Child care Newcastle

Preschool and Day Care Centres in Newcastle

With 6 purpose-built, well-resourced child care centres in Newcastle, each day is a brand new adventure where children explore, learn and grow. 

Our long day care and preschool centres are ideally located for busy working families in Newcastle area, including Floraville, Belmont, Croudace Bay, Argenton, Glendale, Cardiff, Cardiff Heights, Valentine, Charlestown, Kotara, Adamstown, Redhead, Eleebana, Speers Point, and Elermore Vale.

Equipped with quality learning resources and spacious natural outdoor areas that engage all the senses, our child care centres in Newcastle are designed to develop your child’s critical skills that set them up for life. Our team of passionate, experienced educators plan play-based learning experiences around children’s interests and learning goals. 

Our childcare centres in Newcastle offer high-quality, government-approved preschool programs delivered by qualified early childhood teachers, with access to flexible hours, Child Care Subsidy benefits, meals and more.

At our Newcastle childcare centres, seasonal, delicious and nutritious meals are freshly made daily. You will also receive daily photos and updates of your child's learning and development through our family communication app.

Community Kids Valentine

Community Kids Valentine is a child care centre ideally located south of Newcastle for families living or commuting through Tinigra Heights, Floraville and Croudace Bay. It's open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm for children aged 18 months to 6 years.

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Kindy Patch Floraville

Conveniently located at 1 Maximillian Drive, Floraville, Kindy Patch Floraville provides long day care and early education for children from 6 weeks to 6 years and operates between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm.

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Kindy Patch Redhead

Kindy Patch Redhead provides child care for families in Dudley, Whitebridge, Jewels, Belmont, Belmont North and Floraville. It operates between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm for children from 6 weeks to 6 years.

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Great Beginnings Speers Point

Great Beginnings Speers Point is a child care centre ideally located west of Newcastle for families commuting through Lakelands, Macquarie Hills and Boolaroo. The centre provides child care from 6:30am to 6:30pm for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

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Kindy Patch Eleebana

Kindy Patch Eleebana provides long day care and early education for families in Eleebana, Warner's Bay, Mount Hutton and Croudace Bay. It operates between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm for children from 6 weeks to 6 years.

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Kindy Patch Elermore Vale

Kindy Patch Elermore Vale is ideally located for families commuting through Elermore Vale, Glendale, Wallsend, Cardiff Heights and Rankin Park. The early learning centre provides child care from 7:00am to 6:00pm for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

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Frequently asked questions

What does G8 Education do?

G8 Education is one of Australia’s largest providers of quality early childhood education and care, with 21 long day care centre brands and 400+ centres across Australia. No matter the location or centre, our purpose is creating the foundations for learning for life.

Guided by the principles, practice and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), our qualified educators design programs that enrich learning through an inclusive environment that offers children diversified play-based experiences in a nurturing environment.

Is there any difference between the brands?

G8 Education owns 21 well-respected and recognised early learning brands across Australia. Together, we are one team of 9,500 dedicated, passionate and supportive team members, committed to empower children and helping them grow.

Our approach to early childhood education, high-quality programs and services, as well as our strict policies and procedures are consistent across all G8 brands. Each child we care for in our early learning centres is a special individual, nurtured and supported through their learning journey. Our families can trust that the support our families receive will be the same across all 440+ early learning centres.

How do I book a tour to see the centre of my choice?

A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the early learning centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. We are now also offering the virtual tour option in all states, so you can select either an in-person tour or a virtual tour.

With G8’s early learning centres, you have 4 options to book a centre tour for your desired childcare centre.

  1. Book a self-scheduled tour directly online at anytime from the centre webpage using our 24/7 self-scheduled online booking tool, where you can book anytime, from anywhere. All available centre tour time slots are conveniently displayed for you to choose and lock a time in.
  2. Use a Web Chat to speak with our Family Support team and get them to book the tour in for you.
  3. Call our Family Support team on 1800 411 604 and get them to book the tour in for you.
  4. Walk-in and visit the centre of your choice and the friendly team will schedule a tour time for you.

To learn more about what’s involved in a centre tour, click here.

What is a virtual tour?

A virtual tour gives you a guided virtual tour walk-through on your chosen device (desktop, mobile or tablet) of your desired early education centre directly by the Centre team. This gives you the opportunity to tour the centre if you are out of area or when your busy schedule time doesn’t allow you to attend in person. You can then always follow-up by doing an in-person tour.

What is on offer at G8’s early learning centres?

Most of our early education centres offers the following:

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook
  • Regular updates and photos on our family communication app
  • Quality learning resources
  • Engaging specialised programs designed by qualified early childhood educators
  • Kindergarten/preschool programs
  • Beautiful outdoor spaces and play equipment
  • Regular festivities for annual events, cultural celebrations, and special occasions.
  • Excursions and special guest visits

Some of our early learning centres provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them. It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.

For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toy or blanket, sun hat, three spare outfits, spare socks, a jumper and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks, a jumper and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, comforter or medication.

How do waitlists work?

All early education centres across the G8 network accept applications for future enrolments, and we offer enrolment placements as they become available. Our Family Support team will add your child’s name on our waitlist if a centre is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as places become available.

We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. When spots do become vacant, we will give you a call to let you know.

If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call. Our Family Support team can also help you find more early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.

What are the rules regarding sickness and absences?

If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at their early learning centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, we’re committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.

Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.

Absences should only be claimed when care would have been provided if the child was not absent, and the family has been charged a fee for the session of care. CCS is only payable for absences submitted before a child has started at a service, or after a child’s final day of actual attendance at a service, under limited circumstances.

Please click here for more information about absences.

How does Child Care Subsidy work?

The Child Care Subsidy is a government subsidy designed to reduce child care fees for parents. Families must meet certain eligibility criteria to get Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

The amount of CCS a family can get depends on their circumstances. Use our Child Care Subsidy calculator to find out how much your family is entitled to.