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88 Landa St, Bowenfels NSW 2790 Show On Map
Mon-Fri | 7:00am - 6:00pm
Ages 6 weeks to school age
Enrolments (02) 8594 4200
Currently Enrolled (02) 6370 9710

Why Lithgow Early Education and Care?

Gowrie NSW Lithgow is a quality, not-for-profit childcare centre and preschool. We cater for children birth to 6 years and draw on our organisation's rich history of educating and caring for children since 1940. 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.

Our dedicated and passionate educators implement a high-quality educational experience in an inclusive, nurturing, stimulating and supportive environment. Our outdoor environment is rich in natural resources, with a modern contemporary design.

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 are committed to excellence and strive to make a lasting impact on children’s lives.

Primary Educator Relationships

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.

Our 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.
I researched all childcare options in the Lithgow region for my son and visited every centre before committing to Gowrie. Gowrie instantly stood out as a calm, well organised centre. From day one the educators showed my son kindness and have engaged and supported every stage of his development. He has formed a close bond with many of his carers that is truly heartwarming to watch.
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Meet our Centre Director

Leanda Rodham

Leanda Rodham has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and is a very experienced educator, teaching director and centre director. Born and raised in Lithgow, Leanda has a strong connection with the local community and is passionate about inspiring children to flourish and embrace a lifelong love of learning.


All our programs at Lithgow 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

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.

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.

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.

Learn More about Preschool at Gowrie NSW

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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Lithgow Early Education and Care caters for children aged from birth to 6 years. The age groups in each room vary each year according to our waitlist and service capacity.

  • 0-2 years: 12 children
  • 2-3 years: 20 children
  • 3-6years: 20 children

Each learning environment has been designed to support the individual learning, development and needs of the child.

Our outdoor environments are inclusive of all ages. Mixed-age groupings enable older children to be nurturing of our youngest, and to develop pro-social skills such as empathy, patience, and leadership. Our younger children also gain as their play and learning is scaffolded by their older peers.

We have three main indoor learning environments, all specifically designed for the age groupings in each room. All of our indoor play spaces use natural materials and soft colourings that support our commitment to a calm and well-resourced learning environment for children.

We have a large outdoor play area to ensure children have plenty of access to gross motor and physical play, even in the colder Lithgow weather.

Lunch is served in a separate dining room, where children and educators enjoy meals in small groups. This allows the learning environment to remain undisturbed ready for children to engage in educational experiences.

Daily Fees (before Childcare Subsidy is applied)

0 - 2yrs    $140

2 - 3 yrs   $135

3yrs+        $133

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.

Someone from our team will be in touch with you on the things needed before starting.

Fill out the Book a Tour form and choose an appointment time in the calendar. You can choose a morning or afternoon tours. If you require an alternative appointment time outside of the calendar options, please email our Enrolment Team at

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Call us on (02) 8594 4200 or fill in the form below.