Sunshine Early Learning Centre

About The Hive Early Learning Centre Sunshine

The Hive Early Learning Centre Sunshine operates Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays from 6.30am to 6.30pm and is a 128 place centre, over two levels.

Our centre contains purpose built indoor and outdoor age appropriate play areas, through 6 rooms.  Lower level comprises of two rooms which cater to the needs of our Nursery 1, aged for 6 weeks to 12 months old and Nursery 2, aged from 12months to 24 months of age.  Our upper level boasts 4 rooms in all with indoor and outdoor areas that provoke imagination, exploration, engagement and belonging.  With 2 rooms for the inquisitive minds of the 2-3 year olds, a program that is geared to a room of pre kinder children and a school readiness kinder program for our pre-schoolers.

Our centre is conveniently located at 424 Ballarat Road North Sunshine, with convenient onsite undercover parking.

Our centre philosophy is influenced by Reggio Emilia, providing children with an environment that aids in their learning ‘through play’.  Children are encouraged to ask questions, explore, investigate and just be children, through positive interactions that evoke confidence in an environment that is nurturing.

Centre Director - The Hive Early Learning Centre Sunshine

My name is Christine Smith, better known as Chris.

I have accepted the role of Centre Director at The Hive Early Learning Centre Sunshine and begin Monday 1st June 2020 on a full time basis.

I am very passionate about the children’s services sector and have worked in long day care as well as occasional care settings for 22 years. I have worked as a Diploma trained Educator and have directed Centres for the last 15 years.

My most recent role was Centre Director in Caroline Springs at a long day care and Kindergarten. I have worked in this Centre for 11 ½ years.

I look forward to sharing many years of experience and knowledge as a Director and will work extremely hard with the Educators and children to maintain high quality care and education.

Together, we will help to build your child’s confidence and development of their early years. We will focus on preparing your child’s readiness for school whilst creating lifelong happy memories all the while sharing this journey together.

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Jenna McConnel via Facebook

We were so nervous moving to a new daycare, and it's actually proved to be one of the best things we could do for our son. He is so happy there, drop offs are easier, home time is easier, he loves the food (4 servings of lunch is his record), he loves his room and the amazing outdoor area and we can’t say enough wonderful things about the staff- Regional Manager, Centre Director and his Educators. We have so quickly felt like this place is an extension of our family and we couldn't be more grateful.


Roxanne CS via Google

All of the team at the Hive are fantastic. I am so happy with our decision to send out little one there. She loves being outside no matter the weather and she loves all of the outdoor play that they do there. She has come so far with her speech and development in her time there.  All of the educators and other employees are approachable and welcoming! They are happy to have a friendly chat anytime. Leaving your child with somebody else when returning to work is never easy but I know that they are attentive to each and every child and she is very well looked after. I would highly recommend The Hive!


Thi Nguyen via Google

The Hive ELC -sunshine is new, clean and beautiful, both indoors and out, all room  are set up nicely with all new toys and equipment and wide range of activities;  , this centre also provides a kindergarten program. The Hive Sunshine centre is located on a main road with many car-parks available on the ground level, therefore, it is so convenient for busy working families. In addition,  The Hive -Sunshine educators who are well trained and professional in caring and educating for young children, I highly recommend anyone who is looking for childcare or kindergarten for your child.


Samina Urmee via Google

The centre is one of a kind in the whole western suburb. Staffs go above and beyond and genuinely care about the children. Chris is the most amazing director any childcare centre can ever have. You can trust the team with your child without any doubt. Cannot recommend the centre  more.


Lauren Gauci via Google

Being quite new to the childcare industry, I’m very proud to say that I’m an educator at The Hive in Sunshine. The centre has given me the opportunity to begin my career in the field I’m passionate about. The educators I work with are fantastic with the children in ensuring that their safety and education is second to none.

If you’re looking at finding high quality care and education for your child/ren I highly recommend ours. Book a tour and see for yourself.


Shahid Iqbal via Google

So happy with the service, educators are so passionate and caring I can’t thank them enough. Thank you to all the amazing staff! Keep up the great work! Raffey loves you all 🙂

Address: 424 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020
Call Us: (03) 9310 1751

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