114 Blackwood Street, Yarraville

The Yarraville Community Centre operates a 3-year-old pre-school children’s
program at 114 Blackwood Street to help your child prepare for kindergarten and school.
We aim to support your child’s school readiness in an exciting, engaging way.
We look forward to empowering your child as they take the leap into the next
stage of their learning.

Operating Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am – 2pm. Please enquire about others days if needed.

Meet the team at this centre

Claudia Galarza Orcada

Claudia is a qualified Early Childhood Educator, currently finishing her Diploma
at Victoria University. She has been working with children for over 20 years.
Starting her career in her native Peru with a Steiner Education background, Claudia
worked in the United States before arriving in Australia in 2006.

In addition to having worked at St Kilda Steiner Kindergarten, Bright Steps (Newport)
and Children’s Garden (South Melbourne), Claudia has also operated a Family
Day Care service. While not working and studying Claudia is kept busy with
her two young daughters. Claudia’s approach to Early Childhood Education comes
from her background as an educator and mother, supported by her current studies.
Claudia believes children learn best when positively engaged to explore through
singing, dancing and imagination, allowing children to grow and build success for life.

Deb Formosa

Deb comes to us after 12 years at Gymbaroo Williamstown providing
neuro-development classes for parents and children from birth to 5 years.
She brings a great understanding of the significance of “play” and movement during
the first 5 years in laying the crucial foundations for later learning.

She and her husband feel very fortunate to have had 3 beautiful children who are
now healthy active caring young men. Deb has always had a focus on fitness and
good health, and loves to cook and bake, and relax with family and friends. She
began studying a Bachelor of Education as a mature age student, undertook ongoing
Professional Learning during her years with Gymbaroo, and is currently completing
her Early Childhood Education and Care certificate. She is extremely excited to get
started and get to know our children and their families and become a vital part of the
early years of their lives.