Overview

Our Giraffes Room is the home of our Queensland Government approved Kindergarten program.

We offer a wide variety of activities in line with the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. The specific educational programs are designed based on our Educators’ observations of the interests, needs and developmental stages of the children. We use music and movement, small and large group activities as well as one-on-one activities all of which are designed to strengthen and further develop the children’s gross and fine motor skills, social skills and emotional management skills.

We create opportunities for the children in the Giraffes Room to take part in more structured learning activities and participate in small and large group activities during which the children are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and interests with the group. We also continuously challenge the children to develop new interestes and skills. This puts them in good stead for the transition into Prep.

Children in the Giraffes Room are encouraged to make their own choices and be independent. This includes encouraging children to get their own drinks and feed themselves, taking care of their own belongings, self-selecting their own art supplies from the art and collage trolley, write their own name on their artwork, as well as dressing and toileting themselves.

The children in the Giraffes Room have access to a large yard that provides them with a wide range of outdoor play activities and options. Children’s gross motor skills are encouraged and fostered as are shared learning experiences with children from other rooms.

Key Points

  • For children from 4 to 5 years of age

  • Five meals provided each day

  • Sheets for rest time are provided each day

  • Free incursions include multi-sports, music, dance and language programs

  • Care is provided from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Room Goals

The Educators in the Giraffes Room aims to create an environment into which children are comfortable to bring their culture and home life. In addition to creating a safe and secure environment for the children, the programs in the room are focused on extending the children’s interests, skills and abilities.

 

Room Programs

Our programs are focussed on getting the children ready for Prep and are aligned to the five outcomes of the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidline.

Furthermore, our programs are also aligned to what the children are interested in and, therefore, the children drives the activities we plan.

On a daily basis, Educators in the Giraffes Room will provide parents with information and photos on the activities of the children, particularly on what they have been exploring and learning throughout the day. Educators will further provide parents with specific observations, focused on the developmental progress, of each child.

Parental Involvement

We welcome and encourage parents’ and families’ involvement.

We value each child’s culture and embrace diversity in our ecducational programming.

We love to hear about what your family activities on the weekends and incorporating these interests into our programs.

QKLG Outcomes

The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidlines Outcomes are as follows:

Outcome 1 : Identity

Outcome 2 : Connectedness

Outcome 3 : Wellbeing

Outcome 4 : Active Learning

Outcome 5 : Communication

 

Extra Curricular Activities

Children in the Giraffes Room have access to a wide range of incursions and events, including:

  • Soccer program with Ginger Sports
  • Multi-sports program with Camarada Kids
  • Singing program with The Swaggie Man
  • Music program with Musical Circle
  • Zumba program with Camarada Kids
  • Proprietary developed language program with our multi-lingual Educators

Flexible Daily Routine

7:00 – Centre opens, quiet activities, put sunscreen on children

7:30 – 9:15 – Outdoor / indoor activities (depending on the weather)

9:15 – 9:30 – Group time

9:30 – 9:45 – Morning tea

9:45 – 10:05 – Circle Time (numeracy and literacy)

10:05 – 11:15 – Inside activities

11:20 – 11:45 – Show and tell, music and story time

12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 – Rest time

1:30 – 2:30 – Quiet activities for children that are awake

2:30 – 3:00 – Afternoon tea

3:00 – 5:30 –  Outdoor / indoor activities (depending on the weather)

5:30 – 6:00 – Transition to combined play

5:30 – 6:00 – Quiet indoor / outdoor activities

6:00 – Centre closes

FAQ

How can I book a tour of the centre?

Easy!

The fastest way to is call us direct on 07 3077 8867.

Otherwise you can click here to book a time online,

Do you have any availability?

Our occupancy levels do go up and down, however we generally have space in all our age groups.

We suggest you fill out this form or call us at the centre on 07 3077 8867 asap to learn more!

What ages can attend?

We are licensed to provide care for children from 6 weeks of age, up to school age.

Do you have something I can download?

Yes! Please click here to read and download our Parent Handbook.

What is the childcare subsidy?

The Child Care Subsidy is provides higher levels of financial support to the families who earn the least, in order to make the process of returning to work less financially difficult. More importantly, this initiative gives your child an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of an early childhood education. Family life is busy – in between juggling work and family life, there’s not a lot of time left to catch up on legislative changes, so we’ve outlined them for you.

The system is income and ‘activity-based’, giving families access to either 36, 72 or 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight, based on the hours of combined work, training or study undertaken.

How much will I get back?

Your CCS is calculated using three components:

  • Your combined family income
  • Your level of ‘activity’
  • Your childcare provider’s hourly rate

The amount of subsidy you receive depends on your circumstances.