Bruce Early Childhood Centre is a 45 place centre situated on the CIT campus surrounded by natural bushland. Our fully qualified staff strive to provide excellent education and care to all children attending the Centre.

We have a qualified cook at the Centre ensuring the children have a range of nutritious and delicious meals daily, all prepared with Nutrition Australia to their guidelines.

Bruce Early Childhood Centre’s curriculum is based from the Early Years Learning Framework and educators are focused on children’s play, sustainability and embedding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture into the curriculum. We offer a music program once a week which incorporates basic music and dance skill.

Unable to Attend?

If your child is unable care to attend due to illness or other reasons contact Bruce Early Childhood Centre on 02 6251 7796.

Meet the Director


Emma-Jayne Peard

Emma-Jayne is the Director of Bruce Early Childhood Centre. Originally from Sydney, she grew up in Bathurst and moved to Canberra in 2012.

Emma-Jayne has an Associate Diploma in Social Science – Child Studies. Graduating in 1995, she has been working in the Early Education and Care sector ever since.

Emma-Jayne realised she wanted to be an early childhood educator when doing her practical placement for her Associate Diploma in a small community-based centre in Bathurst. She was inspired by the diversity of the centre, which gave her valuable insight into the importance of inclusion and multiculturalism, especially in a child’s early development. She felt that she could make a positive impact by being an early childhood educator.

A primary persuasion for Emma-Jayne in deciding to take on the director’s role was that she “fell in love with Bruce in the first two seconds of walking in”.

“There is a calmness at this Centre,” she says. “Also, Timmy the Turtle! Who doesn’t love Timmy?”

Emma-Jayne believes the biggest drawcard for Bruce Early Childhood Centre is its relationships with the families.

“The design of the Centre is very good in terms of building relationships with the children, but also, all of our educators not only build relationships with the children but also with all of the families that come into Bruce,” she says.

“Everyone knows each other by name here – It’s a small and very special place.”

Emma-Jayne’s early education and care philosophy is rooted in the rights and agency of the child.

“I believe in being a safe and trustworthy person so that the child trusts you enough to come to you, not the other way around. It is also important to adjust your approach to fit the needs of the child, and give children the opportunity to do things for themselves. I also believe an early education and care centre should be a place where a child can build their social competence.”

Book a tour with Bruce Early Childhood Centre by calling 02 6251 7796


  • Time

    Bruce Early Childhood Centre Hours: 7.45am to 6.00pm

  • LocationBruce Early Childhood Centre
    1 Bassett Street, Bruce, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Building Y
  • How to register

  • For more informationPhone: 02 6251 7796

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