Gumnut Cottage

Gumnut Cottage

Our history

Gumnut Cottage has a longstanding history of providing exceptional education and care programs to both the Macquarie University and the wider community.

Gumnut was established in 1975 originally located on Culloden Road and was moved in 1980 to the present on-campus location. Over the years they have grown in size to continue to meet the changing needs of the community and currently offer education and care to 80 children per day. 

The Centre has seen numerous changes as the University campus has grown over time. The outdoor environments were transformed with the development of the Cochlear building opposite Gumnut. This resulted in a vast outdoor space which is surrounded by beautiful tall gum trees, winding tracks, rock walls, a grassy slope and is now home to two friendly chickens.

The staff have always focused on establishing and maintaining relationships to support families and children and are now embarking on a journey of finding innovative ways to deliver and share learning programs that enhance learning for all.


Our philosophy was reviewed in September of 2013, and is provided for your information. 

Our philosophy visually represents our values for our community on campus as well as the wider community. The philosophy is reviewed annually and currently in the consultation stage with our staff.


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