about us

Learn. Play. Grow.

Exeter Child Care Centre is a Community based, not-for-profit organisation managed by a committee of parents, educators, community representatives, and Exeter Primary School representatives.

The service was first opened in 1992, and we have been in our current location since 1998.

We encourage family involvement by working in partnership while caring for your child, and we have social get-togethers for families and children throughout the year.

The centre is in walking distance to Exeter Primary School, and Long Day Care (LDC) children have opportunities to participate in the school’s Launching into Learning program (LIL).

The Centre provides both Long Day Care (LDC) and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), including Vacation Care during the school holidays.

Our qualified educators strive to create a positive, nurturing environment that promotes both structured and unstructured play, teaching essential skills to developing minds.

We aim to provide care in an environment that fosters a sense of belonging and is welcoming for children of families living or working in the West Tamar region. Children’s wellbeing is at the centre of our decision and policy making. We are committed to meeting the needs of our families by providing flexibility in bookings where possible.

As a not-for-profit service we strive to keep fees as low as possible while still maintaining viability. Fees may be reviewed six-monthly.

We believe in the importance of play as an effective learning strategy and support children to direct their own play, learning and exploration. We plan unstructured opportunities that support the foundations of numeracy, literacy, language and social development, and inquiry. Outdoor, physical, and imaginative play are also an important part of our program. We provide a safe and nurturing environment. Children’s individual needs are recognised and supported and their health, comfort, wellbeing and safety are paramount.

Our early childhood program is developed using The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF). The centre also works in collaboration with families to plan for children, and strives to develop secure and positive relationships and attachments between children and educators.

We place high importance on being a family-centred service where family involvement in the centre is welcomed. We welcome your visits and input. Parents and family members are offered a variety of opportunities to engage. We value families as partners in decision making and regular communication between families and the centre is encouraged. Our hope is that families feel listened to, supported and empowered.

Programs for school-aged children are developed using My Time, Our Place and recognise the importance of the middle years of childhood. Planning provides supported experiences for children at the centre and within the wider community, and provides a variety of opportunities for children to succeed. Educators work to support all children’s achievements and investigate ways to overcome barriers to success. We believe that OSHC and vacation care time should provide opportunities for fun, social engagement, and/or relaxation after a busy day, or term, at school.

All children and their families will be treated with equity and respect regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, religion or culture. Our aim is to provide inclusive programs where children from diverse backgrounds and with differing abilities feel accepted and valued.

We will continue to investigate, introduce and promote environmentally aware practices which make use of recycled products and resources where practicable. Where possible we will continue to develop our buildings and infrastructure.

We acknowledge that the skills, knowledge and commitment of our staff are the centre’s most valuable resources. As such we undertake to support and facilitate the ongoing professional learning and reflective practice of all staff members. Training opportunities will be offered regularly and staff members are encouraged and supported to seek formal qualifications and to keep pace with current research.

As a small, non-profit, community-based service we must be self-reliant in our decision making and financial arrangements. We value the contribution and guidance of our volunteer Management Committee, and encourage staff and families to also contribute. Management aims to provide flexibility where possible in work hours for staff to accommodate personal and family commitments. In return, the service expects loyalty, dedication, and commitment from staff, who also need to form respectful, professional, friendly, and inclusive working relationships to ensure the success of the centre.

Policy review

Date reviewed: December 2021

Next review date: December 2022

The Management Committee is made up of parents, staff, West Tamar Council representatives and Exeter Primary School representatives. The committee meet on the last Wednesday of every month with the AGM being held in September every year.

All parents are eligible to participate on the committee as part of their enrolment fee and participation in the running of the centre is always welcomed.

Our experienced educators are qualified with Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and Bachelor of Education. Staff are qualified in First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma.

The centre supports its educators in their continual training in order to maintain a high level of excellence in allowing them to attend training courses during work hours and holding in-house training sessions of an evening to enable all staff to participate.

Students from Exeter High School, Launceston College, Skills Institute, TasTAFE and UTAS are present at the centre at various times as part of their education and training.

Parents will be notified when students are on placement at the centre.

Cathie

Centre Director

Essie

2IC, Educator

Amy

Educator

Kylie

Educator

Kerrianne

Educator

Ree

Educator

Teleisha

Educator

Susan

Educator

Kodie

Educator

Gemma

Educator

Rhiannon

Educator

Belinda

Educator

Ness

Educator

Rhys

Educator

Wendy

Administration

Long Day Care: Full Day – $102.00

Long Day Care: Half Day – $60.00

Before & After School Care – $22.00 to $46.00

Vacation Care: Full Day – $75.00

Vacation Care: Half Day – $45.00

Enrolment Fee $40.00 per child up to a maximum of $55.00 per family

The centre is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am – 6:00pm. It is closed on all public holidays and over the Christmas period.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available to off-set fees if parents meet the required eligibility. Contact Services Australia on 13 61 50 for further information or through your MyGov account.

To view a complete copy of our Fee Policy, please contact us.