About Us

The centre offers:

Childcare for children from 6 months -5 years during the hours of 8.30am-5.15pm. The program is open 50 weeks of the year.

Preschool sessions for 3 year old Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and Universal Access for 4 year old children. The program runs 40 weeks per year. There is a bus run offered for preschool children attending PLCC preschool only.

The centre has a Reconciliation Area and Bike Track which is available for hire and can be booked by the public during school hours.

See our Bike Track Hire Conditions in our Contact Information page on the website.

Useful Links

DECD – Department for Education & Child Development (DECD)

Education & Early Childhood Services  Registration & Standards Board of South Australia

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Department of Education and Training

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council – http://www.placc.com/

  • Aboriginal Resource Agency provides quality programs and services that meets the needs of the community

Port Lincoln Aboriginal health Services Inc – plahs.org.au

  • Aboriginal community controlled health service – providing primary health care to Aboriginal clients in Port Lincoln and surrounding areas
  • Healthy Kids Clinic

Gowrie – gowriesa.org.au

  • Provides Inclusion support program
    • Children’s programs
    • Parenting programs
    • Professional Learning program
Local Schools in Port Lincoln

Kirton Point Primary School

Port Lincoln Junior Primary School

Lincoln Gardens Primary School

Port Lincoln Primary School

Poonindie Primary School

Port Lincoln High School

Saint Joseph’s School

Navigators College

Philosophy Statement

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The centre has a long history of providing kindy (operating since November 22nd 1966) for the Aboriginal children of Port Lincoln. It was originally funded by “Save the Children Fund”.

Many local people will remember “Little kindy days” when their own children or even themselves attended.

The first kindy was opened in 1966 in a Hall in Kooyonga Avenue. In 1970 it moved to Third Avenue where it operated until the current centre was built on Saint Andrews Terrace.

Learn more about our history
Our current centre was opened in 1996 and was designed as an integrated service providing a kindy program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 3 yr old children and Childcare for children of working or studying parents.

The centre was funded as a joint initiative of the:

  • Commonwealth Family and Community Service
  • Commonwealth Department of Training and Youth Affairs
  • State Department of Education, Training and Employment ( Building)

The centre is managed by a Management Committee made up of parents and local community members

In December 2009, all Australian governments through Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish a National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. The framework took effect on January 1st 2012. Key requirements will be phased in over time replacing existing state and territory licensing and national quality assurance processes. All early childhood education and care centre will be required to meet the regulations and standards set out by the National Quality Framework

Meet the Team

Port Lincoln Children’s Centre employs professional enthusiastic people who have a strong commitment to the caring and education of children.  The team is made up of staff that is qualified with many years of experience.

All staff employed at the centre undergoes a Criminal History Check, hold a current RAN-EC certificate and Child Safe Environment Certificate. Staff regularly participates in professional training to keep skills relevant and up to date.  Consistency is important to children and we try to use relief staff if needed from our regular pool.


Joanne Smith

Colleen Gay

Bus Driver/Maintenance
Anthony Docking

Finance Officer
Kerry Szoke

Emma Morris

Preschool Staff – 3 & 4 Year old Programs

Nadine Bilney, Roxanne Ware, Kirsty Docking, Jodi Hoskins, Lisa Webster, Sharlie Smith & Dayna Dolling

Childcare Staff

Rebecca Shillabeer, Lisa Webster, Robyn Brown, Emma Morris, Brittany Morgan & Isabella Cappelluti

Governing Council

Management Committee Members 2023/2024
  • Colleen Gay, Chairperson\
  • Keelah Sumner, Vice Chairperson
  • Lynn Bilney, Secretary
  • Kerry Szoke, Treasurer
  • Joanne Smith, Director
  • James Blewit, Public Officer
  • Kesby Turner-Wiebreck, General Member
  • Jayde Warren, General Member
  • Mia Haseldine, General Member

Management Committee

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