Joey’s Pouch Early Education Centre

Joey’s Pouch Early Education Centre is nestled in a quiet leafy pocket a few minutes’ walk to town and all amenities. We are the only community based, not for profit service in Murwillumbah and provide a nurturing educational journey for children from 6 weeks to 5 years. Established in 1989, our professional educators are local community members themselves, invested in the service as a valuable resource for local families. We strive to provide an educational program consistent with our community values of:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Integration between family, community and school
  • Valuing each child’s gifts and learning style

Joey’s Pouch Early Education Centre

Joey’s Pouch Early Education Centre is nestled in a quiet leafy pocket a few minutes’ walk to town and all amenities. We are the only community based, not for profit service in Murwillumbah and provide a nurturing educational journey for children from 6 weeks to 5 years. Established in 1989, our professional educators are local community members themselves, invested in the service as a valuable resource for local families. We strive to provide an educational program consistent with our community values of:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Integration between family, community and school
  • Valuing each child’s gifts and learning style

Our service’s physical environment allows children the freedom to interact with both the indoors and their natural surroundings. We build cubbies, play in mud, climb trees, manage our vegetable gardens and cook in our kitchen. Children contribute to growing and cooking food which we turn into meals to share, an integrated part of our learning program.

Supported by a team of very experienced and trained educators, our 4 year trained Early Childhood teacher brings a wealth of understanding, passion and professionalism for Early Years Education. As a team, we are active advocates for the rights of young children in care and learning environments. We provide a curriculum underpinned by the national, Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Joey’s Pouch caters to a maximum of 39 children per day. The Pre-School program runs concurrently within our daily service provisions.

How does “play” get my child ready for school?

This question often refers to academic expectations, particularly reading and writing. In an indoor/outdoor, multi aged program, we are offered unique sources of opportunity. In our setting, children have opportunities to interact with peers, siblings and a broad range of experiences. Having the unique blend of mixed age groupings allows for older children to scaffold younger children’s development and for older children to develop respect and empathy for children developing their own competence. We are able to offer flexibility to children’s learning styles, ongoing interests, project work and family needs. Children with curiosity, confidence and communication skills are children who develop an appetite for learning, so very important in the transition to “’big school”.

What does the environment offer for early literacy and numeracy development?

Our emergent curriculum is firmly placed in the philosophy that children are competent, capable individuals who learn from supportive relationships and what is around them. Often referred to as “Environment as the Third Teacher”, we encourage children to care for and respect the functional as well as the beautiful things in their surroundings. We place a strong emphasis on building relationships and engaging children in meaningful work and conversations which fosters feelings of autonomy and belonging. Based on the world leading schools of Reggio Emilia, and the New Zealand based Te Wahriki curriculum, our environment is thoughtfully created in a way that encourages the natural curiosity of children, with access to writing materials at all times. We encourage investigation which leads to meaningful, embedded literacy, science, research, creative and numeracy experiences throughout each and every day.


We have an open door policy for family and welcome you to join us on our journey, share your skills and interests and create a real place of community and welcome.