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Gillian Barclay



I was born in Melbourne but grew up in Hobart. I have three children, four beautiful grandsons and (finally!) one precious granddaughter. With family roots firmly planted in Footscray, we are all passionate Western Bulldogs supporters! When I left school I worked at the Reserve Bank in Hobart and Perth, before I accepted a role back in Tasmania as a tour guide at the historic site of Port Arthur. My husband’s family ran a local store on the Tasman Peninsula for many, many years, and we still go there for family holidays. I spent some time working for a friend’s catering company and we had lots of fun catering for weddings and birthdays. I began my career in early childhood when my youngest went off to school—and that was 25 years ago! After a few years, I was managing a family day care scheme and outside school hours’ care for the local council. In 2002, I joined Stonnington Council in Malvern and managed the early childhood unit (four centres) and family day care. In 2009, I left local government and began my community sector experience at MCCCC.

My role:

“My primary function as Director is to manage the operational component of the organisation. I also assist the Committee of Management (CoM) develop the strategic direction of the MCCCC and ensure it is implemented through our service delivery. Our organisation is forever changing and one of my key responsibilities is to ensure that we continue to be a best-practice provider of early childhood education.

We are always working on the next big goal; further development of the French language program we implemented in early 2019 is just one example. Also important is the emphasis we place on staff professional development. We’re not too modest to admit that we’re quite unique in this way. Key to this is Ali Teece’s role as Pedagogical Leader, a mentor for our Education Leaders; it just doesn’t exist in most other services. We recognise that good outcomes for children can only happen when staff are informed and supported.
The common thread through our service is ‘promoting a culture of learning’. This applies to the educator’s themselves, for example, our emphasis on professional development; delivery of sessions at various conferences and forums; external networking to ensure we are aware of best practice within the industry; our relationship with the Victorian Chamber (to provide a professional lens as opposed to strictly an early childhood perspective); tapping into the expertise of our parent community etc.

All of this filters directly down to the environment we create for the children and over-arching that is the driver of continuous improvement—hence our Exceeding Rating in successive assessments.”




Four 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

Latest News & Events

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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