Outside building of Gumtree Cottage

Our People

Our people

Gumtree Cottage has a homely feel. It’s filled with laughter, love and happiness. Our educators, children, families and extended learning community are the reason behind this.

As educators, we are warm and responsive. We each hold early childhood or teaching qualifications, or are working towards them. By combining our knowledge and experience with our passion for working with little ones, we create wonderful learning spaces in our centre, both inside and outside. Our enthusiasm helps us to form genuine relationships with your child.

Our goal is to always be fantastic role models and to tailor educational opportunities to the interests and capabilities of each child.

Meet our Centre Manager

Tina Barbour

Years in childcare: 8 years

Qualifications: Diploma of Children's Services

What makes you passionate about working in childcare? What I love most about working in childcare is that it constantly changes as the children discover new interests, learn new skills and in return this reminds the educators to take the time to appreciate the small things.

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? One day during afternoon tea, I made a whistling sound. One of the children suddenly yelled out “Miss Tina has a bird in her mouth!" Before I could say anything another child leaned over and tried to put her cracker in my mouth. “Birdie hungry” she said. It took a while to convince them that there was no bird and a quick lesson on how to make a whistling sound quickly followed.

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? I believe Gumtree is the best place to provide care as we are very much a home away from home, where the smell of home cooked meals drift around the centre while our team of highly experienced and qualified staff provide a fun and involving program for the children. Our team pride themselves on the relationships we build with the children and families and go above and behind to ensure a smooth transition for everybody.