Lauderdale Early Learning Centre is located near Lauderdale Primary School, on Acton Road. The service has been purpose built to provide an innovative and dynamic learning environment, including a central hub room which brings children together and creates a sense of community and belonging.

Our service is a valued part of the local Lauderdale community and educators have well developed and meaningful connections with families and children. This enables opportunities for children to grow and learn in an environment where they are connected to people and community in a purposeful way. The service is set in a community based between farming, bush and beach environments enabling children many opportunities for exploration. Our service has a strong focus on sustainability and nature play, ensuring children are connected to and learn from our expansive natural environment.

Lauderdale Outside School Hours Care, including Before School, After School and Vacation Care operates from Lauderdale Primary.

P: 6248 7900


15, Acton Road, Lauderdale, 7021, Tasmania, Australia


The service employs an experienced cook to prepare nutritional meals, including breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Seasonal rotating menus are designed to take into account children’s likes and dislikes, special dietary requirements and the Australian Dietary and Infant Feeding Guidelines.

Lauderdale Early Learning Centre is a Move Well Eat Well accredited service.

Additional Programs


At Lauderdale, we have developed a nationally recognised inclusion support program for children with additional needs. Our educators are trained in the delivery of specific programs and work closely with external agencies to assist children to develop social skills, resilience and a sense of belonging in a supportive and inclusive environment.


The aim of our beach program is to provide an opportunity for all Discovery children to imagine, explore and discover in a natural beach setting. When visiting local beaches such as Frederick Henry Bay, Lauderdale Beach, and Roches Beach, children participate in unstructured activities and explore the natural environment. This nature play and connection with the natural environment builds resilience, self-confidence, initiative, creativity and creates healthy, happy minds.


Our service is fortunate to have an extension to our outdoor play environment that we are able to access as an 'excursion yard.' We call this space 'The Beyond' and utilise the area to extend on children's learning in the outdoors by engaging them in experiences such as, tending to the veggie garden, playing in the mud kitchen, caring for our pet chooks and collecting their eggs, climbing and rolling on the hill, and using the fire pit as a focal point for group experiences such as story time and outdoor cooking.


The Discovery bus enables regular opportunities to go on excursions and strengthen links with the local community. These excursions expose children to a range of different experiences and enable them to further connect with their community. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy regular walking excursions to a variety of locations.

During Vacation Care, school age children participate in a range of excursions within the local community and the greater Hobart area.


Full day session


Long Day 1


Long Day 2


Long Day 3


Short Day


Morning session


Afternoon session


Before school care

Start of school day

After school care

End of school day

Vacation Care



  • Director
    DanYele Fox-Barratt

    DanYele joined the sector 14 years ago and has been in a Director role for 5years. She views herself as an advocate for children, with a particular interest in nature, children's risk taking and giving them the opportunity for out of the box experiences. DanYele has an open door policy and is always available for a chat. Building relationships with children, families and educators is the foremost important part of her role. DanYele enjoys camping and spending time with her two young children and husband.

  • Assistant Director
    Emma Waller

    Emma began her journey in the sector over 12 years ago and has experience as educator, Room Leader, Educational Leader and Assistant Director. Emma feels privileged to be a part of each child's life and is committed to ensuring our environment is inclusive for all. She loves helping children access and explore their environment, manage risk and watching individuals challenge their own thinking. Emma is herself an active and outdoorsy person and enjoys spending time with her husband and beautiful children.


Early Learning

0 to 5 years

Our Early Learning Centres offer play based learning in a safe, nurturing environment.


3 to 5 years

Our preschool program focuses on the importance of developing life skills in preparation for entering primary school.

Outside School Hours Care

4 to 12 years

Including Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care.

Lenah Valley Bush Camp

3 to 12 years

At Bush Camp children participate in unstructured activities and explore the natural environment.