Our History

Toormina Community Preschool was established in 1976 by a group of dedicated families who wanted to create a nurturing, educational environment for local preschoolers.

The Preschool has grown significantly in its 45 year history, and to meet the needs of its growing population, has undertaken several renovations. We recently enhanced our indoor play space by extending the building to add another room. This room has provided opportunities for educators to work in smaller groups with children and to also increase our parent support programs.Our natural outdoor environment has also grown with us and we now have many established trees and gardens to create natural shade and play spaces. The children love to explore in the variety of outdoor areas which are continuously being enhanced. Currently it consists of a large sandpit, decking, river bed, worm farm, vegetable and bush tucker gardens and large climbing area.

We are proud to acknowledge the committed staff, committee members and families who have supported the Preschool over the years. During our 45 years of operation we have seen five dedicated Director’s, who have lead teams of educators in creating an environment of learning and fun. As a testament to our success we now welcome new generations of families who are returning with their children and grandchildren.

The Preschool continues to grow as we implement current practices and trends so that the children and families of Toormina/Sawtell and the surrounding suburbs receive the standard of high quality education and care they deserve.


Family and community members make up a volunteer Committee who oversee the long term management of the preschool. The Committee is an integral part of the preschool it provides an opportunity for members to be involved in decisions to support the preschools success.

The Committee meets monthly to discuss preschool business and these meetings run for 1-2 hours, depending on the agenda.


Our AGM is held in March, where persons interested can nominate to become part of the Committee.

Membership of the Association Toormina Community Preschool Inc is required to enrol your child in the Preschool.

Our enrolment

To protect our community from Coronavirus unscheduled visits or tours of the preschool are temporarily suspended.  Please phone or email the preschool with all your enquiries.

Toormina Community Preschool takes enrolments at anytime throughout the year if vacancies exist. We encourage families to visit the preschool and observe the program, meet the educators and decide if this is the environment that best meets yours and your child’s needs.

We recommend families fill out a waitlist form and return to the preschool as soon as you have decided that you would like your child to attend to avoid disappointment.

Each August we finalise enrolments for the following year to ensure we give families ample notice as to availability and days.

The preschool is licensed for 29 children a day.

Fees and hours

Our community based not for profit preschool is funded by the NSW State Government.

Children are funded to attend 2 days [15 hours] of preschool per week by the NSW State Government if:

  • The child is turning 4 or 5 by 31 July in the year of enrolment.

  • The child turns 3 years old prior to enrolment and

    • Is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or

    • Family holds a low income Health Care Card or equivalent or

    • Child is a participant of the NDIS with an approved plan

3 year old children not eligible above will receive partial funding by the NSW Department of Education and may enrol as/if vacancies allow.

Current weekly fees:   (These fees are subject to change.)

In 2022 due to NSW State Government’s ‘Start Strong Free Preschool Program’ attendance for 2 days per week 8am to 3.30pm is free.  However, it is not known at this time if this program will be extended beyond the 2022 preschool year.


Other Charges: 

School Building Fund Contribution          $50 per term     

Waitlist/Enrol Fee                                      $30




Our daily hours are 8.00am – 3.30pm during NSW School Terms


Currently an extended session is available from 3.30pm – 4pm. If booked for the term, this fee is $70 for 1 day a week, $140 for 2 days per week or $14.00 for each casual usage.

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