Galloping Gumnut - Mobile Children's Service
Galloping Gumnut is a Mobile Children’s Service that provides a quality early childhood program to families living and working in rural and remote communities.
Galloping Gumnuts focus is on the individual, families, and community connections.
The service provides social and educational experiences for children and their families who live in rural or remote areas. Our service provides an opportunity for children and parents to form positive relationships and support their sense of belonging in their community.
“Play is learning”. The focus is supporting the individual child’s growth and development in a positive learning environment. Galloping Gumnuts early childhood program embraces the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework; the sense of being, becoming and belonging. Each child has the opportunity to develop, grow and interact as individuals. The staff works closely with parents and carers to support family beliefs, cultures and values.
Galloping Gumnuts team includes a Director and a Teacher, who both hold a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and very experienced and trained Advanced Child Care Workers. The service is also supported by the extensive skills and organization of a professional administration staff. The staff has a variety of expertise and specialized skills that enhance and extend the early childhood program and service delivery. The staff are very professional, friendly and dedicated to the service.
Galloping Gumnut is Not-For-Profit organization which receives funding from both federal and state government to provide a community based rural and remote children’s service program. The service operates under the volunteer community management model whereby the management committee has elected members in executive positions which is primarily filled by parents from service.
WHERE DO WE GO?
The communities we visit are:
- Glen Alice
- Sunny Corner
- Wattle Flat
- Cullen Bullen
Preschool – Our preschool session caters for children between 3-5yrs. The sessions are lead by an Early Childhood Teacher that is supported by an experienced Advanced Childcare Worker. The session runs for 6 hours.
Playsessions – Our playsessions cater for children from birth to school age. The sessions runs up to 2 ½ hour. Parents are present at the sessions and have care of their children. Playsessions offer an extensive early childhood program that involves play based learning activities and experiences in both group and individual situations. Parents are encouraged and supported in developing their knowledge of child development, parenting skills, whilst networking with others.
Toy Library – Individuals, playgroups or schools are welcome to join our Toy Library service. We offer quality toys, equipment which can be borrowed on a fortnightly/monthly basis.
Literacy Sessions – These sessions are run at local playgroups in the Lithgow area. The staff provides an interactive, educational literacy session which involves either a book reading; story telling; group game or music/movement.