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Southport Catholic Parish Long Day Care + Kindergarten

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    Long Day Care

    7:00am - 6:00pm

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    Kindergarten

    7:00am - 6:00pm

With small class sizes and capacity for just 50 children, our staff will get to know your child and create programs that help them socialise, learn and grow.

We provide care for children from fifteen months to kindergarten age across 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.

Conveniently located next door to Guardian Angels Primary School, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. In kindergarten children make weekly visits to the school library to borrow books and your child will be given responsibility for caring for and returning these books. They also enjoy visits to the prep classrooms, weekly visits with our grade three reading buddies and attending school events including assemblies, the book week parade and musicals. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn how to use the water bubblers, where to find the toilets and become familiar with the classroom environment. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school and parish community and prepare for prep.

We offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program for children in the year before prep. 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

Brenda Fabri

Director

I’ve been an early ed director for:
Over 20 years and worked in early education for 35 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
Being inspired by the authenticity, wonder, curiosity and innocence of children. One day, one month, one year is never the same in my position. There are always new children, families and educators to meet and new challenges to overcome, learn and grow from.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Being a parent is the most challenging but also rewarding role you will ever have. Make each moment count.
My favourite way to relax is:
Spending time with family and friends and getting out in nature.

Mariella Barnes

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
17 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Positively influencing the lives of children.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
The early years are the most important period of a child’s life. Enjoy them as they go by very fast.
My favourite way to relax is:
Music, arts and crafts.

Exploring the school

Our kindergarten children love visiting Guardian Angels Primary School and in term four they enjoy visiting the prep classrooms. Each week the children work with a new prep partner on craft experiences, choreographing a dance or reading together, among other things. Working with a new partner each week they build many important friendships that create a support network if they are transitioning to Guardian Angels for prep. For all children these experiences are also invaluable, as they familiarise them with the classroom environment, which is very different to a kindergarten.

Bush kindy

During our weekly bush kindy program the children can explore and learn about new natural environments, observe different animals and trees and start to conserve and care for a beautiful natural space. During these expeditions the children have become increasingly concerned with the volume of litter in the bush and have started caring for this space by helping to pick up rubbish during each visit. The children always have lots of questions for their teachers about what they are seeing and are able to bring back to the classroom sticks and rocks for further exploration during craft and other classroom experiences.

Our senior friends

Each week the children look forward to their visit from the residences of De Paul Manor who come to read with them, do arts and crafts and watch the performances the children have prepared for them. We also invite residents to join us for special celebrations throughout the year including grandparents day, our Christmas party and our ANZAC day service. For many children this is a rare opportunity to bond with the older generation and for all it is a special way to begin understanding differences and developing their social skills.