Central and Far North QLD

Blackwater Tiny Tots

Blackwater Tiny Tots is a limited hours day care centre that caters for children aged 18 months to 5 years old. Tiny tots is a not for profit community run centre.

Emerald South C&K

The first five years of a child’s life are vital in helping form who they will be as adults. C&K knows and understands this very well having played a part in the lives of more than a million children over the past century in Queensland. We are a high quality provider of early education and care and we are thrilled that you are considering C&K for your child. We have natural large play areas for the children to explore and learn about sustainability. We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment based on children’s interest and the interests of the Community.

Child-Led Learning

No two days are the same at C&K Emerald South. Our teaching team tailors each day’s learning, taking into account the interests of the children in the group. The spacious and natural environment at our kindy is thoughtfully planned and well resourced. There is a focus on music, drama, literature and visual arts and we allocate plenty of time for outdoor play and discovery.

Community Spirit

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Emerald South. We foster strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us and taking the children on excursions out into the local community.

C&K’s kindy programs are guided by University qualified teachers and support children’s curiosity, creativity, problem solving, resilience and real-world knowledge and skills.

At C&K we know that children do not learn in isolation, learning is a collaborative process between teachers, children and parents. The physical indoor and outdoor environment also plays a part. At C&K we believe children are competent and capable learners, and approach our education program with this in mind.

Green Leaves Forest Springs

Green Leaves Early Learning Forest Springs is nestled away in the quiet suburb of Kirkwood in Gladstone. Our modern and spacious centre features 7 learning hubs, a community lounge for families and 3 outdoor play spaces with large grass play areas for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. Children enjoy freshly made meals prepared daily by our onsite Chef, whilst our parents experience fresh barista coffee and baked treats upon their morning drop-offs which are regularly enjoyed in our community lounge.

The Educators are highly trained to ensure a high-quality standard of education is available for all children within our care where we believe children learn through play in an environment rich with choice. Our Early Learning centre extends children’s knowledge of developing independence, respect, and a sense of ownership for their environment through open-ended learning experiences.

Our Purpose

Green Leaves Early Learning is a privately owned business with a purpose to provide early education and care that exceeds traditional care and education standards.  To achieve this, we do things differently. Firstly, we know that service excellence is where it all begins. Our passionate and professional teams throughout our business are committed to giving careful attention to every task and every relationship. Secondly, all of our spacious centres are purpose built so we can strike the perfect balance between providing innovative early education experiences and meeting the needs of the communities we operate in.

Education Promise

We lay the foundations necessary to give children the best possible start to their life long learning journey

Family Promise

Service excellence is where it all begins, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship

Planet Promise

We recognise our role in guiding our children to protect and cherish our natural world

People Promise

We are nothing without our people. We value, recognise and reward their loyalty and passion.

Le Smileys Berseker

Our Child Care Educators at Le Smileys Berserker in North Rockhampton are committed to providing a high-quality program that caters for the needs, interests and abilities of all children. At Le Smileys Early Learning Centre we believe in a pleasant, warm and inviting environment. Supporting learning with vibrant and flexible spaces which are responsive to our children’s abilities and interests.

Le Smileys North Rockhampton offers a unique experience and environment. At our Long Day Care Centre for three to five-year-old children, we aim to:

  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Develop each child to their full potential by providing a wide range of play experiences in order to expose children to many different situations
  • Focus on the creative arts where children are encouraged to express themselves through music, dance, drama and visual arts
  • Provide a caring a happy atmosphere in which the children will be able to express themselves freely and show their individuality
  • Guide children in the good social values and successful interaction with their peers so they have a sense of belonging and hope
  • To excel in maintaining a high-quality learning environment

Our North Rockhampton Berserker location provides a unique childcare environment for three to five year old children. It allows a small group of children to have individualised programming and attention during the day. This maximises their early education in preparation for formal schooling.  Our programs are reflective of each child’s interests, abilities and development. They adhere to the guidelines set by ACECQA, National Quality Framework, The Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.

Le Smileys Lucas St

Le Smileys Early Learning Child Care Centre in Gracemere provides your children with the opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. We have a strong belief in creating lifelong learners. We recognise that children’s lives are characterised by belonging, being and becoming. From before birth children are connected to family, community, culture and place. At Le Smileys we support this framework and it is through our programmes and ethos of the centre that the children will excel as community members and successful individuals.

In early childhood, play is considered the key way in which children learn. We believe play is the pivotal component of our programs and the environment is carefully arranged so that children have access to a range of resources that challenge to develop new skills or practice recently acquired ones.

The program is aimed at developing each child’s confidence in their own ability, and to take on new challenges. For instance programs provide a wide range of individual and group experiences, which foster all areas of children’s development. This includes:

  • Personal and Interpersonal Development
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Intellectual Development
  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Self Help Skills

Le Smileys Child Care Centres

At Le Smileys Early Learning Centre Gracemere we believe in a pleasant, warm and inviting child care environment that supports learning with vibrant and flexible spaces which are responsive to our children’s abilities and interests.

  • Daily gathering to prepare for the day’s events, song and story
  • Electronic white board for interactive learning and computer for the student
  • Small tables and chairs to accommodate the size of the students
  • Environmental Program including composting of scraps, growing vegetables feeding chickens and turkeys.
  • Regular cooking with produce from our garden
  • Engaging outdoor area with large verandas to accommodate our hot summers
  • Daily art and craft experiences in line with the children’s interest/abilities
  • Students work displayed and updated regularly
  • Celebration of special events and community visitors
  • Older children experience excursions in our community for related events
  • Parents have password restricted access to daily Learning stories and photos of their children

Le Smileys Waraburra

Our Gracemere (Waraburra) Kindergarten provides a unique environment for three to five-year-old children. It allows a small group of Kindergarten aged children to have individualised programming and attention during the day. As a result, it maximises their early education in preparation for formal schooling.

Why choose our Kindergarten?

At Le Smileys, we take a holistic approach and pay attention to every child’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. We understand that early childhood is a time for play, fun, discovery and self-expression. Therefore, we believe that learning is most beneficial in an environment that is welcoming, inviting and nurturing.

Our programs are reflective of each child’s interests, abilities and development. They adhere to the guidelines set by ACECQA, National Quality Framework, The Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.

At Le Smileys Gracemere Kindergarten, the program is delivered by a Qualified Early Childhood Teacher. The Teacher is supported by qualified Certificate or Diploma Qualified Early Childhood Educators. We also have an Educational Leader who works with all of the educators. This supports and enhances their professional development to continue the high-quality kindergarten service.

nGundanoo C&K

Our Service is located on the CQ University Campus, North Rockhampton. We have an open door policy and you are welcome to join your child during the course of the day if you have time available.

Natural Outdoor Environments

The service provides large natural outdoor environments where children can use the digging patch, stage and the timber cabin/cubby for their science and enquiry or imaginative play. The digging patch is a muddy area when wet and the children use this space for all different kinds of play experiences. There is a lot of natural shade in the outdoor environments allowing the children to play in a cool shaded space. There is scope for the children to use their imagination in the outdoor areas as the gardens provide the children with access to a range of different experiences. Children naturally move in an environment that is constantly changing from minute to minute and from season to season. These changes create an exciting place to play. Light changes, casting shadows and patterns of coloured light; the wind moves objects both fixed and free creating interest and intrigue.

Child-Led Learning

No two days are the same at C&K nGundanoo Imbabee Child Care. Our teaching team tailor each day’s learning taking into account the interests of the children in the group.  The spacious environment at our kindy is thoughtfully planned and well resourced. There is a focus on music, drama, literature and visual arts, and time spent discovering the natural environment outdoors.

Community Spirit

Community spirit is important to us at C&K nGundanoo Imbabee Child Care. We foster our strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us.

Rainbow Valley ELC

Rainbow Valley is a special place, where children are supported on a pathway of natural learning.  We see children as rich in potential who are competent investigators of the world, who deserve quality environments and relationships that are supportive to the whole family. As the African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise  a child”. Welcome to our village!


Rainbow Valley’s Philosophy is built on evidence-based practice.  A philosophy is important in early childhood settings as it outlines the beliefs and understandings of all stakeholders. This helps us to define and guide our programs and practices. It helps to guide our pedagogy and support our understandings of our curriculum implementation.

Our philosophy is built upon 6 core values:

Respect – Compassion – Joy – Democracy – Responsibility – Trust

These values combine to directly lead into 6 philosophical statements which underpin our vision for our service and guide our ongoing reflection of our practices:

  • We believe that children are independent, unique inquisitive and competent individuals who deserve quality experiences each day.
  • Create Environments that are rich, full of quality materials and opportunities for investigation.   We want children to be responsible, make choices, and plan for and engage in play that interests them. We will endeavour to, create spaces that support children’s Responsibility and connectedness to nature, encouraging them to find joy, wonder and beauty in the world and in making new discoveries.  Providing spaces that enrich children’s physical, personal, social, emotional spiritual and cognitive opportunities for learning.
  • Learn through programs that support their play and their attempts to make meaning from the world. We see children and teachers as researchers, striving to investigate the world around them. They are making connections and theories about how things work and how trying to represent this thinking through play, art, music, drama and symbol making. We will endeavour to create educational opportunities that support children’s opportunities to be connected to the world and to experience, joy, and wonder in learning. Work democratically with children, collaboratively, building agency, making connections to and about their world, encouraging them to expand their own theories and understanding of how the world works. Create opportunities to learn about nature, culture and our community as well as understandings of themselves.
  • Have their thinking visible and respected through documentation. This explains what the children are doing and learning. We support children/ parents to take part in recording the process by making contributions, sharing and reading the learning journeys that children are making. We will endeavour to create collaborative documentation processes that encourage all partners responsible for children’s education, (educators, children, and families) an opportunity to contribute, reflect plan and construct learning. Making this process visible through multiple modes enables all to see and reflect on the child in relation to their journey.
  • Be viewed as competent people, who have their own identity and needs, with the right to their own pathway of learning. We want children to achieve to their own potential and be celebrated for who they are as individuals. We will endeavour to reflect on personal bias which may impinge on developing our own cultural competence and understandings of others. Be inclusive in building relationships with respect, trust, and compassion that supports the individual cultural identity for each family. Support children’s right to be included with equity and dignity in our programs. Celebrate the diverse culture within our community and foster pride in children’s developing understandings of Being Australia. Promote understandings of indigenous culture and be respectful as the first custodians of our land.


Rainbow Valley offers innovative play-based curriculum that is guided by the EYLF, as well as supporting an approach based on long term projects which are informed by international perspectives. The educators at Rainbow Valley have been researching high quality evidence based best practice since opening the service. This has resulted in connecting with many theorists that support rich learning for children.  One of our major influences is the educational research project in Reggio Emilia.  The principles of Reggio Emilia can be considered as having an image of children who are capable people, full of potential, competence and rights. Who learn within a relationship with educators. Make connections and construct understandings of deep concepts through using the arts.  Connect to learning through shared documentation.  The importance of the physical environment as a protagonist for learning.  View children and educators researching and learning about the world together.  We have specific art studios in each section of the service where we organise regular visits with artists in our community, as well as employing an additional artist educator to support the curriculum of the kindergarten.

The Abecedarian approach created by Joseph Sparling in Canada supports the development of literacy and Numeracy across the whole service.  It is a suite of teaching and learning strategies that were developed to increase children’s shared attunement with their educator, increase language and conceptual development, emphasis the importance of interactions as a way to embed  learning across the whole day.  It has 4 core components, these being Language Priority, Conversations reading, Enriched Caregiving and Learning games.

We also connect to the vision of Nature Pedagogy where the influences of Clair Warden from Scotland has served to enrich our thinking in regard to the importance of children’s need for Natural play spaces.   This thinking encourages us to engage children in long experiences in outside environments where children have control to shape the environment.  Explore natural elements.  Connect to sustainability and awareness of human impact on the environment and supports a connection to the land and place that respects our first Australians.

Rockhampton South Kindy

A unique centre, nestled beside the beautiful Rockhampton Botanical Gardens. At Rockhampton South Kindergarten, the dedicated team of experienced staff draws inspiration from the lush natural surroundings to create an environment for your child to feel safe in and ‘help them grow’.

Our Kindergarten provides a play based learning environment that aims to enhance the physical, emotional, social and cognitive development of every child. We are affiliated with the Crèche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland and operate under the Education and Care Services National Law Act and Regulations.

Why choose Rockhampton South Kindergarten?

  • Experienced, caring staff
  • Small class numbers
  • Our beautiful, natural environment
  • Play based learning philosophy
  • Our community spirit where parents are welcomed into the kindergarten

The Kindergarten is a community based, non-profit centre administered by a volunteer parent management committee and as such all profits go back into continual improvement of the centre and its resources. Parental and family involvement in the Kindergarten is a vital part of the welcoming and supportive atmosphere of the Rockhampton South Kindergarten Community.

The Kindergarten program follows the Queensland school terms. A group of up to 25 children, who are turning four years of age by the end of July is taught by a university qualified educator with the support of our experienced Assistants.

Weipa C&K

When you enter C&K Weipa Community Kindergarten you will notice the happy ‘buzz’ of children busily engaged in a wide range of activities:

Playing with friends, building things, making things, painting and drawing, following the obstacle course, swinging, riding bikes, climbing, sliding, gardening, cooking, pretending and reading books.

You will also see our wonderful outdoor space overlooking the ocean with shady trees, bike tracks, climbing equipment, boats, mud skitch, swings, children’s garden and room for kids to be kids.

Our friendly and welcoming staff pride themselves in their relationships with families and the community, as well as their connection to the natural environment and reputation of being a place where ‘everyone belongs’.