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About Us

The Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool is a registered three-unit

Early Childhood Educational Service that caters for 60 children per day between

the ages of 3 and 5 years. Our preschool invites your child to “come, play and learn.”

We recognise that each child is an individual with special abilities interests and background.

We have a large newly modified accessible outdoor area providing a safe, fun filled

environment for children of all abilities. Our team of well-trained staff take pride in

their profession and believe that caring for your child is a privilege.

History

The Preschool commenced in 1974 and was located in the

former hall of the Gunnedah Baptist Church, where 20 children attended each day. In 1975, an additional room (the Blue Room) was added to the former hall, allowing 40 children to attend each day.

The Gunnedah Baptist Child Care Association Limited was formed in 1986 with an inaugural Board of Directors. In 1998 the new extension (the Yellow Room) was completed, and the original classroom was converted to office space. In 2017 we expanded again with the construction of a new room which is known as the Green Room.

Management

The Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool is managed

by a Board of Directors. This Board comprises members of

the Baptist Church and the Preschool Community. The

Preschool is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation which trades as Gunnedah Baptist Child Care Association Limited.

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Philosophy

Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool Philosophy is guided by ‘Being, Belonging, Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework’ and the National Quality Framework.
The Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool seeks to provide an excellent early childhood education in the context of a caring, kind and compassionate environment that reflects God’s love to all children and families. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing a secure, happy, healthy and caring environment which is non threatening and inclusive of all involved.

  • Recognising each child as a unique individual with special abilities, interests and background.

  • Integrating children with additional needs into the daily program wherever possible.

  • Promoting the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development of children to enable them to become successful learners and confident and creative individuals who will be well prepared for their more formal years of education.

  • Implementing a well balanced curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework of Belonging, Being, Becoming and sustainable practices.

  • Respecting and being sensitive to the different cultures, backgrounds and abilities of all families represented at the Preschool.

  • Holding regular meetings with management, staff and parents to encourage cooperation and good communication.

  • Committing to continuous review and improvement of the goals and daily activities of the Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool.

  • Encouraging children to extend their skills by supporting them with personal challenges and responsible risk taking.

 
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Our Staff

We pride ourselves on our very low staff turnover. Our highly qualified staff provide

a stable and familiar environment for your child. This enables children to settle quickly,

feel secure and supported, while families are able to develop a close rapport with our staff.

Each staff member brings to the team a variety of skills and talents,

which enhances your child’s learning experience.

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Position

Admin Officer

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Current 1st aid   

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Marlena Bladwell

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Director

Qualifications

Bach of Early Childhood

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Julie Frend

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 Education Leader Teacher 

Qualifications

Bach of Early Childhood 

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Yellow Room

Michelle Tydd

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Teacher

Qualifications

Bach of Early Childhood 

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Blue Room

Haley Jensen

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Casual

Qualifications

Cert III Childcare

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Green Room

Kaylene Miller

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Assistant

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Yellow Room 

Meaghan Kelly

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Assistant

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Cert 111 Childcare 

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Renee Torrens

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Skills Development

Qualifications

Cert 111 Childcare

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Rainbow Room 

Amy Mortimer 

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Assistant/Teacher

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare

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Green Room 

Jenny Allen

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Teacher

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare

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Green Room

Jade Bartlett

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Assistant

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare

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Blue Room

Bridgette Hatton

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Casual 

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare   

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Louise Wilkinson

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Assistant/Teacher

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare  

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Carol Davis

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Casual

Qualifications

Bach of Early Childhood 

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Sharon Etheridge

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Assistant

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Julia Sheridan

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Position

Assistant

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Green Room M, Yellow Room Th, F

Kellie Seach