The Rumpus Room Darling St boasts large and varied play and learning spaces, plenty of outdoor space to explore, a sports field, veggie gardens, a mud kitchen, chickens – and a resident barista for your morning coffee!
ELLA is a digital, play-based language learning platform for pre-schoolers.
Children are learning to ask “good” questions and seek out answers through experimentation and investigation.
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.
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.
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 outdoor spaces include 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.Join waitlist
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.Join Waitlist
We have our very own sports field where children have the opportunity to learn a variety of sports. A track surrounds the field where children can ride their bikes and scooters. This space also features an interchangeable play equipment and obstacle course including swings, tyres, ladders, planks and more for the children to climb, race and explore.Join Waitlist
We cultivate a series of vegetable gardens throughout the yard. The children are actively involved in planting and caring for the gardens, as well as picking and enjoying the produce! Our goal is to grow 10% of the food consumed at the centre.Join Waitlist
Using rainwater, dirt and a variety of utensils and kitchen spaces the children mix, pat, splash, jump and let their imaginations go wild – with mud!
Our Darling St Centre is home to a variety of animals which over time have included chickens, fish, bunnies, turtles, birds, a worm farm and a variety of insects.
Children learn to interact with the animals, sharing their spaces and helping to look after them, building the children’s understanding of respect and non-verbal communication.
We combine all our strengths, personalities, interests and experiences to create rich and diverse learning environments for children.
Our son has thrived at The Rumpus Room. The genuine care coupled with an amazing array of activities has truly given him the best possible start in life!
To be added to our waiting list, please complete an application form HERE. We will contact you when are able to confirm a position is or 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.
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.
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 www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-law-regulations
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.
All policies for The Rumpus Room Darling 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.
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.