We're part of your village at Community Kids Thornton Child Care and Early Education Centre. Our early learning and long day care centre is perfectly located for families living or commuting through Thornton, or nearby suburbs Berry Park, Woodberry, Beresfield, Metford, Millers Forest, Sophia Waters, Chisholm or the Maitland area. We are open from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.
Community Kids Thornton
Spacious areas designed to inspire
As you open the door to our centre, you will be immersed in a world where children are inspired to explore and grow. Our adventure-filled playground includes sandpits, climbing fort, vegetable garden and other exciting play equipment for children to explore and to engage all the senses. Children are provided time and space for uninterrupted play as they explore the outdoor spaces to test their limits and develop strength, balance, and self-confidence.
Our indoor environments invite exploration with quality resources and learning experiences. Children marvel, create, and test out their ideas as they play with a range of materials in purposeful play spaces. Our team of experienced educators plan play-based learning experiences around children’s interests and learning goals. Literacy and numeracy concepts are embedded in play-based learning, as children engage as architects, storytellers, scientists, artists and designers.
Our dedicated studio space invites innovative ways of working with unique materials. Project work enables children to visit and work in the studio space over time with peers, educators, and specialists. Project-based learning promotes the integration of learning areas and skill sets as children problem-solve, think critically, and collaborate with others to design, create and evaluate their ideas.
Healthy meals freshly prepared in-house
There is no need to pack your child’s lunch or snacks as we provide healthy, freshly made meals created daily by our in-house cook catering for all dietary requirements. Shared mealtimes between children and educators strengthen relationships, with opportunities to share stories and experiences, and model healthy eating practices. Allow us to treat you to hot coffee and a snack to go each morning.
Community-based early learning
No two days are the same at Community Kids Thornton. Our educators and children explore our local community with regular excursions and walks, also visiting the Maitland show and art gallery yearly. We welcome special guests and community members to the centre including the library to the centre based on the children's interests. You will also receive daily photos, meal and nap times, as well as updates of your child's learning and development through our parent app - Xplor.
As members of our Community Kids community, we look forward to partnering with you to provide information, support, and high-quality education and care in your child’s formative years.
Our Family Support Team are happy to chat through your child care needs. Call 1800 411 604 to enquire or book a tour at our centre, meet our team of educators, and learn more about why these first five years are so important for your child’s development.
Why you’ll love Community Kids Thornton
These are just some of the highlights included in your child’s early childhood education and care experience at our centre.
Take a walk in your child’s footsteps
Every day is a different adventure with children, but there are some key elements that make your child’s time so enjoyable at our Community Kids early education centres. Scroll through the below to see what a typical day might look like.
Convenient opening hours to support your busy family life!
|Monday||06:30 AM - 06:30 PM|
|Tuesday||06:30 AM - 06:30 PM|
|Wednesday||06:30 AM - 06:30 PM|
|Thursday||06:30 AM - 06:30 PM|
|Friday||06:30 AM - 06:30 PM|
Even more reasons why families love our centre:
- We offer an interest-based program guided by the national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and a preschool program taught by a Bachelor-qualified early childhood teacher to prepare your child socially and emotionally for the next step in their early education journey.
- You’ll receive daily photos and updates through our all in one family app that will allow you to stay connected with your child and keep track of their learning, nutrition, sleep times and other updates.
- Sustainability philosophy embedded at our centre teaching children to care for the environment
- On-site parking is available for easy pick-ups and drop-offs.
Call our Family Support Team today on 1800 411 604 to chat through your child care needs!
|What we provide||What you'll need to bring|
The learning programs your child will experience at our centre reflect modern educational research and practices as outlined by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which our program is built from.
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Note: fees effective from 10 July 2023.
Your family’s daily out-of-pocket cost will depend on your Childcare Subsidy (CCS) entitlements.
We also offer 9-hour, 10-hour and full-day options at our centre which could help optimise your child care subsidy.
If this is your child’s first time in child care, or you’re unsure about the subsidy, learn more about how to apply for the subsidy. Our team of experts are always on hand to guide you through the process. Call 1800 411 604.