The origins of the Deniliquin Children's Centre go back to 1951 when the Deniliquin Preschool began operating from the Presbyterian Hall.
In the mid-1950s tremendous fundraising was conducted to build the Preschool on reclaimed swamp land on the Waring lagoons. This single unit building was completed in 1970. Due to long waiting lists extensions were begun in 1987 to create a second unit. In 2004 the committee responded to the need for extended hours care in the preschool service, introducing this care for 15 children a day. In 2010 a major refurbishment of the Preschool took place with an expansion of the license top 49 places in 2011.
In 1999 the committee of the Preschool obtained funding to form a Mobile Service. The Mobile, working from a base in the preschool, began delivering a child care service in January 2000, with an Izuzu truck taking staff to remote halls and preschools. This service has been operating in rural areas ever since and over this time has offered childcare to families in Wanganella, Wakool, Jerilderie, Retreat, Conargo, Blighty, Pretty Pine, Bunaloo and Mathoura.
In 2005, the Toy Library was auspiced by the Deniliquin Childrens Centre to ensure its long term viability and increase access of rural and isolated families to this service. In 2005 a deed was created between the Deniliquin Council and the Deniliquin Childrens Centre for the Toy Library building to be purchased over a ten-year period. In 2017 this building was demolished to make way for the new childcare centre to be constructed. In 2019, the Toy Library will gain a permanent home in the refurbished childcare building.
In 1999 the Deniliquin Occasional Care committee receiving a grant to build a new premise for Occasional Care. Part of the Preschools large playground became the site for the new childcare building. With the grant obtained by the Occasional Care committee, the Deniliquin Child Care Centre opened in 2000. Within six months of opening the two days a week occasional care centre became a licensed child care centre for 24 children a day. Renovations then took place in 2014, allowing the licence to be expanded to 28 places a day. Demand for places a the childcare centre grew, and the committee responded by developing plans for a new, larger centre which still retained the homely, nurturing feeling of the existing centre. These plans also included a kitchen, so that meals could be provided to children. In 2017 funding was sourced, and in 2018 construction of this purpose designed building for up to 55 children per day began, with service (including meal provision) beginning in 2019.
The committees of the three organizations seized on the advantages of becoming auspiced under one Management Committee, and the Deniliquin Childrens was incorporated in 2000. For nearly 20 years, the Deniliquin Children’s Centre has operated not for profit, community based early childhood services to meet the needs of children and families in Deniliquin and surrounding districts.