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 future educational, emotional and socialising skills as well as their health and wellbeing. - the key to reaching their full potential and successfully taking on the challenges of the world that awaits them.

Your child’s early learning, wellbeing and development 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 as well as support all areas of health, wellbeing and development..

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 two fully qualified early childhood teachers 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, wellbeing, development and care. We are dedicated to providing each child with a solid foundation on which to build a happy, healthy 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, wellbeing, development and care.


Our Talented, Highly Qualified and Experienced Team of Educators

We pride ourselves on employing teachers and educators not only for their tertiary 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 tertiary 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, grow and thrive.

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 more than 315 years of collective experience between them in early childhood education, development and care.

Name

Position

Qualifications

Experience

Debbie

Director/Service Manager

Advanced Diploma of Children's Services

31 years early childhood care and education experience

Caitlin

Assistant Director

Advanced Diploma of Children's Services

21 years early childhood care and education experience

Mackenzie 

Assistant Director 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

11 years early childhood care and education experince

Courtney 

Assistant Director 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

8 years early childhood care and education experience

Fiona 

Incluison Support  Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

31 years early childhood care and education experince 

Meagan

Educational Leader 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

6 years early childhood care and education experience

Elouise

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 

8 years early childhood care and education experience 

Tiffany 

Educator 

Advanced Diploma of Childrens Services 

19 years early childhood care and education experinece 

Deborah 

Lead Educator 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

8 years early childhood care and education experience

Stephanie 

Educator 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

14 years early childhood care and education experience

Lisa 

Lead Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

19 years early childhood care and education experience 

Elvia 

Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

22 years early childhood care and education experience

Holly 

Lead Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (In Progress)

3 years early childhood care and education experience

Kerry 

Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

7 years early childhood care and education experience

Clare 

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 

3 year early childhood care and education experience 

Yasmin

Lead Educator 

 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (In progress)

2 year early childhood care and education expereince 

Amy 

Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

7 years early childhood care and education experience

Isabel 

 Lead Educator 

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (in progress)

3 years early childhood care and education experience 

Zoe

Educator

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

4 years early childhood care and education experience

Cathy 

Chef  Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

23 years early childhood care and education expereince 

Emily 

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 

5 years early childhood care and education expereince 

Lauren 

Educator  Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care  5 years early childhood care and education experience 

Amy 

Teacher 

Batchlor Early Childhood 

3 years early childhood care and education expereince 

Chloe 

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 

2 year early childhood care and education experience 

Katrina 

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 

6 years early childhood care and education expereince 

Carrie-Ann 

Teacher 

Batchlor Early Childhood 

11 years early childhood care and education expereience

Anne-Marie 

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

2 year early childhood care and education experience 

Tegwen 

Educator  Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (In Progress) 6 years early childhood care and education experience 

Basak 

Educator  Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care  3 years early childhood care and education experience 

Delphine 

Educator  Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (In progress)

2 years early childhood care and education experience 

Janelle 

Educator  Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (In progress)

1 year early childhood care and education experience

Regina 

Educator 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 

10 years early childhood care and education experience 

Sonya 

Educator  Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (In progress) 1 year early childhood care and education expereince 

Li (Alice) 

Educator Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care 1 year early childhood care and education experience

Yasmine 

Lead Educator Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (in process) 4 years early childhood care and education experience

Andrea 

Lead Educator Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 5 years early childhood care and education experience

Shivani

Educator Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (In progress) 1 year early childhood care and education experience

Engaging with our Local Community

Community involvement is beneficial in all areas of life.

Children grow emotionally, intellectually and physically through both their relationships and through their community. In early childhood they may find this community at home, at childcare at school and though activities such as sport.

For children, community involvement and engagement produces long-term benefits in their lives. It gives them a sense of belonging and is crucial to the building of their identity.

Parents and family members play a vital role in the life of children and so too does the entire community as a whole.

Community involvement plays an important role in the growth and development of our young people. From Community involvement, positive relationships are built and the self-esteem and happiness of a child is given a foundation to flourish and succeed.  It empowers children and it sends a powerful message to them. It’s one that says you are important. You are loved. You belong . It a message that, with it, holds the strength to empower every child in the world.

For children, a sense of community brings connection both to their surroundings and the individuals in those surroundings, further connecting them to their own unique place in the world.

As children develop, they begin to understand the wider society as a whole – what actions work and do not work, what values, sensitivities and aspirations we share. The creation of a local community in early childhood becomes the foundation of a child’s life. It helps them to learn about themselves, the world they life in, tackle challenges, build knowledge and thrive.

Healthy relationships and social support systems from the community are vital to lifelong wellness, and these interactions begin in childhood.

We encourage our parents, carers and grandparents to engage and participate as part of our community. This may include reading to children or sharing information with children about their profession or special interest. In the past, parents have shared their knowledge with our children in areas such as medical profession, veterinary science, aviation, indigenous culture, music, painting, drama and gardening.

As Eastside Early Learning, we are focused on building positive relationships in our local community. Over the course of the year, we arrange visits from:

  • Gumdale State School
  • Queensland Police
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Jetts Gym Gumdale
  • Gumdale Dentist
  • Aquatic Achievers Gumdale Swim School

We also support local business in our community. For example Rod’s Meatery, located in the shopping centre across the road from our childcare centre, provide the meat for the delicious meals our chef prepares each day.

Collaborative Partnerships with our Families and Communities

We foster collaborative partnerships with our families and communities. We respect and value the individual backgrounds and unique culture and customs of our families. Their contribution is valued and respected. These relationships provide opportunities for our Teachers to celebrate the richness and diversity of cultures and heritages that our children and families bring to our learning environment. We also incorporate a number of special presentations for our Kindergarten Children on a variety of subjects and interests throughout the year. This may include visits from members of community such as Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade and local Health Care Professionals.


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