Baby care centre

baby care centre

In some instances, a baby care centre is a necessity for working parents or carers, for others, it is an opportunity for your child to be exposed to new experiences, among a range of other great benefits.

At Nestle In Goonellabah our Tadpoles program offers care for children between 0-2 years of age. Providing a purpose-designed and encouraging environment that supports the individual development of each child. The Tadpoles’ area is a mix of carpeted and cushioned soft areas, as well as hard floor areas for eating and messy play. A breathable and large cot room with full viewing facility, monitors, and air conditioning ensures the comfort and safety of your sleeping child, you can read more about how Nestle In Goonellabah approaches sleep times here. Our Tadpoles’ also have a separate outdoor play area, allowing the children to feel safe and secure in their own environment.

All areas at Nestle In are set up to support your child’s safety and security whilst also supplying a range of quality resources, encouraging both open-ended and structured play.

Understanding the nerves that can come with your child’s first day of care, we love to welcome parents into our baby care centre Goonellabah for a “day in the life” of their child. This can be especially beneficial for first-time parents or carers who are not familiar with the day to day running’s of a child care centre. This also gives them the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the carers at the centre.

During this visit parents experience the Tadpoles environment, helping them feel more secure and confident in themselves, understanding the structured daily routine of their little ones. Nestle In Goonellabah educators fully support the Tadpole’s daily routine, even the youngest child has a schedule at day care, this aids in minimising disruption and has proven to extremely beneficial.

At Nestle In Goonellabah we have an open door policy where you and your family are welcome to visit our centre at any time. We encourage family participation and even encourage parents, carers and grandparents to come in for a book reading session.

From newborns to toddlers, spending time with other children of a similar age in a supervised structured and safe environment promotes confidence.

Our Tadpoles program also encourages children’s milestones; such as self-help skills, addressing attachment, and gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling and walking.

Other cognitive boosting activities include; learning from cause and effect experiences, early literacy such as learnings from labelling items in the environment, picture books, simple songs/rhymes and finger plays. Early numeracy is also touched upon, counting, stacking blocks and cups, as the child progresses.

Creativity is also widely promoted at our baby care centre Goonellabah. Allowing opportunities for creativity extensively develop their young minds through finger painting, brush painting, sand and water play and dough – rolling and sensory play.

Our Parent Handbook explains further essential information that you will need to be aware of whilst your child is attending care at Nestle In Goonellabah.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Tadpoles 0-2 years program at Nestle In Baby Care Centre Goonellabah facilities here, we’d love to connect with you to discuss any needs you or your child might have.

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Nestle In Goonellabah | Sleep Routines and facilities

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At Nestle In Childcare Centre Goonellabah we are proud to offer modern and well-equipped facilities that cater to every families’ needs. An important aspect of your child’s care is their comfort and security; this also applies to their rest times.

The legislated regulatory standards for sleep, rest and relaxation in early childhood education and care have recently changed. The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care now requires that each long day care, family day care, and preschool service has policies and procedures in place for sleep, rest and relaxation. These policies must document how your child’s centre will provide for each child’s comfort and wellbeing, and how they will align with children’s individual needs.


Baby Playing Childcare

The changes to the Framework for Early Childhood Education reflects that sleep-rest practices in early childhood education settings are often an area of concern. The majority of services approach child’s rest through a standard period in the middle of the day when children are required to lie down, whether or not they are tired or able to sleep. These practices fail to consider children’s individual needs or those children who are tired outside the scheduled sleep/rest time. There are always children who cannot sleep either because the timing of the sleep period is wrong for their body clocks or because they have simply grown out of naps.

Sleep routines are an important factor for parents who seek to maintain their child’s sleep patterns. Therefore, responsiveness to children’s developmental and emotional needs are at the heart of quality at Nestle In Goonellabah Preschool and Early Learning Centre. Studies have shown that responsive sleep-rest practices are a barometer of quality. Centres and services that have the most flexible sleep-rest practices are those observed to have the highest-quality practices at other times of day and Nestle In are proud to offer this to the children in our care.

At Nestle In Goonellabah Preschool and Early Learning Centre, we also provide separate sleep rooms for our various age groups. For example; the Tadpoles room (0-2) is a breathable and spacious room with full viewing facilities, monitors and air conditioning. The separate sleep rooms ensure that children, at different developmental stages, are not disturbed by the other children’s sleeping patterns. Our recently renovated kitchen with a qualified chef serving nutritious meals and using mostly locally sourced produce that guarantees your child’s nutritional needs are met. These factors are important to ensure that your child is not only well nourished but also has a peaceful rest.

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Our flexible practices occur as we see sleep, rest and relaxation as integral to children’s care and education. This is achievable to Nestle In as we have adequate staffing across the day, to ensure we can attend to every child’s individual needs.

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The Lismore Lantern Parade

A burst of lights beamed up the streets of Lismore on Saturday 23 June for this year's huge Lantern Parade.

From 12pm right through until 9pm families and friends came together, including our Alstonville centres Nestle In AlstonvillePossum Place Alstonville Preschool & Early Learning Centre to join our Goonellabah children and families as they carried hand made and decorated lanterns in the parade. The parade starts from 5:30pm – 6:30pm from the corner of Market and Molesworth Street and will culminate at The Quad in Rural Street, Lismore to represent the centre.

We had an overwhelming response to our participation in the Lismore Lantern Parade. Here are some more memories of the Lismore Lantern Parade 2018 and our head facilitator Lisa Martin was so proud to be leading our cohort escorted by the giraffe.

This special sharing time was a highlight for our families and friends. It is a chance for everyone to get together outside of school hours and enjoy some local and nearby community festivities.

The little ones had a wonderful time sharing and creating the lanterns, it evoked great emotion and a sense of connection for all. It’s beautiful to watch a child develop learn through immersing themselves in something they can be proud of and participate in. As well as it's just as important as early brain development to see the joy of seeing the children smile, laugh & play.

We’re apart of this year’s Lismore Lantern Parade

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Goonellabah Nestle In Centre is a part of this year’s huge Lismore Lantern Parade that will take place on Saturday 23 June 2018 from 12pm right through until 9pm.

A group of children and parents will carry lanterns in the parade to present the centre. The parade starts from 5:30pm – 6:30pm from the corner of Market and Molesworth Street and will culminate at The Quad in Rural Street, Lismore to represent the centre.

The lanterns that will be carried in the parade are all made by volunteers and decorated by our little ones amongst others. A lantern decorating session was held at the centre at which the children were able to add their own touches to the lanterns.

The Quad is Lismore’s new green space in the heart of the CBD, situated between the new Regional Art Gallery, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and the Regional Library. With the change in venue from Oakes Oval this year, there will be no tickets, just entry by donation

The Lantern Parade theme is ‘wonderland’ and will be a cross between an enchanted fairy tale paradise and a colourful fantasy dreamland. The Quad will be transformed into a magical wonderland full of light projections, fire art, bonfire, fireworks, delightful creatures and luminous garden surprises that will amaze and inspire.

For the full program: click here!

The New Childcare Package

From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families.

So what does this mean for you? 

The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to services.

There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.

Three things will determine a family's level of Child Care Subsidy:

  1. Combined family income
  2. Activity level of parents
  3. Type of child care service

Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:

  • the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
  • the child meeting immunisation requirements
  • the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.

The Child Care Safety Net

The package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.

Next steps

The current arrangements don't change until 2 July 2018. More information about what families need to do to prepare for the change will be available in early 2018.

What do I need to do?

Families should start thinking about how the changes may affect them.

Families currently using child care will be contacted in early 2018 with more details about the changes.

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the new way the Government will assist families with their child care fees.

Estimating Child Care Subsidy

Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator is available to make it easy for families to get an idea of what their new subsidy might be under the New Child Care Package.

The estimator is user-friendly and only takes a few minutes to fill out.

Child Care Safety Net

The Child Care Safety Net will give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.


A range of information resources are available to assist families in understanding the details of the new package.

You can also contact Lisa here at Nestle In, who would be happy to guide you through the changes and help you with any questions you have about Daycare at Nestle In or Possum Place.

*Information and links sourced from the Australian Government Department of Education & Training Website.

Healthy Meals at Nestle In

Many Childcare Centres serve children unhealthy treats and junk foods. “Healthy food is such an important, integral part of any childcare service,” said Lisa Martin, Director of the Nestle In and Possum Place Centres in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

“An Australian study of 1000 childcare workers found that staff let down children by routinely serving foods such as baked treats, processed meats and sausages, despite research showing the childcare setting influenced children’s long-term eating habits,” said Lisa. Dietary guidelines recommend a child aged two to three years should be restricted to zero to one discretionary foods a day.

That’s why at Nestle In, they have updated their kitchen, and employed a professional chef who is focused on health, nutrition and great taste too. 

“Our chef is on hand every day to prepare the meals that are organically sourced where possible, always fresh, and really take on board the nutritional needs of the children,” said Lisa. “Our menu follows the Nutritional Guidelines for Long Daycare Centres and is supported by the NSW Munch n Move program. Our Chef meets with children and families to include any special dietary requirements of the children, as well as any cultural, religious or medical requirements.”

Lisa said centre educators allowed “sometimes” foods, such as cake, for birthdays.

“These treats are only for special occasions otherwise we cater for good-old fashioned simple, healthy food,” she said.

“We are not vegan or paleo, the children just eat like our grandparents used to eat — real core food from the food groups that children need, and enjoy.”

“We strive to include hidden as well as visible vegetables, and our menus are offered on a four-weekly rotation to ensure that our commitment to variety is upheld.”