Dawn Song is a Community based Pre School and Long Day Care Centre located in the picturesque Bellinger Valley on the NSW Mid North Coast. We have serviced the local community with quality care for nearly 30 years.
We cater for 3-6 year old children, Monday to Friday and additionally, 2 year olds on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with long day care hours from 8am – 5.30pm, Open 50 weeks of the year. We engage a maximum of 20 children per day, providing a childcare environment that is nurturing and inviting, catering for the individual. The small group allows for family grouping where siblings are able to be kept together and where there is no separation of age groups into different rooms.
During the day we provide a Pre School Program and an Early Years Program catering for the different ages and stages of development, using flexible spaces and open-ended materials. We pride ourselves in providing an environment that gives every opportunity for the child to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas through creative expression. We plan the daily activities based on observations of individual children and in response to children’s interests and strengths.
Dawn Song provides an environment that is safe, nurturing and home-like. The room is filled with natural light and furnished with natural materials and resources. Our unique octagon shaped room provides an unlimited list of possibilities for creative and imaginative minds. Popular activities include baking, craft, dancing, games, stories and cultural activities. Outside, our yard is green and lush with lots of space for playing, running, inventing and exploring to entice and excite our early learners. We have a large sensory garden with stepping stones and balancing beams where Children enter a magical world and connect with nature and where objects of nature provide an array of investigation and interesting treasures that children can use in their play. We have a vegetable garden where the children love to nurture their veggies, cook with their produce and create compost from food scraps to nourish the garden. We have a large sandpit which the children use in wonderful, open ended and creative ways and is home to the best chefs, engineers, fishermen and farmers.
We are a small Centre and as such we have a small and personal team of educators. Our team consists of highly skilled and qualified professionals that are passionate about providing quality care. Our small and committed team consists of:
Director – Early Childhood Degree (Bachelor of Education), 25 years experience
Two full time Educators – Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)
Two casual Educators – Certificate III Children’s Services
Administrative Officer – Wednesdays and Fridays
Our team are first aid trained and experienced in diabetes, asthma and anaphylaxis management. We are also experienced with special needs children both with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and the needs of children with more emotional and social challenges such as autism.
Our team are continually updating their skills and qualifications to keep up to date with the management of children’s behaviours and the changing needs of the children in our community.
Staff and Family relations
All our educators, even our casual staff are familiar to the children and parents and this creates a consistent and secure environment for the children. The staff get to know the children very well and this influences the program for individual children as well as the group. This personal relationship extends to parents and families who are able to discuss with staff their child’s progress and gain feedback about their child’s day and share information on a regular basis.
Our Centre is wheel chair accessible with large wide ramps into the Centre and to the rear yard. Our ramps were purpose built for children with special needs with easy access to the yard and play areas with ample space for walking frames and wheel chairs as well as handrail access especially designed for young children.
Dawn Song is managed by a volunteer parent and community Committee. Parents are encouraged to join the management committee to have their say and provide suggestions and feedback on how the Centre operates. It is a great way to get involved in your Child’s education.
License and Assessment
Dawn Song is licensed under Education and Communities – Office of Education, Early Childhood Education and Care. We have been assessed in accordance to the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011. We have met the strict standard set by the department in all the seven key areas.
Government Subsidies to Families
Our fees are subsidised by the Australian Government Department of Education to eligible families. Once approved by Centrelink, Department of Human Services, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is automatically deducted from fees and the gap amount charged to families. Individuals will need to contact The Department of Human Services to discuss eligibility before their child commences care.
Under the Public Health Amendment (Review) Act 2017, only children who are fully immunised for their age OR have a medical reason not to be immunised OR are on a catch up schedule, can be enrolled in child care. Children unvaccinated due to the conscientious objections of their parents will no longer be able to enrol in Early Childhood Education and Care Services.