FROEBEL Fitzroy North

FROEBEL opened this awe-inspiring Bilingual Early Learning Centre for 69 children from 6 months to 5 years on 138 Barkly Street in Fitzroy North in October 2014. A Kindergarten Program is fully integrated into our curriculum on 5 days every week.

FROEBEL Fitzroy North has been rated by the Department of Education and Training at Exceeding the National Quality Standard

A 5 metre giant slide that whizzes the older children (and their parents if they are daring enough!) from the building into the playground, a two-level play pod, reading nooks, a ‘Little Scientists’ corner, a kitchen theatre – these are just some of the features that make the centre a magical place for children that facilitates learning opportunities on many different levels – playful language learning, science & maths, health & nutrition, nature experiences & appropriate risk-taking. Our enthusiastic team of four qualified early childhood teachers, highly-qualified and experienced early childhood educators and a chef strive to create the best possible early learning and care environment for your children.

We implement a playful bilingual (English-German) language learning concept, based on immersion. The centre was certified as one of Australia's first "Little Scientists Houses" in January 2016. 

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Steffen Welsch Architects (with project architect Dorit Przyborowski) (Melbourne), Christina Silk from Silk Consulting Landscape Architects in association with Alexandra Gaunt from Lightbox 3D (Sydney) and FROEBEL developed an exciting and unique play and learning world which won the 2015 CEFPI Educational Facilities Award

Jury Citation:

The FROEBEL Early Learning Centre in North Fitzroy shows a successful transformation of a two-storey former administration building within a constrained site into a vibrant and spatially complex place with excellent facilities for little children.

FROEBEL Australia’s vision of a child-centred and play-based learning environment in unity with nature has been successfully interpreted in this project. The beautifully detailed two-storey play pod, the intimate nooks and raised platforms prove to be not only spatially and visually aesthetic, but also cleverly turn mere building regulations into fun and functional elements. The varieties of spaces provided create a colourful, warm and light filled atmosphere and are complemented by a natural and playful outdoor space.

The thorough implementation of environmental principles, the use of sustainable and natural materials and the thermal upgrade of the existing building all add to the holistic design approach of this project.

FROEBEL Fitzroy North is a service approved by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and is also approved for Child Care Subsidy. Families can find further information on how to apply for family assistance with the cost of childcare on the website of the Department of Human Services.

We partner with the Deutsche Schule Melbourne, an independent German English Bilingual School, located on the same campus in Fitzroy North. Our partnership provides a continuum to our philosophy of early bilingual immersion learning. Deutsche Schule Melbourne’s concept is based on the Canadian “Early Immersion Program” for bilingual schools. Please visit their website for further information and the school's enrolment procedures.  

Centre Director, Kerri Smith


FROEBEL Fitzroy North

Kerri Smith

138 Barkly Street

Fitzroy North VIC 3068

Ph. +61 (0)3 9481 2527

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