About Us

"Serving the community since 1976"

Mandi and Pete are the owners of this amazing little preschool in Castle Hill, nestled amongst an acre of beautiful Australian landscape in the Hills Shire of New South Wales.  Surprisingly, the Discovery House Preschool is unique - there is only one. This means limited numbers combined with quality care and education, which enables each individual to progress to primary school confident, and ready in every way to continue the education that they commenced at The Discovery House Preschool (TDH). The Centre is proudly Australian owned and operated, and sets an exceptionally high standard of care in the Hills District.

Mandi and Pete have owned and operated Early Childhood Education Centres for almost 20 years, as well, they bring their knowledge from their previous careers to the management, caring, and educational aspects of the Preschool, with Mandi having worked as a registered nurse for many years, prior to studying Early Childhood Education.

All staff are trained Early Childhood Educators, ranging from Certificate 3, to Diploma Trained and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. We proudly have approximately 90% of our staff either Diploma trained, (progressing through their Diploma course or above,) or holding a University Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

All staff hold a current working with children's check, first aid qualifications, with yearly update of CPR, Asthma and emergency treatment of Anaphylaxis. 80% of the staff are mature aged and have successfully raised their own family, bringing to the Preschool not just over 21,15, and 10 years plus Early Childhood experience/ knowledge, but a wealth of commonsense, with decades of understanding how families function in this ever evolving world.

Each day the Preschool runs above Australian Legislated staff ratios, allowing us to cover sick, long service, or any other form of absenteeism, with the staff permanently employed at the Preschool.

With extra staff each day at The Preschool, we are able to break the children into small groups for our intentional teaching program, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to work and achieve within their individual capabilities.

The Discovery House Preschool is very proud of our excellent Preschool program which not only supports the children moving onto primary school the following year, but also the youngest of our Preschool family, our Baby Bumblebees 2-3yr olds, who are taught age appropriate, foundation principles of literacy, numeracy, socialisation and independence, to name only a few. Due to this ongoing program being taught throughout each of the 3 age groups, we can confidently claim that, ' your children's preschool program begins, when they first join the Preschool, at the age of 2 years'. Parent feedback, as their children have progressed to Primary school, is extremely positive, and many quote the primary school teachers, and Leadership teams at the schools, appreciate the level of ability the children have on leaving TDH and moving into the much larger Primary school environment. The children as 5-6 year olds are well rounded, cognitively, emotionally, and are confident and independent, in the very early days of Kindergarten. This confidence and positive self-concept/self-esteem stays with the child throughout their life.

TDH Preschool has been working towards becoming a fully sustainable Preschool, with the addition of Vegetable gardens, worm farms, compost bins, nectar gathering flowers, and computerisation. From 2018 parents will be able to access their children's information through their own secure Portal at a time that suits the parent. The recount of the days activities, with photographs, will be available daily, and observations, that will be on the portal 3-4 weekly throughout the year, allows the parents to access every aspect of their child's learning at TDH Preschool.

We believe in full collaboration with the parents, so that together, we can give your child the most comprehensive opportunities to form a strong and lasting foundation for their future.