First Steps Early Learning Centre is a 90 place service founded in 2006.  It is located in the beautiful Northern Rivers of New South Wales, in the city of Lismore.  The service backs onto the Wilsons River in the city’s CBD precinct.  The building is surrounded by parks, walking tracks, and local landmarks including local indigenous artwork, gardens and yarns of country.  First Steps Early Learning Centre embraces these elements of our community to embed a natural and cultural vibe.


After rebuilding from the ground up in the wake of a massive flood in 2017, the service’s spirited was renewed through new growth, and a true dedication and passion was cultivated to construct what has become a centre that truly deserves its rating of Exceeding the National Standards.

Our service is made up of 5 rooms, from junior nursery to preschool and we are so very proud of the experience that our collection of educators has brought over the 14 years of our operation.  One of our educators has been with us since the beginning, a few with over 10 years service and many others gathering between 5-10 years of experience at First Steps.  This is a reflection of the nurturing environment and connection educators and management feel to each other, the children and families.

At First Steps, high expectations have set the standard in relation to curriculum development, educational leadership, consistent routines, developing secure attachments with children and families and also critically reflecting on how we can best service our local community.

Lastly and with most importance is the warm, genuine and compassionate care that is delivered to each and every child, who educators respect as the driving force of why they love working in our first steps community.  All educators understand their crucial role in developing meaningful relationships with children, and building positive partnerships with families and the wider community.  This forms the foundation for well balanced, socially confident learners who seek to navigate success on their individual journeys.