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Sandhills Early Childhood Centre

6 Gilmore Crescent
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Sandhills provides long day care for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years, and is licensed to accommodate up to 55 children per day. Hours of operation are 8am to 6pm and the centre is open throughout the year, closing only for approximately 2 weeks over the Christmas, New Year period.

The Centre complies with the National Quality Framework and recently achieved an overall rating of “Exceeding National Quality Standard (E)”.

Our Early Childhood Program

Sandhills promotes a flexible emergent program that follows careful observation and collaboration with all participants – children, families and colleagues. It reflects our view of children as being capable and resourceful contributors to their own learning. We build on children’s strengths and interests to engage them in play based learning, and are guided by Belonging, Being and Becoming - the Early Years Learning Framework in our approach.

Our Place

The centre has four playrooms that are designed to provide learning spaces for children, from infants and toddlers through to preschoolers. Each space is a unique setting and has its own outdoor area. Groups of young children engage in play with their peers and are observed and guided by familiar, qualified staff. It is our role to nurture and support children’s curiosity, perceptions and emotions, and develop meaningful relationships with all participants. Family grouping is encouraged with the whole group coming together in the later part of the afternoon.

Our Team

Sandhills employs a range of qualified early childhood practitioners that includes Bachelor of Early Childhood teachers, Diploma of Children’s Services child care workers and Certificate III child care assistants and trainees. Our team work collaboratively in a mutually supportive environment with a shared vision for Belonging, Being and Becoming, and we are influenced by the work of teachers at the Reggio Emilia centres in Italy. As professionals, we aim to produce positive learning outcomes and keep moving forward with the new principles and research ideals of early childhood practice.

Fees

We believe our fees reflect value for money. It enables us to provide experienced qualified staff, a hot lunch, dessert, morning and afternoon tea each day, hats for the 3-5 year olds, sun block and visiting entertainment.

Because we are community based and not-for-profit, all income goes back into operating the service to provide the best possible learning outcomes for children. Please contact the centre for the current fees and charges.

Waiting List

Childcare places at highly regarded services are often difficult to obtain, particularly for the 0-3 years age group. If you are planning on returning to work after the birth of your baby, it is important that you place them on the waiting list as soon as possible.

Waiting List forms and our Parent Handbook can be requested by emailing the centre at sandhills@byron.nsw.gov.au. We suggest you visit us before making a decision about whether Sandhills is the right option for your family. Call the centre to make a time when someone will be available to show you around and provide the necessary information.

Parent Participation

Our centre is community based, and a Parent Committee provides input into policy development, social and fundraising activities. Parents are welcome to stay and play, or contribute to the program by reading stories, teaching new songs, music, dance or games. We see ourselves as a ‘community of learners’ partnering with parents in the care and education of children.

A Sustainable Future at Sandhills

The playgrounds at Sandhills are natural, with bark chips, mulch and some grass. We supply cloth nappies for the under 2 year olds.

We have two worm farms, there are gardens in each area and the children are very proud of their gardening efforts. The children also contribute to waste management at the centre by recycling paper and feeding the worms with the kitchen scraps.

A 10,000 gallon water tank has been installed to collect water from the roof for use in the washing machine and toilets, and for a reticulated water course for play. The Centre has run a Water Wise education program and undertaken a waste audit.

We are excited at the opportunity to sow the seeds of sustainability in our children that may really impact on the future of our planet.

Contact Details

Phone: 02 6685 8118
Fax: 02 6685 8678
Email: sandhills@byron.nsw.gov.au