Eastside Early Learning

About Us

Holistic, innovative, integrated child care & early education

Your child's early years are the time when the foundations are laid for their educational and socialising skills - the key to reaching their full potential and successfully taking on the challenges of the world that awaits them.

Your child’s early learning is our priority. We are focused on preparing children for school & life,  providing excellence in learning, early childhood education, development and care.

At Eastside Early Learning we are passionate about helping children become ready for the wider world.  Through our play-based programs, we are committed to providing individual and group experiences designed to enhance, extend and challenge your child's thinking and learning.

Our holistic and integrated approach ensures our early learning services are specifically tailored to your child's and your family's needs.  Our Kindergarten Program is Queensland Government approved and we are proud to employ a fully qualified early childhood teacher to deliver this service.


Our Philosophy

We are passionate about providing our children with better foundations for a brighter future. 

At Eastside we create an environment that is warm, welcoming and supportive, we promote resilience and give a sense of belonging while building trusting relationships.  These relationships are the foundation of who we are.  This is reflected in our daily interactions with children, families and the community and is visible throughout our planning and documentation.  We believe in acknowledging and supporting all children and their families cultural and language background, respectfully giving each child equity in their learning opportunities.

We believe that families know their children best.  We truly value their input and welcome them to become a part of all facets of our service.  We recognise them as the child’s first teachers and respect their opinions, suggestions and values in and around their child’s learning journey.

A high value is placed on the environment being the ‘third teacher’, we strive to provide a wide range of meaningful, play based experiences within all learning environments to foster the child’s development across all areas promoting capable and competent learners. The environment is designed to encapsulate children’s sense of wonder, interest and natural curiosity attempting to pave the way for an exploratory understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Children are encouraged to make their own choices by providing them with open-ended resources and experiences; this supports each child’s holistic requirements in a nurturing environment that fosters the child’s development across all areas.

We recognise areas of growth, development and learning opportunities within the environment, in supporting this, our educators are consistently researching up to date practices in Early Childhood Education ensuring they are well equipped with the tools to create and deliver the highest quality programs for each child.


Our Mission Statement

Foundations for Life

Eastside Early Learning's aim is to provide excellence in early childhood education, development and care. We are dedicated to providing each child with a solid foundation on which to build a happy and successful future.  We are passionate about making the best of the first 5 years of our children's lives, and successfully launching them into school and life.


Our Vision

To be recognised locally and nationally as a leader in early childhood education, development and care.


Our Talented, Highly Qualified and Experienced Team of Educators

We pride ourselves on employing teachers and educators not only for their qualifications, but for their professional, positive, enthusiastic, engaging and caring disposition with children. We employ educators and teachers who are qualified or are studying towards a qualification. All staff have a current first aid certificate, current CPR plus current asthma and anaphylaxis training. Each staff member also has personal medicals, is immunised and must hold a current suitability card (current positive notice blue card for child related employment). We are focused on offering a safe, fun and supportive environment for children to learn and grow.

We provide regular in-service training and professional development opportunities for our talented team. We believe that ongoing training and professional development of our team enables us to consistently offer outstanding care and educational programs for 186 children, aged 6 weeks to 5 years.

Our devoted and talented team of Educators are all tertiary qualified and have almost 300 years of collective experience between them in early childhood education, development and care.

Name

Position

Qualifications

Experience

Debbie Stephens

Director/Service Manager

Advanced Diploma Children's Services

27 years early childhood care and education experience

Caitlin Dawe

Assistant Director

Advanced Diploma Children's Services

17 years early childhood care and education experience

Mackenzie Fisher 

Assistant Director 

Diploma Children Services 

7 years early childhood care and education experince

Fiona Thwaite 

Admin

Diploma Children Services 

25 years early childhood care and education experince 

Anita Lockland 

Educational Leader 

Bachelor of Education Early Childhood 

16 years early childhood care and education experinces 

Kelly Davis

Service Chef

Certificate III Children Services and Food Safety Certificate

11 years early childhood care and education, food preparation and serving experience 

Hayley Brown 

Teacher 

Bachelor of Early Childhood 

6 years early childhood care and education experince

Tegan Kunn 

Teacher 

Bachelor of Early Childhood 

14 years early childhood care and education experince 

Brooke Donald

Lead Educator

Diploma Children's Services.

6 years early childhood care and education experience

Alana Wood

Lead Educator

Diploma Children's Services 

6 years early childhood care and education experience

Catarina Anastasi

Lead Educator

Diploma Children's Services

7 years early childhood care and education experience

Courtney Slade

Lead Educator

Diploma Children's Services

4 years early childhood care and education experience

Isabella Williams

Lead Educator 

Diploma Children's Services 

3 years early childhood care and education experience

Tiffany Thorpe 

Lead Educator 

Advanced Diploma Services 

16 years early childhood care and education experinece 

Stephanie Jays

Educator 

Diploma Children's Services (in progress)

10 years early childhood care and education experience

Lisa Wyeth

Educator

Diploma Children's Services

15 years early childhood care and education experience 

Elvia Rivas

Educator

Diploma Children's Services

18 years early childhood care and education experience

Savanna Latter 

Educator 

Diploma Children's services 

2 years early childhood care and education experience 

Ellie- Rose Todkill 

Educator 

Diploma Children's services (in progress)

1 year early childhood care and education experience 

Sophie Robinson

Educator

Certificate III Children's Services

4 years early childhood care and education experience

Sara Ghazag

​Educator

Certificate III Children's Services.

4 years early childhood care and education experience

Keirlee Haidle

​Educator

Certificate III Children's Services 

​2 years early childhood care and education experience

Kerry Towerton

Educator

Diploma Children's Services (in progress)

3 years early childhood care and education experience

Samantha Sharp

Educator

Bachelor of Early Childhood (studying)

4 years early childhood experience

Ashleigh Moore

Educator

Diploma Children's Services

2 year early childhood care and education experience

Amy Mate

Educator

Certificate III Children's Services

2 years early childhood care and education experience

Amy Casey

Lunch/Relief Educator

Certificate III Children's Services

3 years early childhood care and education experience

Deborah Ensor

Lunch/Relief Educator

Certificate III Children's Services

3 years early childhood care and education experience

Megan Mathers

Lunch/Relief Educator

Certificate III Children's Services

3 years early childhood care and education experience

Tatjana Roa

Lunch/Relief Educator 

Diploma Children's services 

8 years early childhood care and education experience

Melissa Johnston 

Lunch/Relief Educator 

Certtifite III Children's services 

12 year early childhood care and education experince 

Brooke Thomas 

Lunch/Relief Educator 

Diploma Children's Services (in progress)

1 year early childhood care and education experience 

Leanne Jays 

Relief Educator 

Diploma Children's Services 

25 years early childhood care and education experience 


For more information on our child care service in Gumdale and the surrounding areas, contact us or complete our online enquiry form.