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Welcome to KOALA Care!

KOALA Care operates as a licensed childcare business in the state of Maryland. We provide early childhood education services in an intimate home setting. KOALA care also provides a curriculum for all enrolled children. Our qualified teachers provide enriching activities to help your child on the road to kindergarten readiness. We are proudly accredited with Maryland Excels and our entire program is designed to keep your child engaged and happy as they learn and play!

We complete a fire inspection by the city of Gaithersburg and are inspected by the Office of Child Care annually. We believe our program offers a great balance between a private nanny and a large center. We believe that socialization is important, so we happily offer extra-curricular activities and a curriculum similar to large centers. However, we are also are able to provide more one-on-one instruction to make sure your child is meeting developmental milestones. We make sure that your child feels nurtured and has access to individualized care and lessons during the first years of education!

Give us a call today! We’d love to schedule a tour, discuss availability/rates and give you more info about our unique program!

Extra Curricular Classes

We are pleased to offer extra curricular classes throughout the year at no additional cost to parents! Throughout the year, we rotate between classes such as yoga, cooking, water play and class pets. We also take field trips to expand your child’s access to the great community around them. We believe that your child will benefit greatly from our well-rounded program.

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Picture Day

We offer annual picture day! Say goodbye to bad indoor lighting, no editing and no smiles! Our main provider, Irene is a part-time photographer! That makes it easy for your child to feel comfortable and say cheese during their picture day session! Parents can also expect additional high quality images throughout the year documenting outdoor play, seasonal holidays and more!

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Nature in the classroom

We strongly believe that children thrive when given ample access to the wonderful outdoors. We take the children outside nearly everyday unless weather does not permit. This means extra sunscreen and ice water on hotter days and snowsuits and boots in the winter! There is so much to learn by being outdoors and the benefits for children include better cognitive skills, positive thinking, appreciation for nature/conservation and more! We also bring the outdoors inside by offering class pets such as chicks and butterflies. We also bring various farm animals to our school for the kids to interact with.

Infants & Toddlers

0-24 months

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2-5 years

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 I’ve had the pleasure of working with Irene for years in child care. You won’t be disappointed leaving your little ones with her. The amount of love & fun memories will last a lifetime! Irene is beyond creative and hands down the BEST child care provider, you will love it here. 

Kristina M.
Damascus, MD

 Irene has been with our family for roughly three years. She started as our eldest’s teacher, and we quickly picked her up as our family babysitter! She is so caring, kind, and engaging with our two children. We trust her implicitly, and could not be more excited for her to start her new journey! Any parent is truly lucky to have her! 

Liz C.
Derwood, MD

 Being scared to put my daughter in childcare Irene was the first caregiver she had at one years old my daughter is now five and she’s the best ever 

Gwendolyn W

 Irene and the staff have taken incredible care of my daughter. I don’t know what we would do without koala care! The app makes it so easy to follow along with my daughter’s day and the activities planned to engage the kids is truly incredible. I cant say enough good things about koala care! 

Elissa Lopez Inthisane

 We absolutely love Koala Care Daycare. Our son is excited every time when he sees his teachers and little friends. And what’s important to us, he is safe there. We really couldn’t be happier with childcare provided by Irene and her team 💕 

Magdalena M.

Irene Nankhuni

Owner/ Director of Operations

  • 19301 Kildonan Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

We currently have a waiting list for enrollment,  however parents are always welcome to tour and place themselves on the waiting list!

We make it easy to enroll! Once you decide KOALA Care is the right choice for your child, follow these easy steps to embark on our learning adventure!

1. Sign our Enrollment Agreement. We will only accept your agreement if we can guarantee a space for your child.

2. Remit a non-refundable registration fee of $125.00 We will never accept your registration fee only to place your child on a waiting list.       

3. Complete the requisite forms (see below) and bring them to us on your child's first day at KOALA Care!

Health Inventory

Emergency Form

All About My Child (Children under 2)

Medical Administration (If planning on sending medication with child)