Malabar Chifley Long Day Community Childcare | Blue Gum Cottage

Blue Gum Cottage Children’s Centre – a home away from home.

Blue Gum Cottage Children’s Centre we feel is much more than a childcare centre. We are an extended family where your child will be valued, respected and nurtured. We welcome parent and relatives to participate in our program and value a close relationship between the centre and home.

Blue Gum Cottage children’s Centre is a 28 place not for profit long day care. As a registered co-operative, the centre has a Board of Directors comprised of 3 volunteer parents, who are elected on an annual basis at our Annual General Meeting. Blue Gum Cottage is licensed by the Department of Community Services and has been accredited by the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

The program is based on the children’s interests and organised to promote children’s love for learning.

The program facilitates lifelong learning and learning of important life skills. The centre implements the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). To assist and develop each child’s learning. The EYLF is part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood care and education.

We offer an excellent educator to child ratio. Our aim is to provide an environment where children can develop their intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills to become competent and confident individuals.

We cater for children from 6 weeks to 5 year old.

Blue Gum Cottage has two age appropriate rooms and three outdoor areas, including an in ground sandpit and Veggie garden. Blue Gum Cottage provides everything your child needs: nappies, cream, wipes and sun screen.

A hot cooked lunch is provided by a professional catering company. Morning and afternoon tea is also provided with a selection of fresh fruit. A menu is displayed in both rooms for your perusal.

A typical day at Blue Gum...

Our centre opens at 7.30am where we start the day with family grouping time. We enjoy breakfast together with our friends and explore the learning experiences that are set up inside and in our lovely garden.

We then adventure to our own rooms at 8.30am to begin our day with our group, enjoying interest based learning experiences and follow a carefully planned routine.

We join again for family grouping at 5pm, where we can experience different activities and have a snack before the centre closes at 6pm.

Babies at Blue Gum Cottage

Our homely babies room is self-contained and has its own secure garden area. Our team ensure we follow your child’s routine enabling your child to settle quickly into day care.

We understand that sending your child to day care can be a stressful and upsetting time, so we welcome you to call anytime during the day to enquire how your child is.

The educators take extra care to provide a suitable holistic program for all the children, catering for their ages and capabilities.

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Preschoolers at Blue Gum Cottage

The Preschool children enjoy a fun filled day with a huge variety of learning experiences both indoor and outdoor, enabling children to make decisions regarding their learning.

The educators use the children’s interests to plan the program, providing age appropriate learning experiences that follow the EYLF; Belonging, Being and Becoming.

Preschool children also visit Malabar Library once a month, attending their School Readiness program; enjoying some stories, a short film and then a related craft activity.

We also provide a Preschool Readiness Program, with teacher led group times. At Blue Gum we all enjoy using the  Jolly Phonics program, this is a kinesthetic way of learning the letter sounds, where all the children learn the action and song; making learning the alphabet exciting for all ages.


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Blue Gum Cottage strives to provide affordable, high quality childcare for the local community.

Blue Gum Cottage provides everything you need included in the daily costs, making it less stressful for parents when packing your child’s bag for day care.
Blue Gum Cottage prides itself on high child to educator ratio, enabling us to give the children the attention they need and deserve.
* Wait List Fee is deducted from your bond amount on commencement at Blue Gum.

  • Description
  • Babies (0 - 2.5 years) Daily Rate

  • Preschool (2.5 - 5 years) Daily Rate

  • Bond Required (refundable)

  • Annual Enrolment Fee

  • Waiting List Fee*

  • Fee
  • $129.00

  • $116.00

  • $500.00

  • $55.00

  • $50.00