A day at Gumnuts Pottsville. 

We thank the Bunjalung people for the beautiful country that our service sits on and that our children have the privilege to play upon. Our service caters for children aged 2-5 in a mixed age learning space. Our Jumgumms (2-3yr olds) form one learning group and the Boorabees 4-5 years in the other group. Within the mixed age environment you will find age appropriate activities set up to engage and provoke children’s learning.

Class Groupings

There are two learning pods at Gumnuts: Jumgumm and Boorabee

Toddlers

2 – 3.5 years

Kindergarten

3 – 5 years

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

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.

Meals

Gumnuts at Pottsville has an in-house cook who provides nutritionally balanced meals in accordance with the NSW Health Guidelines. Our menus are planned in collaboration with families and the children’s voice. The children play an active part in our food preparation and take turns to cook nutritional afternoon teas. All allergies and intolerances are catered for including soy products being offered as an alternative to dairy and gluten free options on request. Our Service is ‘nut aware’ and ask that no nuts or nut products be bought in at any time. In addition to the three main meals we offer a late afternoon tea at 4:30.

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

We provide formal parent/teacher interviews mid year to track children’s learning and set goals for the remainder of the year.

Fees and Days

Due to the high demand of quality child care in and around Pottsville we only offer full day care. Contact us for more information on daily fees.

Additional Experiences

Community Connections

Our Preschool group regularly attends the Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Center’s Community Gardens. This involves the children exploring nature and having a hands on approach to growing their own vegetables while extending their knowledge of caring for plants. The children are given the opportunity to dig, plant, sow, transplant, touch, smell and water. The children take cuttings back to Gumnuts for the cook to add to meals or for families to take home.
St Ambrose Primary School excursions offer the chance for the children to explore a school setting while being in the care of familiar educators. There are occasions across the year that we are invited to attend and participate in including Easter Hat Parades and Book Week Parades. These opportunity are invaluable in setting children up for a successful transition to school.

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