Operated by St Joseph’s Family Services, our child care centre has serviced the Hastings for over 30 years.

Hours of Attendance

Preschool: We cater for 40 children, 3-6 years of age. Our Preschool hours are 8.30am to 3.30pm (school terms only).

If extended hours are required, this can be arranged with the Centre staff prior to 3.00pm.

Parents using the Preschool Program may also use holiday care if vacancies exist, and pay for the days the child attends.

Long Day Care: We cater for 20 children, 3-6 years of age. Our Long Day Care program hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm.

The Long Day Care Program operates throughout the year, closing for approximately three weeks over Christmas.

Fees are charged for 49 weeks per year.

Family Involvement

We have an open door policy and encourage parents to come and spend some time with us at the Centre

Parent Association

The Parent Association is a voluntary organisation that meets regularly, according to the needs of the parents involved. This group plans and coordinates the fundraising and social activities throughout the year, eg. Easter Raffle, Sausage Sizzle, etc. The meetings are an enjoyable way to socialise with other parents that you see regularly at the Centre.

All funds raised are used to provide additional equipment to enhance the learning and development of the children.

Goals & Objectives

  1. To provide high quality education and care which demonstrates a commitment to the National Quality Framework.

  • To develop learning programs that are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities

  • To provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children and staff

  • To encourage positive and productive relationships with families, with involvement in the program and policy development.

  • To provide opportunities for children to develop positive feelings about themselves as individuals and in groups.

  • To encourage the community to be involved in supporting and assisting the service.

  • To liaise effectively with other colleagues and agencies involved in family and children’s services.

  • To work with the Management Committee to support the implementation of high quality programs for children and families.