About Hunter Early Childhood Centre

‘An integral part of the community for over 40 years!’


Hunter Early Childhood Centre, formerly Six Hats Early Childhood Service is a not-for-profit, community owned and operated long day care centre for over 40years.

Originally established to provide care for children from the community and supply much needed childcare for working women. The service was opened as, ‘The Hunter Women’s Child Care Service’ and has been a vital service within the Newcastle community.

HECC is governed by the Hunter Region Working Women’s Group. The role of the HRWWG is to work in partnership with the HECC 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.

For more information on Hunter Region Working Women’s Group, please head to the HRWWG tab.

Meet Our Team..


Samantha Gilmour

Director - Nominated Supervisor Educational Leader

Bach. Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

My passion for early education and care started from my first day as a trainee. I have been so blessed to learn and grow as an educator, mentor and a leader over my various roles in early childhood,preschool operational support and out of school hours care.

The ability to support each child and their family is what I love to do, to mentor our educators is so rewarding and I am constantly learning which helps me to be better and grow my understanding of education and care and child development. Being an educator is a vital role to ensure each child has the best start to life with the opportunity to grow, develop and explore in their own way.


Emma Howard

Explorers Room Team Leader



Cassandra Rose

Discoverers Diploma Educator


Kirsty Lewis

Discoverers Certificate 3 Educator


Cath Howard

Discoverers Room Team Leader



Jann Gill

Inventors Diploma Educator


Sancha Malloy

Inventors Certificate 3 Educator


Barbara Lombardi

Inventors Room Team Leader



Nina Treacy

Explorers Diploma Trainee