Staff at the Yamba Early Learning Centre recognise and emphasise the importance and significance of the many cultures local children proudly represent. Image: Contributed

Centre of excellence in childcare

Emma Pritchard|


Since February 2020, the Yamba Early Learning Centre has been providing quality childcare in a loving, nurturing and encouraging environment, to families throughout their local community.

With an enthusiastic team of 12 qualified staff members who are passionately dedicated to the care and education of the Clarence Valley’s youngest generations, Yamba Early Learning Centre focuses on supporting children as they grow and learn through play and social interaction, in a stimulating, fun-filled and creative space.

As a not-for-profit early childhood education centre, the business is locally owned and managed, and emphasising the importance of kindness, integrity, individuality and respect, proudly supports the many cultures our local children represent.

Describing the business as an integral asset to the Clarence Valley community, Cristie Harris, Manager of Clarence Childhood Services who oversee the Yamba based facility, said local families have embraced the centre since it opened 18 months ago, and she is extremely thankful for their ongoing support.

“We have wonderful families in our community who utilise our services, and their support means the world to us,” she said happily.

“Children learn through play, and at Yamba Early Learning Centre, we provide educational and interactive programs which engage the children so they learn and retain skills and knowledge much quicker than they would sitting down and going through other methods.

“We encourage professional development.

“During the first five years of a child’s life, their brain really begins to develop and form, and they’re influenced by what happens around them and how they interact, and our wonderful staff are dedicated to providing a strong learning environment during this important time.

“Families are kept informed of how their children are progressing and we receive really positive feedback from our community too.”

Ms Harris proudly revealed the Yamba Early Learning Centre has been awarded an “exceeding rating”, the highest rating that can be awarded by the NSW Education Department for outstanding service following a recent assessment.

The service is currently looking into the process of being awarded Excellent by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.   

Describing the accolade as a great reflection of the dedication and high standard of professionalism demonstrated by staff members, Ms Harris said Yamba Early Learning Centre continually strive for excellence while providing quality care in accordance to health and safety guidelines.

“Our staff love what they do and they’re all committed to offering a high standard of early childhood education,” she said. 

“That’s what matters to us.”

Yamba Early Learning Centre provide quality care for children from the age of six weeks through to five years, and while the centre is nearly full, Ms Harris said they are open to accepting more, citing a high demand for childcare in the local region.

If you would like to enrol your child at the Yamba Early Learning Centre, please call 6645 8983.

The centre is open between 6:30am – 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Children at the Yamba Early Learning Centre are encouraged to learn through play and creativity in a stimulating environment. Image: Contributed.
The outdoor activity area at the Yamba Early Learning Centre provides children with a safe space to play and learn. Image: Contributed