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Julia Cumming Community Child Care Centre

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    Long Day Care

    7:00am - 6:00pm

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    Kindergarten

    7:00am - 6:00pm

Tucked away in the heart of Graceville, Julia Cumming’s small class sizes and extensive outdoor play areas provide children with a unique learning environment that encourages creativity and exploration and rewards curiosity.

We have capacity for just 44 children, from six weeks to kindergarten age across our three rooms. In our open play spaces, where children engage in mixed aged play, our educators get to know every child. As your child transitions through our service these established relationships will help them feel supported and at ease and allow our educators to program to their needs and interests.

At Julia Cumming we offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program for children in the year before prep. We are conveniently located opposite Christ the King Primary School and around the corner from both Graceville State School and the Graceville train station. We supply morning tea, afternoon tea, wipes, sunscreen and cot linen. All you need to bring is nappies, a packed lunch, a hat and a spare change of clothes. We are supportive of special dietary requirements and encourage families to discuss their child’s needs with us.

Meet Our Staff

Janice Cowan

Director

I’ve been an early ed director for:
15 years and an early childhood educator for more than 30 years both overseas and here in Australia.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
I enjoy building relationships with the children and families. I love being a part of the children’s lives during such an important time in their development. I really enjoy seeing the joy on their faces as they accomplish something they have been attempting for some time. The hugs I receive each day make it a pleasure to come to work. I enjoy helping and mentoring the educators at my service to be the best they can be, to provide a wonderful learning experience for the children in our care.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
We are more than happy for you to come and spend as much time as you wish at our service before your child starts. Feel free to call as often as you like during the day to check on your little one, we will of course give you a call if your child is not settling in, as we want to make this a positive experience for them and your whole family.
My favourite way to relax is:
Walking, yoga, reading, spending time with my family and of course spoiling my grandaughter!!

Emma Shaw

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
Two and a half years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
We are always exploring and discovering together. The children teach me new things every day.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Play is a child’s work.
My favourite way to relax is:
Going on adventures with my children.

Jodi Lee

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
13 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Seeing children blossom as individuals.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Your children learn best through play.
My favourite way to relax is:
Watching my favourite movie.

Transitioning with yoga

Some afternoons, after the busyness of lunch and outdoor play, our children transition back into their rooms with yoga. Some children may choose to have a rest at this time but for others this is an opportunity for some quiet relaxation time and for children to centre themselves before we begin the afternoon activities. This routine helps the children develop the skills to self-regulate and calm themselves during times of stress, which they will benefit from for years to come.

Clare’s special visits

Every Wednesday the children eagerly await Clare’s arrival, shouting ,’Clare’s here!’ when they see her at the gate. The children then wait patiently for their turn to give her a hug. Clare is a member of our local parish who comes each week to read with our children and share with them an experience she has prepared. Throughout the year Clare shares her faith with the children, in age appropriate ways, telling the Christmas and Easter stories and playing related games with them. The children relish the special attention Clare gives each one of them and for many it is a rare opportunity to get to know someone from an older generation.

"Thirty years ago I sat under the same fig tree and played in the outdoor play area at Julia Cumming. I'm now a working mother of three children and am privileged to send my children to Julia Cumming. Each afternoon, as their happy faces run over to greet me I can't help but reminisce about my own experience at the centre. The play areas are so open and welcoming, the staff warm and dedicated and there is a real community family feel lead by the director, Janice. "

Alison Gartrell, Julia Cumming Community Child Care