"Learning outcomes are most likely to be achieved when educators work in partnership with families and communities”

Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world.

We are proud to have second generation Gumleaf Cottage children attend our service.

Community and Awards

‘Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation’ (EYLF Outcome 2)

 

Community Activities

The staff of Gumleaf Cottage recognise the importance of forming a strong bond with our local community.  We also encourage the children and families to recognise and value the important roles different members of our community play, not only in our local community, but also in the wider community.

 

Throughout the year we are involved in various activities involving our local and wider communities:

 

  • Hawkesbury City Council Garden Competition
  • Paint Hawkesbury REaD
  • Peppercorn Services education show
  • Visit from a local dental hygienist
  • Life Education’s Healthy Harold
  • StePS (eye screening for 4 year olds)
  • Bravehearts White Balloon Day - fundraising to enable Bravehearts to continue its’ programs and services to protect children from sexual abuse.
  • Leukaemia Foundation’s Funky Hair Day for Kids
  • SIDS Red Nose Day
  • National Simultaneous Storytime

Awards

  • Finalist - Early Childhood Service of the Year - 2016 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • Finalist - 2016 Hawkesbury Local Business Awards - Child Care Services
  • Finalist - Early Childhood Director of the Year - 2015 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • Finalist - 2014 Hawkesbury Local Business Awards - Child Care Services
  • NSW/ACT Early Childhood Service of the Year 2013  -  Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • Shortlisted - Early Childhood Director of the Year - 2013 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • National Award for Inclusivity Practices - 2013 Australian Child Care Week Awards
  • National Award for Sustainability Program - 2012 Australian Child Care Week Awards
  • NSW State Award for Creative Expression  - 2012 Australian Child Care Week Awards
  • NSW State Award for Sustainability Program - 2012 Australian Child Care Week Awards
  • Finalist - Early Childhood Service of the Year – 2012 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • Finalist - Early Childhood Director of the Year – 2012 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards
  • Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities - 2011 Australian Child Care Week Awards
  • Bravehearts White Balloon Day 2011 – National Schools Competition
  • Children are Effective Communicators - 2010 Child Care Week Awards