Banksia Cottage

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Banksia Cottage was established by a committee of dedicated staff members of Macquarie University who needed childcare services on campus. Led by Jean Joss they lobbied the University and successfully began building the Centre in 1992.

The Centre opened its doors on Monday, February 22, 1993 as the Macquarie University Child Care Centre at Banksia Cottage.   It was licensed for 60 children and gave priority to families of University staff.  Professor Jack Bassett, Deputy Vice Chancellor, was appointed to oversee the governing Banksia Board.   

In 1995, due to the increasing demand for Banksia's services, the University agreed to extend the Centre from 3 playrooms to five.

Banksia Cottage now comes under the management of Campus Life and is open to University staff and students. It retains the community spirit that it has always operated with and continues to provide high quality education and care to the University community.


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Centre Opening Hours

Gumnut Cottage

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6.30pm
50 weeks per year
Public Holidays - CLOSED

Ph: (02) 9850 7740


Banksia Cottage

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6.30pm
50 weeks per year
Public Holidays - CLOSED

Ph: (02) 9850 7781


Vacation Care

Gazetted School Holidays: 
8.00am - 6.00pm
Public Holidays - CLOSED

(02) 9850 4680 
(during school holidays)
(02) 9850 7348 
(during school terms)
Mob: 0410 458 022