Willowsacorns, What sort of schools are you after? The Private Schools (Self Funded) alot of them are around inner city there are 4 big clubs in the inner east area, and lots of smaller clubs. The Big clubs Being TEMS, Hawthorne, Warvely and Camberwell. Powerhouse is a good club for expats, they are based in St Kilda/Albert Park (near the GP street Track). But housing in these areas is not cheap. (That said sometimes you can get bargains in St Kilda). To the West is cheaper housing, a couple of big clubs, in Footscray and Altona, but I can't say much for the schools, I did used to work out there, and really didn't enjoy it at all. I went from a country boy to inner east at uni. Possibly one of the best if not the best highschool in the east is Balwyn High, the feeder schools are meant to be quite good as well. Housing is not cheap but not as expensive as inner east. and it is close to all the big clubs, including Greensborough in the north. The inner southeast, has good housing, am not sure about the schools, you can get into any of the clubs quickly in the inner east and south east. Like Southern, Waverley. I know people at all these clubs and they are all pretty good clubs, they have good structures there for Juniors, and Vets hockey for those over 35. I would steer clear of any of the smaller clubs and some of the Uni Clubs, they are really transition clubs, they don't have the same support there for junior hockey the bigger clubs offer. I am currently in the US, I have a daughter that is close to 3 we move back to Melbourne in just over a year, so I am going to have to do the schools thing when I get back as well. We were part of Greensborough, and will most likely move back to be close to there, (although I have played for Powerhouse, TEMS and Swinburne in the past, if only I had of known how hockey works in Melb when I first moved there for uni) There are loads of Hospitals in the inner/outer/south east as well Good luck with the decision making.