Child Care and Education
Small family owned and operated service
nurturing children from infants through to kindergarten age
Open 6.30am until 6.30pm
Affordable fees, full Child Care Subsidy available
The Barefoot Difference
Barefoot is no ordinary child care centre – it’s an early childhood care and education centre with soul! We offer a return to the simple joys of childhoods past. Our name “Barefoot” signifies our approach to early childhood care and education – simple, organic and connected.
We believe that childhoods should be full of love, wonder and magic and you will find it at every turn at Barefoot. Whether observing our native wildlife or caring for our farm animals, climbing trees or making mud pies, our children are immersed in the joy of childhood.
No child should ever get “lost in the crowd” so we intentionally keep our group sizes and our centre small, ensuring that every individual has a chance to shine. Our families are able to get to know one another and many strong friendships have already been developed between both children and adults at Barefoot.
Our educators strive to create inspirational, educational programs that scaffold learning tailored to the needs and interests of each individual and the group. A range of specialist teachers visiting weekly enhance our curriculum and support our teacher’s educational programmes.
We were proudly rated as “Exceeding National Quality Standards” by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority in October of 2018.
If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. - David Sobel
What our families say...
Our Core Principles
Meet our Mother Hen
Our centre is owned and operated by The Duncombe Family, a Mum and a Dad with two young girls who believe that all children deserve joyful childhoods. Nicole has been managing in the Early Childhood Profession for over twenty years and is passionate about children’s well-being at all levels.
“I have always been incredibly touched by the innocence and vulnerability of children and this has created a passion in me to forever love, care for and protect them. I am innately a nurturer and this has driven the creation of Barefoot and it’s philosophy. It has also led to our family consisting of two kids, five cats, three dogs, a goat, a horse, various poultry, a guinea pig, a turtle, a python, two ducks and various fish! My heart and my home is never too full for another rescue. Luckily my husband has a big heart also (and a big shed to escape to!)”
Nicole’s passion for children’s well-being and how this translates to progressive early childhood education sees Nicole guest speaking at local industry forums and many professionals visiting the Barefoot service.
“I believe Barefoot role-models a different, more thoughtful and heartfelt way of practicing child care and education. As I watch our children thriving daily, my hope is that one day all children will benefit from a more thoughtful industry.
Learning alongside young children and supporting their families is such a privilege, and I feel enormous gratitude every day that I have a job that brings me great joy and satisfaction. Each and every Barefoot child is a gorgeous human being, and every single one of them leaves an indelible mark on my heart.” - Nicole Duncombe