Banksia, Gumnut and Waratah Cottages
Early Learning Centres
Campus Life manages three high quality early learning centres on the grounds of Macquarie University.
Each centre is open Monday to Friday 7:30am – 6:30pm for 50 weeks per year, closing for two weeks in late December/early January.
Ongoing, permanent places are available for children aged 6 weeks – 5 years at Gumnut, Banksia and Waratah. In addition, Waratah also offers temporary casual care for children aged 6 weeks – 5 years. Click here for more information about casual care, including opening hours and fees.
Our programs are child focused, play based and reflective of current research and the Early Years Learning Framework. Each child's learning is facilitated, guided, and extended by our experienced team of educators. The indoor and outdoor environments are considered equally important in provision of learning opportunities for children. Sustainability, inclusion, and diversity are embedded in our practices and policies.
Banksia's philosophy was reviewed and redeveloped two years ago to reflect the current beliefs, practices and values of the Banksia current team.
Our philosophy has five core principles that guide our relationships with all stakeholders and the wider community. Each of the principles complements each other and has the same importance as the other.
This philosophy is reviewed and updated annually with the collaboration of the whole team of educators.