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St Mary’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

At St Mary’s children have the opportunity to grow and learn as part of a supportive and extended community. Our experienced educators have developed close relationships with local families over many years. Each child is unique and learns differently, so our educators will spend time getting to know your child and family so we can create programs that reflect the way they will socialise, learn and grow.

Conveniently located at Assisi College, 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, attending school events including assemblies, under 8’s days and musicals and having the year 11 and 12 work experience students help teach them. 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 the difference between the senior and junior schools. 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 care for children from six weeks and offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program for children in the year before prep. 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. All meals are prepared on site daily by our cook and approved by Nutrition Australia. We are supportive of special dietary requirements and encourage families to discuss their child’s needs with us.

Meet Our Staff

Louisa Gwynne

Director

I’ve been an early ed director for:
20 years and worked in early education for almost 30 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
Being part of a community that understands the importance of education in the early years and values individualised learning experiences. At St Mary’s everyday brings something new … laughter, tears, challenges but most importantly fun!
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Their children are all unique! So building a positive relationship between mum, dad, their extended family and the centre is integral to understanding them and helping them grow. When we get to know one another a smile and hello between us speaks volumes!
My favourite way to relax is:
A quick getaway with my family and friends!

Suzanne Bird

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
10 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Helping each child reach their full potential and to embrace their uniqueness. I love seeing children realise that they are strong and capable and watching their confidence grow!
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
That all children are individuals and they all learn in different ways and in their own time. I encourage parents not to measure their child against others and to nurture and encourage their sense of imagination and curiosity with the world around them.
My favourite way to relax is:
To put my kids and dog in the car and head off on an adventure with no particular destination – just to drive and see where we end up. It usually involves water and sun!

Under 8’s day

The kindergarten children were a buzz for days leading up to the Assisi College Under 8’s day. This event is a highlight of the year for the children as they participate in many experiences with the prep to year three students including games of soccer, visiting the petting zoo and learning more about our local emergency services by touring ambulances and playing with police and ambulance officers.

As part of our prep transition program this is another fun play based way to introduce the children to the school environment. By introducing them to school in fun and play based ways we help them to be themselves and fully embrace the experience free from any nerves or anxiety. We had an absolute blast and the children couldn’t wait to spend more time at ‘Big School’!

Building a bug hotel

Our natural outdoor play spaces, which are surrounded by bushland, are often visited by birds, bugs and others creatures. Many of the children had seen bugs crawling in the garden and asked to build a ‘bug hotel’ out of recycled and natural materials. The children got to learn about building an environment which would be appealing to bugs, develop a deeper respect for nature, closely observe a variety of bugs and learn about how they live.

Our cake shop

The dramatic play spaces are very popular with the children at our centre and recently the focus of this space was a market stall. Over a period of weeks the children took on different roles as customer, check-out operator and shelf stacker and negotiating these roles amongst themselves. Our educators worked with the children to extend this experience by helping them create money for the stall, learning how to count it and setting the price for different items.

The class then decided to create a real cake shop and with the support of their educators spent group time planning and deciding together what they would bake and how they would sell it. The children produced some wonderful chocolate cakes to sell to their families, impressing everyone with their culinary skills.

Puppet show

Our centre has been designed with all resources kept at children’s height. This allows children to explore their own interests and for our educators to look for learning and extension opportunities based on this exploration. In our craft spaces we have a variety of resources selected to trigger explorative play. One day our educators noticed the children using some of the pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks to make characters. When our educators observed this they challenged the children to make puppets that would be used in a show for their peers. The children got many classmates involved giving them roles in the show and through this experience they played creatively, developed an understanding of the importance of roles and responsibilities and gained confidence by speaking in front of the group.