About the Dorothy Waide Centre for Early Learning?

We are licensed as a 70-place, extended-hours early childhood centre, providing preschool and long day care on a daily or weekly rate. We also provide limited out of school hours and occasional care. Sessional or half day care is not available.

We follow a family grouping philosophy, offering quality care and education in a small grouped environment. Our child to staff ratio is high, recognising that more staff on the floor provides a better environment for the children in care.

We have three early childhood qualified teachers, four diploma trained staff (1 enrolled and completing their Early Childhood degree) and 1 staff member completing their diploma through distance ed, and 5 Cert 3 qualified staff.

There is a strong emphasis on planning for the individual and cooperation with parents to achieve this goal. Our program follows the National Early Years Learning Framework.

Our environments are important to our philosophy.  Two large playgrounds (we are talking huge here), large indoor play spaces, a focus on natural play spaces, challenging and aesthetically beautiful spaces.  Check out the environment here.

The aim of the staff, committee and parents is to provide opportunities for children to develop basic concepts, language, and social skills, inter and intra personal skills, physical and cognitive skills and understanding of the world around them. All in a fun and loving environment.


At a glance

  1. BulletFamily focused

  2. BulletExtended hours care and education for children 0 years through to school age

  3. BulletCommonwealth funded Child Care Benefit

  4. BulletExtended hours preschool

  5. BulletLimited Vacation care

  6. BulletAll food, nappies provided

  7. BulletHigh staff:child staff ratio – nursery at 1:3

  8. BulletTrained Early Childhood staff

  9. BulletAll primary contact staff with first aid

  10. BulletAssessed under the National Quality Standard - Assessment Pending. Our rating can be found HERE.

  11. BulletChild and family focused program

  12. BulletAccessible, affordable and equitable care and education

  13. BulletCommunity based and not for profit

  14. BulletFun for kids and adults too!

  15. BulletQuality Improvement Plan PDF

Who was Dorothy Waide?

The Centre is named after Mrs Dorothy Waide, former infants teacher at St Patrick's Primary School and Councillor on Griffith City Council. Mrs Waide was a keen supporter of additional services for families within our community and fought for many years for the provision of child care facilities for young families.

Mrs Waide was one of the instrumental people who lead the fight to establish this Centre, the first long day care facility in Griffith. The renaming of the Centre in honour of Mrs Waide, in 1995, recognised the important role this wonderful woman played in our communities development.

Sadly, Mrs Waide passed away in 2001.

© Griffith Child Care Centre Inc 2013 | Photography:Neville Dwyer


Waiting List Application

Centre Brochure

Griffith Early Childhood Services Brochure

Parent Information

Here are some downloadable files which explain aspects of our Centre policies.

Our Philosophy and Mission Statement Meeting the National Quality Standard

About Administration

Our Communication Strategies

About our Playspace

What I need to know about illness and medication?

Our Privacy Statement

How will my child settle into care?

What else do I need to know?

Illness Exclusion Chart

Tour the centre HERE

Parent Handbook iBooks Digital Version

We have published an updated Parent Handbook and this is available as a digital download for iPad or Computer.  You will need to download the file via this link on an iPad and it will open in iBooks.

If you are accessing this file via a home computer then you will need to click the link and then download the file and then drag it to your iBooks application (available for Mac only). This version is interactive and is approx 113MB in size. A PDF version can be downloaded at this link (NB This version is less interactive, but weblinks are live)

Our detailed policies can be found HERE

Contact Us

Address: 1 Middleton Ave, Griffith, 2680

Phone : 02 69626833

Fax: 02 69645522

Email : Here

Or contact one of playroom teams here:

Nursery - dotwaidecentre.nursery@gmail.com

Toddler - dotwaidecentre.toddler@gmail.com

Preschool - dotwaidecentre.preschool@gmail.com


Meet the Staff HERE

Child Care Benefit

Child Care Benefit – Fee Assistance

Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a means tested fee support program available from the Federal Government for eligible parents.  It is income based and the amount of CCB is determined by the combined gross income of the child’s parents.

Information can be obtained from the Family Assistance Office on 136150, or at Centrelink in Yambil Street, Griffith.

For information on our current fee structure please contact the Centre.