CHOOSING A CHILDCARE OR KINDERGARTEN IN CAIRNS

CHOOSING A CHILDCARE CENTRE OR KINDERGARTEN [CAIRNS]

Living in Cairns, we are so lucky to have such a wonderful selection of childcare centres and Kindergarten options available to us. Attending a childcare centre or Kindergarten helps children to develop social, emotional, and learning skills by exploring the world and playing with other kids.


Childcare centres offer care for children for up to 10 hours per day for at least 48 weeks per year, and many can cater for children from birth. Families can choose to have their child attend one day a week for socialisation (or parent sanity) or for up to five days for parents who have returned to part-time or full-time work.

What do kindergartens offer?

In the year that your child will be turning 4 years of age by the 30th June, it is recommended that you enrol your child in a Kindergarten program, which is a mix of intentional play-based teaching and child-initiated learning that helps to prepare them for their transition to Prep the next year. Kindergarten programs are offered through both dedicated Kindergartens and certain childcare centres.

Kindergartens generally offer the Kindergarten program for six hours per day for five days per fortnight (generally two days one week, three days the next) with a set start and finish time. Parents must be available to drop off and pick up their child at these set times. There are some Kindergartens that do also 63offer before and after Kindy Hours Care and Vacation Care.

What do childcare centres offer?

Childcare centres that have the Kindergarten program offer this during their daycare day. This means that your child is able to be in care for the long hours that the centre is open and still receive this important education. If you are wanting your child to undertake the Kindergarten program ensure when you are enrolling your toddler in a childcare centre that you choose a centre that offers the Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program (all of the Kindergartens featured in this guide do) to avoid having to move them.

Knowing that you are leaving your child at a centre that you trust and are comfortable with will provide you with great peace of mind at what can often be an emotional time for not only your child but also you. Many childcare centres and Kindergartens invite parents to take a tour of their centre to see the facilities and the level of care that they offer.

Whether you are looking for a great childcare centre or your child is approaching the age to commence Kindergarten, this guide will help you find the centre that is perfect for you (Please bear in mind that many centres encourage early enrolment as spots do fill quickly and many have long waiting lists, so checking these centres and Kindergartens out now for future use is also a great idea).


CHILDCARE ONLY

FAMILY DAY CARE CAIRNS

Family Day Care Cairns have 20 locations, servicing Cairns City, Beaches, Northern and Southern Suburbs, the Tablelands and now Palm Cove, 6 weeks to school leaving age (after school care option).

Their educators are passionate about providing high-quality childcare and education to the children in their warm, safe home environment. It’s an environment where children feel comfortable while they grow and learn.
www.familydaycarecairns.com.au


MARLIN COAST FAMILY DAY CARE

Servicing Cairns City, Southern and Northern suburbs and Mareeba, 0 to 12 years (after school care option).

Marlin Coast Family Day Care provides high quality, home-based childcare in a safe family environment. They have a total of 34 educators who cover areas throughout the region and provide a flexible service.
www.marlincoastfdc.com.au


SUNSHINE DAY CARE CENTRE

Based in Aeroglen, this centre accepts 0 to 6 years.

At this centre, a range of unique extracurricular activities is offered, including gardening, swimming, yoga, music, soccer, and visits from Barnyard Friends. The focus is on helping children learn through play in a happy and healthy environment.
www.sunshinedaycarecentre.com.au


CHILDCARE AND KINDERGARTEN:

SMITHFIELD CHILDCARE CENTRE

Located at 80 Chevoit Street, Smithfield, this centre caters for 6 weeks to school age children.

Their dedicated, long-term staff connect with you and your child to ensure all needs are met. The centre runs a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program and the Early Years Learning Framework.
www.cairnschildcare.com.au/our-centres/smithfield-child-care


GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING CENTRE

Goodstart have 12 locations in Cairns and the wider area, including eight between Edmonton and Brinsmead, 2 in Innisfail, one at Trinity Beach and one in Mossman. They accept children from 6 weeks to school age.

Goodstart believes every child should have the best possible start in life. With a range of engaging activities promoting natural learning, communication, and confidence, it’ll soon start to feel like a second home to your child.
www.goodstart.org.au


LADY GOWRIE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (WARATAH DRIVE)

Based in Manunda, catering for 6 weeks to 12 years (after school care option).

This centre has been providing a safe, welcoming, and stimulating environment since 1940. Their programs encourage children to play, think critically, be curious, make friends, and solve problems.
www.gowrieqld.com.au/lady_gowrie/cairns


C&K CHILDCARE AND KINDERGARTEN

C&K have 12 locations between Cairns City, Beaches, Northern and Southern suburbs, plus two in the Tablelands and South to Innisfail. Providing care for 6 weeks to 5 years.

C&K offers a strong play-based curriculum in large, natural and sustainable outdoor environments that encourage children to discover, explore and learn through nature.
www.candk.asn.au


LITTLE WORLD

With two centres based in Mount Sheridan and Manunda, this centre accepts children from 2 years to school age.

Little World is remarkably environmentally friendly and features a range of exciting facilities such as an interactive water park, library, natural gardens and playground, fruit and vegetable gardens, and tennis and soccer courts.
www.littleworld.com.au


CHILDS WORLD

Based in Bentley Park, this centre accepts children from birth to school age (plus school aged after school care).

This centre has a Nursery Unit for 0-15 months, Toddler Rooms for 15 months to 2 years, Junior Kindy Rooms for 2-3 years, Pre-Kindy Rooms for 2-5 years and Kindergarten Rooms for 3-5 years.
www.childsworld.com.au


JUNIOR WORLD

Based in Bentley Park, this centre accepts children from birth to school age (plus school aged after school care).

This centre offers fully supervised Learn to Swim lessons, specialist computing classes, educational gardening, environmental activities, and much more.
www.juniorworld.com.au


DREAMTIMES CHILDCARE

This centre is based in Woree and caters for 6 weeks to 5 years.

This centre has regular visits from Miss Tutu, Zoo to You, Barnyard Friends, Ditto and Healthy Harold from the Life Education Van. These have children interacting with animals as well as learning how to live a healthy life from a young age.
www.dreamtimeschildcare.com.au


MOUNT PETER EARLY LEARNING

Located in Mount Peter, catering for 0 to 4 years.

This brand-new early learning centre offers unique classes including their Bush Kinder and Gratitude Program. Time is spent in nature, teaching kids to build strong connections to the natural world, inspiring curious minds and teaching them to be grateful.
www.mountpeterelc.com.au


CHILDCARE AND COMMUNITY KINDERGARTEN REDLYNCH

Located on Redlynch Intake Road this centre caters for 6 weeks to 4.5 years.

This centre has two Kindergarten programs running; Kindy 1 (flexible) and Kindy 2 (sessional). Kindergarten 1 runs Monday to Friday, Kindergarten 2 Group 1 runs Monday, Tuesday and alternative Wednesday and Group 2 runs Thursday, Friday and alternative Wednesday. Before care runs from 7.00am to 8.30am, after care from 3.00pm to 6.00pm and vacation care from 7.00am to 6.00pm.
www.ccelc.catholic.org.au


KINDERGARTEN ONLY:

C&K EDMONTON COMMUNITY KINDERGARTEN

Based in Edmonton, this centre accepts children aged 3.5 to 4.5 years.

Prepare your child for school by transitioning to a Kindy which more closely resembles school in that it provides familiar routines, fully qualified and registered teachers, flexible and structured learning times, the same teacher and children each day and school hours. To give your child the best start to their education, enrol with Edmonton Community Kindergarten today.
www.candk.asn.au/edmonton


BOOPA-WEREM KINDERGARTEN

Based in Bungalow, this centre accepts children aged 3.5 to 4.5 years.

Boopa-Werem Kindergarten is committed to providing quality early childhood education that meets the developmental needs of all children, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and the needs of their families.
www.candk.asn.au/boopawerem


PEACE LUTHERAN KINDERGARTEN

Located at Peace Lutheran College in Kamerunga, for children aged 3.5 to 4.5 years.

This Kindy builds upon children’s interests and explorations to develop a curious love of learning. The kids love to play in the shaded natural setting of the grounds and make regular visits to the adjacent college’s library which assists with their seamless transition into Prep.
www.plc.qld.edu.au


FRESHWATER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE KINDERGARTEN

Located on the grounds of Freshwater Christian College, for children aged 3.5 to 4.5 years.

Learning at this centre is through play, from exploring the gardens to building tall buildings out of recycled materials. The kids love joining in with the ‘big kids’ for college events such as sports carnivals and fairs.
www.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au


TRINITY ANGLICAN SCHOOL EARLY LEARNING CENTRE

Based at the Trinity Anglican School campuses at Kewarra Beach and Whiterock, for children aged 3.5 to 4.5 years.

Children enjoy a range of play-based activities in a caring and nurturing family environment while they reach their own unique potential. The Kindy participates in activities along with the junior school assisting with their transition into school life.
www.tas.qld.edu.au/our-school/early-learning-centre


CAIRNS HINTERLAND STEINER SCHOOL EARLY CHILDHOOD

Kuranda, 3.5 to 4.5 years.

Their Kindy environment is more like a home than a classroom, and children love the range of activities including crafts, art, gardening, singing songs,
clay work, sewing, and even baking bread for their morning tea.
www.chss.qld.edu.au


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