Lara Child Care by Story House

Child Care and Kindergarten for families in Lara and Avalon

Quality early childhood education and child care provides the foundation for learning for life.
Let your child’s learning story begin with us

Customised Daily Routines

Lara Early Learning provides customised daily routines to suit each child

Child Oriented Curriculum

Lara Early Learning provides child orientated curriculum is that is based on family and child input.

Family Involvement

We encourage involvement with all aspects of our service including parent helpers within the service.

Safe Environments

We have a safe and friendly atmosphere where children are welcomed as individuals and feel a sense of belonging.

Nutritional Meals

Our healthy and nutritional menu considers cultures and dietary requirements of each child.
  • Two beautiful outdoor play spaces that are age appropriate and enable children to explore with peers of similar age.
  • Outdoor community garden space for all children, families and educators to access.
  • Extra-curricular activities include yoga sessions, in-house music sessions, library excursions, local walking track excursions, bush kinder and many more!
  • An approved Victorian kindergarten program lead by a qualified early childhood teacher.
  • Flexible indoor/outdoor programs allowing children to flow freely and discover learning environments both indoors and outdoors.
  • Progressive morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Our purpose built service provides spacious, thoughtful, learning environments that emphasise learning through play and corresponds with the educational program.
  • Healthy, nutritious meals prepared and cooked by our qualified chef and rotated on a monthly and seasonal basis.

Tailored Learning and Curriculum for each age group

Story House Lara Baby childcare


We partner with you to provide a safe, quality, family-centred learning environment where every child is respected and nurtured. We continually develop our skills and explore new ways to enrich your child’s early learning experience.


Indoor and outdoor play based experiences are an integral part of our program. Educators plan a diverse range of experiences to create opportunities for your child in both structured and spontaneous play.

Avalon Toddler child care


Our programs are inspired by the wisdom and teachings of early childhood theorists and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and aim to develop children’s emotional, social and cognitive intelligence.

Story House Lara Kindergarten room


The Kindergarten curriculum continues to emphasise play based learning, however offers additional intentional learning times where the focus is on literacy and numeracy, socialisation, self-regulation and independence.


What led you to a career in the childcare industry?
After babysitting for friends and family I found myself to drawn to wanting to learn and know more about what we can do, as an educator to develop and extend on each child’s individual educational learning journey.

What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
Being given the opportunity to be a Service Manager at Story house Lara, meeting the team of educators, along with each day meeting the individual children and their parents as they come in. I look forward to meeting more of our children and their families and creating our community networks within Lara.

Who Inspires you and why?
My two daughters they inspire me every day to keep building on my own goals and continue to learn – as I want to be able to be a role model to them, that the world is out there ready for them to explore.

Lara Child Care Service Manager Lee-anne

What are you passionate about?
I am extremely passionate about ensuring that each, and every child that comes to our Service feels safe, supported, respected, nurtured and cared for, that we are an extension to their family. That our environments are set up in a way that we offer the children with endless opportunities for learning experiences to occur.

What type of leadership style do you have?
I believe that a leader is only as good as their team, and that we all have our own individual strengths, and that we all bring something unique. I am looking forward to building and inspiring the team at Lara through empowering and acknowledging their growth and their successes. That as a team we can all work together to achieve the best possible outcome for the children and their families at the service.

What makes your service such an amazing service?
That we can come in to work everyday and be rewarded with a smile, a hug from all the children within in our classrooms. We are also extremely fortunate that we can come in and share beautiful indoor and outdoor environments that offer the opportunity for valuable interactions and learning experiences to take place.

What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
Increasing our current occupancy, extending on our community networks, and building on us being recognised as a leading educational learning service for families within the area.

Latest News from Story House Lara

Story House Lara post office

Lara Kinder Visit the Post Office

Our Story House Lara Kinder children have been engaging in post office dramatic play. Take a peek into our adventure to the post office.

Lara Book Fair


Our Book Fair has begun! We invite our beautiful families at SHEL Lara to come and have a look through these wonderful books on display.


Story House is a Victorian approved Kindergarten

Our centre welcomes families from surrounding suburbs including Lara, Avalon, Lovely Banks and Corio. We offer a state-of-the-art facility boasting beautifully renovated environments, spacious play areas, and modern educational materials.

Our aim is to provide a secure and happy environment where children can develop their intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and language skills to become competent and confident individuals. And for you to feel safe knowing that your child is receiving the best possible care.

Where To Find Us

Our child care centre is conveniently located in the heart of Lara, and a short drive from Avalon.

Story House Early Learning Lara is a growing service in a developing country community. Being part of a rural town we have opportunities embrace all that it has to offer, from its natural resources and environments, these are tremendous opportunities to teach our children all that is on offer in their community. Our aim is to provide a nurturing, safe and happy environment for all children and families who attend our service. 
Located in a great area with strong connections  to the community. This is an opportunity for your child to develop within spaces in which they can feel safe and continue on their learning journey.

Story House Lara Early learning and Child care
31-33 Station Lake Road Lara VIC 3212
 03 5282 8876  |  [email protected]
Open  Monday to Friday 6.30am to 6.30pm