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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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    Kindergarten

    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 with easy access to Kingsford Smith Drive for families who commute between the CBD and the inner north suburbs of Hamilton, Ascot, Hendra, Nundah, Eagle Farm and the Portside Wharf and Northshore Hamilton precincts. 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

Kate Otto

Director

I’ve been an early ed director for:
15 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
Seeing children achieve or discover something for the first time and having the privilege of supporting children on their learning journey.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
That we aim to be an extension of the home, encouraging their children to learn at their own pace through play.
My favourite way to relax is:
Spending time with my family and friends.

Carolyn Drahm

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed director for:
Three years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
Watching children grow and develop and following through on their ideas to create meaningful experiences.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Each child learns and develops at different rates. I am here to nurture their development and learning by encouraging them and engaging them in a stimulating environment.
My favourite way to relax is:
Spending time with my family, going fishing on our boat and visiting the beach on the sunshine coast.

Building a campfire

The children’s imagination is piqued whenever they play in our dry creek bed or under the big trees out the back. The children love building pretend camp fires from rocks they collect and they then search for food to cook for dinner, with regular menu items being leaves for beans and flowers as marshmallows for dessert. The children then sit around the fire and share stories of their day and come up with new ideas for play.

Composting

Learning about the natural environment and helping children care for it is a significant part of our program at St Cecilia’s. As a group we have discussed the importance of recycling and sustainability practices and how we can do our part at St Cecilia’s. After each meal the kindergarten children discuss, and then collect whatever waste can go in the compost bin they have set-up.

Making a rain gauge

During a week of heavy rain we had lots of inside time and the children had many questions about why it kept raining and when it was going to stop? We used this as an opportunity to learn more about the water cycle as we discussed where rain comes from and goes and made a rain gauge so we could measure future rain falls at St Cecilia’s.