Contact name: Stephanie Bone or Gabby Cramp
Best contact between 9:00-2:30pm (Opening Hours 7am to 6pm)

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About Ekidna - Dee Why School of Early Learning

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Our center is a dynamic, innovative and family owned and operated childcare center that is committed to providing high quality care for all families and children. We are passionate and dedicated to ensuring that all children are provided with the best head start to their learning and education. We value and take pride in our center, building strong collaborative relationships with all families and our staff.

Our programs provide children with the learning and education that each child deserves. We highly value the importance of children being offered experiences that will assist them to strive and develop to their best of their abilities. We offer a pre-school readiness program within our 3-5 years Abby classes. Please see our daily learning and transition to school tab for more details.

Ekidna is open 7am- 6pm Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year. We are closed only on public holidays (public holidays are still charged) and offer holiday credit.

We offer a nutritious menu for Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea and we also cater for allergies and cultural requirements and all our food is cooked fresh on site by our amazing center chef. All meals are included in the daily fee.

Also included in the daily fee’s are nappies, wipes, bed linen and sunscreen. Please contact the center of more information.
We welcome all families, so please feel free to visit our center between 9am-12pm and 2pm-3.30pm daily, just call the center ten minutes before you would like to pop down to insure that someone is there to assist you. No appointment required.

Or pop on to our website and fill in an online wait list form or find us on Facebook!

National quality standard rating: Working towards National Quality Standard.

  • Long Day Care (Child Care Centre)
  • Pre-school

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3 yrs to 6 yrs S M T W T F S
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    • Long Day Care
    • $141 /day
    • for ages 6wks to 2yrs
    • Fee includes: Education & Developmental Programs, Meals Provided, Nappies.
    • Long Day Care
    • $126 /day
    • for ages 2yrs to 3yrs
    • Fee includes: Education & Developmental Programs, Nappies, Meals Provided.
    • Long Day Care
    • $123 /day
    • for ages 3yrs to 5yrs
    • Fee includes: Education & Developmental Programs.

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National quality standard rating

Overall Rating - Working towards National Quality Standard (MORE)
Quality Area Rating
Educational Program and Practice Meeting National Quality Standard
Children's Health and Safety Meeting National Quality Standard
Physical environment Meeting National Quality Standard
Staffing Arrangements Working towards National Quality Standard
Relationships with children Meeting National Quality Standard
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities Meeting National Quality Standard
Governance and leadership Meeting National Quality Standard

NQS Rating last updated: 8-Jul-2020

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Excellent Quality 17 ratings more
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  • Environment & Facilities
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Health & Safety
  • Learning & Developmental Programs
  • Management Staff & Supervision
  • Value for Money
  • Warmth & Empathy towards children

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My daughter has attended Ekidna since she was 6 months old. Since that first day, we have been so pleased with the care and services at Ekidna. Our daughter comes home happy, well fed and excited to tell us what she learned about that day. This is our 4th year at Ekidna and now our 8 month old daughter will start at Ekidna as well. I would definitely recommend Ekidna to all parents. It’s nice and comforting to know we are leaving our children in a safe, healthy and happy environment.
My first child enrolled in Ekidna from the day it opened and my third and last child is in his final year prior to 'big school' now. This will be my 9th year straight of walking in and out the doors of Ekidna! If anything this indicates how happy I have been with the daycare and I have nothing but praise for the team who always listen to what a parent has to say, implement strategies or make suggestions based on discussions you have with them dependent on what stage your child is going through. The staff are always friendly and approachable and all 3 of my children have loved their time in Day Care because of them. With Ekidna the children not only learn and excel but families are made to feel part of a community with strong communication and emphasis on interest based learning.