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About Us


Elder Street Early Childhood Centre was opened in August 2002 as Blinky Bill  Child Care. Melissa and her husband Tony purchased the business in December 2004 and it was from then known as Elder Street Early Childhood Centre.                                                                   

The centre is housed in one of Newcastle’s beautiful historic churches.  Although not a purpose built centre, it has been thoughtfully renovated to  meet the needs of the children and their learning potential.  Some of the many features of the centre are three play rooms, an extensive selection of resources and a fully ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning system. All play room floors are practical vinyl or floor boards with mats  for comfort and toilet/nappy change facilities are provided.  We also have  two outdoor play areas with ample shade and space for the children to  explore and engage in outdoor learning

Our education and care service is privately owned and operated by Melissa Duffy-Fagan who is also our Director and Educational Leader.  Melissa is supported daily by a magnificent team of 12 teachers, over 80 children and families and the wider community of educators in the Newcastle region. It takes this marvelous village to operate a successful educational facility.

In 2018 Elder Street Early Childhood Centre received an Exceeding rating against the National Quality Standard. 



Hours of Operation

The Centre operates Monday to Friday, 7.00am to 6.00pm The Centre is closed on Public holidays and for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.