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  • Welcome to Jesmond Early Education Centre

    50-place centre caring for children between 6 weeks and 6 years of age.

    We would like to pay our respects to the Awabakal people.

    The people from a long time ago, the past, the present,

    along with the babies, the trees and the kangaroos who own the land we play on.

    We say Nunda Kumba.

    Awabakal Acknowledgement made by the voices of the children in 2017.


    • Rooms

      At Jesmond Early Education Centre we have three rooms to allow our children to grow and develop with their peers. The Gumnut room is for 8weeks-2 year olds, The Wattle room is from 2-4 year olds and The Bottlebrush Room is for 3 year olds and above.

    • Outdoor space

      We often receive compliments for our outdoor space by parents and members of the community. The children have a range of areas to play and explore. We have an outdoor program all year around, weather permitting of course.

    • Activities

      At Jesmond Early Education Centre we offer the children a range of activities from outside entertainers and organisations. While some are on site, like the Henny Penny chicken hatching, we also invite families to come along to events in the community.

    • Years

      34 Years of Childcare in the Hunter

    • Open

      49 Weeks Per Year

    • Meals

      Morning Teas, Lunches, Afternoon Tea & Late Afternoon Tea

    • Places

      50 Long Daycare places

  • We have been educating kids in the Hunter region for over thirty years...

    The Educators at JEEC are long standing, with some having been with the centre since it opened in 1985.

    We have been acknowledged for our achievements as we were named 2015’s Hunter Local Business Awards Winners for outstanding childcare service and a Finalist each year from 2016-2020.


    We are lucky to have three rooms which we can cater for a range of children and their needs, including:

    Gumnut Room: Which caters for our smaller children, typically 0-2.5 years

    Wattle Room: Which caters for toddlers, typically 2-4 years

    Bottlebrush Room: Which caters for our older children, typically 3-6 years.

  • The centre prides itself on:

    • The retention of long term and higher qualified educators
    • Creating a strong sense of community by being regularly active in community events.
    • Learning about the cultures we have in our service and integrating this into the daily curriculum.
    • Building and maintaining family relationships through our friendly and caring atmosphere.
    • Incorporating fun and exciting incursions and excursions into our daily curriculum.
    • Providing a yearly ceremony, to farewell our Preschool graduates.
    • Providing great social events like the Christmas Disco, fundraisers and Meet and Greets.
    • Providing lower fees whilst maintaining quality care with long day care hours and extended operational hours available when required.
    • Large outdoor space that allows our children to engage in the natural environment
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  • Meet Our Director

    Jeec is operated by a Management Committee with Karen Murnane as the appointed Director.
    • Karen Murnane

      Karen Murnane


      Hello my name is Karen Murnane and I have been at JEEC for nearly 20 years. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for 23 years. I started at JEEC when the Early Development room opened in March 1997. I completed my Associate Diploma in Child Studies at TAFE in 1997 and in 2000 I began studying my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood by Correspondence through the University of New England while working Full Time at JEEC. I completed my University degree in 2003. I then became the Early Childhood teacher at JEEC.

      I became the Director at JEEC in June 2010 and this was one of my biggest achievements in the Early Childhood Field.
      I have worked in all 3 rooms over the years. I enjoy working in each of the rooms for different reasons.

      • Early Development: I enjoy forming a partnership with all the new families and forming a close bond with the children.
      • Early Learners: I really love working with this age group as they are becoming more independent, “their own person-individual personality”, inquisitive, beginning to communicate and becoming more involved in a variety of activities.
      • Pre-School: School preparation for both children’s and families, assisting the children with socialisation with other peers and adults-verbal and non verbal communication. This is so essential when they start Kindergarten. Providing many challenging activities to cater for their individual interests.

      My main passions working at JEEC is assisting the families and children with a undiagnosed/diagnosed disabilities, Children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, Indigenous background families and children and families with a refugee backgrounds.
      I also love travelling and so far have seen parts of India, Nepal, Vanuatu, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Africa-South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South America-Peru, Chile, Brazil and Argentina, United Arab Emirates, parts of America and parts of Australia. I look forward to many more overseas trips.

      I look forward to seeing you around the centre and getting to know more about your family.

      At Jesmond Early Education Centre we believe it’s important for families to get to know the educators and their personal philosophies on caring for the children.

    • “The Staff, they always make sure you are welcome. They still remember my 10 year old from when she was 2. I am amazed at the staff retention after all these years… That really speaks volumes of the service. If the staff are happy they stay put. And happy staff means happy kids.”

    • “Friendly, professional staff, healthy food menu, variety of activities/ resources available”

      Anonymous. Kinder Survey
    • “My daughters vocabulary and social skills have improved considerably”

    • “The staff are wonderful. They are professional and engaged with the children. There is a strong focus on group learning and peer example. I really love how low key and simple the spaces are. There is a strong sense of ownership. It is not entirely driven by staff”

    • “The staff are the best asset to the centre. They always are consistently of a high standard. I really love seeing the relationships that they build with all the kids”

    • “Friendly staff, who take the time to tell you something that your child has done each day. There are always new things for the children to play with. And they incorporate activities my child has done and is interested in, into their program”

  • Contact Us

    Contact details, location + opening hours
    • Location

      56 Mordue Pde,
      Jesmond NSW 2299

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: (02) 49514224

    • Opening Hours

      Monday – Friday
      7:30am – 6:00 pm
      (Closed Public Holidays- no charge and 3 weeks over christmas- no charge)

    • Office Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8:00am – 4:00pm