Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the importance of Early Learning

In the first five years of life, a child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in his or her life. Your child’s early experiences – relationships and the things they see, hear, touch, smell and taste – stimulate their brain, creating millions of connections. This is when the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down.

Everything a child does is the early stages of life is early leaning! Evidence tells us that a person’s life successes, health and emotional wellbeing have their roots in early childhood. We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives.

It is the experiences and relationships that infants and young children have that continuously develop their brains and build the neural circuits that will be the foundation for later development.

What ages do we care and educate children?

We care and educate children from 6 weeks to 12 years old (prior to high school entry)

Why are we regarded as a leader of care and education?

We have been providing care and education to children since 1963. We operate above required staff ratios and have a strong curriculum that is focused on education. We are a community based not for profit organisation and any surpluses are put back into our services. We also cater for children from 6 weeks old to high school entry.

I want to have a look?

We enjoy showcasing out services! Simply make contact and we can arrange a tour and discuss your requirements.

Do I pay for public holidays?

No! As a community based not for profit organisation we feel it is important to work with our families and friends. We don’t believe fees should be charged when we are not operating?

Do we have a Chef?

Yes, our long day care in Dudley Street has a dietician approved menu! All our meals are overseen hands on by a qualified chef.

Cessnock Multipurpose Children’s Centre follows good for kids and good for life guidelines.

For Nulkaba Preschool , Cessnock CMCC Hall Street and Vacation Care . Families provide food each day for their children in line with the Centre’s Food and Nutrition Policy.

Do we support inclusion?

Yes! Our centres work very closely with all Allied Health Professionals and local support services. We develop inclusion support plans (often know as ISP).

Is there an enrolment fee?

Yes, just $50 per year.

What are our expert educator ratios?

As a community based not for profit organisation, we are well known to have a good compliment of expert educators educating and caring for our important children. We exceed the required ratios for Early Childhood Teachers and Diploma Trained Educators.

Children aged 0 – 2: One expert educator to 4 children (1:4 )

Children aged 2 – 3: One expert educator to 5 children (1: 5 )

Children aged 3 – 6: One expert educator to 10 children (1: 10 )

School aged Children attending OOSH: One expert educator to 15 children (1: 15 )

How do I pay for my child’s care and education?

We have a no fuss system! We have a specialised direct debit provider

What are the fees?


Centre Age Fee
Gumnut Babies 6 weeks to 20 months $104.00
Dew Drop Toddlers 21 months to 32 months $102.00
Blue Gum Educational Preschool 21/2 to 31/2 years $ 95.00
Waratah Educational Preschool 31/2 years to 6 years $ 86.00
Nulkaba Preschool 31/2 years to 6 years $ 65.00
Cessnock CMCC Hall Street 6 weeks to 3 years $ 11.25 per hour
  3 years to 5 years $ 10.15 per hour
Before School Care 3    hour session $25.50
  21/2 hour session $24.50
  2     hour session $23.50
After School Care   $26.80


Am I applicable for any child care subsidy?

The Government has launched the new Child Care Subsidy from the 02 July 2018 replacing the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. We recommend you review www.education.gov.au/childcare and this will advise you to logon to MYGOV

What if my child is sick?

Please notify our Administration Team if your child is going to be absent from the Centre. Your full / usual fee is payable for all booked days. If a replacement can be found for a casual absence, no fees will be charged to you, otherwise usual fees will be payable.

What if I have any questions?

Simply contact us and we are here to help!

How can I help my child settle in?

We recommend visiting the Centre with your child prior to your child’s first day. During this visit or multiple visits you can meet the educators, discuss any questions you have, tour the Centre to become familiar with the room and routines.

What do I need to bring?

You will be provided details of any requirements for your child on enrolment. Items will differ depending on the age and section your child will attend.

Do we have a school prep program?

Yes! “Transition to school is not a point-in-time event, but rather an experience that starts well before, and extends far beyond, the first day of school.”

Ref: Transition: A Positive Start to School A guide for families, early childhood services, outside school hours care services and schools Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Melbourne