Who We Are


Willowbank Early Learning Centre prides itself on being the only privately owned and operated childcare centre in the beautiful townships of Gisborne & New Gisborne. We love our town and hope to offer families within our community exceptional quality childcare and education. Our children spent over seven years in childcare, so we understand the demands placed on busy families and know how important it is to ensure that young children are safe, happy & engaged during such formative years.Located on the corner of Willowbank and Brady Roads Gisborne, we’re convenient to town as well as many new housing developments. We’re so excited to offer a brand new purpose built building. We’ve tried to design a space that is modern and fun and we hope all the kids love playing in the creative spaces.

We’re also really proud of providing employment opportunities for local people. Building a positive team environment is such a priority for us and we’re pleased to present Claire Grumont as our Nominated Supervisor. Claire has lived in Gisborne all of her life and has many years of experience and qualifications behind her. She has successfully managed other childcare centres, as well undertaking regional responsibilities overseeing many centres statewide. Claire and her team are qualified (or working towards their qualifications) and are passionate about early childhood development. All staff are dedicated to ensuring each child feels secure, nurtured and inspired to learn.

And while we’ll always strive to provide children with innovative learning methods and new educational tools, above all else, we just want to get the basics right: confident & capable staff who love their job. A centre that is always kept clean and hygienic. Healthy meals for growing bodies. And an environment filled with happy children who feel safe and valued.