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Burpengary Play and Learn Centre includes infants from 6wks – 3yrs and a Kindergarten program for our 4yr-5yr olds.

“Our programs are play based aimed with knowledge that children learn best when provided with opportunities and environments to freely engage with the world around them in pursuit of their own interests and curiosities.  The classroom environments are full of innovative and original activities that allow children time and space to explore and learn.  Early Childhood Services are a platform in which children can practice the skills required for their futures such as friendships, exploring and understanding emotions and ultimately discovering their own footprint within the broader community.”

— Amanda Ballangarry, Burpengary Service Director

 

What Parents are Saying…

“The educators and activities provided to the children are amazing. My child had learnt so much here and I could not be happier”

— Jenny

 

“The educators are very skilled and have the children’s education and needs at the forefront of everything they do. We love it here.”

— Brittny

 

“We love the warmness and care of all of the educators. It is a lovely family environment that makes everyone feel welcome.”

— Luke and Tahnee

 

“I just wanted to say thank-you to Miss Carmen. This morning I cried as my baby girl Shiloh sat in her room doing her “homework” as she likes to call it, singing the alphabet and writing each individual letter. Now, I know that this isn’t me and its all Miss Carmen’s hardwork and patience (I dare say alot of!).

I could not have been prouder of Shiloh or more grateful to Miss Carmen to see first hand the steps that they have made.

Thank you!

From a very grateful Mum 😊”

— Kobi

 

“Thank you the educators at Burpengary Play and Learn for all your hard work and following through with your learning experiences with the children . It is clearly showing how much learning and growth you are incorporating with the daily practices.”

— Tara

 

Our Team

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Loi Brownsey
Area Manager
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Amanda Ballangarry
Service Director

Facilities

Infants (6 weeks – 18 months)

Play and Learn Burpengary’s Infant care room is licensed for 8 infants with 2 permanently employed educators.
Experience with infants over the years has taught us that sometimes babies are not predictable and a third educator may be employed to assist with the room.

Several factors will be considered in determining when three educators will work in this group they include;
•How many bookings there is on each day – no point having three educators with one baby.
•If a new infant is to start at the service – extra help is often needed while settling and bonding with children.
•The ages within the group.
•The individual needs of each infant.

Experiences

Our main focus in the room is forming secure attachments with your baby. Secure attachments and trust develop when we respond consistently, sensitively and confidently. Our attachment however will not affect your babies’ attachment to you – it helps them be close to people.

Current research very clearly tells us that babies who experience any care that is unresponsive, unpredictable or threatening may develop problems developing trust and attachment, this often affects a child’s overall development.

What we do to establish infant connections

  • Connect with parents so you feel relaxed and confident in using the service.
  • Smile at your baby – so simple but so powerful
  • Cuddle
  • Sing
  • Baby massage or bath
  • Read Stories
  • Have tummy time and encourage your child to reach their infant milestones.
Toddlers (18 months – 2.5 years)

Burpengary Play and Learn Toddler child care room is licensed for 10 children with 3 permanently employed educators.

Settling children is again our main focus in this age grouping as now children are very aware when their primary caregivers have left.

Anxious and stressed children find it difficult to learn anything so bonding and establishing relationships with your child is vitally important.

Experiences

Our Toddlers have many opportunities to join in fun and educational experiences throughout the day. Informing us about what your Toddler loves to do helps us to plan for the transition from home to the centre.

Toddlers are developmentally egocentric. So helping Toddlers understand that there are other children in the group who may want to play with the same trucks is really tricky!! In helping this we deliberately set up our environments with multiple equipment that is the same or similar. Having one off pieces of equipment sets children up for challenges. However not everything can be avoided and nor should it, our educators are skilled in helping Toddlers learn life’s social skills.

Similarly, your child’s sensory motor development is vitally important. The Toddlers years see rapid growth in your child’s sensory motor systems and it is these systems that provide your child with the foundations for academic learning.

To continue developing the sensory-motor systems we will

  • Crawl / Spin / Creep / Climb / Jump
  • Dance
  • Explore messy play – please supply old clothes
  • Skip / hop / throw / catch
  • Sing / play music
Junior Kindy & Kindy (2 years – 4 years)

Play and Learn Burpengary’s Kindy programs cater for children 2-4 yrs, we have three Kindy rooms.

2 Jnr Kindy rooms, each licensed for 15 children aged approx. 2 yrs – 3 yrs with 3 permanently employed educators per room and

1 Senior Kindy room which is licensed for 22 children aged approx. 3 yrs – 4 yrs with 2 permanently employed staff.

The service will be flexible with age groupings to meet the needs of our children our families and the community.

Remaining flexible with age grouping allows for children of the same family to be together or children who are friends to remain together while settling.

Experiences

Within this age group our educators are planning activities that develop the integrations of two brain hemispheres, fine hand co-ordination, sense of direction, awareness of time and many other really important areas of development.

So often we hear parents say “When will they learn their colours, their numbers and letters” and although this is somewhat important they ARE NOT the markers for a child’s ongoing success and later learning. What I mean is a child may be able to recite the alphabet but unable to sit for a story or problem solve with peers.

Our service looks at children holistically across many areas of development some that cannot be seen nor measured nor sent home on a piece of paper but please note we are always thinking planning and evaluating all that we do.

In our Kindy groups we will be

  • Running
  • Playing ball
  • Drawing
  • Painting and some days it will be messy.
  • Water play
  • Listening to story / music
  • Playdough and clay
  • Climbing……. parents look away if you have to….! But small risky play is vital and if we deny children of risk taking in Early Childhood they will take greater risks as adolescents and these risks will have far graver consequences. So please allow us to be at the top of the fort…
Pre-Prep (4 years – 5 years)

Our Pre-prep program at Burpengary Play and Learn is our Approved Kindergarten program led by our Early Childhood Teacher.

The room is licenced for 22 children with 1 Teacher and 1 Assistant and children in this room who are then moving to Prep will be 4yrs old by June 30th.

Let’s get ready for Prep …….not really at Play and Learn Burpengary!! What??? What is being ready anyway? It will be so different for each child and each family. So often parents rely on markers such as knowing colours and letters as being school ready and that could not be further than the truth.

Prep teachers often tell us that if a child can look after their own belongings at school they will be eternally grateful…. But that doesn’t sound as glamorous at the end of the day does it…. “Oh...by the way your Billy put his pencil in the pencil holder today” said NO Teacher ever…..but at Play and Learn Burpengary those life skills are just as important as learning our colours.

Our kindergarten program is based on the Queensland Curriculum guidelines and a copy can be found at

www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/kindergarten/curriculum

Experiences

We look at children holistically and our programs are play centered – (hence our name) Block play, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, dress ups, dancing, stories and singing are just a few things your child will enjoy.

Fun environments ensure that children learn best. When children are pressured to rote learn, recite and spend long periods of being directed and lectured by adults learning actually becomes far more difficult. When it happens naturally driven by children interests it has greater meaning and therefore retained more easily.

Getting ready for prep is:

  • Using language to communicate ideas and feelings.
  • Co-operating with peers without hitting /pushing and biting.
  • Adjust to separating from their primary caregiver
  • Working independently
  • Expressing ideas and thoughts though the arts
  • Developing language for problem solving i.e. Words like “lets negotiate”
  • Mastering fine and gross motor skills – I cannot write if I don’t know where my body is in time and space.
Kindy Science (STEM)

We have engaged Kindy Science to enrich and extend early childhood aged children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) using engaging activities in an everyday environment. Early exposure to STEM concepts encourages children to question the world around them and look for solutions to problems. Hypothesising and following scientific and design methods to create new and interesting ideas. The curriculum has been developed by Camille Newlands, a STEM teacher with 20 + years of experience in Science and Mathematics.

Fee Schedule

(Subject to change without prior notice)

Group Name Age Daily Fee
Infants & Toddlers 6wks - 2yrs $105/day
Junior Kindy 2yrs - 3yrs $102/day
Kindy & Pre Prep 3yrs - 5yrs $102/day

What you need to bring

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Wide Brim Hat

Your first sun smart hat is supplied by Play & Learn
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Water Bottle

To keep children hydrated throughout the day
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Footwear

So little feet get used to wearing shoes
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Linen & Blankets

Toddlers to Pre Prep need to supply sheets to fit a 130x58cm bed.
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Spare Clothes

2 Complete sets of spare clothes for water play or lunch time adventures
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Preferred Formula

Incase your child cannot have the S26 provided
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Comforter

That special item your child will find comfort in, ie dummy or blankey
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A Bag

To put everything into morning and afternoon

Upcoming Events

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Centre Reopens

January 4, 2022

Centre Reopens

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Kid Inventors Day

January 17, 2022

Kid Inventors Day

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Australia Day Water Play Day

January 25, 2022

Australia Day Water Play Day

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CENTRE CLOSED for Australia Day

January 26, 2022

CENTRE CLOSED for Australia Day

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Chinese New Year – The year of the Tiger

February 1, 2022

Chinese New Year – The year of the Tiger

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World Cancer Day

February 4, 2022

World Cancer Day – Wear Purple in support of people suffering from cancer.

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Waitangi Day

February 7, 2022

Waitangi Day

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National Apology to the Stolen Generations

February 11, 2022

National Apology to the Stolen Generations (actual date is the 13/02/2022)

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Valentines Day Activities

February 14, 2022

Valentines Day Activities

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Carnival of Brazil celebration

February 25, 2022

Carnival of Brazil celebration

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Clean Up Australia Day

March 5, 2022

Clean Up Australia Day

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St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2022

Come and celebrate St. Patrick's Day learning about the Irish culture.

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National Close the Gap Day

March 17, 2022

National Close the Gap Day

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Red Nose Day

March 18, 2022

Red Nose Day – come dressed in something red to show your support.

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National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

March 18, 2022

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence – Wear anything Orange in support.

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Holi Hindu Festival of Colours

March 18, 2022

Holi Hindu Festival of Colours

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Harmony Day

March 21, 2022

Harmony Day - bring something in that represents your culture to share with all children within the service.

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Ramadan

April 2, 2022

Ramadan - begins and ends Sunday 1st May

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Easter Hat Parade

April 14, 2022
(time to be advised)

Easter Hat Parade

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CENTRE CLOSED for Good Friday

April 15, 2022

CENTRE CLOSED for Good Friday

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CENTRE CLOSED for Easter Monday

April 18, 2022

CENTRE CLOSED for Easter Monday

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Earth Day

April 22, 2022

Earth Day

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ANZAC Day Celebrations

April 22, 2022

ANZAC Day Celebrations

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CENTRE CLOSED for Anzac Day Public Holiday

April 25, 2022

CENTRE CLOSED for Anzac Day Public Holiday

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CENTRE CLOSED for Labour Day Public Holiday

May 2, 2022

CENTRE CLOSED for Labour Day Public Holiday

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International Composts week (1st - 7th)

May 1, 2022

International Composts week (1st - 7th)

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Mother’s Day afternoon tea (TBA)

May 6, 2022

Mother’s Day afternoon tea (TBA)

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National Families Week (16th - 20th)

May 16, 2022

National Families Week - Bring something along to represent your family and culture.

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National Simultaneous Story Time

May 25, 2022

National Simultaneous Story Time

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National Sorry Day

May 26, 2022

National Sorry Day

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Reconciliation week (27th - 3rd)

May 27, 2022

Reconciliation week – Exploring the aboriginal and Torres strait islander culture and building step to reconciliation.

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Samoan Independence Day

June 1, 2022

Samoan Independence Day

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Mabo Day

June 3, 2022

Mabo Day - Learning about our land and the importance of Australia’s first people.

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World Environment Day celebrations

June 6, 2022

World Environment Day celebrations

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World Ocean Day celebrations

June 8, 2022

World Ocean Day celebrations

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Celebrate World Refugee Day

June 20, 2022

Celebrate World Refugee Day

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Torres Strait Islander Coming of the Light

July 1, 2022

Torres Strait Islander Coming of the Light

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NAIDOC Week (4th - 8th)

July 4, 2022

NAIDOC Week - NAIDOC Australian multicultural Celebrations

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Teddy Bears Picnic Day

July 11, 2022

Teddy Bears Picnic Day

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Henny Penny Hatching Program (12th - 16th TBA)

July 12, 2022

Henny Penny Hatching Program (12th - 16th TBA)

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World Pyjama Day

July 22, 2022

World Pyjama Day – come along snug in your Pyjama’s and get ready for our SLUMBER PARTY!

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Crazy Hair Day

July 29, 2022

Crazy Hair Day

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National School’s plant a tree day

July 29, 2022

National School’s plant a tree day

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Dental Health Week

August 1, 2022

Dental Health Week

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National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s day

August 4, 2022

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s day.

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Jeans for Gene’s Day

August 5, 2022

Jeans for Gene’s Day – Wear Jean’s to help support genetic research.

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School Photos (TBA)

August 8, 2022

School Photos (TBA)

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National Science Week

August 15, 2022

National Science Week

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National Tooth Fairy Day Celebrations

August 22, 2022

National Tooth Fairy Day Celebrations

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Book week celebrations (22nd - 26th)

August 22, 2022

Book week celebrations - come dressed up each day as your favourite story character.

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Father’s Day Afternoon Tea (TBA)

September 2, 2022

Father’s Day Afternoon Tea (TBA)

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Child Protection Week (5th - 9th)

September 5, 2022

Child Protection Week (5th - 9th)

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Early Childhood Educators Day

September 7, 2022

Early Childhood Educators Day

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Indigenous Literacy Day

September 7, 2022

Indigenous Literacy Day

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R U OK Day

September 8, 2022

R U OK Day - wear yellow and ask R U OK?

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Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous people

September 13, 2022

Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous people

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Talk like a Pirate Day

September 19, 2022

Talk like a Pirate Day - Children can dress like pirates to support children's cancer

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Centre will be closed for Queens's birthday

October 3, 2022

Centre will be closed for Queens's birthday

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World Space Week (4th - 10th)

October 4, 2022

World Space Week (4th - 10th)

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World Teachers Day

October 5, 2022

World Teachers Day

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National Nutrition Week

October 10, 2022

National Nutrition Week

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Loud Shirt Day

October 21, 2022

Loud Shirt Day – Wear a colourful shirt to support children with hearing impairments

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Diwali Celebration

October 24, 2022

Diwali Celebration

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Children’s Day

October 26, 2022

Children’s Day

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Grandparents Morning Tea (TBA)

October 28, 2022

Grandparents Morning Tea (TBA)

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Day for Daniel

October 28, 2022

Day for Daniel - wear a red shirt to support children’s safety and protection.

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Halloween Dress Up & Disco

October 31, 2022

Halloween Dress Up & Disco – All children are welcome to dress up

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Melbourne Cup day

November 1, 2022

Melbourne Cup day - come dressed to impress or get ready to compete in horse racing.

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National Recycling Week (8th - 14th)

November 8, 2022

National Recycling Week (8th - 14th)

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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2022

Remembrance Day

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World Kindness Day

November 14, 2022

World Kindness Day

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Children’s Pre-Prep Graduation & Christmas Party

December 9, 2022

Children’s Pre-Prep Graduation & Christmas Party

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Last day open for 2022

December 23, 2022

Last day open for 2022

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Centre Closed for Christmas (26th - 2nd)

December 26, 2022

Centre Closed for Christmas (26th - 2nd)

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Centre Reopens (Tuesday 3rd)

January 3, 2023

Centre Reopens (Tuesday 3rd)

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