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Gumnuts Early Learning and The Basics-Channel

Gumnuts (Launching into Learning Program)

Our Launching into Learning program, Gumnuts, supports families with young children from birth to four years by providing regular opportunities to have fun playing and learning together alongside the educators and families.  Our programs are for everyone and are in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Our play-based program supports children’s individual learning needs alongside their parents and carers.  Together there will be many opportunities to make new friends, listen to stories, explore and learn new skills, play games and sing songs and explore the wider community.

There will be parenting information available through a number of resources and there will be many opportunities for families to build connections with each other, Margate Primary School and the local community. A Gumnuts brochure is available from the school office, or contacting Claire Grave (email below) which outlines the sessions for the year.   

If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to contact our Gumnuts Co-ordinator Claire Grave.

Alternatively you can join the Facebook Group 'Gumnuts Early Learning' for regular updates.


Early Years: The Basics-Channel

An Exciting New Initiative Launch in the Channel: The Basics-Channel

80% of brain development occurs in the first three years of life so how can we boost cognitive and social emotional development of children from birth to age three?

The Basics-Channel began after Kate Slater, Principal of Margate Primary School and Maree Thompson Literacy Support Teacher Early Years, received a Hardie Fellowship in July 2018 to study in the United States.  As part of their study they learned of an exciting new initiative that began in Boston but since spread to thirty different cities in The United States and a number of other countries, including Canada and Brazil. This initiative was an education and health campaign which evolved from Harvard University’s Achievement Gap Initiative led by Dr Ron Ferguson and an expert advisory panel that reviewed the most recent research on child development and found 5 key messages that all of community can participate in, to make a difference to a child’s cognitive and social emotional growth.

 These principles are:

  • Maximize Love. Manage Stress
  • Talk, Sing and Point
  • Count Group and Compare
  • Explore Through Movement and Play
  • Read and Discuss Stories

The Basics-Channel Steering Committee representing many stakeholders in the Channel area is driving this initiative. The Steering Committee have developed a range of posters, videos, magnets, postcards to promote the five messages.

If you would like to know more or become a friend of The Basics-Channel or become involved in some way, or obtain promotional material  email at or visit the website