Journey Early Learning Lara

41 Rennie Street, Lara VIC 3212

Centre Hours

6:30am - 6:30pm - Monday to Friday

Our Facilities

  • Spacious rooms with natural light
  • Free coffee & snacks for parents
  • Natural resources
  • Never miss a moment with our Storypark app to keep you in the loop
  • Delicious and nutritious meals
  • Endless supplies of nappies, meals, bedding, sunscreen and cuddles


Journey Early Learning Centre Lara is where your child’s journey begins. We provide a nurturing environment filled with curiosity, wonder and joy. It’s a place where children aged from six weeks to six years of age can make a positive start to a life of learning, development, growth and opportunity.

Journey Lara is a warm and friendly early learning centre that inspires adventure and cheer. The centre is created around your little explorer and play-based learning. That means getting messy, digging in the dirt and playing in amongst the gardens. Our play spaces inspire children to work together with their friends to conquer milestones with confidence.

From peek-a-boo to prep, we’re here every step of the way.

School transition is a major focus, and we work hard to ensure this is a smooth process. By providing a safe and secure environment, our children develop confidence, resilience and a strong sense of self for the school journey ahead.

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.

Did you know that your child can attend Journey from 6 weeks to their first day of school?

Funded Kindergarten Program

We’ve designed a helpful Child Care Subsidy calculator so you can discover more about your government entitlements. Need help? We’re here to chat, just book an appointment below.

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“Most beautiful and caring team of educators! They all do such a fantastic job, the centre is beautiful and I feel so happy in my decision to send my two children here!”

“The staff and centre manager are lovely and very welcoming. We felt right at home from the very beginning. We are very fortunate we found this centre. Everyone is so caring and enthusiastic. Thanks for all that you do!”

Hi, I’m Melanie and I am the Centre Manager at Journey Lara.

I live locally with my husband and three children and I love working in the community.

I have worked at Journey Lara for 3 years, as an ECT and Educational Leader. Prior to this, I worked in other long day child care and sessional kindergarten settings, teaching and supporting other educators.

I followed my belief in the importance of the early years to life-long development. I studied my Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) and quickly found my passion for applying theory to practice and supporting educators to deepen their understanding of the important work we do in Early Childhood Care and Education sector.

I believe positive relationships form the foundation of quality education and care, this includes children, families and educators.

Outside of the centre, I knit, crochet, draw, play guitar and participate in Tai Chi for fun.

I look forward to meeting you at the centre!

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Community activities

– Community exploration and visits
– Community walks every Wednesday
– Mini Muso’s every Friday
– Park visits

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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