Journey Early Learning Essendon

7-13 Bulla Road, Essendon North VIC 3041

Centre Hours

7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Our Facilities

  • Spacious rooms with natural light
  • Free coffee & snacks for parents


Journey Early Learning Centre Essendon is where your child’s journey begins. Our Early Learning Centre provides intentional learning opportunities daily with a focus on literacy and numeracy, language, life skills, music and rhythm, and more. Our Government Approved Funded Kindergarten Program ensures children from three-years-old are prepared for their journey to school.

Prepare for Kindergarten 2024

Join us in May 2023 to find out more about our Kindergarten Program and how we support your little one in getting ready for the next step on their educational journey.

RSVP now to secure your spot at our upcoming Kinder event and come along for a fun-filled day that you’ll never forget!


Journey Essendon’s Educational and Developmental Curriculum is developed from the Victorian Early Years Learning Curriculum, based on the individual child’s interests, strengths, family expectations and professional intent. We have an Art Atelier space, Italian language sessions for Pre Kinder and Kinder, as well as a music program for all ages.

We collaborate closely with families through day-to-day professional conversations and hold parent-teacher interviews. Our parents stay informed and connected to their child’s progression with daily program evaluations and learning using our Storypark communication platform.

In order to ensure every child is prepared for school, our Kindergarten classrooms are intentionally designed by our Teachers to align with the Journey Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework and Curriculum. Our Government Approved Funded 3 and 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Classrooms are run by ACCEQA approved Early Childhood Teachers and Qualified Educators. Children enrolling in our 4-Year-Old Kinder Program are provided with ongoing support from teachers in preparation for school through our School Readiness Program.

Funded Kindergarten Program

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“We have nothing but positive things to say about our experience with Journey Early learning in essendon. The staff are so friendly, kind and caring. My daughter looks forward to her day care days and I love that there is an app to get little updates through out the day and also the childcare now app to pick up extra days when/ if available.
The outdoor areas are big and full of lots of different options for the kids to play and they also get to experience little excursions to nearby parks etc.
I always leave my daughter knowing she is in the best hands with all the beautiful staff but also knowing she will have a happy fun day!”




“I’m really pleased that after visiting eight centres I chose Journey Essendon. I have found all of my daughter’s kinder teachers to be nurturing, responsive and invested in my daughter’s social and emotional development. Their facilities are excellent, particularly the size of the outdoor yards which are open, bright and filled with greenery – a rarity for a Melbourne centre. Their Chef prepares a wide range of nutritious meals that my daughter raves about, and every single staff member is genuinely friendly and welcoming when you pass them in the hallway. Most importantly, my daughter loves going to kindy and adores her teachers.”


Welcome to Journey! my name is Nika and I am the Centre Manager of Journey Early Learning Essendon. With a passion for the Early Childhood sector since 2009 and armed with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, I bring over a decade of experience as a Kindergarten teacher, along with my expertise in leadership roles.
At our centre, we embrace the uniqueness of each child, recognizing their individuality and treating them with the utmost respect. Every child has the right to belong, learn, grow, and flourish in a safe and supportive environment. We believe in nurturing their curiosity and fostering a genuine eagerness to learn.
Understanding that children learn at their own pace, we prioritize providing ongoing experiences and activities tailored to their developmental readiness. Our approach encourages ample opportunities, space, and time for children to independently explore their surroundings while engaging with their peers and dedicated educators.
We take pride in our open-door policy, warmly welcoming families and the wider community. It is vital that every visitor feels a deep sense of belonging within our service. We value the participation and involvement of families, knowing that their collaboration enriches the learning journey of each child.
To ensure the smooth functioning of our service, we believe in the power of teamwork. Communication flows freely, ensuring that every voice is heard, valued, and respected. We embrace constructive feedback as a means for continuous growth and learning, collectively evolving as a cohesive unit.
We are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to welcome you and your child into our nurturing environment. Let’s embark on an incredible journey of discovery, growth, and joyous learning together.

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Community activities

– Frequent community exploration and visit

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Exploring nature-based play

Children love getting out and exploring in nature. It really is the greatest teacher. Nature based play is a core part of our curriculum. That’s because it teaches them vital life skills including confidence, independence, exploration and cooperation. Playing outside also promotes health and wellbeing and teaches them respect for the environment.

The first step of your journey starts right here

To find out more, call us on (07) 3102 1303 (08) 8986 7557 (03) 9005 4650 or use the form below.

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