Childcare & Playgroups


Ararat Early Learning Centre

Ararat Early Learning Centre is a long daycare centre - providing care and education for children aged 0-5.

Before and After School Care

The Grampians Region YMCA offers Out of School Hours Care at Ararat Primary School - phone 0400 886 524 for more information.

Family Day Care

Family Day Care is available up to seven days a week from the home of a carer or in an approved venue.  Care is currently available in Ararat and Lake Bolac.

To enrol your child in a Family Day Care service or to enquire about becoming a Family Day Care educator, phone Wimmera Uniting Care on 03 5362 4000.

Ararat Childcare and Kinder Retreat

The purpose-built childcare centre provides care and education for all children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment. The centre is a fully funded, SunSmart centre.
To enrol your child or to enquire about their programs, phone Ararat Childcare and Kinder Retreat on 03 5352 4995 or email
Ararat Childcare & Kinder Retreat is located at 37 Mc Neil Street, Ararat  VIC 3377 and open from 6.45am - 6.15pm. 


Playgroup is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents or carers. In Victoria, around 40,000 children from 30,000 families grow and learn at playgroups held at community venues such as maternal and child health centres, kindergartens, halls, community centres, primary schools, sporting clubs and aged care facilities.  

To find a current playgroup near you, visit the Playgroup Victoria website.