The National Quality Framework (NQF)
Gumnuts Childcare Centre works with the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care to help ensure your child is given the best possible start in life. For the first time, every state and territory in Australia is working to achieve the same quality outcomes for children, no matter where they live.
- Greater individual care and attention for children
- Better support for children's learning and development
- Educators with increased skills and qualifications
- Improved educator to child ratios
- A rating system of education and care service
A Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Through our kindergarten program at Gumnuts your child will be offered a range of play based learning experiences to prepare them for the transition to school. Your child will also have the ability to expand their skills and have fun while learning in a safe and caring environment.
We offer a specialised kindergarten program that reflects the Approved Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline for children who attend our centre the year before they attend formal schooling. Our 4 year university qualified early childhood teachers have all undertaken extensive professional development in the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline and are well equipped to provide outstanding educational kindergarten programs informed by best practice. This ensures children who attend our centre develop the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to successfully enter formal schooling, and also develop a passion and love for life - long learning. We can guarantee your child will be "school ready" after leaving our centre.
We also encourage the use of the latest technology within our kindergarten program and have introduced the Ella program (Early Learning Languages Australia) this year which is funded by the government. Our kindergarten children are currently learning Spanish.
Early Years Learning Framework
We carefully plan focused play-based and life like learning opportunities to children's strengths, needs and interests. The early years learning framework guides educators in developing quality programs for children. It describes the early childhood pedagogy (principals and practice) and the outcomes required to support and enhance young children's learning from the birth to five years of age, including their transition to school.
The framework for school age care builds on the Early Years Learning Framework and extends to principles, practice and outcomes to accommodate the contexts and age range of the children and young people who attend school age care settings.
Story Park is an online programming tool specific to the childcare sector that allows parents to have access to important information (daily child updates and learning Journeys) about their children at any time. Educators also can read notes left by parents helping parents and educators to communicate about their children's learning and development throughout their attendance at the centre. This program allows our educators to keep a monitored record of children's learning's and outcomes with many reporting capabilities.