Bungawitta Early Learning Centre is located in Newnham, with convenient proximity to the TasTafe Alanvale campus. Bungawitta was established in 1986 to meet the education and care needs of the families who lived and worked in the local community. Our proximity to the University, Maritime College and TAFE means that our families live throughout the greater Launceston area.
The building created quite a stir in 1986 because of its unique child-focused design. The original architect, Robert Morris-Nunn, was the recipient of a major architectural award at the time and has been engaged to help with a redevelopment and modernisation of the building – maintaining rich connections with the history of the service while ensuring it meets the needs of children and the community today.
The name 'Bungawitta' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'home of the possum'. This namesake connects the service with the traditional owners and custodians of the Land, helping to encourage a community rich in culture, history and diversity.
Our service is a lunch box service and provides nutritional morning tea and afternoon tea. Our menu is designed to take into account children’s likes and dislikes, special dietary requirements and the Australian Dietary and Infant Feeding Guidelines.
Bungawitta Early Learning Centre is a Move Well Eat Well accredited service.
Bungawitta Early Learning Centre has a dedicated service bus that enables a daily home and school pick up and drop off service. If you require assistance with transport, please speak with the Director.
Discovery Early Learning Centres is accredited with the Tasmanian Department of Transportation as a public passenger vehicle service.
The Discovery bus enables regular opportunities to go on excursions and strengthen links with the local community. These excursions expose children to a range of different experiences and enable them to further connect with their community. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy regular walking excursions to a variety of locations.
Bungawitta has a special relationship with the TasTafe Alanvale campus, regularly visiting and participating in their playgroup sessions.
Full day session
Long Day 1
Long Day 2
Long Day 3
Zen has a number of years’ experience in the early years, including the last two as Centre Director of a service in Sydney. Zen talks of a strong passion for nature and creating opportunities for children to explore the great outdoors, along with a strong passion for collaboration.
Assistant DirectorAmelia Sarich
Amelia first started working at Discovery 6 years ago, and after being Room Leader for 4 years, she stepped into the Assistant Director role. Amelia thoroughly enjoys coming to work every day - helping scaffold and enhance children’s learning, interests and supporting children’s development, whilst building trusting relationships with children and families. When she's not at work, Amelia spends quality time exploring and going on adventures with her two children, and enjoys time with family and friends.