Our story

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We welcome you to Platypus Junction with a smile. Here, you can relax. With us, you and your child are in experienced hands. For over 20 years our Platypus Junction family has nurtured children in wonderful early learning centres across Melbourne.

What do we do?
Most importantly, we listen. We listen to you, your child and the whole family. As we listen, we are able to create the individualised early learning experience you wish for your child from nursery through to 4-year-old Kindergarten. We have a wonderful highly qualified team of happy, motivated and relaxed educators who weave together a magical early learning experience for your child, daily. Call us, so we can listen to what you need from Platypus Junction.

Where are our centres?
Over the last 20 years, we have delivered several high quality centres across Melbourne. We are thrilled to announce our two new centres in Croydon and Mulgrave with another centre at Langwarrin coming soon.

Mulgrave centre
Our fantastic early learning centre and kindergarten at 5 Nexus Court, in the Nexus Business Park in Mulgrave is generously spread across two levels. Level three comprises five separate age grouped rooms from babies’ nursery through to 4-year-old kindergarten. On Level four we have a delightful botanical rooftop playground with fabulous spaces for active exploration and play, lovely quiet nooks for imaginative story telling surrounded by our mature citrus and apple trees, veggie patches and herb gardens with water play features and two sandpits with plenty of shade.

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Croydon centre
Our new Croydon centre is conveniently located at 20 Croydon Road, just across the road from Croydon Primary School with easy access to Croydon Train Station and Maroondah Highway. Our purpose-built childcare centre has been designed to trigger imagination and engage curious minds to support the development of babies to 4-year-old kindergarten. Our learning spaces are open, airy, bright and clean, they’re full of life and designed around children’s development to enable the perfect preparation for school. A fantastic botanical adventure garden surrounds the centre and is accessible from a number of rooms. The toddlers’ rooms have their own exclusive garden with sandpit, secret paths and a giant xylophone.

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Langwarrin centre – coming soon
Excitingly our new centre at leafy Langwarrin is currently under construction and will be opening soon.

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Our story since 1995
Platypus Junction was developed by Dale and Julie Pearce in 1995. Two busy working parents, on the hunt to find high quality childcare for their children Nick and Felicity. This was not an easy task. There were many challenges trying to book into their preferred centres in their area. Often basic needs were not being met regarding cleanliness and safety. The curriculum was disengaging and there was a lack of communication. These centres did not support working parents. So with a lightbulb moment and new lifestyle direction, Dale and Julie decided that they would dedicate themselves to opening a high quality, clean and safe early learning centre that supported families and their children in the best possible way. This included providing a programme that was fully inclusive and took the stress off families trying to balance the demands of home and work. The centre provided nappies, nutritious yummy meals, fantastic education and curriculum programmes with a bright, happy, motivated and highly qualified educator team. To this day, this remains the focus of Platypus Junction. Dale, Julie and now Felicity, who has joined the team are thrilled with their state-of-the-art early learning centres in Croydon and Mulgrave.

Children and their family
Platypus Junction builds meaningful relationships with the children and their families by listening and responding to the needs of the child. This allows us to provide an individualised early learning experience for each child and their family. We embrace diversity and know that every family is different.

We work with each family to deliver a genuine early learning experience for the children at Platypus Junction. The diversity of our families helps us shape and tailor the experiences we deliver in our programme from the multicultural menu and food options, to festivals, special guests and incursions. Diversity is celebrated with the children and families throughout the year.

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