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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.

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History

The Preschool commenced operation 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 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 was completed, and the original classroom was converted to office space. In 2017 the preschool expanded again with the construction of a new room, accommodating 20 more children.

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Management

The Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool is managed

by a Board of Directors. This Board comprises members of

the Gunnedah 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

Guided by Being, Belonging, Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Framework.

The Gunnedah Baptist Community Preschool seeks to provide high quality early childhood education in the context of a caring, kind, and compassionate environment that reflects our Christian values and God’s love for all children and families.

This will be achieved by:

  • Welcoming staff, children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds, religions, abilities, and genders. Ensuring each person’s individuality is celebrated, honoured, fostered, and respected.

 

  • Caring for God’s creation, our Earth, by showing respect for the world we live in through sustainable practices, engaging in natural experiences and learning about the environment while also learning how to care for our surroundings with future generations in mind.

 

  • Creating a welcoming, safe, positive, and healthy environment in which families and children feel confident, secure, and valued.

 

  • By working closely with families to support their children through open communication, approachability, and networking with external support agencies to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

 

  • Communicating regularly with the preschool community to gain valuable feedback and input to drive continuous improvement in conjunction with critical reflection from educators.

 

  • Acknowledging and respecting each child’s unique and individual talents, abilities and interests and extending their skills by setting achievable but challenging goals to support their growth and personal development.

 

  • Creating an educational program based on children’s interests to promote a love of learning to prepare them for all future education.

 

  • By valuing our staff and the personal qualities they bring to the centre. Through teamwork, shared decision making and continued professional development, each staff member’s personal perspectives and growth are respected and appreciated.

 

  • By acknowledging the traditional custodians of our land, and the value of incorporating Aboriginal histories and cultures in our program.

Staff
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Our Staff

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

Administration Officer

Qualifications

Current 1st aid   

Marlena Bladwell

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Position

Teacher

Qualifications

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood 

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Blue Room

Haley Jensen

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Position

Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare

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Blue Room

Bridgette Hatton

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Position

Director- On Leave

Qualifications

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood

Julie Frend

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Position

Teacher/Educational Leader

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare

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Green Room

Jade Bartlett

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Position

Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Green Room

Kellie Seach

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Position

Acting Director 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood 

Michelle Tydd

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Position

Teacher

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Yellow Room 

Katrina Knapman

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Position

Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare

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Yellow Room 

Jenny Allen

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Position

Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Blue Room

Julia Sheridan

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Position

Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare 

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Green Room

Ray Field

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Position

Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare  

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Blue Room

Carol Davis

Tammy Johnson

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Position

ISP Support Educator

Qualifications

Certificate III Childcare

Kaylene Miller

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Position

ISP Support Educator

Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare   

Louise Wilkinson

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Position

Skills Development Educator

Qualifications

Certificate III Childcare

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Rainbow Room 

Amy Marmara

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Position

Casual

Qualifications

Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood 

Sharon Etheridge

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