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Long Day Care

Our Centres

Glenelg Shire Council offers long day care in both Casterton, Dartmoor and Portland.


Kathleen Millikan Centre


Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara Portland Child and Family Complex


Dartmoor Children's Centre

Our Programs

Our programs aim to provide a stimulating, enriching and inclusive, developmentally appropriate program for the children, where they learn through play and intentional teaching.

We aim to meet the needs of each individual within a group setting and value their contribution to our service. It is our goal to nurture each child’s self-esteem, creativity, sense of belonging and developmental achievements.

We recognise that children develop in the context of their families, and that this needs to be the starting point of service delivery. We encourage open communication between families, children and staff.

Our programs provide a care and education program based on the National Quality Framework and the Victorian Early Years and Development Frameworks for children aged from eight weeks to twelve years, with highly qualified and skilled educators.

The long day care program operates extended hours to provide support to families. It provides a safe environment where children are able to grow, play, learn and develop in their early years of life.

Children are able to attend the service full time, part time or casually, depending on the needs of the family and the availability of places.

Session Times and Fees

For more information about our session times and fees, please download the Sessions Fees and Times Facts Sheet for details.

Fees are reviewed annually, in accordance with the Council’s Fees and Charges Policy.

Vacancy Enquiries

For information about current vacancies at Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara - Portland Child and Family Complex, Dartmoor Children's Centre or the Kathleen Millikan Centre Casterton please complete an Expression of Interest Form below and email to

Expression of Interest - Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara Portland Child and Family Complex
Expression of Interest - Kathleen Millikan Centre Casterton
Expression of Interest – Dartmoor Children’s Centre

Your completed Expression of Interest will be passed on to the relevant staff who will determine any vacancies we can offer you. In the instance that we do not have any current vacancies suiting your requirements, the Expression of Interest will be placed on our waiting list. Children’s Services staff will contact you when we are able to offer a vacancy and arrange a time to conduct a centre tour.

Further Information

We have developed a Long Day Care Handbook available for download which has the following information:

• Early Years Education Programs
• Enrolment Process
• Session Times
• Tips for Settling Children
• General Information
• Service Specific Information

To download the handbook, CLICK HERE

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