At Engadine Gumnuts we encourage all families to come along for a free tour of the centre, and to place your child's name on our waitlist, at no financial cost to you. Tours of the centre with one of the owners are between 9am-11am and 1.30pm-3.30pm daily, no booking required.

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Meet our Educators

Gumnuts currently employs an exceptionally high standard of qualified and experienced educators, with many years of commitment to Engadine Gumnuts children and families.

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Preschool program

Engadine Gumnuts Pre-School program is aimed towards giving your child greater confidence and self-esteem in preparation for Big School.

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Our Gourmet Menu

Engadine Gumnuts provides 6 healthy and nutritional meals a day. All meals are prepared on site by a qualified chef with over 20 years' experience. We source the majority of our food from local butchers and green groceries.

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General Information

Engadine Gumnuts is owned and operated by sisters, Allyson O'Keefe and Kim Maher, who are also the Directors available on the premises daily. We became owners of Gumnuts in 2006, and have since developed a very close knit family within the Gumnut walls, that extends out into the wider community and beyond.

Gumnuts is lucky to have access to our beautiful natural environment, incorporating our indoor and outdoor environments together into the children's day. We spend many spontaneous opportunities in the park next door, and even enjoy rest time on our beds outdoor in the Autumn and Spring. Our excursion during the year include visits to the Rural Fire Brigade and a play in the park at Fern tree, along with a visit to the tram museum, which takes us into the National Park.

Gumnuts supports our local community and businesses through excursion and incursions, such as regular visits to the residents of John Paul Village, community walks and visits from Multicultural shows and Aboriginal elders. We also support inclusion and diversity, through supporting Assistance Dog, Bear Cottage (children respite care) and welcoming a wide variety of people with different abilities into our centre for the children to engage with.

Please see our Facebook page for a wide selection of recent events, visitors and special days held over the past few years. https://www.facebook.com/Engadinegumnutchildcare/

Operation Hours

  • Hours of Operation: 7.30am-6pm
  • Days of operation: Monday to Friday
  • Christmas Break: the centre is closed for 3 weeks over the Christmas and New year period.
  • License: The centre is licensed to enrol 8 children from 0-2 years, 8 children from 2 to 3 years and 20 children 3-5 years of age per day.