Waratah Room

2 to 3 years

Warm, stable and responsive relationships are fundamental to children’s development and wellbeing. In the Waratah room there is a big focus on building those bonds with your child.

A sense of belonging gives your child the confidence to explore the world and learn. And as this happens, they learn how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions and develop their social skills.

As a toddler, your child is opening up to new challenges as their communication skills expand and they learn to concentrate, experiment and play. Our qualified educators support this journey through a curriculum of play-based learning activities to help your child explore their own interests and strengths. We also use the Abecedarian approach to help toddlers develop valuable language and literacy skills. Some of our core values are

Freedom and encouragement for the children to discover and explore their own ideas and interests.
Providing opportunities to develop and foster each child’s independence and self-help skills.
Offering a broad range of messy, sensory, creative, musical and imaginative experiences to support creative expression.

Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework “Belonging, Being and Becoming” is at the heart of our approach. The framework’s emphasis is on play-based learning, we incorporate this by offering a variety of ways to learn in which then supports each child’s individual needs.

We are a proudly multicultural and it is very important to us that we have the resources, skills and knowledge necessary to help children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including indigenous backgrounds, settle into GCIT Children’s Centre. It is imperative we lead children in recognising and respecting similarities and differences in cultures.

Our Experienced Educators

Eva

Lead Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Hi my name is Eva and I am so excited to be sharing your child’s journey with you. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for over 13 years and hold a Diploma of Children’s Services. As a Mum, I understand all too well just how important high quality education and care for your special little person is to you.

As a reflective educator, I have a passionate desire to create an environment that will help nurture and foster children’s natural ability to investigate, explore and understand the world around them. The children in my care will be learning and developing in a loving, safe, and nurturing environment where I would meet the unique needs of each child. I have a passion for children. They are our future generation; their education is so important.

Katherine

Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

My name is Katherine and I work alongside Hayley in the Waratah room.  I love working at GCIT Children’s Centre, we have a great team who put the children’s wellbeing first.  I am a mother of four children, so I understand the importance of knowing your child is happy, healthy and thriving.  We have formed lovely bonds with our group of children and I just love seeing how happy and settled everyone is.  The best part about my role is all the lovely cuddles I get and seeing all the children reach their developmental goals.

Eva

Lead Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Hi my name is Eva and I am so excited to be sharing your child’s journey with you. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for over 13 years and hold a Diploma of Children’s Services. As a Mum, I understand all too well just how important high quality education and care for your special little person is to you.

As a reflective educator, I have a passionate desire to create an environment that will help nurture and foster children’s natural ability to investigate, explore and understand the world around them. The children in my care will be learning and developing in a loving, safe, and nurturing environment where I would meet the unique needs of each child. I have a passion for children. They are our future generation; their education is so important.

Melanie

Float Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Hi My name is Mel, I have been working at GCIT Children’s Centre for the past 18 months and love it. I am the Lead Educator in the Waratah Room on a Thursday and Friday, and I also cover RDO’s one other day. I have my Diploma in Early Education and Care. Early education is my passion, providing engaging environments and experiences for children which helps support them to grow into confident able beings. I am excited to be on this learning journey with you and look forward to the year ahead.

Katherine

Float Educator

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

My name is Katherine and I work alongside Hayley in the Waratah room. I love working at GCIT Children’s Centre, we have a great team who put the children’s wellbeing first. I am a mother of four children, so I understand the importance of knowing your child is happy, healthy and thriving. We have formed lovely bonds with our group of children and I just love seeing how happy and settled everyone is. The best part about my role is all the lovely cuddles I get and seeing all the children reach their developmental goals.

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 that can be taken home at the end each day.

Spare clothes

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