Childcare and schools


Department of Defence Child Care Centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. DCO also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. Visit Department of Defence Child Care Centres for more information.

More childcare resources

There are a number of childcare facilities around HMAS Cerberus. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.

Generic school teacher

Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher
Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher



DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.


Defence School Mentors

The Defence School Mentor Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly when changing schools on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school mentors in primary and secondary schools are funded by the Department of Defence through Defence Community Organisation (DCO). They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.


Primary schools with Defence School Mentors

High schools with Defence School Mentors


VIC School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in VIC during 2020.


All Victorian children aged between six and 17 must attend school. Grade ‘Prep’ (preparatory year) to Grade six attend primary school. Victorian secondary school is from Year seven to Year 12. To attend a government school in Victoria, your child must be five years of age by 30 April of the year they start school.

The Australian Schools Directory is a helpful tool to search for all primary and secondary schools in the region.

The Private Schools Directory provides a guide to private schools in Mornington Peninsula.

The Victorian Department of Education website is a good source of information on public education in Victoria and includes a list of schools by location.


Enrolment Information

Click here to see helpful enrolment information for VIC schools.



There is a range of tertiary institutions in Melbourne including: