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MCCCC believes a positive, proactive attitude and appreciation of the environment should be fostered from early childhood.

Sustainability is one of five key focus areas in the MCCCC’s strategic plan. We promote a holistic approach to environmental education, which involves policy, play experiences and strategies for working with children, staff and parents.

MCCCC often participates in workshops and environmental education programs at CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), a not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick. CERES’ proximity to MCCCC’s three centres means our children are regularly able to go on excursions and participate in various educational activities on site.

Click here to view a short video about CERES and MCCCC's involvement with this unique and forward-thinking organisation. 


The aim of the MCCCC's sustainability strategy is to embed sustainability within our educational programs and operations across all three sites and engage with both families and the wider community in implementing sustainable practices into our everyday lives.

We aim to:

  • Improve environmental outcomes
  • Create a safe environment for children, educators, staff and families
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions
  • Reduce waste going to landfill.




Becoming ResourceSmart

ResourceSmart is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools and early learning centres become more sustainable by reducing their costs and creating real-life learning opportunities.

Schools take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MCCCC aims to be ResourceSmart accredited by 2017 and to become the first five-star ResourceSmart early learning centre.

Actions currently underway include:

  • Reducing energy use
  • Reducing water use
  • Reducing waste and better waste management
  • Using only biodegradable products where possible and significantly reducing the use of plastics
  • Composting food waste on site
  • Switching to green power
  • Installing solar panels
  • Collaborating with Moreland Council and Positive Charge
  • Encouraging parents to ride their bikes, walk, car-pool, or use other more-sustainable alternative to car travel
  • Encouraging staff to reduce, re-use, recycle and repair wherever possible
  • Ensuring we use environmentally responsible cleaning products
  • Modelling and teaching children about recycling
  • Being active members of Environmental Education in Early Childhood Victoria (EEEC).

Three centres, one community

Our Happy Families

One morning, our two-year-old said she was going to her ‘other house’. That really says it all: Dunstan is her home away from home, a fun place to play and learn with staff who make her feel secure and loved. We couldn't be happier.
Camille, Dunstan Reserve

Our children really enjoy the time they spend at MCCCC. I have watched them grow in confidence and make positive friendships. MCCCC offers a relaxed, educational and nurturing environment. I particularly like the increasing focus on sustainability.
Donna, Dunstan Reserve

The staff are all lovely and caring, and I feel that they genuinely enjoy being around little people and encouraging them to grow and learn. I particularly like the way the children can move throughout the different spaces at Mitchell Street, playing with educators and kids of different ages as they please.
Elena, Mitchell Street

The variety of activities for the children coupled with the community garden right next to the centre make it a great setting for developing minds. Educators take a real interest in the children and their families—with some going the extra mile to help parents, which is greatly appreciated after a long day at work.
Faranaz, Dunstan Reserve

We chose Mitchell Street because of the friendly staff and atmosphere and especially the fact that the kids are not segregated by age. As it is, we have observed her language, motor skills, empathy and independence grow by leaps and bounds, far beyond our expectations.
Katy, Mitchell Street

We are so appreciative of the wonderful care of our boys by the educators at Mitchell Street. The children enjoy a diverse range of engaging activities and it’s clear that the educators are enthusiastic and take a great amount of pride in supporting the children to participate and learn.
Mel and Ian, Mitchell Street

We've always loved how Tinning Street feels more like a home than a child care centre. Our eldest went to school very happily after the great early learning foundation he received at the centre and our youngest is on track for the same! The carers are wonderful and attentive. We don't know what we’d do without them!
Michelle, Tinning Street

Both of my daughters have attended Mitchell Street and loved it there. When my second daughter started, the family grouping allowed my older daughter to be with her as she was adjusting to the new space. It was good peace of mind to know that they had each other during the day whilst I was working.
Nadia, Mitchell Street

We had complete confidence in sending our son to Mitchell Street from the moment we entered the building. He is a respected and loved member of the Mitchell Street family and receives personalised care from a very familiar group of professional carers. We will not hesitate in enrolling our next child and recommend Mitchell Street to our friends.
Rebecca, Mitchell Street

As a new mum of ethnic background, child care was culturally considered a last resort. I feel very grateful for the path that life pushed me towards. From the educators to kitchen staff, management to kinder teachers, we have been blessed with amazing people. There was nothing I asked for that couldn’t be done.
Rose, Tinning Street

The kinder program is frequently the starting point for fascinating discussions at home with my four-year-old son. He is challenged to think about the world in new ways and is excited to share his learning with us. I am so grateful he has a nurturing and supportive environment to develop his social skills and build confidence.
Sarah, Tinning Street

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Friday, November 22, 2019

MCCCC sleeps at the G

It was that time of year again when an enthusiastic group of MCCCC educators participated in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the G. Sleep at the G is now in its seventh year and raises much needed funds for Melbourne City Mission, who support more than 5,000 people experiencing homelessness a week. This year, Melbourne City Mission was also hoping to raise funds to support their newly opened crisis accommodation centre for at-risk young people, Frontyard.

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