278 Victoria Street
Brunswick VIC 3056

Happy Hippo Kindergarten & Childcare Brunswick - Close to Preston, Carlton

Our Team

The Educating team at Happy Hippo Kindergarten and Childcare Brunswick are dedicated to providing all children with rich learning opportunities both within the Service and externally amongst the broader Community.
Our Teachers and Educators are committed to striving towards excellence in Early Education and Care every day. We love to meet new families and community members, so please feel free to come visit us today.

Caitlin Ruyg - Brunswick Centre Manager

Caitlin Ruyg

Brunswick Centre Manager


  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate IV in OSHC

Years of experience:

  • 10+ years of experience working in various roles between 0-12 years of age. Including being a children’s party host.

What makes you passionate about working in childcare?

I am the eldest child of my family and also the eldest out of 20 cousins..  So it is safe to say that I have been looked up to by little people my whole life. I believe that I was born to educate and care for children and it is a bonus that I enjoy it so much. My passion within the industry would be creating engaging programs, learning environments and watching the joy on the children’s faces when they are in my care.

As a manager, my sole focus is to ensure the educators are constantly learning and evolving as teachers and as leaders. I spend a lot of time creating a fun-working environment and working alongside the educators, giving them ideas, feedback and praise. We have such an important job in assisting with raising your child through their most important years of development and I believe that building strong partnerships with families and carers is the key to success for each child. .

Our Service provides a variety of extra curriculum activities such as our Mini Master Chef Classes, Little Sports Heroes, Out and About programs, Italian and much more.

We have two qualified Kindergarten Teachers who operated our funded 4-year-old and 3-year-old kindergarten programs. 

We offer a strong School Readiness Program for all preschool aged children and quality childcare and Kindergarten programs to prepare your child for school.

With our FREE public holidays for all families and discounted holiday bookings, our Service is more affordable than ever.

Why do you believe your Centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare?

Every day is a new opportunity for discovery and growth at Happy Hippo Kindergarten and childcare centre. Situated in a perfect spot right off Sydney Rd in Victoria St, Brunswick This location is ideal for families who may work in the city and for those who live close by, we offer a pram bay for you which enables you to walk to and from the centre each day.

We welcome you to our Happy Hippo family with open arms. We pride ourselves on embedding a strong community-focused program which allows your family to connect with other like-minded people in your area. We enjoy hosting regular events either at our centre or somewhere exciting within your area.

With a range of resource-rich environments including a spacious outdoor area, a covered deck, natural play structures and exciting features, children are encouraged to explore and learn. As part of  the sustainability program, the centre also has vegetable gardens, and an ever growing recycling program.

Our on-site chef prepares nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. To further explore food at the centre, our staff encourage regular cooking experiences for the children to get involved in to enhance their understanding of good nutrition.

We look forward to Welcoming your family to Ours!

Situated in the heart of Brunswick, close to public transport. 

Easily accessible to busy families with off-street drop-off parking, great local public transport links and on-site pram parking.

Secure facility with plenty of large colourful, fun and outdoor natural play spaces, complete with modern equipment for your child to explore, discover & grow.

Our passionate educators are committed to giving your child a warm welcome to ensure that their early years are enjoyable and memorable.

Take a look!


Happy Hippo Annadale

3 Enderby Drive

Mickleham VIC 3064


(03) 8560 5400 ext 3

Happy Hippo Brunswick

278 Victoria Street

Brunswick VIC 3056


(03) 8560 5400 ext 1

Our Centres are open 6:30AM – 6:30PM Monday – Friday excluding public holidays and between 24th December and 2nd January.