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Caterpillar Room

for 0-2 years

Butterfly Room

for 2-3 years

Rainbow Room

for 3-6 years

Who Are We?

Our service was established in May 1976 to provide care for children from the community and supply much needed childcare for working women. The service opened as, ‘The Hunter Women’s Child Care Service’, and in 2003 the name changed to reflect our policy of inclusion and diversity.


Six Hats Early Childhood Service would like to acknowledge the Awabakal people, who are the traditional custodians of this land.  We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Awabakal nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.

What does Six Hats stand for?


The “six” was relevant as our service was originally number 60 on Industrial Drive, born out of a need to service and support the Hunter’s working women.

The “hats” suited us well as it denoted inclusion and diversity. We all wear different hats at different times, they may be cultural, gender or role specific and all are welcome at Six Hats.

The logo is a symbol of the many different personalities that gather at Six Hats Early Childhood Service. A hat can signify imagination, individualism, personality and role-playing – all of which are embraced and encouraged by the Six Hats service.

The hat stand is a place where these many and varied hats come to rest, just as Six Hats is a community of many diverse individuals, each with a unique personality.

Who manages Six Hats Early Childhood Service?

Six Hats Early Childhood Service is governed by the Board of the Hunter Region Working Women’s Group. The Board is comprised of up to 13 voluntary members from a diverse range of professional backgrounds including health and social sciences, law, HR, education and communications. The role of the Board is to work in partnership with the Six Hats Director and Educators to ensure:

  • Commitment to the philosophy of the service
  • Effective operational management of the service
  • Compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Continued satisfaction of families and staff.

We are a not-for-profit community based service and receive a small amount of re-current funding from the Department of Education and Communities.


54/56 Industrial Drive
Mayfield NSW 2304