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Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees

Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees

Outdoor playground at Gungahlin childcare
Rated Exceeding National Quality Standard
Centre Details
7:30am – 6:00pm | 
Monday – Friday

Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees welcomes you with warm and inviting open-plan rooms, an atelier art workshop, and a spacious outdoor area — with a sandpit, slide, fort, tunnel and climbing wall — where children are encouraged to ignite their sense of curiosity and discovery.

At Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees, your child will benefit from:

  • Enriching program with art, gardening, language lessons, First Nations education, incursions and much more
  • Monthly incursion by Aboriginal musician, dancer and artist, Duncan Smith, where he shares his culture through storytelling, didgeridoo playing and dance
  • Nutritionally balanced meals made in our on-site kitchen by our Qualified Chef
  • Long standing team of highly qualified Educators
  • Bilingual Educators — Filipino, Hindi, Nepalese, Chinese and French — who love to share their languages and cultures with the children
  • Our extended hours give you the freedom to drop off and pick up when it works for you
Fort with slide at Gungahlin childcare centre
outdoor playground at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees

Our Gungahlin Childcare focuses on child-centered programs, play-based learning, open-ended inquiry, and exploration of the environment. We consider a child’s family to be their first teachers and are collaborators in all we do. We believe the learning environment acts as the ‘third teacher’ encouraging children to investigate and use their imagination and creativity through play. Our environments reflect the image of children as competent and capable learners who yearn to be challenged. We value the importance of outdoor play all year around and are influenced by the quote: “There is no inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing”.

Located near the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, our Gungahlin Childcare is nestled among parklands and offers our preschool children local walks to the nature reserve to explore and play. We focus on teaching sustainability and respect for the environment through our compost, worm farm, recycling program, and loose parts play. We are committed to supporting children to develop a strong sense of belonging within our day care centre by acknowledging and valuing children’s connections to their family, community and culture. We are proud to hold an annual end of year art show for families where we showcase the children’s achievements and learning throughout the whole year.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our Busy Bees family. We look forward to meeting your family! Book your tour today.

Wendy Mackay, Service Manager for Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees childcare

Wendy Mackay

Service Manager

Rebecca Cheng, 2IC at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees

Rebecca Cheng

Assistant Service Manager

Wendy Mackay, Service Manager for Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees childcare

Wendy Mackay

Service Manager

Hi, my name is Wendy and I’m the Service Manager at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and my Diploma in Children’s Services.

Prior to joining Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees, I worked as a Centre Director, Educational Leader and ECT in Canberra for 6 years. I established my career in Early Childhood Education working at various Early Learning centres and preschools in Melbourne and Adelaide.

I’m looking forward to leading a dedicated team who share my belief in the importance of the first five years in a child’s life, and the capabilities of the youngest children who attend Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees. All of us learn throughout our lives; it starts from the day we are born. It’s now recognised that the early years of life are the most important for learning. That’s when the foundations for the future are laid, and when we begin moving down the path that will take us through childhood, the teenage years, and ultimately into adulthood.

Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia early childhood programs, called for the rights of children with an unwavering conviction and professed that children must be seen as powerful, competent and resourceful. My aim is to provide an environment that encourages children to truly be themselves and bring what they already know to share with others. Where children learn how to express themselves through many languages and enjoy becoming part of a community that values respect, trust and collaboration.

I am focused on building a strong community of children, Educators and families at Yerrabi Ponds, and am particularly influenced by the principles, philosophy and teachings of the Reggio Emilia School in Italy. The ideas from Reggio Emilia are innovative, complex, intriguing and highly inspiring, yet not always easy to grasp and translate into every day practice. I hope to one day visit the schools in Reggio Emilia to further my understandings and fulfil a dream.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you, alongside the learning community at Yerrabi Ponds.

Rebecca Cheng, 2IC at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees

Rebecca Cheng

Assistant Service Manager

Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am the 2IC at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees. I currently hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, and I am studying for my Master of Occupational Therapy.

To introduce myself, my family is originally from China while I was born and raised in Canberra. I am a lover of dogs and I own my very own Cavoodle named Maple. Outside of working hours you can find me spending a lot of my time in my other home, which is the library, studying or napping. If not there,

I enjoy immersing myself in nature whether it is long walks or hikes.

I started my career fresh out of university in 2018 as a Kindergarten Teacher for half a year before finding that my passion and interest is within the Early Childhood Education sector. To further this interest, I stepped into the role of an Early Childhood Teacher within a Preschool for a year. In 2020, I found a desire to step further into a management role to advocate for Early Childhood where I started my role as a 2IC at Busy Bees. I have found that this role has allowed me to advocate for both the team and the children. I strongly believe that this sector is overlooked and what is not seen is how vital the early years are for young minds to be fostered and nurtured. Not only that, but the major components of this sector are not acknowledged enough. This includes the children who are capable and competent in their own development and learning, as well as the Educators and Early Childhood Teachers whom are qualified and the Educational programs they create for children foster their overall social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Since my time working at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees, it has become another home for me. I have grown in confidence working alongside Wendy. Working closely alongside her has inspired me in many ways, including the advocacy she has for Early Childhood and how hard she fights for the team at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees. The way we work almost feels simultaneous where words aren’t needed to be spoken to know exactly what needs to be done. Another big part of why it feels like home is because I am surrounded by a team who inspires me and shares the same passion, which is the love for children.

A significant part of coming into my role is understanding that a big part of what creates our community at Yerrabi Ponds are the families whom are the first teachers of their child. This understanding underpins the value I hold for both children and families to receive the best start and support when transitioning into an Early Learning environment. This all begins from enrolment. I believe that it requires a lot of trust to leave your child within an Early Learning Centre and as a result, this can create lots of emotions. I see my role as an opportunity to build the foundational trust so that families can feel at ease and have a sense of security knowing that their child will be nurtured and loved, and the voices of the families and children are heard and acted upon.

What's Included

Atelier

Bedding

Hats

Languages

Library

Meals Provided

Nappies

Parent Lounge

Parking

Pram Storage

Qualified Educators

Storypark

Sunscreen

Our Fees

0-1 Years
$167 per day
1-2 Years
$167 per day
2-3 Years
$166 per day
3-4 Years
$165 per day
4+ Years
$165 per day
  • The above fees are based on a full day session at the Centre.
  • Please note that different combinations of days or sessions may result in an increase or decrease to the daily rate.
  • Please contact our Family Support Team on 1300 851 331 for personalised fee information for your child.
  • We can also help you calculate your Childcare Subsidy using our super friendly Childcare Subsidy Calculator.

Reviews

Ashleigh O'Sullivan
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5
We loved our time at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees and would recommend this service to anyone.
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BKP 130
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5
We have been to four day cares across three states and Busy Bees has been the best by far. The whole team go above and beyond in every way and our child has had the best time here over the past two years.
Candice De J
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5
My daughter has been attending Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees since 2019 and current.
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Kuan Kiat Cheah
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5
Excellent childcare centre. The nursery room has a shoes off policy which is fabulous for infants who are on their hands and feet all day.
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Belinda Day
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5
My daughter finished today at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees after 3 years. She has had many great carers, learning experiences and great times while she has been there.
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Lauren
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5
The managers are welcoming and helpful, and so hands on with the kids. The carers I have dealt with in the nursing/toddlers area are amazing! And the front desk area smells beautiful!
Anshi Reddy
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5
My 3 year old daughter started going to Busy Bees located at Gungahlin 3 months ago. She absolutely loves it there, the carers in the junior preschool room are just so wonderful.
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Eileen Eileen
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5
I have found Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees to be a communicative, caring and educational environment for my child. She has developed in leaps and bounds since attending this childcare.
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Hayley Agostino
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5
Couldn’t talk highly enough of the director at this centre. Since day dot she has been welcoming, supportive and nothing short of amazing.
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Kahly Ware
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5
Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees is a lovely space for children. Nestled away but still very close to the Gungahlin town centre.
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Chloe Durrant
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5
We couldn’t recommend Busy Bees enough to all our friends and family. We have had the best experience.
Tegan Arnold
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5
We love Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees. Both of our children enjoy going each day and are engaged and loved by the reliable staff. We are well informed of our children’s activities and enjoy getting photo updates throughout the week.
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Shera Tumamak
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5
My daughter had a smooth transition at Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees. All the educators are very kind, gentle and welcoming. She settled straight away because of all the supportive and caring educators in her room.
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Nicole Pontarin
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5
The manager and the educators are just fantastic. We cannot express enough how grateful we are for them taking good care of our child's well-being and development.
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Anto
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5
One of our sons has "additional" needs. The staff go above and beyond to ensure these needs are in good hands.
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The Nicholls
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5
I'm absolutely delighted and satisfied that my daughter is enrolled in a childcare center that not only aligns perfectly with the parenting practices I've been seeking
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Arnold Palencia
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5
Enrolling our child in this excellent centre is one of our best decisions as a family.
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Terra
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5
Honestly such an amazing service. The staff are fantastic and accommodating. They have made our experience so pleasant and seamless. They genuinely care about their families and it shows. I highly recommend Yerrabi Ponds by Busy Bees.

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