16-18 Spears Drive, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Mon-Fri | 7am - 6pm
6 weeks to school age

Gowrie NSW - Dubbo Early Learning Centre and Childcare

16-18 Spears Drive, Dubbo, NSW 2830

Gowrie NSW Dubbo is a quality, not-for-profit preschool and early education centre. We cater for children from 6 weeks to 6 years. We believe that every child brings with them unique strengths, capabilities, culture, interests, knowledge, ideas and experiences……

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

Why Gowrie NSW Dubbo Early Education and Care?

Our dedicated and passionate educators implement a high-quality educational experience in a nurturing, stimulating and supportive environment.  We have strong relationships with our families and pride ourselves on our inclusive culture and connection to the local indigenous community.

We keep you involved in their day via a secure online platform, so you can get through your day knowing your child is safe and happy.

We draw on our organisation's rich history of educating and caring for children since 1940. We are committed to excellence and strive to make a lasting impact on children’s lives.

Primary Educator Relationships

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Gowrie NSW teachers and educators allocate one staff member who will be your child’s primary educator to work closely with you and nurture your child through the first three years of life.  Your child's primary educator will be highly attuned to their routines, rhythms and unique cues.

At our Dubbo Early Learning Centre, an emphasis and commitment to working towards key educator relationships promotes continuity, consistency and nurturing relationships between educators and children both individually and in small groups.

Your child will benefit from;

  •  routines that are at their own pace and where they can participate in their own way
  •  educators who take their ideas seriously
  • support to express feelings and show empathy for the feelings of others
  • encouragement to interact with other children and develop language and social skills
  • support to interact with children and adults in ways that are respectful and responsive
  • encouragement to listen to and respect the ideas of others.

Learn More about Primary Educator Relationships here

How we encourage capable learners - The Early Years Learning Framework

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

Play-Based Learning

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.

School Readiness - How we prepare your child for school

Our school readiness program begins from the moment children enter our centre. Building children’s confidence, strong sense of self, conflict resolution skills, 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 skills to build sound foundations for primary school.

GowrieHolidayCare-2014Children 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.

How we communicate wtih you

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.storypark badge


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.

What are your age groups and classroom sizes?

Dubbo Early Education and Care caters for children aged from 6 weeks to 6 years. There are three classroom. The age groups in each room vary each year according to our waitlist and service capacity. 

• 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.

We have four main indoor classrooms and a dedicated art studio. All our play spaces use natural materials and soft colourings that support our commitment to a calm and well-resourced environment for children.

We have a designated dining room where our children have time to sit and eat their meals while socialising with friends and educators.

We support multi-aged groupings throughout certain parts of the day - we use our multi-purpose spaces for these times so that all children have a sense of belonging within all areas at Gowrie NSW Dubbo Early Education and Care.

Have a question about Dubbo Early Education and Care? We'd love to hellp

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A Word from our centre manager, Gemma Lavelle

Gemma Lavelle is originally from Central West NSW and is very excited to be a part of Gowrie NSW. Being a member of the team to implement new Professional Learning opportunities and extending our Inclusion Support team in regional NSW is a unique and wonderful opportunity that Gemma is proud to be on board with.

Gemma is passionate about providing environments for children that allow them to grow and learn to be confident and happy. Gemma is an Early Childhood Teacher with over 20 years experience in the industry. Gemma has been fortunate in her career to be a part of many varied services. From planning and developing new services to integrating established services into an organisation. Gemma believes that our teams are integral to our vision as Early Education professionals and enjoy mentoring teams and individuals as they join our industry and throughout their professional journey.