From Seed to Community.

Founded in 1982 in Richmond, Acacia Children's Centre was born from the belief that embracing family values and cultures strengthens society. Starting with just 43 children, we've nurtured a legacy of education that reflects the comfort and warmth of a family home, while fostering respect for our diverse community and the environment. Dive into our history to see how our commitment to these principles has shaped who we are.


Celebrating Diversity, Fostering Brilliance.
13 Belgium Avenue, Richmond, VIC, 3121
Open Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 6.00pm
(03) 9429 6150
Cost per day


Nurturing Tomorrow's Innovators

Acacia's philosophy comes to life in the vibrant hues of our playground, where children engage in play—the cornerstone of our educational approach. This outdoor space embodies our dedication to creating developmentally enriching environments, encouraging children to explore their world and develop foundational social, emotional, and physical skills through STEAM-based activities.

As families step through our welcoming entrance, adorned with children's artwork and accolades, they experience our commitment to nurture, listen, and include. Our collaborative partnership with families and the community fosters a safe, inclusive, and stimulating atmosphere where every child feels they belong. From honouring the traditional custodians of the land to embracing diverse cultures, Acacia remains a beacon of community, education, and holistic growth.

Kindergarten at Acacia Children’s Centre

"Personalised Learning in a Playful Environment."
Our government-approved Kindergarten program caters to three- and four-year-olds, following the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). Through a dynamic play-based approach, we develop crucial skills in literacy, numeracy, peer interactions, and emotional intelligence, ensuring school readiness. Guided by our bachelor-qualified Early Childhood Teachers, each child receives personalised support tailored to their strengths and interests, igniting a lifelong passion for learning.
Play-based literacy and numeracy skills
Building emotional intelligence and social skills
Personalised support from qualified teachers
Aligned with VEYLDF for school readiness
Our Curriculum
Our curriculum is inspired by a multi-theoretical approach and adheres to the VEYLDF guidelines. We exceed the standards set by the National Quality Standards (NQS) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Each room offers programs tailored to children's interests, strengths, and developmental stages. We also offer Japanese language instruction three times a week through the ELLA program, fostering cultural appreciation and global awareness.
High-quality, standard-exceeding education
Weekly Japanese language lessons
Nutrition at Acacia
Nutrition is central to our commitment to children's health and well-being. Our qualified Centre Cooks prepare daily meals following a seasonal menu approved by the Healthy Eating Advisory Board. We cater to various allergies and intolerances, ensuring every child's dietary needs are met. We promote a positive and inclusive mealtime environment, teaching children about healthy eating habits. Meals provided include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and a late fruit snack.
"Inclusive and Nutritious Meals for All"

The Inala Room

0 to 2 Years
Cultural engagement through National Reconciliation Week.
Introduction to environmental stewardship with planting projects.
Enhanced sensory development via exploratory play.
Foundations of social skills in group activities.
Welcome to the Inala Room, where our journey begins for children aged 0 to 2 years. In this nurturing space, we embark on early explorations that celebrate National Reconciliation Week, dive into our green thumbs with our planting project, enjoy cozy moments during our annual Pyjama Party, and marvel at the wonders of our new outdoor environment.

Our educational philosophy here is deeply rooted in the belief that even the youngest children are capable of engaging with and learning from their environment.

Our Inala Room is a vibrant starting point for our youngest members, encouraging growth, discovery, and the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the natural world.

The Cardinia Room

2 to 3 Years
Hands-on learning with our Blossoming Beans Planting Journey.
Cultural appreciation and diversity celebration.
Development of critical thinking with predictive discussions on things such as plant growth.
Fostering teamwork and responsibility in communal activities.
Step into the Cardinia Room, designed for curious 2 to 3-year-olds ready to explore, learn, and grow. This year, we've embraced activities that not only celebrate cultural diversity, such as National Reconciliation Week, but also connect our children with the environment through our planting project, Pyjama Party fun, and outdoor adventures.

Our Blossoming Beans Planting Journey stands out as a highlight, merging lessons on environmental stewardship with fundamental science concepts.

The Cardinia Room is a place where young minds blossom alongside our garden, cultivating a deep respect for nature and each other.

The Yarran Room

3 to 5 Years
Exploratory science and environmental care through planting.
Cultural immersion during National Reconciliation Week and other celebrations.
Engagement with nature to enhance physical and sensory skills.
Promotion of social and cognitive development through interactive storytelling.
The Yarran Room welcomes children aged 3 to 5 years into an environment where learning is an adventure that spans cultures, scientific discovery, and environmental stewardship. This term, our activities have ranged from celebrating cultural events like National Reconciliation Week and Harmony Day to delving into the mysteries of the human body and the natural world through our educational programs.

In the Yarran Room, we're dedicated to fostering a love for learning, an appreciation for our planet, and the joy of discovery, ensuring our children grow into thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring individuals.

What Families Are Saying

Thi Nguyen
My children go here since they were about to turn 6 month old. The staff are very friendly and caring. They’re very professional and knowledgeable with good hearts.
Sean K
All the teachers are caring and the management team communicate with the parents so well.
They are also very organised, so my wife and I, we all like the centre and my son really enjoys going there. We don't worry about anything when our son is at the centre and we trust everything happening at the childcare without a doubt.
Moon Lai
Thank you Acacia Richmond for being so professional and attentive to my 8-month-old from she first joined in till this very moment. Before she joined in, she was a painfully fussy eater; insecure baby who wouldn’t let me out of her sight for more than 5 minutes.
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