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16-18 Spears Drive, Dubbo, NSW 2830 Show On Map
Mon-Fri | 7:30am - 6:00pm
Ages 6 weeks to school age
Enrolments (02) 8594 4200
Currently Enrolled (02) 8571 9747

Gowrie NSW - Dubbo Early Learning Centre and Childcare

Gowrie NSW Dubbo is a quality and welcoming, not-for-profit preschool and early education centre. We cater for children from 6 weeks to 6 years in a nurturing and holistic environment where play is the order of the day. 

We firmly believe that every child brings with them unique strengths, capabilities, culture, interests, knowledge, ideas and experiences…

…and that every day is filled with possibilities and chances for discovery.

We offer an engaging early learning program, making the most of our spacious centre where the children can explore the world around them safely and securely alongside their peers. We prioritise safety and provide opportunities for meaningful community connection. We understand how children learn and strive to align our practices to always meet, and exceed the National Quality Standards.

We don’t just care for your children. We respect children and empower them to become citizens within both the global and local communities. Our team works alongside parents and families to support you in the journey of parenthood, raising incredible children who are the future leaders of tomorrow.

Daycare and Childcare in Dubbo - What We Offer

We offer every child a place where they can feel safe and secure as they learn and develop each day. Our educators make the most of both our indoor and outdoor environments when designing their early learning experiences. 

We take a play-based approach to learning because we know this is how children learn best. Using a mix of structured and unstructured play, we incorporate loose parts play, creative arts, imaginative play and more into each day. Childcare should be fun. And that's what we offer.

We design activities that cater to the specific needs and interests of each individual child. We encourage the children to explore new spaces and ideas to expand their thinking and help them to discover the local community and world around them.

Highly recommend Gowrie Dubbo, the staff there are fantastic and very friendly. They have a variety of indoor and out activities that change with the developed stage of your child. My 15 month old loves it there, especially all the chef prepared food. I personally love getting the daily snapshots and stories at the end of the day.
Jessica Dawson - Gowrie NSW

Meet our Centre Director

Jessica Dawson

As an experienced educator I love that we set the educational foundation for children to be curious and passionate lifelong learners. I also love to give back and mentor my team of educators in their own growth and development. To instill the idea, we show up everyday and strive for excellence.

My team and I look forward to welcoming you to Dubbo Early Education and Care.


Every child at Gowrie NSW Dubbo Early Education and Care is allocated a primary educator. Through the first three years of your child’s life, their primary educator will work closely with you to nurture your child. They will learn your child’s routines, rhythms and unique cures. They will help your child to feel safe and secure, giving you added peace of mind that you’ve made the right choice with Gowrie NSW.

Our commitment to key educator relationships provides continuity and consistency that fosters strong nurturing relationships. This is the foundation on which the educators can then help your child to build their social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. 

Your child will benefit from:

  • consistency in routines that allow them to learn at their own pace
  • early learning educators who listen to their ideas and empower them to share their thoughts
  • guidance and support to express their feelings and respect the feelings and ideas of others
  • encouragement to interact with other children, developing essential language and social skills 
  • learning experiences tailored to their specific needs and interests
  • role models who teach respectful and responsive behaviour in interactions with adults and other children.

Learn More about Primary Educator Relationships

All our programs at Dubbo Early Education and Care are based on children’s strengths, knowledge, interests, concepts, and cultural backgrounds. The National Quality Framework stipulates that learning occurs best through play-based experiences.

Your child will enjoy;

  • Interesting and engaging experiences providing opportunity for inquiry, exploration, discovery and problem-solving
  • Active engagement with people, objects and representations
  • Experiences and provocations based on children’s emerging concepts and thinking
  • Rich play experiences by sourcing materials and creating environments which engage children’s sense of curiosity, wonder and investigation
  • Opportunities for the development of a wide range of skill areas: social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical

Children will build their confidence and resilience levels, become accustomed with school routines and lunchboxes, learn how to work in teams, develop independence and much more.

For more information about our Transition to School Program, please enquire with our Centre Manager and Early Childhood Teachers based in the preschool rooms.

Our school readiness program begins from the moment children enter our centre. Building children’s confidence, a strong sense of self, conflict resolution, creativity and collaboration are part of our program from the start.

Your child will have many opportunities to engage with literacy and numeracy. This will also be scaffolded and extended upon. In the final preschool years, we run a dedicated Transition to School Program for children and their families. This program is delivered by Early Childhood Teachers in consultation with local primary schools and will extend children’s social and emotional intelligence to build sound foundations for primary school.

Learn More about Preschool at Gowrie NSW

Children at Gowrie NSW Dubbo benefit from our 80+ years of experience in delivering quality early childhood education and care. As pioneers in early childhood education in Australia, we are committed to excellence and continuing to shape the future of the industry.

We have big goals but our focus each day is on the children in our care. We want them to have fun, to feel safe and to reach their full potential. We encourage a sense of wonder and curiosity, helping them to discover and use their voice. We value every child for their individuality and the unique contribution they can make to their community and the world.

On a day-to-day basis, this looks like educators who take the time to listen to the children and tailor a curriculum to meet their needs. It looks like children making discoveries and sharing them with their educators and peers. It looks like warm hugs at the end of the day as your child excitedly tells you about their adventures that day.

Every day your child is in our care, we’ll provide:

  • A delicious and nutritious breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Resources and materials to support the educational program
  • Sunscreen
  • Bed linen

We ask that you please send your child with:

  • At least one change of clothes (more for a child who is toilet training)
  • Drink bottle 
  • Sunhat
  • Bottle with milk or formula (if required)
  • Dummy or other comforter (if required)

Anything your child brings to the centre will need to be clearly labelled with their name.

Indoors, our Dubbo child care centre has four main classrooms and a dedicated art studio. The children also share their meals in a designated communal dining area while they socialise with their friends and educators.

In addition to the classrooms, we also have a range of multi-purpose spaces. These can be by multi-age groupings, helping to give every child at Gowrie NSW Dubbo Early Education and Care a strong sense of belonging and community.

Outdoors, the children have ample room to run, jump, play and explore. They can connect with nature, learning important physical skills as they go. 

Our play spaces – both indoors and outdoors – use natural materials and soft colourings. This supports our commitment to a calm and well-resourced environment for the children. 

On top of the physical environment and learning opportunities, the children also have access to dedicated and engaging educators. They receive nutritious meals each day to fuel their learning and play. And through a personalised curriculum, they build the foundational skills they will need to succeed at school and beyond.

This is an environment in which every child can thrive. They are supported, nurtured and challenged to reach their full potential… and have fun in the process!

Dubbo Early Education and Care caters for children aged from 6 weeks to 6 years. There are three classrooms. 

  • 0-2 years: 12 children
  • 18 months - 2.5 years: 20 children
  • 2.5 - 6 years: 35 children

Classroom sizes may vary each year according to our waitlist and the needs of our existing families. We work to ensure that each classroom has a group size that is suitable for the children’s ages, development and individual needs.

Extensive early childhood research shows that for children under the age of five years, play provides the best vehicle for learning. Children are more likely to persist at something in which they are interested in and play-based learning provides a great context for acknowledging children’s interests.

We use Storypark to document your child’s discoveries and learnings and this ensures open and clear communication. We document in real time, as it happens, and share photo’s, video, audio and observations with you in a secure online environment.

Families are encouraged to participate in this process to ensure children achieve the best learning outcomes.

It’s just like you’re there with them, every day

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We know that choosing the right childcare centre for your child is a big decision. We understand what matters to you and that’s what we offer, plain and simple.

Dedicated educators

Your child spends their days with our educators so we hire the right people to do the job. Our educators and other staff members are passionate about education and care for early childhood. They are committed to continuous improvement and strive every day to create a nurturing, stimulating and supportive environment. The result is a high-quality educational experience and the best outcomes for every child.

Community connections

When your child attends Gowrie NSW Dubbo Early Education and Care, you are part of our community of families. Our community enriches our centre, with every one of our family members adding their own unique perspective and experience to our inclusive culture. Our community extends beyond the walls of the centre through a strong connection to the local Indigenous community.

Parent relationships

The early years are exciting as children make new discoveries and learn new things every day. We involve you in this learning through the secure StoryPark app. The educators provide daily photos and stories so you feel connected to your child. You can share the excitement of their day with peace of mind that your child is safe and happy in our care. Our Centre Director and educators are always available for discussions or concerns.

Rich history

Gowrie NSW has a rich history of educating and caring for children that spans back to 1940. We draw on this history in everything we do, learning from the past and looking to the latest research to inform our future-focused practice. We are committed to excellence and strive to make a lasting impact on children’s lives.

Generous inclusions

Balancing child care and other commitments is challenging. We try to make life as easy as possible by offering extended hours, nutritious food and other services that take a load off your shoulders. Our team is here to support your family and make a difference beyond early learning and child care.

Daily Fees (before Childcare Subsidy is applied)

Age Price
0 - 2yrs $132
2 - 3 yrs $130
3yrs+ $128

Out of Pocket? The Child Care Subsidy assists families with the cost of approved or registered childcare. Learn more about the ChildCare Subsidy here, and what you may be entitled to.


Refer to the Gowrie NSW Fee Policy here for more details.

You may be entitled to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to help with the cost of your childcare centre fees.

Funded by the Federal Government, CCS provides eligible families with a contribution towards daily childcare or daycare centre fees. The Child Care Subsidy calculator can help you to determine the amount you will receive as this will vary based on your income and other factors.

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