Banksia Room

3 to 5 years

As children grow and develop, they become more curious of the world around them – and are driven to learn and explore. This is an important time to support their curiosity by exposing them to as many learning opportunities as possible.

Our Banksia room provides opportunities for your child to form friendships with peers of their own age. This plays a significant role in supporting children’s social and emotional development, as having healthy and strong friendships help children learn positive social behaviours. This enhances children’s ability to interact with others with care, empathy, respect and cooperation. It also increases individuals’ sense of self, sense of belonging and overall wellbeing.

The environments also provide stimulating opportunities to support their learning through play. In our dramatic play areas, children learn to cooperate, communicate, and engage in literacy and numeracy while acting out real life experiences. With spacious and exciting outdoor spaces, children learn to control and challenge their developing body and movement skills.

The Banksia room with it’s qualified educators helps support children to explore and learn at their own pace; they therefore play a significant part in stimulating children’s passion for learning and exploration.

Learning through play translates the theory of play into practice while seamlessly integrating the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Framework into our curriculum. It aims to create a shared understanding of play and play-based pedagogies that positively influence the everyday practices our educators implement and improves the learning experiences of children.

We have created a network within our community which ensures that we are working with the schools in the local area to create a seamless transition for those children preparing for school. This is supported by the 3b’s neighbourhood network in which our director is a founding member. This network comes together quarterly and focuses on the readiness for learning and development which is then integrated in to our Kindergarten program.

Our exceptional kindergarten program provides every opportunity to prepare your child for a positive start to their schooling years. Our bachelor qualified teacher forms secure relationships with every child, extending their learning and development and focusing on their preparation for school.

Our Experienced Educators

Cynthia

Early Childhood Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Hi, I’m Cynthia and I am the Early Childhood Teacher here at GCIT Children’s Centre.  I have been working with the kindergarten children here since 2015, starting in the Hollies Room and now in the Banksia Room.  I work with the children aged 3 to 5 year preparing them for their next journey to begin their education within a school environment.  Working with Carley and Eva, it is my privilege and challenge to make each day an amazing day for each child in my care.

I believe it is important to value the uniqueness of each person and work with them to realize their potential and develop a lifelong love of learning.   I have been working as an ECT since 1998 and I have my Bachelor of Early Childhood.

Carly

Lead Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Hi, my name is Carley and I am a Lead Educator at GCIT Children’s Centre. I currently work in the Banksia room alongside Cynthia and Eva with the 3 to 5 year old children.

I first started at GCIT Children’s Centre as a work experience student in 2015, while studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I also did some casual relief work for the centre, and was soon offered a full time position working as the Float. I then had the pleasure of working as the Assistant Educator in the Waratah room for a few years before leaving to go on maternity leave to have my daughter Rosanna. Upon returning from maternity leave I moved onto my current role as Lead Educator in the Banksia room.

As an early childhood educator I absolutely love working with children and getting to know all of their unique personalities. For me, seeing the children learn, grow, explore and discover new things is one of the most rewarding aspects of working in childcare. I also believe building bonds and getting to know the children and their families is very important and rewarding, and being a Mum myself I can truly appreciate just how important the relationship between families and educators are. I look forward to getting to know your children and your family, and also look forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey.

Cynthia

Early Childhood Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Hi, I’m Cynthia and I am the Early Childhood Teacher here at GCIT Children’s Centre.  I have been working with the Kindergarten children here since 2015, starting in the Hollies Room and now in the Banksia Room.  I work with the children aged 3 to 5 year preparing them for their next journey to begin their education within a school environment.  Working with Carley and Eva it is my privilege and challenge to make each day a great day for each child in my care. 

I believe it is important to value the uniqueness of each person and work with them to realize their potential and develop a lifelong love of learning.   I have been working as an ECT since 1998 and I have my Bachelor of Early Childhood.  

Carley

Lead Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Hi, my name is Carley and I am a Lead Educator at GCIT Children’s Centre. I currently work in the Banksia room alongside Cynthia and Eva with the 3 to 5 year old children.

I first started at GCIT Children’s Centre as a work experience student in 2015, while studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I also did some casual relief work for the Centre, and was soon offered a full time position working as the Float. I then had the pleasure of working as the Assistant Educator in the Waratah room for a few years before leaving to go on maternity leave to have my daughter Rosanna. Upon returning from maternity leave I moved onto my current role as Lead Educator in the Banksia room.

As an early childhood educator I absolutely love working with children and getting to know all of their unique personalities. For me, seeing the children learn, grow, explore and discover new things is one of the most rewarding aspects of working in childcare. I also believe building bonds and getting to know the children and their families is very important and rewarding, and being a Mum myself I can truly appreciate just how important the relationship between families and educators are. I look forward to getting to know your children and your family, and also look forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey.

What to bring to Kindy

A hat

This can be left at Kindy for the week and then taken home at the end of each week for a wash.

Sheets

The sheets are for rest time and will be sent home each week for a wash.

Water Bottle

A water bottle should include your child’s name and can be taken home at the end of each day.

Spare clothes

We have lots of water and messy play activities, so please ensure spare clothes are sent each day.