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Kath Dickson Family Centre

serving, protecting and empowering families since 1975

serving, protecting and empowering families since 1975serving, protecting and empowering families since 1975

Study With Us

Start your rewarding career working with children today

Family Day Care

A flexible child care solution for busy parents

Child Care Centres

Providing more choices for families - hourly, casual or weekly care


A program to help your child develop a love for learning and get ready for school

Business Opportunities for You

We make sure that you are fully equipped to succeed as an early childhood business owner

Enjoy the Benefits of Play Group

A fun way for your child to explore new settings, make friends, develop their skills

Other Services...

In-Home Care

Child Care that’s not mainstream

For eligible families ‘In-Home Care’ offers assistance at a critical time when help is needed the most.

Parenting Articles

Everyday tips for everyday families

For the latest parenting information on everything! From sun safety and family road trip topics to healthy eating and child behaviour management ideas.

Toy Library

Enhance your children’s play without breaking the budget

Tired of paying too much for toys? For a small fee you can borrow from us.


It’s a terrific way to become more involved with families

Our main objective is to ensure our volunteers achieve personal satisfaction through learning new skills and meeting new people whilst at the same time provide a valuable contribution.

Try occasional care for flexibility?

Toowoomba Life Story - 27th February 2015 - page 11

As a mum our daily commitments are never ending. We run the house, do the shopping, organise the social calendar and arrange appointment after appointment from the accountant to the veterinarian and everything in between! All of which can be quite tricky with one, two or perhaps three littlies in toe.

The stress can be very overwhelming, especially if you didn’t know that help, on a casual hourly basis, is available here in Toowoomba’s CBD at Kath Dickson Occasional Child Care located at 2 Lawrence Street.

So what is Occasional Child Care?

Occasional care is child care provided on a casual basis. This kind of care suits parents that don’t need regular care but do need someone to look after your child while you attend a meeting, fulfil study commitments or make it to an appointment.

It’s a unique child care service that supports families by providing flexible care for children from birth (6 weeks plus) to school age. Occasional Child Care service’s focus on providing a safe, caring, nurturing environment that is stimulating and encourages your children’s participation.

Toowoomba’s only occasional child care service, Kath Dickson, operates as a small, intimate, one single classroom with a philosophy that encourages family grouping; this means siblings are not separated.

The flexible hours of an occasional care service allows parents the opportunity to introduce their children to care by enrolling them for short periods of time and meet their work and non-work related commitments. When you use occasional care services, you pay only for the hours you use. Read more...

Kath Dickson

Kath Dickson

Our founder, Miss Kathleen Dickson was a strong and consistent advocate for children throughout her career as a pioneer educator and she was credited with the establishment of Queensland’s first (established 1975 and continuing) child care service for everyday families.
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Offering a range of ways in which businesses can work with us to help local families.

You can gain increased market awareness, inspire staff to act on their social responsibilities, or engage with new customers – the possibilities are endless.

Things to Do

Looking for some parent inspiration?

We provide a range of ideas to help everyday families from children’s play ideas to health and nutrition.


"Our family have used Kath Dickson Occasional Care for 10 years, with our three kids all enjoying the friendly fun atmosphere while we work. They simply love being there – it’s so much more fun than home with lots of different things to learn and do and the staff are dedicated, stable and clearly enjoy what they do."   Janet Edwards