New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day
“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.”
“My daughter has been with Helensvale Play and Learn for almost 2 years, from 8-10 weeks of age, the staff have been nothing but amazing. My daughter is thriving in the environment that they have created and loves going each day. The outdoor play area has so much for the kids to do and it’s fun to watch the little ones playing in the water and sprinklers during summer. I have had two older children at different daycares including family daycare over the years and Play and Learn trumps them all. Through COVID, the staff were so very supportive and understanding of everyone’s different situations. They have become like family and I am looking forward to my son starting as I know it is the best place for a child to learn and grow. I highly recommend Helensvale Play and Learn.
I could have gone on and on, but I thought I had better stop.
You and your team are amazing, Dakota loves it and loves you all.”
“When we originally selected Play and Learn Helensvale for our daughter it was based on the modern, new and clean facilities provided for the children. The friendly smiles from strangers to us was reassuring, but how could I trust these strangers with my most precious possession.
Indie has been attending the centre for over a year and a half now. All the educators at the centre are way more than teachers to Indie, they are her best friends. The ladies make drop offs as easy and tear free as possible for both Indie and I.
Indie is very loved and cared for there, and we are beyond blessed to have found the most beautiful and caring women to help shape our daughters very bright future. We will be forever grateful.”
“My two little ones have been going to Play and Learn Helensvale for almost 1.5yrs and we couldn’t be happier.
The staff are warm, engaging and have always been so genuine with their interactions between my children and myself.
I have used one Kindy prior to this one and the neat facilities and cleanliness here at this centre are outstanding and do not compare!
Our Helensvale Infants room is licensed for 12 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;
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.
Helensvale Toddler room is licensed for 15 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.
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.
Helensvale Kindy rooms cater for children 2-4 yrs, we have three Kindy rooms.
Our two Junior Kindy rooms are each licensed for 15 children aged approx. 2.5 yrs – 3 yrs with 3 permanently employed educators per room and one 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.
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.
Our Helensvale Pre-prep room 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 Helensvale!! 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 Helensvale 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
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.
|Group Name||Age||Daily Fee|
|Infants & Toddlers||6wks - 2yrs||$109/day|
|Junior Kindy||2yrs - 3yrs||$107/day|
|Kindy & Pre Prep||3yrs - 5yrs||$107/day|
|A bond of $20 per family is required before your child commences at the service. This is non-refundable. The $20 covers your child’s first hat, sunglasses and USB. Once a booking has been entered fees are payable and this includes absences. The reason for this is that we staff the service according to our bookings, wages and utilities need to be paid regardless of your child being in attendance.|
New Year’s Day
2021 Kindergarten Graduation at 6.00 pm
Penguin Awareness Day
24th -28th Australia Day Activities
Australia Day Public Holiday (Centre Closed)
Chinese New Year – Year of the Tiger
World Wetland Day – Wetlands action for people and nature
Love your pet day
Shrove Tuesday – (Pancake Day)
World Wildlife Day
School Clean up Australia Day
15th-21st – Harmony Week (Wear Orange)
St Patrick’s Day (Wear Green)
World Water Day
Earth Hour schools’ day
International Children’s Book Day
Good Friday (Centre Closed)
Easter Monday (Centre Closed)
ANZAC Day (Centre Closed)
R U OK Day
Labour Day (Centre Closed)
2nd - 8th - International Compost week
Mother’s Day morning tea
Simultaneous story time – Family Tree
National Sorry Day
27th - 3rd - National Reconciliation week
World Environment Day
World Ocean Day
Crazy Hair Day
World Refugee Day
3rd - 10th – NAIDOC week
National Pyjama Day Wear your PJ’s
Teddy Bears Picnic Day
Crazy Hair Day
Early Learning Matters Week (TBC)
National Tree Day
2nd - 8th - Dental Health Week
National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Children’s Day
Jeans for Genes Day Wear your favourite jeans
Red Nose Day saving little lives
13th - 21st - National Science Week
16th - 22nd – Keep Australia Beautiful Week
21st - 27th - Book Week - Theme: Dreaming With Eyes Open
TBC - Gold Coast Show Day (Centre Closed)
National Wattle Day
Join us for a bacon and egg roll and some exciting activities.
Help us celebrate our Educator and all they do
Come dress in your best pirate costumes and talk like a pirate
Queens Birthday (Centre Closed)
4th-10th - World Space Week
World Food Day
23rd-31st - Children’s week
Morning tea at 10am
Come dress in your spookiest outfit
Melbourne Cup Day (Fancy Hat dress up day)
7th - 13th - National Recycling Week
19th - 26th - Road Safety Week
24th –12nd – Centre Closed between Christmas and New Year
Christmas Day (Centre Closed)
Boxing Day (Centre Closed)