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Raymond Terrace Early Education Centre

Building a better future for your children

Read more about this on our PROGRAMS page.

There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.

Raymond Terrace Early Education Centre is a fully accredited childcare conveniently located in lakeside, Raymond Terrace. Our service operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.00am to 6.00pm for 49 weeks per year, closing for usual calendar Public Holidays and for a 3 week period over Christmas.

The Centre is licensed to care for 39 children per day. There are two rooms: one for children aged between 6 weeks to 3 years with a maximum of 15 children and the other for children aged between 3 and 5 years with a maximum of 24 children.

We believe that a child’s early years are an important time for the development of social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills, this is the time where the foundations for a love of learning and a strong sense of self-worth are acquired.

In conjunction with the Early Years Learning Framework we have identified 5 key areas of Outcomes for Learning and Development.

These include:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

Each of our rooms offers a wide variety of activities that have been planned with consideration to the age specific and developmental needs of your child.

You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect. We believe all children are precious gifts.


What age do you take children from, and how are the children grouped?

We take babies from 6 weeks of age through to 6 years.

Our centre is divided into two rooms:

6 weeks to 3 years – Early Learner & 3 years to 6 years – Prep & Pre-Schoolers

Do you have a preschool program?

Many parents are interested in the skills that children need prior to starting school. Whilst traditionally it was reading and writing, now some schools may prefer to teach this once children start school.

We have planned many school readiness activities into our programme but the main thing teachers are looking for are social communication and self-help skills.

Waiting List

We do have a waiting list, but it is difficult to say how long it will take for a position to become available as this is determined on how old your child is, what days you are looking for and when you require the care. That means that even if you need care immediately, it is well worth giving us a call as we may be able to accommodate your needs. When joining our waiting list, if you can be at all flexible in the days of care you need, we are more likely to be able to find you a position.

Please don’t hesitate to talk to our staff if you have any questions.

Waiting List Form

Fees & Rebates

Upon enrolment, you will be required to pay an enrolment fee of $30, two week’s fees "security deposit" and the first week of fees. Preferred method of payment is via direct deposit or Eftpos.

Further information about fees, inclusions and terms are detailed in the enrolment pack you will receive when you come for the initial centre tour.

What is included in the daily fees?

Our daily fees include 4 meals (morning tea, hot lunch and afternoon tea), nappies for babies, sunscreen, hat, and a stimulating educational program.

Parents need to provide sheets for children, bottles and formula while the child is taking bottles, and change of clothes and lots of undies for little accidents and water play

Termination Of A Placement

Should you wish to terminate your child's placement you will need to give TWO WEEKS WRITTEN NOTICE to the Director, or fees paid in lieu of notice. If you fail to do this, enrolment deposits can not be returned.

Fees For Non Attendance

Fees must be paid for everyday your child is enrolled at the Centre regardless of attendance. This includes days on which your child is absent, due to ill health or holidays taken. Fees are not payable for days during the Christmas period when the Centre is closed or for Public Holidays. If families experience difficulties in paying fees they should contact the Director immediately. Please do not wait until you are in debt to discuss your fee situation. We cannot afford to loose fees, so it is necessary to make immediate arrangements if you fall behind in payment.

When fees are two weeks or more in arrears, it may be necessary to request you to remove your child from the Centre, where the position will be given to the next child on the waiting list.

Parents must inform the centre if their child is to be absent. If we do not receive information concerning the absence within one week, the place could be forfeited.

Late Fee

RTEEC closes at 6.00pm. Arrangements therefore must be made to collect all children by this time.

Where a parent fails to collect their child/children by 6.00pm a late fee charge will be incurred and will appear on your next fee receipt. The staff are paid an overtime rate after 6.00pm. The time will be taken by the Centre clocks, if a parent incurs a late fee on more than three occasions it will become necessary to withdraw their child from the Centre. In extenuating circumstances the Director has the option to waive the penalty fee.

On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to services to be passed onto families.

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

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

  • A family’s annual adjusted taxable income determines the percentage of subsidy they are eligible for
  • An activity test determines how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight, and
  • The type of child care service determines the hourly rate cap.
  • More information about individual subsidy rates and annual cap changes is available in the New Child Care Package brochure.
  • 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.
  • What you need to do
  • Sign into your Centrelink online account through myGov.
  • Select Make a claim, then Start a new claim.
  • Work through the steps to provide your current details.

Apply for the new Child Care Subsidy

If you were receiving child care fee assistance before 2 July 2018 and haven’t transitioned to the Child Care Subsidy yet, you will need to submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim if you wish to receive child care fee assistance.

You will need to submit a new claim for Child Care Subsidy if you have only recently started using child care or if you claimed child care fee assistance as a lump sum in 2017-18 and wish to receive the new Child Care Subsidy in 2018-19.

You can submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

To apply for the Child Care Subsidy, you will need to provide details, including:

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

Login now to complete your online form now through myGov.

Learn more about the new subsidy and what you need to do to apply.

To estimate what your new Child Care Subsidy might be, go to the Payment and Services Finder.

Lump sum payments

2017-18 was the last year you could claim child care payments as a lump sum. If you have claimed this way previously, you will need to complete a new Child Care Subsidy claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov. You should claim as soon as possible as Centrelink can only backdate claims for the new subsidy for up to 28 days.

Using myGov

Step 1. Sign in to your myGov account. If you don’t have one, you will need to create a myGov account.

Step 2. Link myGov to Centrelink. You can do this under Services.

Step 3. Select Centrelink and complete the Child Care Subsidy Assessment.

The Child Care Safety Net

The Package includes a Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, as well as those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.

Why Us?

  • Conveniently Located
  • Competitive Fees
  • Not for Profit – every cent goes back into the centre
  • No charge for Public Holidays
  • Nappies & Meals provided
  • Delicately selected menu’s catering for all needs
  • Professional Staff Ratio’s
  • Dedicated long term staff (no revolving door)
  • Safe, caring, spacious and stimulating environment
  • Impeccable safety record
  • Door Security – Children are safe from unwanted visitors
  • Commitment to high quality care
  • Following National Quality Standards and Education and care services National Regulations

Our Centre

has a strong commitment to sustainability.

Family Involvement 

at the centre