Dear families, 

Please join us for our virtual information session and centre tour on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 12:30pm to 1:15pm.

Meet our Centre Director Emma, see our brand-new centre, learn more about our educational program and our opening process at FROEBEL Carlton! Please click here to register for our event. 

FROEBEL Australia is proud to have been selected by the University of Melbourne to develop, build and operate the new Early Learning Centre at the Melbourne Connect innovation precinct, expected to open on the 10th of January 2022, subject to Service Approval.

Families are welcome to already register their interest by joining our waiting list without any obligations or fees involved. 

For our joint media release with the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Connect please click here.

Our FROEBEL Carlton Early Learning Centre will*

  • cater for 92 children (across 3 floor levels) from approx. 6 months to 5 years of age,
  • be open from 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, all year around (except for public holidays),
  • be a provider of an integrated, funded Kindergarten Program,
  • focus on immersive language learning with Spanish as a second community language, 
  • encourage inquiry-based learning by implementing the Little Scientists approach, 
  • offer regular excursions to our local community and beyond,
  • provide healthy and nutritious meals, prepared fresh on site by FROEBEL’s own chef; special dietary requirements can be accommodated,
  • provide access to a private Parent Lounge,
  • have short-term drop off and pick up parking on Cardigan Street (subject to final approval by the City of Melbourne); close proximity to public transport options.

*subject to Service Approval by the Department of Education and Training

For fee information please click here.


Our new service will focus on immersive language learning with Spanish as a second community language, age-appropriate inquiry-based early STEM learning through our Little Scientists program, and education for sustainability following the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We will seek to actively engage with the Melbourne Connect community of professionals and families and undertake frequent excursions within the precinct and into nature beyond. 

We strongly believe that excellent design and excellence in early education and care are interdependent. Quality design largely contributes to better learning opportunities for children. FROEBEL’s philosophy is closely related to the Reggio Emilia pedagogy which sees the physical environment as the child’s ‘third teacher’. Melbourne Connect in Carlton offers a unique opportunity to create an extraordinary place for children in one of Melbourne’s most innovative and sustainable buildings: 6 Star Green Star rating, 4.5 Star NABERS / 5 Star NABERS Energy rating, 20% target for the reduction in operational portable water-use, 33% target for the reduction in operational energy use. Our service will become Australia’s first vertical Early Learning Centre in an engineered timber (CLT) building.

Meet our Centre Director Emma Veliscek

If you have any questions for Emma and our opening team please send an email to:

You can already register your interest in enrolling your child at our new service once open to secure your ranking on the waiting list – no obligations, no fee.

For more details on enrolments and Priority of Access guidelines for our centre please click here.

Waiting List Registration