areas. And I love the open door policy as I often stop by during my break.”

Each day I look forward to caring, educating and looking after the children at Kool Kidz and am thankful it is such a positive and supportive place to work.

I have 7 Years experience working in Childcare and within that time I have gained many qualifications;  I have a diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3, Level 3 in leadership and management, Level 4 certificate in professional development, Level 5 diploma in leadership for health and social care and children and young people's services and first aid at work. 

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She talks about her friends and teachers with enthusiasm as well as the activities she takes part in during the day. We find Pre-School fabulous! - Taylin’s mum

The staff at Busy Bees are very friendly and welcoming. Lily has gained so much while at nursery, I would definitely recommend this nursery to other parents - Amy mother of Lily 4 years

If you are passing by, drop in and say hello and let us show you around. Free short term parking is available.

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“I am happy to send my son here as he is happy for me to leave him and staff are very welcoming. Always greeted with a smile and told about my sons day. I am a single mother and the centre is accommodating for my needs as I require flexibility for my schedule. The centre director is always there for me whenever I am in need whether it be to talk or for financial concerns. I highly recommend this centre to all types of families.”

I have found its just the extra mile the staff go there – in my first few months always having a tissue ready for me at the front desk when I left in the morning, remembering his first birthday, sending an update to me via a newsletter with pictures and a description of what they have done each day. All of his belongings safely packed away in his bag, and assisting me in the process of weaning him off formula. 

“Have been very pleased with Penguin Childcare. We’ve had our little one here since she was 1 year and she’s nearly 2 now. The staff are caring, friendly, capable, trustworthy and the location is convenient. I especially appreciate the daily feedback provided by the staff on her daily activities. Overall, Penguin Childcare fit the bill on all of my needs and my daughter seems very happy there.”

My decision to join the industry was heavily influenced by the creative minds of young children. I thrive on working in partnership with families to develop a sense of belonging for their children.

I'm sure I speak on behalf of all my fellow Educator's, when I say a big thank you for all our special gifts and surprises today for ECE day! It means so much to be recognised in such a special way. The notes on our door were so beautiful. I enjoy a couple of chocolate coated strawberries and a cup cake. I loved my certificate (it's going on my fridge) and my perfume smells fabulous!

Our Kindergarten program is supported by the Victorian Government.


Over the past 2 years Amone has developed and blossomed beyond belief, we put this purely down to the excellent staff and facilities at Busy Bees ExCeL has and continue to provide Amone. - Hugo Father of Amone 2 Years

Our care and education programs are simply amazing and quality that exceeds even the best day care centre levels.

The National Quality Standards (NQS) are linked to the National Early Years Learning Framework (2009) which recognises that children learn from birth. The process reflects a uniform approach to assessment and reporting across the range of service settings. Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority undertakes the assessment and rating process. It is also the point of contact for any questions services may have about the assessment and rating process.

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A child care centre that will exceed your expectations…

My name is Celia and I have been involved in the Early Childhood Education industry for the last ten years. Throughout this time I have held several positions including: Assistant, Group Leader and Centre Director. I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services and am currently studying my Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

On November 2014, the service was assessed under the National Quality Standards, and received Exceeding in all seven quality areas of the NQS with an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards. The services’ strengths, as noted by assessors, included: 

“This is a great centre. The facilities are fantastic, the staff are wonderful and most of all, our 3 year old son absolutely loves it. They also send photos and synopsis of their day via email (with parent’s consent of course) which is always a great laugh for us parents.”

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“I can remember feeling such anxiety about my then 6 month old son attending childcare. However from the first day the team at Penguin Childcare Docklands made me feel welcome and at put me at ease. I could call the centre at anytime of the day for an update and from as early as the second day I dropped my son off they all knew him by name! 

Penguin Childcare Melbourne provides care and education for up to 100 children each day with the help of 38 educators. The team are enthusiastic and passionate about each child’s well-being and education.

My name is Rebecca Davy, I am the Manager at Busy Bees London Excel. I have been working here since 2008 where I started as a nursery nurse, I then became Pre-School's Senior Room manager,  then I went on to become the Assistant Manager. I went on maternity leave and have now returned to work and currently hold the position as Manager.

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