Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre

About the Centre

The Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre is a not-for-profit community based centre under the sponsorship of Wattle Range Council. It is a long-day-care service with a capacity for 60 places. The centre is open from 7:30am – 5:30pm, five days per week for 50 weeks of the year. We offer full-day, half-day, casual and emergency care sessions. Places are available for babies and children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age.

It is the vision of the Centre to provide a high quality education and care service that embraces the learning and capabilities of our youngest citizens, in a nurturing and engaging environment. We aim to meet the needs of the families in our community and work collaboratively with parents in the education and care of their children at a most important stage of their development (the early years). We welcome parent participation and involvement in the centre and encourage open communication between parents/directors/educators and administration staff.

GSELC Philosophy

All Australian Childcare Centres must be licenced under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, and comply with the Regulations under the Act. The Regulations cover all aspects of operation including;

  • Quality Improvement
  • Documentation and Educational Program
  • Health, Hygiene and Safety
  • Staffing and Supervision
  • Indoor/Outdoor space and equipment
  • Medical and Emergency
  • Administration, Policies and Procedures

Wattle Range Council are the Approved Provider for the Service and are responsible for;

  • Financial accountability
  • Receiving/distributing monies granted, fees received and childcare benefit payments
  • Audit processes
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Staff
  • General maintenance of building and grounds

The Centre has recently achieved an 'Exceeding Rating' in the National Quality Standards accreditation process.

The Centre comprises of three main play areas according to age groups and staffed according to current ratio regulations;

Koala Room Logo

Koala Room
(Children 6 weeks to 2 years)

1 staff member: 4 children

Wallaby Room
(Children 2 years to 3 years)

1 staff member: 5 children

Emu Room
(Children 3 years to 6 years)

1 staff member: 10 children

There are separate sleeping areas adjacent to the Koala and Wallaby rooms, with the Wallaby sleep area also doubling as an extra activity room. A large dining and kitchen area are available where children gather daily to eat a nutritious cooked lunch. The Centre boasts a large, natural outdoor play environment providing opportunity for children to explore, engage in physical activity and grow produce to cook, eat and sell.

Enrolment & Orientation

The process for enrolment of your child at the Centre is as follows:

  • Arrange for an appointment with Director for orientation tour of the Centre and grounds and to collect a copy of the Centre Handbook.
  • Register with Centrelink, informing them of your intention to utilize a long-day care service. (Please contact the Centre to obtain our provider number)
  • Meet with Administration officer to complete an enrolment form, pay registration fee ($15) and arrange preliminary visits (Preliminary visits are approx. 20 minutes duration, providing an opportunity for you and your child to meet the Team Leader and Educators in the Room to discuss your child’s needs and routines, gain information about how the Room operates and educational planning and learning.)
  • Once visits are complete bookings can be made with the Administration Officer. We recommend starting a child with two half day sessions first before moving into full day sessions if required.

It is important to read and complete your enrolment form accurately. Information contained on these forms will be treated as strictly confidential with access limited to the Directors, Administration officer and Room Leader. Please do not hesitate to ask staff for assistance in completing your enrolment form.

The Enrolment and Waitlist forms can now be completed online:

Enrolment Form

Waitlist Form

Absence Form

When planning annual leave or holidays please complete the Absence Form and submit to the centre at a minimum one week prior to the leave/holidays being taken. To ensure your holding fee of 50% of your normal fee charged whilst you are away. This only applies to permanent bookings.

Absence Form(7 kb)

DirectorClara Walker  
Administration               Alison VarcoeEmma Gould 
Team LeadersCarol Bishop
(Diploma of Teaching)
 Nicole Miller
(Certificate III)
Sandi Spink
EducatorsTracey Pratt
(Diploma/Studying Bachelor)
Teagan Reilly
Jessica Grgetic
(Certificate III)
Ellie Sullivan
Charli Milton
(Certificate III)
Kerri-Ann Vears

ReGina Little
(Certificate III)

Casey Merrett

(Certificate III)

Josie Finniga
(Certificate III)

Susan Krause
(Certificate III)

Natalie Lowndes
(Certificate III)

Amy Reilly

Georgia Gray
(Studying Bachlelor of Teaching)

Monika Lenart
(Early Childhood Teacher)
Nadiya Mavali
CooksRenae Kemp
(Certificate III)
Meagan Whitehead

The Parent Committee has been an integral part of the Centre since it opened in 1977. The role of the committee has evolved over the years to become a strong source of support and advocacy for the Centre. The Committee consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members.  Meetings are held regularly throughout the year, they are a great way to meet other parents and contribute ideas. Parents are welcome to attend regularly as a committee member or occasionally to raise issues, concerns or contribute to a project. As the role of a parent is a busy one we value the time and contributions made by our families and aim to continue to strengthen these connections.

New members are always welcome and parents interested in joining the Committee should enquire at the Centre as to when the next meeting will be held.

Session Timings
Full Day (7.30 am to 5.30 pm)
Morning (7.30 am to 12.30 pm)
Afternoon (12.30 pm to 5.30 pm)
Hourly Care (11.30 am to 1.30 pm)*
After Kindy/School Care (3.30 to 5.30 pm)**      

* hourly sessions are available in addition to a morning or afternoon session to accommodate parent working hours and are subject to attendance numbers.
** parents are responsible for arranging transportation of their child from Kindy/School to the Centre.

Fees are reduced by the Government's Child Care Benefit and Rebate. For information regarding eligibility and an estimator visit

Fees & Charges - Community Services - CHILD CARE

Fees & Charges are listed in Council's Fees and Charges Guide

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Centre:

Telephone: (08) 8733 3030
Postal: PO Box 27, MILLICENT  SA  5280

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