Sandhills Early Childhood Centre

About Sandhills Early Childhood Centre

Sandhills Early Childhood Centre is located at 6 Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay.

Hours: 8am to 6pm (closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year)

Sandhills provides long day care for children aged six weeks to five years, and is licensed to accommodate up to 59 children per day.

Our Early Childhood Program

Sandhills is a Community Bases Service which  promotes a flexible and  emergent program that follows careful observation of all children and collaboration with all participants – children, families and colleagues. Our Ethos (see attached ) Sandhills-Service-Ethos.pdf(PDF, 78KB) 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 with them in play-based learning. As a team of Educating professionals our curriculum is  guided by Belonging, Being and Becoming - the Early Years Learning Framework in education pedagogy.

Contact us

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

About Sandhills

The service has four distinct environments 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 natural outdoor spaces.

Groups of young children engage in play with their peers and are observed and guided by familiar, qualified and dedicated longstanding  staff.

It is our role to nurture and support children’s curiosity, perceptions and emotions, and develop meaningful relationships with all participants. Community grouping is encouraged across the Service, this approach to shared time together is a core component of our over arching Service Ethos.

A Sustainable Future at Sandhills

The outdoor, natural play scapes at Sandhills are delightfully in line with all natural elements. Abundant trees, garden beds, rockeries and grassed areas are a significant part of the Sandhills space.

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 Service by recycling paper and feeding the worms with our kitchen scraps. We have been lucky enough to have received a Grant to fund the purchases of two Sup Pods to further extend on our Sustainable practices. 

A 10,000 gallon water tank collects water from the roof for use in the washing machine and toilets. The Service 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.

Our Team

Sandhills employs a range of qualified early childhood practitioners that includes Bachelor of Early Childhood teachers, Diploma of Children’s Services educators, Certificate III educators and trainees.

Our team works collaboratively in a mutually supportive environment with a shared vision of Community.

Fees

Please contact the Service for the current fees and charges,  call 02 6685 8118 or send an email to sandhills@byron.nsw.gov.au.

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. 

Waiting List

Sandhills does have a waitlist. Waiting list forms and further information can be requested by

We suggest you contact the office to arrange a time to visit Sandhills.

Parent Participation

Our Service is community-based, and our Parent Committee is actively involved in fundraising activities .for our Service.

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.