Armadillo Childcare

About Us

Armadillo Childcare is an open and spacious centre filled with charm and character that will ensure your children play and learn in a relaxed but stimulating environment.

Armadillo-24This purpose built centre sets the benchmark in childcare. Armadillo Childcare provides care and education for children aged six weeks to five years and is open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. All meals are made on site with fresh market ingredients, nappies are provided and a specialised Kindergarten program is taught by a bachelor qualified teacher.

Our commitment to quality child care is what makes the industries best staff aspire to be employed with us. We understand the importance of consistency and stability with your child care educator and aim to have long term happy educators.

Individual children’s cultural, religious and nutritional needs are catered for and we encourage communication from parents who like to check on their child’s progress throughout the day. We know how important the decision is as to where you are going to leave your child or baby in day care and we guarantee to make your experience a positive one.

Please feel welcome to drop in and say hello and let us show you around.


Kindergarten Program

Our Kindergarten program is taught by a Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teacher and qualified educators who offer a range of programs and learning skills to support your child’s transition to school.

All Early Childhood settings follow the National Early Years Framework and work very closely on your child’s interests and strengths to encourage a rewarding year ahead.

We regard our Kindergarten program to be one of high quality where your child’s best interests are considered to create a healthy and enjoyable educational experience.

Download our Kindergarten brochure here!

Our centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become ready for school. 

Centre Manager profile

Jocelyn Finden

ELS Smithfield Childcare Centre Manager

My name is Jocelyn Finden and I have worked in the Early Education sector since 2008. I have a pet dog called Jet aka ‘Jetty’ who is a Chihuahua and he likes to sit on my shoulder like a parrot.

My favorite quote is: “Every child has a different leaning style and pace.  Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.”

The reason I love working in early learning is because after having my own children, I began to believe in the importance of the Early Years and the learning children experience through their play.  Within the Early Years Sector, I have developed a love and passion for teaching through play based learning.  I know I can be the difference in the lives of the children in my service.

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Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

Nursery Toddler 1 Toddler 2 Pre Kindy Kindy
6 weeks – 15 months 15 months – 2 years 2 – 3 years 2.5 – 3.5 years 3 – 5 years


Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies included
  • Breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • On-site parking
  • SMART Interactive Whiteboard
  • In-house cook
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten Program
  • Kindyhub – a parent communication app that connects families with their children’s progression, development and daily learning
  • KindyNow – an app related to your child’s bookings with our centre


See what some our parents have to say about our centre:

“We are very happy with the care we receive at Armadillo’s. My son loves attending every day and is happy to go which is a great relief for us as parents. The staff are all lovely and are willing to work with you to provide the best possible care they can. If we need something changed with my sons routine there is never any problem. It’s a friendly and warm environment. They continually develop educational and fun activities so I know my son is getting the best early education experience. The food is all made fresh onsite and is a great variety so that I’m aware my son is getting all his nutritional requirements met. Highly recommend!”

– Naomi


“My son adores the staff and enjoys greeting them in the morning and saying “bye bye” in the afternoon. His natural development as a toddler has been enhanced by the staff’s professionalism but more importantly their caring attitudes towards each child’s development. They listen and are genuinely interested in my son’s interests outside of daycare. The centre’s management are approachable and very friendly. I highly recommend Armadillo’s.”

– Tammie


“Thank you ladies for taking such great care of our son Kody. The way you structure your days with the children and keep the parents in the loop makes my day at work much easier. Kody has a fantastic time with you all. A star 5 childcare and would definitely recommend your centre to all of our friends.”

– Katherine


“A wonderful nurturing environment lead by fantastic educators and staff. Interactive, fun loving, supportive and thoughtful, the staff is what makes this place great. They go above and beyond to ensure all the children get the most out of their day. As full time working parents we feel so happy at the quality of care our child receives. And as a first time mum with no family close, the educators and staff have been wonderfully supportive and caring. I cannot speak highly enough of Armadillos.”

– Kylie


“Armadillo has been a wonderful, nurturing and learning environment since my daughter was two. Isabella has developed in leaps and bounds in many aspects and has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Armadillo Day care for the past 2 1/2 years. I have no hesitation in recommending this service to other families.”

– Tania


“Great staff and atmosphere, a must see places for new parents needing day care.”

– Richard


“My daughter has been attending this Centre for only a few months and she has settled in so easy as the warmth and family feel made the transition so easy for not only my daughter but for myself. Plus the amazing staff and positive environment has seen her grow and develope and all areas preparing her well for prep next year. I highly recommend this center and adore all the beautiful ladies involved in running such a wonderful, safe, friendly and well equipped child care centre.”

– Robin

Enrol Online

We’d love to welcome you to one of our Early Learning Services long day care centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Armadillo Childcare, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.

Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.