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Highfields Gardens Childcare2021-10-18T11:03:14+10:00

Meet Tracey our Centre Manager

There is nothing I love more than to watch children become the curious, brilliant human beings they are destined to be. At Highfields Gardens we believe all children should have access to positive, natural environments and create beneficial and meaningful relationships with our educators. We are particularly proud of our Bush Kindy and Greener Minds programs designed to build resiliance and encourage creative thinking. In addition to our teaching approach we’re particularly proud of the daily feedback we receive from our parents.

Our Approach

What sets us apart

We believe in letting children explore, engage and experience diverse, natural environments. From learning to build a house out of sticks, to the gross motor skills that come from balancing on a log and of course, learning to appreciate sustainability in everyday play. Find out more about our Bush Kindy, Greener Minds and Kindergarten Program below.

We believe in letting children explore, engage and experience diverse, natural environments. . Find out more about our Bush Kindy, Greener Minds and Kindergarten Program below.

Bush Kindy

Using your imagination develops creative thinking and problem solving skills.

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Greener Minds

Sustainability isn’t just a theme. It’s a practice that puts children and their future first.

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Kindergarten Program

Our Kindergarten Program fosters a love for life-long learning and is strongly based on a play-based, co-operative learning approach.

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Get to know our classrooms

Discover a learning approach and environment that will enrich your child’s development, encourage individuality and ignite their imagination.

6 Weeks to 2 Years

Nursery and Toddlers

nursery and toddlers

In our infant and toddler classrooms we encompass a family like environment for our youngest children. Our infant and toddler holistic wellbeing is of upmost importance. We provide a respectful environment that is rich in learning possibilities and provides a safe space for our children to unfold naturally in their own space and time. Our mission is to grow competent and confident learners that are secure in their sense of belonging and socialising with others.

2 to 4 years

Junior and Senior Kindy

JUNIOR (2 - 3 YEARS) AND SENIOR KINDY (3 TO 4 YEARS)

In our junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten classrooms we provide a safe learning environment for all our children. Each individual child is unique in their own way and we understand that all children learn differently. We believe our environment acts as the third teacher and we set up inviting provocations that provoke thought and wonder for our children to extend their current interests on a deeper level.

4 years to School Age

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten room is managed by university-trained Early Childhood Teachers, specializing in the Early Years. The program is delivered in alignment with the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines and Early Years Framework. We provide experiences which allow children opportunities to develop a range of skills, knowledge and dispositions for learning that we believe will set them up for life long learning.

5 to 12 Years

Outside of School Hours Care

Outside of School Hours Care

We offer a diverse range of activities for afternoon and vacation care such as:

  • Guided sports, outdoor and playground play
  • Group games
  • Quiet reading corners and homework clubs
  • Dress up and imaginative play
  • Arts and crafts

Fees and Inclusions

Long day care Fee
Short day care* $94.50
Full day $118.50
School care Fee
Before school care $31.50
After school care $42.50
Vacation care $106.50

* Between 7:30 am & 3:00 pm ** Terms and conditions apply

  • Daily rates are fully inclusive (before Childcare Subsidies are applied)
  • 10% discount for 5 day permanent bookings

  • 25% discount for holidays**

  • You can swap days for sick days (when available)

What’s included

  • Passionate educators to nurture your child’s learning and development
  • Government certified Kindergarten program led by a bachelor qualified teacher.
  • Additional curriculum activities per week.
  • All excursions and incursions.
  • Bush Kindy program.
  • Nappies, wipes and sunscreen.
  • Healthy nutritious meals freshly prepared by our in-house chef (breakfast, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea).

Here are some ways we help children thrive

Families and Culture
Families and Culture
Celebrating the individual characteristics of each child by partnering with parents to understand personality, culture and values.
Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing
Prioritising each child’s psychological & self-fulfilment needs from nutrition to social skills, relationships & self-esteem.
Connection to Nature
Connection to Nature
Our programs incorporate environmental and sustainability education and action, to ensure we always lead by example.
Community Wellbeing
Community Wellbeing
Through excursions and programs we build a sense of belonging and identity beyond the centre and home environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer excursions?2021-07-02T02:01:49+10:00

As part of our commitment to learning, we conduct excursions out of the centre to follow on children’s interests. Prior to any excursion taking place, parents will be advised in writing with all the required information about the planned excursion.

How we celebrate culture2021-10-08T16:14:37+10:00

At Highfield Gardens Early Centre we have an active Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This plan is always evolving to incorporate the Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander cultures throughout the centre. We have a cultural advice team who work closely with the local Indigenous community members, who visit our centre regularly to support culture within the centre whilst introducing the children and staff to the traditional Indigenous methods.

What do I need to bring?2021-10-13T12:08:21+10:00

To remove as many hassles as possible for busy parents, the centre provides nappies, wipes, and all meals. We ask that you simply bring along a back pack with; 2 x changes of clothes (more if toilet training), a fitted cot sheet (unless you are in nursery, we will provide this based on the Red nose safe sleeps recommendations), a wide brimmed hat (provided upon enrolment), and a water bottle. Please ensure that all items are clearly named. You can read more about your child’s first day by following the link.

What are the opening hours?2021-07-02T01:59:30+10:00

We are  open Monday to Friday from 6:30am – 6:30 pm. We are closed on public holidays (for which we do not charge fees!)

What school’s do you service?2021-08-09T07:51:57+10:00

We understand that school pick-ups and drop-offs can be tough for working families. We provide supervised care for children from 6:30 am. Children are then taken to school between 8 am and 8:30 am.

School picks us are between Children 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm when they are returned to the centre for supervised care and recreation. Highfields Gardens currently service:

  • Highfields’s State School
  • Toowoomba Christian College (TCC)
  • Mary MacKillop Catholic College
  • Meringandan State School
What’s included in the daily fee?2021-07-02T01:55:26+10:00
  • Passionate educators to nurture your child’s learning and development
  • Government certified Kindergarten program led by a bachelor qualified teacher.
  • Additional curriculum activities per week.
  • All excursions and incursions.
  • Bush Kindy program.
  • Nappies, wipes and sunscreen.
  • Healthy nutritious meals freshly prepared by our in-house chef (breakfast, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea).
How do we communicate?2021-10-13T12:16:28+10:00

As you are your child’s first teacher, you know best so when it comes to saying goodbye, rest time routines, settling techniques etc, we want to be made aware of what works for you and your family at home. Our teachers and educators will ask you for your advice and input and will also in return provide you with this information. We provide an open-door policy and believe that communication is the key to any great relationship so please do not hesitate to ask any questions or provide feedback. Communications are in person or via Storypark. Storypark creates a space where parents and carers can communicate and collaborate on a daily basis. The Storypark app is available in both the Android and iOS stores for download.

Any advice on separation and saying goodbye?2021-07-02T02:03:47+10:00

It is important that you ensure you say goodbye to your child when you leave and make sure that the teacher or educator in charge knows that you are leaving. We understand goodbyes can be hard for all involved however to continue building a safe and trusting relationship we strongly acknowledge that you say goodbye and not ‘slip away’ Our educators and teachers will acknowledge any feelings and emotions that you and your child may be having and support you throughout the entire process. You can read more on separation anxiety by following the link.

I’d like to know more about your sustainability practices2021-07-02T02:01:15+10:00

We are proud to be one of the few Carbon Neutral Early Learning groups in QLD (learn more here). We believe that our children will benefit most from improved sustainability practices so we are always ensuring that we provide children with support and ways in which they can learn to care and show respect for the environment. We teach children how to care for our environment by helping to recycle all cardboard, paper and plastic containers. Our centre also encourages children to develop a bond with the natural environment through gardening, sorting, observing, creating and participating in a program that utilize natural mediums.

What is CCS and how do I apply?2021-07-02T02:00:11+10:00

 

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a government subsidy that offers different levels of financial assistance to help cover the cost of childcare for Australian families. How much you receive depends on your individual circumstances. To estimate how much you could be entitled to please visit;

https://www.childcaresubsidycalculator.com.au/

Prior to enrolment, please make sure you are the registering parent under Centrelink for your child. Follow the link to learn more about childcare subsidies (CCS).

What are your staff qualifications and requirements?2021-08-09T08:09:10+10:00

We have an amazing team of early childhood professionals who are either studying or hold a Bachelor, Diploma, or Certificate III in child-related studies. They also have current first aid qualifications and regularly participate in professional development opportunities to further enhance their skills and provide the best opportunities and experiences for the children in our care. In addition, our staff have annual child protection, food safety and fire safety training. All members of staff hold current blue cards.

What extracurricular activities do you offer?2021-10-07T16:21:38+10:00
Extracurricular activities are all-inclusive with our daily program is refreshed regularly. Examples of activities include Ginger Sports, Making Rainbows (range of musical/dance activities), Kids Heart Pilates, the Maggie Moo Music Program, and various other activities and crafts. Japanese lessons are provided to kindergarten children.

We’d love to hear from you. To explore our centre, meet our our Educators and learn about our curriculum please get in touch!

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