Wadeye Children and Family Centre

Our service is set up like a small village with connecting outdoor play areas. Our rooms are inviting and welcoming to all our families. Parents are encouraged to stay and settle their children while we get to know them.

We are located in the remote community of Wadeye, a place that is home to approximately 3500 local Indigenous people and 250 non-indigenous people who live and work there. We have three undercover areas, which are utilised when it is very hot or when the rains come during the wet season. During the wet season the town can only be accessed by plane. It is common to go out bush and live off the land, enjoying and collecting bush tucker or hunting for kangaroo, magpie, geese, turtles, fish and crabs.

Our approach

We use the Reggio Emilia approach incorporating natural materials and resources into play and adapting activities depending on the children’s interests.

We adhere to sustainable practices, which include composting, sustaining our chickens through scraps, paper recycling and modifying equipment for other uses.

We work collaboratively with the local community to support the culture and language. Inclusion of the locally spoken language of Murinhpatha is supported by posters and books. Staff are encouraged to learn words to support relationships with the families who attend the service.

Our services

We are a 52-place service catering for children up to six years of age.


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Contact us

Lot 650 Cnr Perdjert and Bantham Street, Wadeye, NT 0822

PO Box 8, Wadeye, NT 0822

Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday Phone: (08) 8978 2904 Mobile: 0428 127 984 Email: wadeye@onetree.org.au

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One Tree Community Services acknowledges the traditional owners of country where we operate. In the spirit of reconciliation, we recognise their continuing cultural connections to their land, waters and communities. We pay our respect to their Elders both past and present and to all First Australians of today.

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