From the Director

From the Director

"Gumnut Cottage Staff and Management aim to provide families with high quality, affordable and flexible child care with a stimulating, creative and age appropriate educational program."
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Our Dedicated and Experienced Team

Our Dedicated and Experienced Team

The educators at Gumnut Cottage are qualified and experienced in providing education and care programs utilising the Early Years Learning Framework which guide our educational principles and practices.
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Learning Styles

Learning Styles

Our centre recognises that children learn in different ways and at different paces. So, we will adapt our teaching styles and methods so that each individual child is considered and can contribute.
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Gumnut Garden

Gumnut Garden

At Gumnut we encourage children to discover respect for the land and environment with a focus on sustainability and healthy approaches to eating and growing
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Play Spaces

Play Spaces

We believe our play spaces need to offer opportunities for children to engage in sensory experiences involving messy and water play”.
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Gumnut Cottage at a Glance

Gumnut Cottage Child Care Centre is a community based not-for-profit organisation, serving families within the Coffs Harbour region. We opened our doors in 1989 with the aim of providing a welcoming, friendly and family orientated environment. These core values have been firmly embedded and extended in our current philosophy with a strong emphasis on sustainability, diversity of learning through play and activity based approaches and promotion of healthy eating and lifestyle.

About Us

Gumnut Cottage has been serving the community since 1989. The building is owned by Coffs Harbour City Council and our service is operated by a Management Committee, who maintains financial and manager

Our Philosophy

Culture Our team shows respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and embrace its unique place in Australia. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Gum

Fees & Enrolments

Gumnut Cottage Child Care Centre is an approved Child Care Service. The Australian Government provides financial assistance in the form of Child Care Subsidy to most families that assists with th

Our Nutritious Kitchen

Gumnut Cottage provides healthy meals in line with NSW Health Department Munch and Move Program guidelines. In 2016 we received a Certificate of Achievement from NSW Health stating that our menu adher

Play Time is Precious

“Play time is precious. Play builds brain pathways for thinking, creativity, flexibility, empathy and many other life-long skills”
Heather Shumaker

Our Rooms

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The Possum Room

6 week olds to 2 year olds. The Possum Room nurtures children from 6 weeks – two years of age in a safe and caring environment. Age appropriate meals are provided and new food textures and flavours a...
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Gumnut Cottage - Coffs Harbour Child Care Centre

The Wombat Room

3 year olds to 3.5 year olds. The Wombat Room caters for children aged between 2 - 3.5 years of age. The room boasts one Early Childhood trained Teacher, a Diploma and two Certificate 3 trained ...
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Gumnut Cottage - Coffs Harbour Child Care Centre

The Wallaby Room

3.5 years to school age. The Wallaby Room caters for children aged between 3.5 and school age with a class size of 25 children per day. Educators encourage and challenge children to develop their sen...
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Parent Testimonies

"As first time parents that had just recently moved to a new town, walking into Gumnut was a delight. The staff welcomed our little girl Lucy like family and have made it feel like her home away from home. There is great communication between teachers and families, and we have a sense of relief knowing that the team at Gumnut will look after Lucy like we would when we can't"
-Zoe
“I have two children attending Gumnut and my experience has been one of a caring, nurturing and fun environment. I not only know that my children will be well looked after, I know that they will receive guidance, skills and important learning experiences. The staff really make you feel that your child is an individual and the environment and facilities are excellent. The staff provide wonderful updates about how the day was and really know the children’s personalities. I would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful centre and the highly skilled staff”
-Julia
Gumnut is more than a day-care, it’s a community of friends and family. Nahla gets greeted everyday with warmth and love from all her educators and friends. She thoroughly enjoys her time there and I’m comforted in the knowledge she is getting the best care not to mention the healthy meals she gets daily. Thanks guys keep up the good work!
-Lauren
" Gumnut offers extensive learning opportunities through play, supportive, friendly staff and nutritious food. We value all the aspects the well-rounded and balanced early learning program that Gumnut Cottage provides" 
-Tia
“Gumnut Cottage is my daughter’s home away from home. Our daughter has blossomed since starting here. She has grown in confidence and we couldn’t be happier with her development. She has made beautiful friendships with children and staff that will last a lifetime”
-Sarah

Enrol your child today

Gumnut Cottage Child Care Centre is an approved service and offers fee subsidies to eligible parents through the Federal Governments Child Care Benefit and Rebate Schemes.
  • 02 6651 3077
  • www.gumnutcottage.com.au
  • 65 Perry Drive, Coffs Harbour