Child Care

"Learning is as precious as our Mini Gems"

Mini Gems Children's Centre is a Child Care Centre catering to children from the ages 6 weeks - Preschool.

The centre is conveniently located adjacent to the local Coober Pedy Area School on Paxton Road Coober Pedy.

The centre feels that ALL parents have a right to quality child care that is sensitive to the needs of the child and is provided within a safe, caring and healthy environment.

We are proud of the Centre, it's staff, it's facilities, it's cleanliness and it's reputation.

Early Years Learning Framework

Belonging, Being and Becoming 

The Early years learning framework describe the practices, principals and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from Birth to 5 years of age as well as their transition to school.  The Framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for Early childhood Education and Care.

At Mini Gems Educators work towards:

  • A clear focus on children’s learning and wellbeing
  • A shared language for curriculum in the Early Childhood field
  • A base for planning, promoting and assessing learning.
  • Improved quality in Early childhood settings
  • Cultural security for aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children and their families.
  • Including families and community in children’s learning.

At Mini Gems we plan our program using the following basis, our philosophy which encompasses our values, beliefs and ethics by gathering information from observations, reflections, family input, art work, photographic evidence.  This information is then used in individual and group programs to provide opportunity for all children to achieve the learning outcomes.

We design learning experiences in partnership with children and families and assess strategies, processes and experiences.  We implement plans through using ideas, documentation and critical reflection

Some of our celebrations include...

  • Anzac Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Reconciliation Week
  • Families Week
  • Father’s Day
  • Science Week
  • NAIDOC week
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
  • Easter/Christmas celebration.

For more information please see the following Link:

Sessions Times & Fees

Current Session Structure as of January 1st 2021

Session Times

Session Price

8:30am – 5:30pm


8:30am – 3:00pm


3:00pm – 5:30pm


Current Child Age Groups

Group name

Child age

Ratio of staff to children (note at least one qualified staff member must be present per group)


6wks-2 years

ratio 1:4

Thorny Devils

2–3 years

ratio 1:5


3–6 years

ratio 1:10

The roster for the following week is completed every Thursday. For booking please contact Gwen Martin on 8672 4622, 0427264969 or

Parent Resources

To download the Parenting Handbook select the link below.

To request for further information :


Phone: 8672 4600


The pockets provided for correspondence has been removed.  All correspondence will be via email or text message directing families to Council’s Webpage, all Tax Invoices will be emailed or posted.

When all policies and procedures have been updated they will be available on Council’s Webpage.

Staff Meetings

Thank you to all families for collecting your children at 4:00pm on Tuesday’s.  Due to some inconveniences, staff meetings will now commence at 4:30pm from 9 June 2020.

Training and Development Closure Days

Mini Gems staff is committed to providing high quality education and care to all children who attend, we are improving our procedures and practises in line with current research and for staff to build capacity.  Training and development closure days will be:

  • Friday 12 June;
  • Friday 26 June; and
  • The second week of the school holidays from 13 July to 17 July 2020.


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Phone: (08) 86 724 623


Address: Lot 19 Paxton Road, Coober Pedy SA 5723

Postal Address: PO Box 425, Coober Pedy SA 5723