Southport Playhouse

Short Session Child Care Centre

Welcome to Southport Playhouse

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Southport Playhouse is an non-profit community/parent run Short-session Childcare Centre in South Melbourne, offering care to preschool children (under the direction of the director 18 months to 4 years old) in a caring and nurturing environment.

In 2014 we will offer short-session programs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9.30 am to 12.30pm and a 3 year old early learning group on Wednesday afternoons from 130-4pm. To be added to our waitlist, please complete the enrolment form.

Playhouse was established in 1985 by a group of mothers who wanted an alternative to crèche/long day care.  They needed low-cost, short-term childcare and so they formed a co-operative to look after each other’s children on a roster basis.

Playhouse continues to provide short-session care and over the years it has become a much needed community service, providing a wonderful environment outside the home for children to interact with others of a similar age, and for parents to take a break and also meet other parents.


“My daughter loves Playhouse. She doesn’t want to come home. And I love that I can have a guilt-free break, knowing she is happy and well cared for.”

“Playhouse is a great support service when you have no family or anyone to help look after the kids.”