Toddler Child Care (1-3 Years)

Area of child care classroom at Gumtree Cottage

Early Years Child Care

Our centre provides a stimulating and fun environment to enhance your child’s learning in their early years. Learning starts long before school, with the first five years of a child’s life being crucial to laying the foundations for their ability to learn throughout their later years. We have specifically designed our Early Experiences program to deliver real-life learning experiences for your child.

As a toddler, children are opening up to new challenges as their communication skills expand and they learn to concentrate, experiment and play. Our educators support this magical phase through a program of play-based learning activities to help them explore their own interests and strengths.

Australia’s Early Years Learning "Framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming", is at the heart of our approach to early years education. The framework’s emphasis is on play-based learning. This includes things like singing to help your child learn about language; drawing with crayons to help them express their feelings and encourage writing; playing with shapes and patterns to develop their problem-solving skills; and group activities to build their social skills.

At our centre, you will find plenty of spaces that inspire your child’s creativity and imagination, which is so important for building social skills and self-confidence. Our toys, play equipment and resources are the types that would typically be found in the home, to help your child feel comfortable.

Some exciting activities for our early years children include:

  • Split-level playground, bike tracks, climbing structures, walking planks, skipping ropes, balls and hula hoops to encourage a wide range of movements.
  • Vegetable, herb and flower gardens for sensory experiences 
  • Various bird feeding areas where parrots and lorikeets visit and feed.

In-House Chef

At Gumtree Cottage, our in-house chef prepares nutritious food that provides the children with the foundation and benefits of healthy eating. Our in-house chef also gives educational sessions on how to achieve sustainable health through food, and lessons on how to use basic kitchen utensils. We also provide weekly cooking experiences for the children, to help them become more comfortable in the kitchen and develop healthy habits from an early age. 

We would love to show you around our toddler rooms! Book a tour at our centre, or call 1800 CHILD CARE for more information. 

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