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Toowoomba Gardens Childcare2021-11-25T10:17:12+10:00

Meet Mel, our Centre Manager

I love working with children and families in creating a safe and secure environment, relationship, and partnership. I believe that each child is unique and their health and wellbeing always comes first and foremost. I have a passion for supporting families in every way that I can, with a flexible approach that’s tailored to each child and family. I understand that choosing a childcare service is an important process and is an important decision to make. I feel privileged in helping families make this choice an easy one. I encourage you to read what our families have to say about us.

Our Approach
Mel Toowoomba Gardens

What sets us apart …

At Toowoomba Gardens we pride ourselves on providing all children with a safe and secure environment, setting the crucial foundations for these fundamental years of development. We take a collaborative approach to each child’s learning processes and adapt our teaching techniques to support their individual needs.

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

6 weeks to 2 years

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

2 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

4 Years to school age

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.

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* $95.50
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 & 3:30 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).
Toowoomba Gardens In House Chef

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

Any advice on separation and saying goodbye?2021-08-10T10:40:21+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.

What do I need to bring?2021-10-13T12:09:27+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. Depending on your child’s hours, you may wish to also include a late snack. Please ensure that all items are clearly named. You can read more about your child’s first day by following the link.

What’s included in the daily fee?2021-08-10T10:52:35+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).
What are your staff qualifications and requirements?2021-08-10T10:40:39+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.

I’d like to know more about your sustainability practices2021-08-10T10:38:46+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.

Do you offer excursions?2021-08-10T10:39:27+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.

What extracurricular activities do you offer?2021-10-13T12:10:54+10:00
Extracurricular activities are all inclusive with our daily program and is refreshed regularly. Examples of activities include Kindygym / Gymnastics, Making Rainbows (range of musical/dance activities), Pilates, Cosmic Yoga and various other activities and crafts.
What is CCS and how do I apply?2021-08-10T10:38:00+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).

How do we communicate?2021-10-13T12:16:06+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.

What are the opening hours?2021-08-10T10:53:12+10:00

We are  open Monday to Friday from 6:15 am – 6:15 pm. We are closed on public holidays (for which we do not charge fees!)

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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