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Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara - Portland Child and Family Complex

The Portland Child and Family Complex

Portland Child and Family Complex

The Complex is a purpose-built integrated child and family services facility that is exceeding the national quality standards and provides high quality care and education to children from 8 weeks to 6 years.

Naming of the Building

The name of the building as the ‘Portland Child and Family Complex’ was given a dual name in 2011.

Following consultations with the Traditional Owners of the Portland language area, the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL) and in consultation with the broader community, the traditional Dhauwurd Wurrung name "Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara" - meaning Grow Strong People was chosen.

Our Hours

Portland Child and Family Complex

The Complex is open Monday - Friday between 7.30 am and 6:00 pm.

Our Programs

Session Times
Morning Session 7:30am - 1:00pm
Afternoon Session 1:00pm - 6:00pm
All Day Session 7:30am - 6:00pm

Our Philosophy

  • Quality - We value the provision of high quality education, information and care for every child and their family at the service.
  • Relationships - We believe communication and interactions between children, families, educators and staff should be respectful, open and honest to encourage trusting, strong relationships.
  • Equity - We value children, family members, educators and staff as individuals and believe in the right for all to be treated as equals irrespective of their family circumstances and background.
  • Diversity - We believe that embracing diversity creates an atmosphere of inclusion.
  • Respect - We believe in an environment that respects individuals’ rights, views, beliefs and values.
  • Reflective Practices - We believe reflective staff and educator practices encourage sustained and improved services, which promotes better outcomes for children and their families.
  • Play - We believe in the value of play and providing children with opportunities to learn in stimulating and safe environments.
  • Partnerships - We value the ongoing development of partnerships between children, families, educators, staff and the community.
  • Wellbeing - Support all children’s physical and mental health.
  • Child Safety - We are committed to the safety of children, reducing and removing the risk of child abuse is at the centre of our decision making.

Our Services

  • Long Day Care
  • Kindergarten
  • Before and After Kindergarten Care

To enrol your child at the Portland Child and Family Complex please visit the long day care page

Further Information

For more information about the Portland Child and Family Complex, please contact Children’s Services on 1300 453 635 or email:

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