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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.

barefoot difference
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...

“There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Barefoot Early Childhood is, I’m so grateful every single day that my children get to attend such an amazing daycare, it’s their home away from home and the staff are beyond amazing. I cannot recommend Barefoot enough, come and check it out for yourself you won’t look back. Be sure to say hi to their miniature pony Neeke & goat Lucy on your way in.”

Tahlia Laing

Sending our first child off to daycare was a scary step to take but the amazing Barefoot family have made it a smooth transition for him and us! We chose Barefoot for its connection to nature and outdoors which is really important to us. We have been so happy with the amazing teachers and educators at Barefoot and all the wonderful activities they do with the kids!

Can not recommend this amazing centre enough!

Elise Thomson

Barefoot Early Childhood is truly one of a kind! From the moment I walked through the doors I knew I had found the right place for us. The staff are friendly and welcoming, treating every child with respect and compassion – an extension of their own families. The atmosphere is peaceful, warm and inviting making you feel comfortable and at home from the moment you enter .. and the environment, what can I say!
Not many childcare centres are fortunate enough to offer the space and activities that Barefoot does. A natural environment far removed from the clinical feel of most other centres .. where else are children able to play with chickens, learn to ride a pony, grow their own veggies, practice yoga, splash in the mud, explore the creek and reconnect with the simple joys of childhood. The only downside is they don’t cater for adults, or I’d enrol myself!

When my son wakes up excited for daycare and comes home with a massive smile on his face each day, I know I have found somewhere truly special.

Charlotte Cuschieri

Barefoot Early Childhood offers our children home away from home . A safe haven to discover themselves and their environment. Mud kitchens, cubby houses, yoga, bush craft are just a few things that are offered. Our children always come home with happy hearts. Highly recommend this childhood centre.

Kobble Creek Russians

Barefoot have made the transition from home to childcare so smooth for both my children. My boys are always so excited to go to care & I really feel like they get the love & affection they need from their Educators. My eldest son was having an emotional time at his last kindy & was crying every drop off, he hasn’t cried since moving him to Barefoot & is always keen to go to kindy & has lots of fun stories to tell us about his day. The staff are always so friendly, approachable & professional.

Kirstie Mooney

Absolutely wonderful place for children of all ages to spend their day. As a previous worker in a child care centre & now a mum myself I can honestly give the highest recommendation of Barefoot Early Childhood centre. What wonderful memories our lucky children will have being lil Barefooters.

Ada Conway

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

“I have always been 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."

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Address

18 Edmonds Court, Dayboro.

 

Phone

(07) 3425 1674