The Gap Early Childhood Centre is a small, family owned long day care service designed with children, families, community, the natural world and sustainability in mind. The Centre has been providing families with quality education and care for 50 years. Our objective is to provide children with opportunities for rich, play based learning in a happy and nurturing environment where children and families feel welcome and valued... an environment that instantly says "you belong".
We strive to encourage physical, emotional, social and cognitive development and to build strong foundations for successful learning. We provide an open, friendly and inclusive environment where all families and children feel accepted and welcomed. Our goals include programming that is both exciting and stimulating, while being challenging enough to encourage all children to become independent learners. We value learning happening within an environment where children have uninterrupted periods of play, free choice, along with Educator guided experiences and provocations.
At The Gap Early Childhood Centre, we believe in the strength of working together as a team, with shared goals. We believe that this provides children with a safe and happy environment where they can experience interactions characterised by warmth, affection, sensitivity and responsiveness. Our educators recognise that each and every child is a unique individual who plays an important role within our community. It is our goal to provide an environment which fosters a deep sense of security, trust and acceptance; an environment which can feel like family.
Children are competent learners and capable of complex learning through self-directed play. Your child will be encouraged to explore, play and be curious about the world around them. We believe in empowering the children to be involved in the construction of the curriculum by using their thoughts and ideas to underpin the program. The Gap Early Childhood Centre values children for their capabilities and competency as learners within supportive partnership with families and educators, within the local community.
At The Gap Early Childhood Centre we value each child, family and educator as unique and we respect and welcome diversity of culture, belief and ability, as it shapes and enriches our learning environment. It is our hope that your child and your family develop a sense of belonging in our Centre community through the inclusion of your family’s interests in our collaborative approach to your child’s learning and development.