Phone 5472 3665

Welcome to the Castlemaine Childcare Cooperative

 Carinya is Castlemaine’s Early Childhood hub.

We are a not-for-profit community co-operative situated in the heart of Castlemaine in Central Victoria.  We operate a 60-place long day care centre for children between the ages of six weeks and five years of age, including a full kinder and pre-kinder program.

We also operate and manage Carinya Family Day Care scheme; a network of educators who provide programs for under school age in their own homes and school-age children in schools. Our Family Day Care scheme offers daycare, before and after school care, holiday care, occasional care and 24-hour care within the Mt Alexander region.

Castlemaine Childcare Co-operative has been providing accredited, quality child care since our centre was founded by a group of parents in 1979.  The Co-operative continues to be governed by a Committee of Management of elected parents who are shareholders.

We aim to give children the best possible experience of childhood in an environment where they feel safe, stimulated and encouraged to develop their individual strengths.