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SINCE 1996

IMAGINE EARLY LEARNING & CHILDCARE

Childcare Newcastle & Lake Macquarie

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare is a small network of family owned and operated child care centres in Newcastle.

We have been setting the benchmark for high quality early childhood education and child care for the past 26 years. Our 6 daycare centres in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie are purpose built and architecturally designed to optimise care and learning for children from birth through to school age. Our environments abound with natural elements for nature based play and learning opportunities, both inside and out.

At Imagine Early Learning and Childcare we believe that childhood is about playing, discovering and believing in dreams. 

 

Come and see why Imagine Early Learning & Childcare are considered among the best daycare centres in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

GARDEN SUBURB

58 Prospect Rd, Garden Suburb NSW 2289
7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4920 9178

MAYFIELD

9 Murray Dwyer Cct, Mayfield West NSW 2304
6.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4967 6222

MEREWETHER HEIGHTS

15 Cedar Cres, Merewether Heights NSW 2291
7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4963 5557

THE JUNCTION

28 Farquhar St, The Junction NSW 2291
7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4940 8996

TORONTO

2/4 Glenfield Rd, Toronto NSW 2283
6.30am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4950 5220

SHORTLAND

360 Sandgate Rd, Shortland NSW 2307
6.45am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4965 6366

Childcare Newcastle & Lake Macquarie

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare is a small network of family owned and operated child care centres in Newcastle

We have been setting the benchmark for high quality early childhood education and child care for the past 26 years. Our 6 daycare centres in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie are purpose built and architecturally designed to optimise care and learning for children from birth through to school age. Our environments abound with natural elements for nature based play and learning opportunities, both inside and out.

At Imagine Early Learning and Childcare we believe that childhood is about playing, discovering and believing in dreams. 

 

Come and see why Imagine Early Learning & Childcare are considered among the best daycare centres in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Childcare Centre Locations:

GARDEN SUBURB

58 Prospect Rd, Garden Suburb NSW 2289
7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4920 9178

MAYFIELD

9 Murray Dwyer Cct, Mayfield West NSW 2304
6.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4967 6222

MEREWETHER HEIGHTS

15 Cedar Cres, Merewether Heights NSW 2291
7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4963 5557

THE JUNCTION

28 Farquhar St, The Junction NSW 2291
7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4940 8996

TORONTO

2/4 Glenfield Rd, Toronto NSW 2283
6.30am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4950 5220

SHORTLAND

360 Sandgate Rd, Shortland NSW 2307
6.45am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday
(02) 4965 6366

What Makes Imagine Early Learning & Childcare Great:

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY CHILDCARE

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare centres are approved under the Education and Care Services National Regulations. Our Childcare services meet quality benchmarks under the National Quality Standard in all areas

NATURE BASED PLAY

At Imagine Early Learning & Childcare we pride ourselves on providing children with ample opportunities to explore, play and learn in the natural environment.

MEALS AND NUTRITION

At Imagine Early Learning & Childcare, we provide children with food that is fresh and nutritious. Meals are planned and prepared by the on-site cook in accordance with Australian Dietary Guidelines.

POPULAR

PROGRAMS

CHILDCARE FOR BABIES

During the initial orientation we aim to spend us much time as possible with your baby, getting to know them and understanding your expectations and requirements.

CHILDCARE FOR TODDLERS

Toddlerhood is an exciting stage in a child’s development. It is a time when language, social, physical and cognitive skills begin to flourish.

PRESCHOOL CHILDCARE

Our Preschool Childcare Program, developed by Early Childhood Trained teachers, aims to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners.

Testimonials

Quality education provided by quality teachers and staff. There is no constant turnover of staff (compared with other daycares) which is indicative that the staff are happy in their positions and your child can form a bond with someone they can build a trustworthy relationship with. I feel confident that I am investing well in my child’s wellbeing and education. Staff go the extra mile to ensure facilities are well maintained and cleaned. My child is happy to arrive and is equally happy upon pick up.

Cheri Lyon

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare - The Junction

Great centre with a lovely big outdoor play area and dedicated educators.

Jess Vala

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare - Merewether Heights

We are very sad to leave after moving an hour away. We cannot fault any of the staff they are genuinely lovely people, they take great care for all the kids. Our son has been going since he was 4 months old (now 14 months), the leaps and bounds in his development is amazing. Thankyou for embracing “cyclone Brodie”

Emma Ramsay

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare - Garden Suburb

My son absolutely loves attending Imagine Early Learning & Childcare in Garden Suburb. Sometimes I miss out on goodbyes because he is so keen to run off and join the educators and his friends. The staff are all fantastic, the rooms and outdoor area are a kid’s dream and the updates on the StoryPark app are very detailed recaps on the week, showing me how jam-packed my son’s days are with fun and learning. Extra stories specific to my son are posted for special events such as a visit from the dentist. He eats well, plays hard and is never overlooked. I have complete trust in this centre’s team and highly recommend enrolling your children from any age – just don’t wait as spots fill very quickly!

Fiona Campbell

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare - Garden Suburb

Imagine was a fantastic service for my daughter. They supported her transition into care in the most caring way I could have imagined. Shes now off at primary school and still asks when she can go and play with her preschool friends again. Such a beautiful service with friendly and caring staff.

Sara Adnum

Imagine Early Learning & Childcare - Shortland

Frequently Asked Questions

At Imagine Early Learning & Childcare, we understand that you may have a lot of questions when considering enrolling your child at our centre. Here is a list of some of the questions that parents frequently ask. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 'CHILD CARE CENTRE' AND PRESCHOOL'?

There is a misconception that ‘Childcare’ is simply providing care for children and that ‘Preschools’ provide an education. The truth is that all Early Childhood Services are assessed against the National Quality Standard (NQS), which has a strong focus on both ‘caring and nurturing’ as well as the learning and educational aspects of the program.

 

All Imagine Early Learning & Childcare Centres have separate preschool rooms for children aged 3/5 yrs. The preschool programs in these rooms are developed and implemented by Early Childhood Trained Teachers. The advantage to families of having a preschool program run within a ‘Child Care Centre’ or ‘Daycare Centre’ is that it offers families the flexibility of the longer operating hours and choice of days.

WHAT ARE THE OPERATING HOURS?

Operating hours vary between centres; however, they are generally open from 6.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks a year. We are not open on weekends or public holidays. Please check with the individual centres for more information and exact times.

DO YOU PROVIDE MEALS?

The majority of our centre have an on-site cook who prepares healthy nutritious meals which include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Mealtimes at Imagine Early Learning & Childcare are not only to fill hungry tummies but also an opportunity to practice self-help, language and social skills. In other words, meal times are a lot of fun!

WHAT AGES DO IMAGINE EARLY LEARNING & CHILDCARE CENTRES CATER FOR?
Most of our centres cater for children aged from six weeks to school age. Imagine Early Learning Shortland caters for children aged 18 months to school age.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOUR STAFF HOLD?

Our staff hold various qualifications in Early Childhood – ranging from the minimum qualification of Certificate III in Children’s Services to Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. But the most important qualification that our staff hold is not written on any certificate but clearly visible to a trained eye – and that is a true passion and commitment to providing the very best care and education for young children.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SEND MY CHILD TO AN IMAGINE EARLY LEARNING & CHILDCARE CENTRE?

Fees vary from centre to centre and are also dependent on things such as the number of days in care, the age of your child as well as your eligibility for any government subsidies. We recommend that you contact the Centre Director of your nominated centre who will be able to provide you with a quote. Please click ‘Our Centres’ for contact details of your nominated centre.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY LOCAL CENTRE?

You can submit an online enquiry via the ‘Contact us’ link on this website or you can check further details on the selected centre’s website by clicking on ‘Our Centres’.

HOW DO I ENROL AT AN IMAGINE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE?

In the first instance, you need to submit an online application form. The Centre Director will contact you once a suitable position becomes available. They will invite you to visit the centre so that you can meet the educators, view the environment and ask any questions which you may have. We want to ensure that you are comfortable with your decision. The Director will then provide you with an enrollment pack that contains everything you need to know about the centre, as well as enrollment forms. Once you return the completed forms, further visits can be arranged before your child’s start date. We want to ensure as smooth a transition as possible, so feel free to visit as many times as necessary. Even after your child starts, we will support you every step of the way.

WHAT IS EARLY LEARNING AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

There is a huge amount of compelling recent research on the first five years of a child’s development and how it affects the rest of their lives. We know that 80 per cent of a child’s brain is developed within the first five years. We also know that children who start ahead stay ahead and keep accelerating beyond their peers.

Over time, it becomes harder to close gaps between children who are excelling and those who are falling behind. That is why it is so important to get it right from the start. To give our children the best possible opportunities for their future, we need to lay the foundations early.

Children start learning from the day they are born. They need a rich range of hands-on play-based experiences and intentional teaching to develop the skills for future success. Therefore, it is paramount for young children to be engaged in high-quality early childhood education programs to lay strong foundations for their future successes.

At Imagine Early Learning and Childcare, we take in pride in providing environments that support each child to reach their potential.