Layout and facilities

The centre is licensed to care for 65 children. We welcome children of Charles Sturt University staff and students, children of distance education students who attend Charles Sturt University residential schools, and the wider community.

Our rooms

Age: 0-3 years
Ratio: 4 staff / 11 children

A warm and nurturing environment that meets individual children’s needs in collaboration with families.

Age: 0-3 years
Ratio: 4 staff / 11 children

We place great emphasis on creating a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters each child’s interests and strengths to create a sense of belonging within our room.

Age: 3-4 years
Ratio: 3 staff / 18 children

A place to investigate, create, develop social skills and fully engage in the busy world of being 3.

Age: 4-5 years
Ratio: 4 staff / 24 children

We are advocates for diversity and natural learning environments and encourage children to become connected to their world around them.

Our setup


The Centre provides all meals and drinks for children throughout the day, except for formula for babies which needs to be supplied and prepared by the family. No additional food is to be brought into the Centre as we have children with severe allergies. The Centre caters for special dietary requirements, however if your child does require a special diet we may request you see a dietician/allergy specialist and the written information be shared with the Centre to ensure your child’s dietary needs are met while in our care.


Nappies need to be provided by the family as the Centre does not supply nappies.

Breastfed babies

Mums are always welcome in the Centre to feed their child/ren. As it can be difficult or impossible to contact mums who are away from the Centre, breastfed babies can only be accepted if they will take expressed milk from a bottle that can be administered by an educator if the baby is hungry and distressed.

Our team

All staff, educators and volunteers working at Mitchell Early Learning Centre are required to undergo a Working With Children Check.