Sandhills Early Childhood Centre

Sandhills educator reading on steps

Sandhills Early Childhood Centre is a Council run, not for profit service.

We offer nurturing and child led early years education for children aged six weeks to five years. 

We can accommodate up to 59 children per day.

We are meeting National Quality Standards in all seven quality areas.


Get in touch to discuss your needs. 

Call 02 6685 8118

If your child is 2 years old to 4 years old, please see the Waiting List information. 


Waiting list

Childcare placements for the six weeks to three years age group are difficult to get. 

If you are planning to return to work after the birth of your baby, we recommend placing your child on our Wait List as soon as possible.

Step 1.Join the Sandhills Early Childhood Centre Wait List

  1. Download and complete the Sandhills Childcare Centre Waiting List Form(PDF, 51KB)
  2. Email to
  3. We will contact you for payment of the $20.00 Wait List/Enrolment fee.
  4. Once payment is confirmed we will add your child's details to our Wait List.

Step 2.Visit us before making a decision

Call 02 6685 8118 to make a time and we will show you around. 


  • Waiting List/Enrolment fee $20.00
  • Burbi/Mani rooms $135 per day
  • Winyum/Gabul rooms $130 per day
  • Annual levy fee $120 per child. Includes excursions, hats for pre-schoolers, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Annual fundraising levy $100 per child
  • Late collection fee $5.00 per child, per 5 minute interval after 6pm. 

View our current fees and charges.  

Step 1.Our fees include

  • Qualified and experienced educators with longstanding commitment to the Centre.
  • All meals prepared on-site. We have a seasonal rotating menu and can cater to all family's needs.
  • Hats and sunscreen.
  • The annual levy includes incursions such as Fauna Fetchers, The reptile show, music and movement programs.

Step 2.Child care subsidy

Your out of pocket costs depend on how much child care subsidy you are eligible to receive. 

Contact Centrelink to see if you are eligible and to apply for the child care subsidy.

About our learning spaces

We have four unique learning spaces for children, each with its own natural outdoor space.

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 and emotions and develop meaningful relationships with each other. Shared time together is a core component of our over arching Service Ethos.

About our natural outdoor playscapes

The outdoor playscapes at Sandhills are abundant with trees, garden beds, rockeries and grassed areas.

We have two worm farms, there are gardens in each area and the children are very proud of their gardening efforts.

We have a local indigenous bush tucker garden, plotted and planted in collaboration with the Arakwal Corporation. 

Sustainability at Sandhills

The children contribute to waste management by:

  • Recycling paper 
  • Feeding the worms with our kitchen scraps. 

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

We run a Water Wise education program and have completed 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.