A day at Gumnuts Mudgeeraba.

 

We thank the kombermerri people for the beautiful country that our service sits on and that our children have the privilege to play upon. We provide care and early education for babies and young children 0-5 years old. Our possums room cares for our babies, the joeys room have fun with toddlers, the Bilbies room caters for our 3 to 4 yr olds and our Borobi room implements the Queensland Kindergarten Approved Programme for our pre-prep students getting ready for big school.

Class Groupings

Children at Gumnuts Mudgeeraba are grouped into four rooms:

Nursery
(Possums)

0 – 2 years

Toddlers
(Joeys)

15 months – 3 years

Pre-Kindergarten
(Bilbies)

3 – 4 years

Kindergarten
(Wallabies)

4 – 5 years

NOTE: The age groupings are used as a guide. Children will be placed in the room that best suits their individual
learning capacities and overall developmental needs.

Educational Programs

Gumnuts educational programs are based on the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), National Quality Standards (NQS) for childcare services in Australia as well as the Reggio Emilia approach. In collaboration with the Educational Leader, educators observe, engage and reflect with the children in their rooms and choose certain topics to dissect and discuss. Educators document children’s individual learning as well as learning and understandings within a group context. Via critical reflection and individualised extensions, all children are supported and are prepared with a solid skill set for the next stage of their learning journey.

Our Educators

Our educators are highly qualified and together hold over 100 years experience of working in early childhood education. Hailing from different backgrounds and cultures, our staff are dedicated, passionate and advocates for young children’s development and learning. On the ground, they are flexible, unconstrained and always ready to journey wherever the day takes them. As Reggio Emilia inspired educators, they work in partnership alongside their children, supporting their ideas, passions and interests as they explore and encounter learning together. They listen, inspire and empower children to think for themselves.

Outdoor Spaces

Inspired by the natural surroundings of the Gold Coast Hinterland, our outdoor spaces offer children opportunities for self-guided play with a wide range of experiences and materials. Each room connects with an age-appropriate outdoor space where children can run, ride, dig, paint, throw and climb. The large outdoor area also boasts a herb and vegetable garden where children can watch their own plants grow.

Atelier (Art Space)

Our unique atelier holds an array of exciting items to inspire children of all ages. Children are invited to spend time in this space where they can engage with a wide variety of art inspired materials, including paint, clay, recycled materials and collage, either individually or as a group.

Meals

At Gumnuts, we pride ourselves on healthy eating, providing nutritious and tasty meals for all children. Included in the daily fee, children will receive three meals – morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Each meal is well balanced, with a strong focus on fresh seasonal produce. Children are offered cow’s milk or milk alternatives

What we provide and what children need to bring

Upon enrolment your child will receive a wide brimmed sun smart hat which is compulsory for outdoor play and a bag for rest time items. We also provide Nappies, sunscreen and wipes.

Parent Connections

Working in partnership with families is key for supporting the children in our care. Educators communicate with parents on a daily basis as well as via pedagogical documentation displays across the centre. Educators are also available for individual meetups to chat about your child’s development (with prior notice). As a centre, we hold regular parents information and social nights as well as monthly family events in and around the centre.

Fees and Days

We offer long day care sessions between the hours of 6am and 6pm. During the school term we provide before and after school care for children to 10 years old and during the school holidays we provide vacation care fun for a limited number of children.

Our fees are based on the different ages of children as well as the number of days children attend the centre. For more information, please contact us.

Additional Experiences

Bush Kindy

Our unique Bush Kindy (BK) is a wonderful extension of learning for the children in our centre. Based on the the ideas of the Forest Schools in Europe, BK is all about children getting close to nature, exploring and discovering flora and fauna first hand as well as supporting children’s well-being by being outdoors. It is also a wonderful way for children to recognise the place that the bush has within our culture and Australian history, in particular the significance the land holds in Aboriginal culture.

Children who are aged 3-5 years attend weekly BK sessions from June to October as part of their framework, but all families are welcome to attend, including non-Gumnuts families (for a fee). BK sessions are held in the local Hinterland National Park and the surrounding nature trails children have the opportunity to purely explore the wonder of nature and all it has to offer.

For more information about BK, contact us today

Spanish with ELLA

ELLA (Early Learning Languages Australia) is a digital based learning program for pre-school aged children. A Government based initiative, its paramount aim is to scaffold a understanding for other languages early in life so that they will stay engaged with learning languages in later years. At Gumnuts, our kindergarten room use ipads to access the fun and stimulating games and clips for learning the Spanish language.

The pre-kindergarten room also engages in Spanish via books and songs as an introduction before they engage with ELLA in the following year.

For more information about ELLA, please click on the link below: https://www.ella.edu.au

Soccer

For an additional fee, children from 2 years can join in our weekly soccer sessions run by Little Big Sports. Led by experienced coaches, sessions focus on mastering ball handling skills, hand-eye co-ordination and teamwork. Sessions run throughout the year.