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Papilio Early Learning Essendon

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Welcome to Papilio Early Learning, your best choice in early education, childcare and Kindergarten in Essendon. We're welcoming new families to join our Baby Nursery, Toddler Program and Kindergarten. You're invited to visit for a free stay and play date or family tour today!

Your child's lifelong learning journey starts here! Our approach begins with a focus on baby sensory play and building secure attachments so our littlest learners develop the confidence they need to explore.

This is followed by exciting play-based toddler programs featuring opportunities to develop literacy, numeracy, and early socialisation skills. Children aged from 3-years old can join our Kindergarten programs, developing the school readiness skills they need to thrive in Primary School.

Ask about our Healthy Children enrichment program

"Research shows the first five years of your child's life are the most important. Our lifelong learning approach will support your child to develop emotionally, socially, physically and academically, no matter what age they begin with us, to ensure they develop a lifelong love of learning. Together, we can help your child reach their full potential." Dr Lesley Jones

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What's Provided

Healthy Children
Healthy Children learning themes in every day learning activities.
Introduction to STEAM concepts for our Kindergarten children.
Healthy Meals
Healthy Children learning themes in every day learning activities.
Long day care
Casual and flexible care are available to accommodate your family's needs.
In-centre sustainability program involving all age groups.
Weekly incursions
Approved Kindergarten program.
Our centre is easily accessible for those busy mornings and afternoons.
Connect with us during the day with our Storypark updates.
What our families say about us ...
  • "The fact that my 18mo runs in for a cuddle when an educator greets us at the door, that she gets excited when I remind her its day care day, and that she is always speaking the names of the educators at home, means so much us because we can see how much she loves going and is cared for. The educators are always adaptive to any of our needs without hesitation and we love getting our daily photo and diary updates. We could not fault Papilio at all and are SO happy with their service."
    - Morgan, October 2020 (Google Review)
  • "Jess and the team at Essendon are absolutely amazing to the point where drop offs with my daughter are easy as she wants to go. We found the centre initially and were very impressed. It is desigbed well and very modern. Will happily send any of our future children there."
    - Aaron, August 2020 (Google Review)
  • "Our son loves attending Papilio Early Learning Essendon. The educators are amazing so warm and caring always going that extra mile. The programs run at the centre are fantastic and they are great at keeping us updated and informed with our sons progress. We are very happy with the centre and would definitely recommend it to our family and friends!"
    - Shelley, August 2020 (Google Review)
  • "Best day care centre I’ve seen. The place is clean and the educators are wonderful. I’m really happy with Papilio Essendon!"
    - Priscilla, June 2020 (Google Review)

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Papilio Early Learning Essendon

333 Keilor Road, Essendon, VIC, 3040

(03) 9351 6817
Open Hours:
6:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday
Closed weekends and public holidays