Hamilton Child Care Centre (HCCC) is a non-profit community owned long day care centre. It’s open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5:30pm, except for public holidays and a three-week break over Christmas and New Year.
We are licensed by the Department of Education and Communities to provide a quality care and educational program for 36 children per day, from six weeks to five years of age.
The centre is in a converted federation house surrounded by beautiful outdoor areas. Experienced, qualified educators provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment with an emphasis on the natural world.
It’s the only day care in Newcastle that uses Family Grouping. Children of all ages remain together for large parts of the day and are encouraged to see themselves as part of a larger community. It provides opportunities for children to be with their siblings (if present at the centre) and enables the children to learn with and relate to, both older and younger peers.
We are also proud of our innovative child-centred arts and educational program based on the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasises that that children are co-collaborators with educators and each other in their learning.
A Day at Hamilton Child Care Centre
Our daily program reflects the interests of both children and educators as co-collaborators in learning. Educators document the experiences that children are involved in throughout the day with an emphasis on building and strengthening relationships.
A daily question or ‘provocation’ provides a starting point for the children to plan and structure their day and this provides a learning story, which is recorded
in an individual portfolio. These may be group or individual stories that focus on their interests.
Each child has an educator that is their primary caregiver, who documents their learning in a portfolio. This portfolio is a “living document” that embraces the concepts of Belonging, Being and Becoming from the Early Years Learning Framework.
Families and educators work together to enhance learning opportunities for the children.
207 Denison Street | Hamilton
At Hamilton Child Care Centre we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Awabakal people, and pay respects to Elders,
past, present and future, for they hold the Indigenous memories, traditions, culture and hopes of all Australians.