Forbes Children's Centre (08) 8293 9000

Learning and care

Long Day Care

Long day care is available Monday to Friday for children from birth until the child begins school. Children are able to attend either half or full day sessions. Whilst we develop and maintain relationships between children and staff in age specific rooms, we also aim to provide many opportunities for children to interact with older and younger children. The long day care and preschool educator’s team work closely to ensure continuity where children access both programs.
There are three rooms:

  • The Nest (0 – 2 ½ years)
  • The Reeds (2 ½ – 3 ½ years)
  • The River (3 ½ years – school age)

We offer an integrated childcare and preschool program.

The long day care program operates between 7:00am and 6:00pm. Parents are required to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to pick up to allow staff to share information about their child’s day. All children and parents need to leave the Centre no later than 6.00pm in the evening as this is when the Centre’s licence for Long Day Care finishes.

Note regarding Occasional Care
Our Centre does not currently have the space to offer Occasional Care services and will update on this website if we are able to in the future. Please contact other Children’s Centres if you require occasional care.


A DECD funded preschool program operates at our Centre that is staffed by registered teachers. As a DECD funded preschool we also have access to additional support services and training to ensure the highest quality of early childhood education for your child.

Preschool runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Your child generally needs to be four years of age before being able to attend their entitlement of 15 hours of DECD funded preschool. In the term prior to this, one (1) session of preschool (referred to as pre-entry) can be negotiated where availability/vacancies exist. If you have a child with special needs, of Aboriginal descent, or has been assessed as gifted, they may be eligible for additional sessions. Please speak with staff to discuss your requirements.

School Transition

Schools often offer transition programs for children when starting school. You will need to contact the school that your child will be attending for more information.

Long Day Care provides full or part-time child care for babies, toddlers and children under the age of 6. Long Day Care provides play-based educational programs designed and delivered by qualified teachers and/or children’s services professionals using the national curriculum framework.
Occasional Care is short term child care for babies, toddlers and children under 4 years. Care is available for up to one session per week, depending on availability.
Preschool provides 15 hours of universal access to preschool for children 4 years of age. Aboriginal children and children under the guardianship of the Minister are able to attend sessional preschool from 3 years of age. Preschool programs are play-based educational programs designed and delivered by qualified teachers using the national curriculum framework.
Playgroup provides an interactive and fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. Playgroups are usually supported by an early childhood professional to provide support, information and advice regarding children’s health, learning and development.

Last updated: November 28, 2019 at 8:13 am

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