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Star of the Sea Long Day Care + Kindergarten, Cleveland

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    Long Day Care

    7:00am - 6:00pm

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    Kindergarten

    7:00am - 6:00pm

At Star of the Sea 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 Star of the Sea Primary School, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. In kindergarten the children make weekly visits to the grade six classrooms where their buddies read with them. Throughout the year they also love attending school events including weekly assemblies, special Masses and the ANZAC day service. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn new skills such as how to use the water bubblers. 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

Lisa Nehring

Director

I’ve been an early ed director for:
Two and a half years and in the early childhood industry for over 21 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed director is:
Being able to share in a very special and important time in children’s lives. Watching them grow, learn and develop the foundational skills needed to make their way in the wider world.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
That we nurture them as mums and dads too. Starting your child in care can be a hard choice for any parent to make and we will make the transition is as easy as possible for them.
My favourite way to relax is:
Camping and four wheel driving with family and friends, enjoying a good book and crocheting.

Nicki Slater

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
Over 20 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Watching the children grow and develop throughout the year as I build relationships with them and their families. I also enjoy introducing them to the broader school community which eases the transition from kindergarten to prep.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
All children develop at different stages and at different times. We need to allow for that individual growth.
My favourite way to relax is:
Going to the coast for a weekend and spending time with family and friends.

Looking for Ninja Turtles

One morning, as the children were starting their day, they discovered the lid to our storm water drain for the first time. They immediately started imagining what the lid might be and where it led. With their love for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles they decided it was where the Ninja Turtles lived and they began dreaming up stories of the visits they make to our centre every night to play with the children’s toys. As they shared their stories with their educator she challenged their imagination further helping them come up with stories about what the Ninja Turtles do underground everyday. In time the children also started asking their educators practical questions about what the lid was for and this created a learning opportunity to talk about water cycles, the drainage system and what would happen during big rain falls without the drainage system.

Having buddies to becoming buddies

The weekly visits to their grade six reading buddies are a weekly highlight for our kindergarten children. During these visits the children become more comfortable and familiar with the school and form close bonds with older children that they look up to. At the end of the school year the kindergarten children also attend the final liturgy and farewell for children finishing at Star of the Sea. Last year our kindergarten children sat attentively watching the farewell and tributes to their older buddies with many parents commenting on how engaged and well behaved they were. While leaving the church some of the children had tears in their eyes as they gave their buddies a final hug goodbye. When asked if they were okay the children were quick to tell their teacher that they were ok and while they will miss their buddies they were excited to get to school themselves so that one day they too could be someone’s buddy.