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St Cecilia’s Long Day Care + Kindergarten

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    Long Day Care

    7:00am - 6:00pm

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    7:00am - 6:00pm

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

Located in the heritage-listed St Cecilia’s school building, our families enjoy the best of both new facilities and old world charm. Our high ceilings, French doors and polished timber floors provide a comfortable, home-like space where children feel relaxed and at ease. Our spacious wrap-around verandas, with natural light and fresh air, are popular with children looking for a tranquil setting to read, paint, draw or just ‘be’. Our big backyard, with plenty of open space, creates a sense of freedom and adventure which naturally encourages your child to explore and create something new everyday.

With capacity for just 49 children, our staff can really get to know your child and what is important to them so they can adjust programs based on how they socialise and learn, and how we can best help them grow. At St Cecilia’s we care for children from six weeks and offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program for children in the year before prep.

We are conveniently located opposite Hamilton State School and have a good partnership with the school. During their kindergarten year children regularly visit the school exploring the environment and familiarising themselves to ease the transition. We are located within easy access to Kingsford Smith Drive for families who commute between the CBD and the inner northern suburbs. We supply all meals, wipes, sunscreen and cot linen. All you need to bring is nappies, a hat and a spare change of clothes. We offer nutritious, age-specific meals for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We are supportive of special dietary requirements and encourage families to discuss their child’s needs with us.

Meet Our Staff



I’ve been an early ed director since:
2020 at St Cecilia’s and at other services for six years before that. All up I have been in the industry for over 22 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
I enjoy my role as a leader and a mentor to all of my staff, I believe in leading by example. My role allows me to form great bonds and relationships with the children, families and the community.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
I like to tell parents and carers about their child’s exploration and play as it is the magic in their day. Reminding them the joys and freedom of being a child and living in a child’s world of opportunities.
My favourite way to relax is:
To holiday on a cruise ship, but when I’m not floating I enjoy a hot bath and a good book.

Emily Whelan

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher since:

I joined Catholic Early EdCare in January 2023. I have been an Early Childhood Teacher for 8 years.

My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:

It brings me so much joy to foster a love for learning through creativity, awe and wonder. I love watching a child grow in confidence and celebrate with them as they reach new milestones in their life.

Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:

Your child is in safe hands. They are always going to be respected and listened to when in my learning environment.

My favourite way to relax is:

Going for walks on the beach with my fiance Will and our puppy Ziggy.

Dramatic play

Across all ages the children enjoy engaging in dramatic play. In our home corner they enjoy taking on roles as shop attendants and customers, mums and dads, doctors and nurses and much more. They also enjoy exploring their creativity through singing, dancing and dramatic performances, These experiences provide a great opportunity for children to develop social skills, work together to create something new and develop language skills through storytelling and re-enacting.

Exploring life cycles

In kindergarten the children explore early science concepts including learning about the life cycles of animals and insects. Responding to the children’s natural curiosity their educators help them to identify the birds, animals and insects that visit them in our gardens. They then explore their life cycles, the food they eat and the environments they like to live in.

"I couldn’t rate St Cecilia’s high enough. They have the children and families best interests at heart and we’ve really enjoyed watching our little one grow and prosper under their care."