Chatham street

121 chatham st, broadmeadow




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Year olds

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Chatham St centre

Our Chatham Centre

We maintain beautiful natural elements in our playground such as plants, timber, grass, sand, mud and pets. Our science experiments offer open ended opportunities for children to explore with scientific concepts including water play. We also offer opportunities for children to be involved in group sewing projects and have a beautiful range of musical instruments for the children to explore and perform with.

Your child will have opportunities to explore the local area within the safety of a high staff:child ratio for excursions. We have previously visited the Art Gallery, Museum, Harbour foreshore, local neighbours to deliver cookies, St Vincent de Paul’s to donate items. There are opportunities to connect with the older generation in a monthly visit from a local aged care setting to participate in gardening, singing and storytelling groups.

  • 0-2 years$144 per day
  • 2-3 years$141 per day
  • 3-5 years$136 per day
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At The Rumpus Room Chatham Street we offer rich, and well planned experiences for children in our beautiful facilities, large playground and purpose built atelier.

Early learning
Australia (ELLA)

ELLA is a digital, play-based language learning platform for pre-schoolers.

Science, tech, engineering & maths (STEM)

Children are learning to ask “good” questions and seek out answers through experimentation and investigation.

Outdoor play
And exploration

With massive outdoor spaces and a dedicated outdoor educators children are involved in gardening, caring for animals, sports, and a range of physical activities.


Our highly experienced art teachers guide children to awesome levels of unique artistic creativity and skill. Creativity and innovation are vital skills to foster into adulthood in this century.

Transition to school

We seamlessly integrate our educational content into the care setting, ensuring children receive educational preparation for school, while giving parents the flexibility of extended hours.

Giving children the time and opportunity to use everyday items and tools so they learn to be responsible and safe
Clay, paper, pens and all sorts of craft on hand all day, everyday for all of the children to pick up and play with when they choose
Sand, spades, recycled rain water...perfect ingredients for all kinds of concotions
Let the children pick when and where they want to learn. The children can choose a spot in the garden to grab a picnic blanket, a cushion and let their imagination run wild
Why not paint whilst in a hammock? Our interchangeable pergola allows for hammocks, swings, wobble bridges and the children can help us change things up as often as they want
There is so much evidence to support the benefits of sleeping outdoors and the children will often grab a bed and a blanket and enjoy the warm breeze for an afternoon snooze
Loose part play is when you really see children's imaginations come to life...
Rainy days don't stop play! We love it when gumboots and raincoats are packed; the squeals and muddy puddles provide hours of fun
'See what happens when I put this domino here..' We are lucky to have an abundance of room; locking up the car park means we have more space to use our big equipment
Our chickens and children like to roam free alongside each other

Creativity and exploration

We are passionate about supporting children in their creativity and exploration and create opportunities for them to use their imaginations all throughout the day. Our programs are prepared based on the interests of the children to maximise their engagement and learning. Art, science, building, reading, maths, languages and music are all intertwined throughout the day to help children learn and discover more about the world.

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Dedicated Art Space

Our dedicated art space is the perfect environment for children to outwork their imaginations creatively. Children are encouraged to experiment with different materials, colours and surfaces to bring their ideas to life.

Art is also a great way for children to develop their fine motor skills as they carefully paint, draw and work the materials together. These skills and experiences set the foundations for many skills used in school and life.

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Extra Large Outdoor Environments

We have a huge yard space overflowing with spaces for children to run, play, explore and discover. Featuring sandpits, slides, vegetable gardens and leafy spaces, along with an abundance of resources and materials encouraging imaginative play for obstacle courses, climbing and anything the children can dream up.

The children love to learn, create and play outdoors, so we spend plenty of time out in the sunshine.

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Our educators

We combine all our strengths, personalities, interests and experiences to create rich and diverse learning environments for children.

Niki Moodie

Director - Early Childhood Teacher

Georga Whitbourne

Parent Liaison & Administration

Tiare Vaai

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education

Clare Phillips

Early Childhood Teacher & Educational Leader

David Fotu

Certificate III in Early Education & Care

Diarna Scerescini

Barista and Certificate III in Early Education & Care

Ellie-Rose Mitchell

Certificate III in Early Education & Care

Gillian Steele

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education

Jennie Newcombe

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Libby Bridge

Early Childhood Teacher and Outdoor Educator

Tahne Baker

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education

Liezl Cruz

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Tayla Hejduk

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care

Tamika Nicholson

Working Towards Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care

Abby Newcombe

Trainee- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care

Ruby Price

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care

Tahlia Fauchon

Working Towards Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care

Emily Loader Weston

Certificate III in Early Childhood Care & Education

Rebekah McDonald

Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care

Benjamin Allen

School Based Trainee

Letitia Dawson

School Based Trainee

Chatham st centre

This is an early education centre with heart. The educators are all kind, caring and exceptional people. They know our children as much as we do.
The Rumpus Room has been an extension of our family. How lucky I feel my children are to have experienced the BEST centre in Newcastle.

- Andrea, Chatham St Centre


How do I enrol my child?

To be added to our waiting list, please complete an application form HERE. We will contact you if we have are able to confirm a position is/will be available for the requested start date.

Please note that our waiting list feeds into the Darling St, Chatham St, Pelican, Marks Point and Charlestown centres and places are offered based on availability. When a place becomes available for your child, you will be contacted with an offer of enrolment.

Can I book a tour?

We encourage families considering sending their children to The Rumpus Room to come visit us. This gives you the chance to see the centre in person, imagine your child here and ask any questions you may have.

We are here to help you make the best decision for your child.

CONTACT US to arrange a visit.


How do I get the Child Care Subsidy?

The Child Care Subsidy is a payment made by the government to help families cover childcare fees. We recommend visiting Centrelink to find out more on Child Care Subsidy and how you can apply to reduce your child’s daily fees. You can find out more by clicking HERE.

Approved Service Providers are governed by National Law and National Regulation standards and you can view this link for more information

Will I need to provide lunch for my child at The Rumpus Room?

Yes, the Rumpus Room is a lunchbox centre. We encourage parents to provide a variety of healthy foods for their lunches each day to supplement morning and afternoon tea, which is provided by the centre. We aim to provide a serve of fruit and vegetables for every child each day, sometimes even from our own garden! In providing fruit and vegetables to the children each day, we are helping them to develop a foundation for future healthy eating.

We ask parents to join along with healthy snacks, sandwiches, and easy to eat meals that can be enjoyed by children while eating with their peers.

Each room has a different approach to mealtimes, and we encourage families to reach out to discuss how to best support their children as they transition into care and from room to room.

Where can I find the centre’s policies?

All policies for The Rumpus Room Chatham Street Centre are available to view and download HERE. If you have any questions about our policies, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your centre.

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

The Rumpus Room is committed to providing a child safe environment. The safety and protection of children is our highest priority and we have zero tolerance for any abuse or maltreatment of children.

We recognise the importance of our role in a child’s life, to respond, record and report incidents, disclosures or suspicions regarding child abuse or misconduct.

We are committed to ensuring that children’s voices are heard and that they are included in decisions that affect their lives. We recognise their right to privacy with regards to their care and communication.

We are committed to the cultural safety of all children including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

We value diversity and will not tolerate discriminatory practices. We believe every child is created in the image of God for a purpose and is of great value.