BCYF & Bethany have merged! Our two like-minded not-for-profit organisations are now Meli. Learn more

BCYF and Bethany have merged. We are now Meli – the new name for more than 150 years of care.

Our new website is currently under development, so for now, some of the links below will go to BCYF or Bethany pages.


We know that the first years of a child’s life are an important time, which is why we we’re committed to high quality three and four-year-old kindergarten programs. With 29 kindergartens throughout Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Colac, we’re one of the biggest and most experienced providers in the region.

Community Support Services

Everyone faces challenges and we’re here to lend compassionate help, and to take a preventative and early response approach, no matter how big or small a problem. Find out how we can help you across all stages of life.

Early Childhood

Lifelong support for our community begins in the Early Years – because at Meli we know that the first years of a child’s life are an important time. We provide family-focused services for children aged 0-8 across the Barwon region, including the NDIA’s Early Childhood Approach.

Poa Banyul Community Hub

We are proud to announce that we have recently taken over management of the new Mount Duneed Community Hub, Poa Banyul.

As one of the first integrated facility of its kind, the hub will provide babies and young children with the very best start in life, while offering parents and carers an accessible and welcoming community space.

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Careers at Meli

With our culture at the heart of our organisation, Meli combines the strengths of BCYF and Bethany to make an even greater place to work. Find out about the incredible opportunities across a range of roles at Meli.

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