Gumnut Childcare Coffs HarbourCulture

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 Gumbaynggirr people and encourage their participation in our service and the breadth, depth and wealth they bring.

Our team acknowledge and respect the diversity of cultures that our families bring to our centre. We value and actively engage in promoting sharing and understanding of these cultures through a variety of collaborative experiences.

Children’s Growth and Development

Our team believe that children’s learning is nourished when they are valued as individuals and provided with space and time so they can learn HOW to learn. We do this through discovery and play based learning which enables children to explore, challenge, imagine, engage, create, investigate, problem solve and discover.

Our team strive to support the development of capable children who have the capacity to grow and show  social/ emotional regulation, resilience, empathy, kindness and respect and have the confidence to voice their own feelings and thoughts.

Our team recognise 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. This ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Our team create an environment which offers children a safe, clean, stimulating and age appropriate space. These areas such as soft play spaces for the babies, quiet areas for reading, relaxing and sleeping and messy play areas for busier more robust play afford opportunity for children to develop a sense of agency.

Gumnut Team

Coffs Child Care FeesOur team values, respects and accepts the diversity and strengths of individuals. We work reflectively, value the courage to challenge without conflict and communicate with clear purpose to promote positive outcomes for all children.

Our team actively engages in professional development as we recognise that teaching and learning is ever evolving. We then utilise our enhanced professional knowledge to support children’s learning and developmental experiences.

Our team believes that by combining our unique qualities, by openly communicating and by respectfully valuing each other’s contributions that we create a strong foundation for self-directed, responsible, problem solving team members.

Our team believes that adults make mistakes in the same way that children do, but we do not judge or condemn these mistakes as we value the reflective practice experiences they offer and new understandings they promote.

Families and Community

Our team actively encourage open, collaborative partnerships with families that are respectful and acknowledge their diversity and wealth of experience.

Our team believe in promoting shared learning across all generations and encourage families to ‘have a voice’ in how the centre operates and educates. We are committed to the partnership we have with our families, seeing ourselves on a shared journey to promote the best interests of the child.

Our team works sensitively with vulnerable and disadvantaged families in our community, respecting their rights, opinions and needs. We acknowledge that as educators we need to use our professional experience to advocate for children and share this knowledge with families and the community.


We are a community based non for profit centre, placing importance on balancing the needs of children, families, our team and the wider community whilst maintaining financial and managerial responsibility.

Our team encourages children to discover respect for the land, nature and animals in our journey to become more sustainable. We work to enrich children’s awareness and engagement with the environment in the firm belief that by embedding these practices, children will be more environmentally pro-active in the future.

Our team encourages children to eat nutritious, healthy food and we educate them in the importance of fresh, locally sourced and sustainable produce. Our outdoor learning environment supports this sustainable, healthy approach to eating and growing.