Outdoor Areas and
Our Sustainability Program
The physical environment surrounding the building is aesthetically pleasing, inviting and incorporates natural play spaces. We have a large undercover sandpit and extensive gardens, including an exclusive mud kitchen for the warmer months.
Most of the grounds have suitable sun protection. Water play, block building areas and outdoor play equipment plus other invitations to play are set up daily.
Our vegetable garden grows herbs and vegetables, which are used in the kitchen and the water tank and worm farm form part of our sustainability program. The centre has installed solar panels on the roof to minimise energy costs.
Each year the children are involved in projects that may be short or long term. These projects may come from the children, staff, families or community events. There is an emphasis on literacy, numeracy, community and the environment. Projects involve in-depth documentation and often include excursions into the community.
We select a variety of in-house visitors and/or performers throughout the year who provide musical, cultural, scientific and wildlife shows based on the interests of the children.
Pre-school children have the opportunity to attend external excursions during the year. These might be to the local park, library, shopping centre, a show, or the Newcastle Art Gallery.
Our meals are prepared by our cook and provide more than 50% of a child’s daily nutritional requirements. Children can watch the cook prepare meals and often participate in cooking experiences. All children and educators have lunch together in the dining room. We promote healthy eating habits and use local fresh produce wherever possible.
The centre provides morning and afternoon tea, lunch (main meal and fruit/custard/yoghurt), and a late afternoon tea for those children who attend after 5pm. Milk is provided at morning and afternoon tea and water is available throughout the day. Children and babies with allergies and on special diets can be catered for and the centre is “nut-free”.
The centre derives additional funds by organising cultural and fundraising events. Parents are invited to participate in the life of the centre through donations of time or kind. Social events are held throughout the year to raise funds, which are used to provide additional equipment for staff and children. A fundraising committee of staff and parents is formed after the Annual General Meeting each February to plan events.
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.