Affordable childcare in Armidale

PLAY BASED PROGRAM: The centre is open five days a week. Its outdoor environment focuses on engaging children with the natural environment.
PLAY BASED PROGRAM: The centre is open five days a week. Its outdoor environment focuses on engaging children with the natural environment.

WITH  its enchanting name, Hobbit Preschool and Child Care Centre is a 35-place centre just off the bypass between the University of New England and Armidale.

The centre is open from 8am to 6pm, five days a week, 50 weeks per year. 

There are two rooms catering for families whose children are aged two to five years, in a homey and family-based environment. 

“The importance of family and engagement with the community … is something our dedicated, caring and highly qualified staff strive towards and pride ourselves on,” centre director Ali Graham said.

“Our large outdoor environment is an asset to our child-initiated and play based program, which focuses on engaging children with the natural environment.

“Both rooms at the service offer children the opportunity through our quality educational programs, to engage in authentic and meaningful experiences throughout the day.

“Our programs, in both rooms, focus on developing the necessary knowledge and skills, which aim to support and guide the children throughout their life. 

“The preschool room also provides a school readiness support program, which is delivered throughout the year, to help support and prepare children as they venture on to their next educational experience.”

For more information, phone Ali on 6772 4746.

BEGUN in 1983, Armidale and District Family Day Care remains the only locally based family day care service.

The facility offers:

Education and care in home-based environments;

Support for educators to meet their obligations under national regulations and standards;

Regular networking, social and play opportunities for day care educators and children through weekly play sessions, held in partnership with Armidale Community Preschool;

Alternative care with other day care educators to cover educator vacations or sick leave;

Out of hours school and vacation care in partnership with Sandon Public School and in-home care in the family home for families with care needs outside standard hours or arrangements.

Personalised advice on a broad range of family and child related issues, including the new child care package.

The service currently has some vacancies in Armidale and Guyra.

Prospective educators can contact the service to discuss career options. 

More family day care educators are needed in Walcha and Armidale to meet demand and the service looks forward to supporting another educator in Uralla again.

For more information phone 6772 5300 or visit

This story Community based and affordable care first appeared on The Armidale Express.