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Your Guide to Childcare and Kindy in Mackay

Kidzplay and Learning Centre

This centre provides your child with a secure and safe “home away from home,” where they can play, learn, connect and grow. Qualified staff are caring from sunrise to sundown (6.30am to 6.00pm) and will help your children explore the wonders of this awesome world. The play-based programs are sure to challenge and excite young minds.

The centre provides nutritious meals within the innovative and fun facilities. Babies and toddlers are welcome from six weeks old to three years!

A 29 Huron Crescent, Andergrove

P 4918 8588

E info@kidzplay.com.au

A 80 Field St, West Mackay

P 4863 4711

E info@kidzplaywest.com.au


Adeona Mackay

Adeona is a unique service that combines the natural world and exploration, encouraging responsibility, open investigation and respect.

The centre offers all the essentials your child will need for the day, including delicious and nutritious morning teas, lunches, and afternoon teas, as well as hats and sunscreen for outside play. There is also a Japanese teacher engaging children in bilingual experiences.

Hours 7.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

A 63 Celeber Dr, Andergrove

P 4942 5563


Goodstart Early Learning Centre

Goodstart lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning through exciting early learning experiences. They focus on the importance of early language and communication, and encourage children to take risks in a safe environment to build confidence and self-belief. Goodstart will help your child to make friends wherever they go — a great skill for life. Goodstart knows how important it is to build secure relationships, which is why your child has a Key Educator, someone who is their primary person and attuned to their individual needs.

Goodstart will help your child develop coordination, creative expression, communication skills and social awareness through dance, creative play and intentional and inspiring learning experiences

A various locations

P 1800 222 543

E enrolments@goodstart.org.au


Kookaburra Child Care Centre

Kookaburra Child Care Centre prepare yummy meals daily, there are large spacious playing areas both indoors and outdoors and a minimum of three educators in each room. They build respectful, secure relationships with the children and each child is viewed as a capable and successful learner. Children are allowed to take the time to get to know themselves, face challenges and enjoy all the simple pleasure of everyday life. Play and real-life experience is valued as the most effective context for learning at a young age.

A 256 Bedford Rd, Andergrove

P 4955 2398

E admin@kookaburrachildcare.com.au


Snugglepot Kindyland Education and Care Centre

Located conveniently close to Mackay’s city centre, Snugglepot Kindyland provides an environment that recognises your child’s individuality. Featuring a grass play area, a wide range of natural toys with sunscreen and hats are provided. Programs are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, focusing on children’s development. Give your child a great start to life in their nurturing, safe and secure learning environment. All children are precious. Because of this, extra services are provided such as inclusion support for those with additional needs, and there is a focus on developing relationships between both other children and staff.

A 51-53 Grendon St, North Mackay

P 4957 4466

E info@snugglepotkindy.com.au


Mackay Family Day Care

Safe, positive and inspiring services taking place in a home-based learning environment conducted by passionate, dedicated educators. The small care groups allow the educators to foster a strong bond with your child and guide them through early learning and social development. Flexible hours are offered to suit your family, from standard hours to after and before school care as well as school holiday care.

A (Office) Cnr Shakespeare and Rae St, East Mackay

P 4965 9999

E admin@mcdc.com.au


Wonder Kids Early Learning

Wonder Kids believe children develop best when their days are filled with play, learning and fun, and this is reflected in their service featuring a waterpark, sandpit and obstacle courses. Children from age 6 weeks to school age are accommodated and the comprehensive programs are delivered enthusiastically by the team of highly qualified educators. They strive to help your child develop a variety of skills and grow.

A 1 Youngs Lane, Walkerston

P 4959 3500

E director1@wonderkids.com.au


C & K Childcare and Kindergarten

C & K has educated and cared for over one million children since being established in 1907. They offer a strong play-based curriculum in large, natural and sustainable outdoor environments that encourage children to discover, explore and learn through nature. Programs include nature play, risk play, STEM, literacy and language and much more. Empowerment, respect, inclusion and fairness are all promoted and every child is provided with the foundations to be a life long learner.

A Various locations

P 1800 177 092


St Catherine’s Kindergarten

A caring learning environment is provided at St Catherine’s Kindergarten, where children are given ownership of their learning and are nurtured to ensure they have the best possible start to their learning. The focus is placed on helping children build social skills, resilience, friendships and good communication. Teachers, assistants, counsellors, literacy and numeracy advisors and speech pathologists all work together to support each child.

A 96 Renwick Rd, Proserpine

P 4726 3299


Pioneer Community Kindergarten

Both indoor and outdoor activities take place at Pioneer, presenting many opportunities for physical, social and emotional development. The outside play area has an abundance of toys and equipment to be enjoyed and there is a lending library, yearly excursions and annual events including visits from performers. The facilities and program are to the highest standards and enhance your child’s kindergarten journey.

A 10 High St, North Mackay

P 4942 3340

E admin@pioneerkindy.org.au


Green Leaves Early Learning

This is brand new facility providing innovative and flexible learning. Children have their voices heard and are encouraged to explore their own interests and ideas through play-based learning, challenges and meaningful experiences. There is a bike track, timber play fort and a performance stage. Family and community are central to Green Leaves Early Learning and are provided with a lounge to relax in. Here they can connect with each other over coffee and treats. A fully qualified chef makes nutritious snacks and meals for the children each day.

A 2-4 Discovery Lane, Mt Pleasant

P 4862 3584


Community Kids, Glenella Early Education Centre

Children’s individual religious, nutritional and cultural needs are catered for here and the centre is designed to meet the unique needs of every child. The outdoor environment includes native plants, vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees, and well-loved pets which include chickens, a bird and a guinea pig! Children can get actively involved in feeding and caring for them. A friendly cook prepares nutritious meals, plus there are also fun excursions.

A 21 – 23 Schapers Rd, Glenella

P 4942 9486

E glenella@communitykids.com.au


Mackay Cubbie House

This locally owned centre ensures high quality care that is developmentally appropriate as well as providing meals. It is open from 6.15am to 6.15pm for parents who may start and/or finish later, and families are always welcome within the centre. Educators are dedicated, trained, experienced and qualified to help your child develop and grow.

A 16 Beaconsfield Rd, Beaconsfield

P 4942 7700

E mackaycubbiehouse@bigpond.com



Your Townsville Childcare and Kindy Guide 2020

Parents want to send their child to the best childcare centre or kindergarten that they can, of course. So, we have put together a list of great centres in Townsville for you to take a look at and possibly look further into if they take your interest – just to make your life a little bit easier! We know first-hand how busy it can make you and it’s not easy trying to figure out a plan sometimes when you don’t feel like you even half of the information available. 

C&K Kirwan Community Kindergarten

This is a beautiful sessional Kindergarten offering 22 places per day to children who turn four before the 30th June. The Kindy Program runs from 8.30am to 2.37pm, 5 days a fortnight and the amazing purpose-built kindy is on Kirwan State School grounds.

Furthermore, discounted fees are available for Aboriginal, Torres Strait, Health Care Card and Veteran White card holders. And of course, university trained teachers and fully qualified educators run the kindy – believing the environment is the third teacher.Plus they pride themselves on building wonderful connections.

A 21 Burnda Street, Kirwan

P 4723 4853

E kirwan@candk.asn.au


Goodstart Early Learning Centre

Goodstart is all about laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning through exciting early learning experiences. They do this by focusing on the importance of early language and communication. Additionally, they encourage children to take risks in a safe environment to build confidence and self-belief.  In general, children are social beings, we all are! Moreover the kindy is here to help your child to make friends wherever they go — a great skill for life.

Most importantly, play is how children learn, figure things out, explore, make mistakes and try again. It’s how they make sense of their world and the world around them. It’s the teaching ground for negotiation, resilience and friendship. Goodstart helps your child develop coordination, creative expression, communication skills and social awareness through dance, creative play, intentional and inspiring learning experiences

Furthermore Goodstart knows how important building secure relationships is, which is why the children have a Key Educator, someone who is their primary person and attuned to their individual needs.

A various locations in Townsville and more

P 1800 222 543

E enrolments@goodstart.org.au


The Cathedral School Early Learning Centre

The Cathedral School’s Early Learning Centre fosters and supports the personal development of each child. Overall the centre provides a safe, inclusive, Christian environment for the children, which is ideal for growing, exploring and expanding young minds. Additionally, the daily program includes outdoor and indoor play, individual and group experiences, rest time, and both teacher-directed and child-initiated experiences for a well-rounded, fulfilling day of learning and wonder.

Uniquely, the Kindergarten program offers three enrolment options with its own OSHC and vacation care program catering specifically for the Kindergarten children. The Early Learning Centre has close connections with, and interactions within The Cathedral School. As a result, this fosters a strong sense of community and continuity throughout a child’s schooling at The Cathedral School from babies through to Year 12.

Open hours are  7.00am to 6.00pm.

A 154 Ross River Rd, Mundingburra          

P 4722 2000

E elc@cathedral.qld.edu.au                                           


C&K Western Suburbs Kindergarten

With one of the largest outdoor natural play spaces in Townsville, Western Suburbs Kindergarten is a well-recognised and respected Kindergarten that has a tradition of providing high quality education since 1966. Under shade from established trees, Western Suburbs Kindergarten is quiet, safe and convenient- yet right in the heart of Townsville.

Western Suburbs Kindergarten provides the best possible start for your child from 8.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Become a part of the Kindergarten community in 2020 and share in something special.

A 130 Wellington St, Aitkenvale

P 4779 3434

E affiliatewesternsuburbs@candk.asn.au


Townsville Grammar Pre-Prep

The Pre-Prep program is the first possible entry point to accessing a Grammar education, and the beginning of a great love for discovery and learning. This program is delivered at the Early Education Centres at Townsville Grammar School’s Annandale and North Shore Campuses. Overall it provides a wonderful foundation year for children to transition into Prep.

The Director of Early Education leads the program and it is also delivered by a team of university-qualified teachers and diploma-level educators who are passionate about educating children in this age group. The North Shore Campus is open from 6.30am-6.00pm and the Annandale Campus is open from 7.00am-6.00pm. 

A Annandale Campus

P 4412 4800

A North Shore Campus

P 4412 6600


Catholic Kindergartens, Diocese of Townsville

The Catholic Kindergartens are caring learning environments where the potential of each child is met through discovery and real-life engagements. The centre also gives children ownership of their learning, being nurtured to make sure they have the best start to their learning journey and eventual transition to school. Additionally the centre places strong focus on building friendships, resilience, good communication and social skills.

Teachers, assistants, counsellors, literacy and numeracy advisors as well as speech pathologists all work together to meet the learning needs of each child.

A Kirwan, Charter Towers, Deeragun, Shaw, Proserpine, Burdell, Mount Isa, North Ward, Palm Island

P 4726 3299 Townsville Diocesan Office

E childcare@mmcnq.catholic.edu.au


St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres

All families are welcome to apply for enrolment at the centres, where the team delivers the education program in a Catholic environment that values the spirituality of each child. Children also receive a quality, professional education program in a loving, safe environment so that they can grow at their own pace.

Most importantly, the kindergartens have a strong philosophy of working in partnership with parents, families and carers, and they believe that all children are unique and develop at their own level.

A Various locations


My Little Feet Childcare

My Little Feet offers a range of exciting features including an outdoor playground, iPad technology, and regular excursions. Children enjoy learning through playing with other kids, gardening, crafting, and many more fun activities. On top of this, committed educators provide an environment where they challenge children and encourage them to grow.

A 93 Bayswater Rd, Pimlico

P 4721 6833

E pimlico@mylittlefeet.com.au

A 2-4 Leopold St, Aitkenvale

P 4725 5322

E aitkenvale@mylittlefeet.com.au


Riverview Play Centre

Riverview is a place where families, childcare, and education go hand in hand. The centre gives children aged 0 – 5 years the opportunity to explore the world around them and learn important life skills along the way. Both half day sessions, afternoon sessions and full day sessions are available.

A 225 Bamford Lane, Kirwan

P 4773 5474

E riverviewplaycentre@bigpond.com


Little Zebra Childcare and Kindergarten

The rooms of Little Zebra capture a child’s wonder and curiosity and encourages them to discover and learn through playing and exploring. The kitchens also prepare nutritious meals that are then offered to families, along with extracurricular activities, free barista coffee and a breakfast for all parents.

The open hours for all centres are from 6.30am to 6.30pm. 

A Various locations


Milestones Early Learning, The Lakes

This centre is homely and cosy, to help your child to feel comfortable in their new environment. The centre utilises play-based learning to develop children’s skills. Overall, baby day care, toddler child care, preschool and vacation care are all available. Best of all, lifelong Learning Program educators are committed to instilling a love for learning that leads to resilience and growth.

Centre is open from 6.00am – 6.00pm weekdays.

A 5-7 Martinez Avenue, West End

P 4728 6799

E thelakes@milestones.com.au


Thuringowa World of Learning

The focus here is on educating future generations and preparing them for school and beyond with a warm, welcoming, and age-appropriate environment, ensuring children can learn and play in a fun, caring setting. Programs are delivered by fully qualified teachers and there is a focus on social-emotional development.

Children aged 6 weeks to 6 years are welcome between 6.00am – 6.00pm weekdays.

A 412 – 414 Charles St, Kirwan

P 1800 413 995

E thuringowa@worldoflearning.com.au



Miniversity has a program based on the fact that children learn best by ‘doing’ and exploring their world by using all their senses. As a result, play is encouraged where they learn to ask questions and work out their own answers. Plus children are encouraged to realise their personal best and get a sense of belonging in society.

There are four separate rooms which each have a combination of Educators. Children are separated into groups of infants, toddlers, kindy and pre-school, and the centre is open from 7.00am – 6.00pm weekdays.

A 36 Ross River Rd, Mundingburra

P 4728 9299

E info@miniversity.com.au


Annandale Christian College Kindergarten

This Kindy is located adjacent to Annandale Christian College and is considered an integral part of the college. The program is flexible to support the needs and interests of the children, and this facilitates a smooth transition into Prep. Furthermore, the program runs for five days per fortnite and is planned through child interests and teaching goals. Most importantly, children experiment, develop social skills, develop imagination and creativity, and much more.

A 104-156 Yolanda Dr, Annandale

P 4725 2082

E enquiries@acc.qld.edu.au


Community Kids Heatley 

There is so much to discover in the spacious indoor and outdoor areas at this kindergarten including playgrounds and sandpits. Because of this, children will love to explore and play, inspiring their young minds. Families lives are made easier as breakfast and snacks, nappies, sunscreen, wipes, and fun extracurricular activities are all provided, not to mention there is a fantastic dance, music and sports program for the children to learn in a variety of ways.

A 121 Charles St, Heatley 

P 4725 5992

E heatley@communitykids.com.au


Amazing Grace Early Learning Centre

Amazing Grace is a family owned centre providing high quality care and education for children aged 0 to 6 years. This centre assesses each child’s individual strengths and interests to enhance their learning through the daily routines and “Holistic Excellence” program. Additionally, they provide flexible routines so that each child can transition into care easily. Plus, included in the daily fee are all meals, nappies and sunscreen!

A 39 Ninth Ave, Railway Estate

P 4420 3074

E info@amazinggraceelc.com.au


Kids In The Village

Children are shown respect to their backgrounds, beliefs and their needs at Kids In The Village. The centre sees each child as a unique person in this nurturing, familiar environment that fosters their development. In addition, they encourage the development of social skills and skills required for schooling. The kindy bases their program on the children’s abilities and interests.

A 7 Holyoak Ave, The Village, Oonoonba

P 4729 1140

E admin@kidsinthevillage.com.au


Kensington Kindy and Child Care Centre

Kensington Kindergarten and Child Care Centre prides themselves on their interesting programs, high quality care, supporting relationships and creating a home away from home. The centre and kindy provide children aged 12 months to 5 years with a caring, relaxed space to learn and develop to their full potential. On top of this, both the kindy and childcare centre respect and value the ideas and input of parents. Of course, the educators have experience, dedication, talent and qualifications.

A 33 Latchford St, Pimlico

P 4775 4112

E kensingtonkindy8@bigpond.com


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Dropping off your child on the first day of kindergarten can be upsetting for both parent and child. It’s a big change for both of you, so here are some tips for preparing for kindergarten to help you both manage the transition. 

Prepare – Have lots of discussions with your child in the lead up to the first day. Do some role playing and practice the drop off time with your child to help prepare them.

Plan a visit – Visiting the kindergarten and meeting the teacher will help your child become familiar with the new surroundings prior to starting.

Model to them – Show your child how you make friends, talk to the teachers and other parents when you first arrive, help them unpack their bag and take them to the play area to get settled in.

Leave a comfort item – If the educator allows it, give your child a comfort item to have during times of anxiety, such as their favourite teddy.

Don’t linger – Easier said than done! Don’t say to your child how much you will miss them and don’t show them any emotion besides confidence, happiness and positivity. It’s best to establish a quick and efficient drop-off routine early on.

They may cry – Even with the best preparation, your child may be upset. It’s a good idea to ask the teacher how long they cry for after you leave, as it will make you feel better to know that it probably isn’t for very long. Most kids do it to test boundaries and to see if they can get you to change your mind.




Dropping off your child to kindy or childcare can be hectic, you can be feeling rushed, they can be upset which can all lead to you feeling sad or anxious making the whole drop-off experience quite stressful.

The good news is some simple steps can be introduced to your morning routine to help make morning drop-offs more and calmer for you and your child.


Jane Harpley is C&K’s Children Services Regional Manager for North Queensland, she has been teaching and supporting teachers for many years. Here are her 5 tips to make drop-off time as smooth as possible.

1. Establish an arrival ritual

Rituals are most likely already quite common in your home. At night you might read a book together before bed, in the morning you might eat breakfast before getting dressed. Rituals provide an opportunity for a child to feel secure in knowing what to anticipate and can learn what to expect.

Establishing an arrival ritual can allow your child to feel secure and calm as they are aware of what the next step is as they transition from being in your care to that of their educators.

Arrival rituals can be different for each family, and that is ok. What is important is to be consistent and to involve your child in the ritual. It could include, greeting your child’s educator, putting their bag/lunch/water bottle away, then walking them to an area of the playground or to activity that they particularly enjoy. Morning rituals centre around ensuring children feel welcome while creating a sense of belonging.

2. Bring something familiar

Many children have a toy or blanket that can bring them some comfort.

These items are often referred to as ‘security’ objects and can be a great tool when transitioning children from home or to childcare or kindergarten.

If your child has a favourite toy or blanket, bring it to kindy or childcare with them. It can act like a little piece of home and can help reduce their anxiety or stress.

3. Talk it through

Talking about the morning and drop off will greatly benefit your child. You can say, “we’re on our way to kindy this morning. I know your teachers have a great day planned for you. You’ll play with all your friends, eat, play with toys and then I’ll pick you up.“

Don’t sneak out the door, instead, let your child know when you are leaving and say goodbye. If your child starts to cry or becomes upset from the separation, don’t brush over his or her feelings. Instead, let them know it’s ok to miss you. When we support our children’s feelings of loss or pain, we are helping them understand their emotions, reinforces your bond and help them develop resilience.


4. Play together

C&K childcares and kindies always encourage parents to take as much time as needed when separating from their child.

In the morning spend time playing, do a puzzle together, look at some of the toys or features of the room together and talk to your child’s educator. This will help them become familiar and comfortable within their environment.

C&K understands that drops off can be stressful and aim to help parents feel relaxed, unhurried and settled during the arrival period.


5. Talk to your educator

Every child is different, and their worries and anxieties are very real and distressing for them. C&K educators are here to help you and your child. Discuss any concerns you have and let your educator know the routines you currently have in place. They’ll be able to give you some strategies and will partner with you to make the transition from home to their kindy or childcare as smooth as possible.

Find a C&K near you today!

C&K is a not-for-profit organisation that has been offering rich and varied learning experiences for Queensland children since 1907. At C&K, children are encouraged to be involved in play that promotes a lifelong love of learning. We nurture happy and healthy minds, hearts and bodies so every child can achieve their full potential.  Visit our website to find a C&K near you today.