Banksia and Gumnut Cottages
Waratah Cottage opening September 2020
Banksia Cottage and Gumnut Cottage are 80 place centres managed by Campus Life Children’s Services.
Waratah Cottage will open in September 2020 and will have 47 long day-care places and 25 casual care places during NSW school terms. A 30 place Vacation Care program will operate during NSW school holiday periods.
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.
Our philosophy and practices are underpinned by the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics and reflective of the Early Years Learning Framework. We actively participate in research projects undertaken by academics and external organisations.
Our highly qualified educators are encouraged to undertake centre based research in practice projects, to submit to early childhood publications, and they regularly present at early childhood conferences. We also have lower staff: child ratios than required under the Regulations.
Programs are child focused, play based and reflective of current research; 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.
Child Safe Commitment Statement
Campus Life is committed to the safety, well-being and empowerment of all children and young people engaging in our programs and to protect them from foreseeable harm.
Campus Life treats all allegations and complaints about the safety and wellbeing of children seriously and is committed to ensuring that its staff, volunteers and contractors understand the legal obligations to report child abuse and neglect to government authorities. Every Campus Life employee has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays, individually and collectively, to ensure that the well-being and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do.
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.