Bellmere Early Education Centre

Bellmere Early Education Centre
184 Bellmere Road
Bellmere Queensland 4510
Phone: (07) 5432 7700
  • Our Director


     Name: Jackie Hattersley

    Tell us about your career in Early Childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?
    My childcare journey commenced in 2001 straight out of High School as a trainee educator where I first completed my Certification III in Children’s Services. This is where my love for the industry first began. I had always enjoyed being around children, but this is truly when I began to understand the foundations of the Early Years and how important the first five years plays in setting a child up to meeting their full potential. 

    Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
    In 2013, I made the decision to further my studies and complete my Diploma in Children’s Services to grow my knowledge and support as a lead educator. As my leadership skills developed, I stepped into various management roles and have been doing that for over the past 6 years.

    When did you first join the QCCS team?
    I have joined the QCCS team as of May 2024 and am excited to be a part of the team.

    What do you find most rewarding about your career in Early Childhood?
    There are some many rewarding, special, beautiful moment we get to experience in childcare. The sweet moments when a child seeks you out for comfort, supporting a child to accomplish a task they didn’t think they could achieve and celebrating that moment together, that sparkle in a toddlers eye when you show them an experience they’re never done before and they’re full of wonder and excitement, the moment of satisfaction for a kindy children when they’ve graduation their kindy year and they know they’re going off to “big school”. 

    Why should families choose Bellmere Early Education Centre?
    Here at Bellmere, we want to create an environment that is a home away from home. Where we believe that relationships are the foundation of children’s growth and development. Where educators have strong connections with each child and provide them with a nurturing, inclusive, engaging and supportive environment. Also, building collaborative partnership with families and the community to have successful outcomes for each child.

    Why do you choose to work for QCCS?
    I choose to work for QCCS for their dedication and passion for growth within the Early Years and high-quality care for all children within their centres. QCCS is committed to providing opportunities for professional development, managers meeting, educational leaders meetings and staff meetings for continual growth, which in turn will support in reaching that quality standard. QCCS’s desire to organise centre environments to foster a sense of security, predictability and flexibility which allows children to feel secure while playing and learning resonates with me.

  • Our Centre
  • Welcome to Bellmere Early Education Centre and Preschool. We are located in the heart of Bellmere, on Bellmere Road, a short 200m walk from Bellmere State School.

    Our aim is to provide the highest standard of care to you, the families, as well as to the children who are within our care. Our Centre celebrates diversity, welcoming families with different cultures and backgrounds.

    Our hours of operation are from 6am to 6pm. We are open Monday through to Friday, 52 weeks a year (excluding public holidays). Our Centre opened in September 1994 and caters for 156 children aged from birth to school age. We provide before and after school care to school age children as well as vacation care in the school holidays.

    We offer a free courtesy bus service which transports children to and from the local schools in the area. We also have the option to transport children to and from home for families who have no access to transport or in emergency situations (conditions apply). The school we currently service is Bellmere State School.

    As security is one of our priorities, our Centre has a security door access system which only allows authorised parents/guardians to drop off and collect their child/ren from the Centre via a personal pin code.

    At QCCS we understand the importance of building relationships with the Aboriginal Communities by valuing their histories, cultures and their people to help build a more respecting and understanding future for all Australians. Acknowledging Country is a common practice in our services where we respect the continuing connection of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners and Custodians to the land on which our services stands.

    Our Team:
    Our team are qualified, friendly and caring staff who are committed to continually improving their skills and knowledge by frequently attending in-service training and seminars. All staff are required to have an up to date First Aid, CPR and Blue Card. All new employees of QCCS attend an Induction Session prior to commencing at any of our Child Care Centres; thus, ensuring they will be well equipped to step into their new role. In addition, we provide regular professional opportunities as well as monthly Centre Director and staff meetings to ensure that all our employees are up to date with industry developments.

    Our Centre aims to be at the forefront of industry developments and trends. Therefore, at QCCS your child will benefit from an array of experiences:

    • Interactive smart boards
    • Dynamic Emergent Curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework and Kindergarten Guidelines
    • Individual child portfolios. QCCS realises how important it is to be kept informed on your child’s progress and daily activities.
    • Healthy nutritious meals including breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
    • Sun Safety is a priority with a large percentage of the playgrounds covered with artificial and natural shade. Each Centre aims to avoid sun exposure between 9am-3pm to give the children that added level of sun protection.
    • Transition to school programs along with transition statements

    Sustainability Focus:
    Our Centres are passionate about teaching sustainable behaviours, instilling the knowledge and values that help support sustainable environments. Just some of the sustainable practices that you can expect to see in our services include:

    • Educating our children in the use of compost systems within their rooms
    • Child tended vegetable and herb gardens, sharing our harvest with families and children
    • Appointment of our children to monitor the electricity and water use within our Centre
    • Use of recycled materials in our art and craft activities
    • Use of donated items by our local communities and businesses
    • Use of equipment made from recycled materials
    • Optional nappy service for children 2 years and under
  • Our Program
  • We are committed to the implementation of the National Early Years Learning Framework and operate an Emergent Curriculum. Our program is based on the individual needs of the children in our care. Our program is balanced and developmentally appropriate. It has variations, providing for a wide range of individual experiences. These experiences give the children the opportunity to make choices and take on new challenges. Our centre programs are based on the individual child, thus ensuring it does not exclude any one child. Our goal is to inspire delight, curiosity, and inquiry in the classroom. We are very proud to offer the below to all our families at no additional costs:


    Kindergarten Program
    Our Centre is pleased to be operating a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program with a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. This program is aimed at preparing our pre-prep children for primary school. Our Centre implements the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline and focuses on building upon children’s learning and development including literacy and numeracy skills as well as exploring the foundations of mathematics and science. We are committed to developing and building on community partnerships with local schools, Teachers and families to ensure children are being well prepared for their school years.

    Families with eligible children attending an approved Kindergarten Program may be entitled to a QKFS Plus Kindy Support Subsidy to assist with the out of pocket expenses of attending the program. To be eligible, families must either:

    • Hold a current Health Care Card, Veterans Affairs Card or Australian Government Pension Concession Card 
    • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 
    • Have three or more children enrolled in the same year (must be the same age)

    Your Centre Director can provide you with further information regarding this subsidy.

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    Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA)
    Our Centre also boasts a second language program (French), we are proud participants in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) initiative. ELLA is an Australian Government initiative aimed at reviving the teaching of foreign languages in Australian schools, with the aim of significantly increasing the number of Year 12 students studying a language other than English within a decade.

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    Hey Dee Ho Music Program
    Our professional Music Program is facilitated by ‘Hey Dee Ho Educational Services’. Hey Dee Ho visits our Centre fortnightly. The program is an educational music experience where children learn the concepts of beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch and dynamics in a play-based environment.

    Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words and is known to accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.

    Hey Dee Ho understands that each child has their own unique set of needs and interests. They have developed a range of activities to address the varied developmental needs of all children from birth. From relaxation and mindfulness to playing musical instruments to high energy dances, Hey Dee Ho programs engage and enhance children’s learning and fine motor development while giving them plenty of opportunity for fun.

    Barefoot Nursery
    Our Centre runs a ‘Barefoot Nursery’. Upon entry to the Nursery all Educators, guardians and visitors are required to remove their shoes or place a covering over them. Our babies are sensory explorers; therefore, it is important to us to keep our nursery room floors and environment clean and hygienic. The exceptional cleanliness of the ‘Barefoot Nursery’ concept allows our infants to freely investigate their surroundings without being exposed to unnecessary germs and bacteria.

    Perceptual Motor Program
    Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) activities form a part of our daily routine as your child’s Educators aim to help them become physically active and promote healthy growth as well as development of bones, muscles, flexibility, balance, posture and cardiovascular fitness. It can also help establish connections between different parts of the brain that develop memory and language.

    Vegie Fun Program
    Vegie Fun for Everyone is a 12-week food literacy program run in our Kindergarten Room, created by our very own Healthy Cooking Company designed to develop a positive attitude toward vegetables in children. The Kindergarten children will be encouraged to explore vegetables, leading to positive experiences and self-directed tasting.

    Bush Kindy Program
    Our children eagerly anticipate their weekly Bush Kindy sessions. Each session runs for approximately two hours and begins with a short walk to the Belle Air Drive Park. 

    As part of our Bush Kindy Program we learn all about the world around us and connect with nature whilst always acknowledging the traditional landowners – the Gubbi Gubbi people. Children are given the chance to explore and learn new things, climbing, running and inadvertently expanding upon their gross motor skills. Exploring the plants, trees, rocks and water creates spontaneous conversation, interactions and valuable risk-taking opportunities. The sessions are unstructured and initiated by the children, to inspire problem solving and promote self-confidence.

    Observing insects/animals in their natural habitat is often a highlight for the children, their excitement and intrigue is always evident in their laughter and smiles. The Educators encourage their inquisitive instincts and questions.

    There are many known physical and social benefits to exploring nature and evidence shows that exposure to nature can reduce stress and increase academic performance. This is especially important in the technology driven world we live in where screen time is ever increasing for adults and children alike.

    Little Scientists
    Our Centre is proud to be a Certified Little Scientists House. This program is run daily by demonstrating our commitment to hands-on, inquiry-based learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. It is designed to recognise services and schools that promote an active learning environment, incorporating best practice elements such as inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.

    Swimming Program
    Bellmere Early Education Centre has partnered with a local swim centre to provide swimming lessons for children aged 3 to 5 years. The aim of swimming lessons is to teach children how to be safe in and around water. The program runs weekly, all year round, in 5-week blocks and taught by fully qualified swimming instructors.

    Intergenerational Program
    The Intergenerational Program helps to bridge generational gaps by fostering understanding and building respect between generations. Bellmere Early Education Centre is proudly partnered with the local Nursing Home – New Directions. Once a month the children visit residents at the nursing home, where they participate in a range of activities including singing, arts and crafts and gardening.

  • Healthy Eating
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    We believe food ingredients should come from the kitchen, not from a lab. From this belief came the inspiration to open our own production kitchen, the Healthy Cooking Company. We aim to create and promote natural and wholesome food with a number of health benefits:

    • Organic baby food
    • Preservative Free
    • No artificial flavours
    • Low in sodium & refined sugar
    • Naturally sweetened with honey

    We promise that our nutrition labels will be free of numbers, so there will be no need to decipher nasty food additives. We are dedicated to providing delicious food that your children will love. Parents can rest assured that their little ones are being provided with a good start with healthy, nutritious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea meals provided.

    As Educators, we believe in teaching children that physical activity can be fun as well as good for our bodies and minds. As a result we coordinate exciting exercise programs within our centres that have been developed by our Sports Dietitian in consultation with Primary School Physical Education Teachers. We want the children in our care to experience the numerous health benefits that regular physical activity can provide such as:

    • Stronger muscles and bones
    • Long term positive attitude towards exercise
    • Reduction in the likelihood of becoming overweight
    • Reduction in the likelihood of developing illnesses and diseases

    Through this we aim to incorporate at least three hours of physical activity each day into our room routines and programs with:

    • Morning physical activity routine
    • General indoor physical activity
    • Outdoor experiences
    Sian McCurleySian McCurley
    07:12 10 Mar 23
    The staff are so wonderful and really encourage interests, our daughter found her love of bugs and digging in the garden which was not only supported but actively encouraged. Really good communication between educators and families. Would definitely recommend to send your little one here
    Lani HockeyLani Hockey
    02:44 03 Sep 22
    Bellmere Early Education is an excellent centre full of imagination and creativity. The children are all well engaged and supported throughout their learning experience and encouraged to grow and develop at their own pace, each individual being nurtured in their own unique way.The facilities are fantastic, with two buildings to accommodate all, there's a space for every area of development all the way from the nursery up to before and after school care. The children are encouraged to interact with each other with enabled social growth between the ages. It's a community feeling.The management and staff are parallel to none in my opinion. They are kind, inclusive and sensitive. The children truly are paramount for them. They have made my family, as unconventional as we are, feel so welcomed and even cared for. We are so grateful for the nurturing culture within their "workplace", it just feels like a home. Even the meals are healthy and home cooked and kid friendly.Thanks, Bellmere Early Education Centre!
    Amy BallAmy Ball
    01:03 28 Jun 22
    I have to boys attend the centre 1 14 months and other 4 years I highly recommend this centre, they have gave me great support with boys help me support my son with special needs great team of girls very caring staff towards my boys
    Brittany TurnerBrittany Turner
    02:30 27 Jun 22
    Have been with this service since my child was 4 months old, and they have been absolutely fantasic. such wonderful staff
    Jessica BarborjakJessica Barborjak
    08:36 26 Jun 22
    Our son has been attending since the end of last year, to start the kindergarden program for 2022. The staff is friendly, caring and supportive, the kindy hub is set up great, lots of activities indoors and out for growing little minds. The location is perfect. We couldn't be happier.
    Katie JonesKatie Jones
    12:58 25 Mar 22
    Me and my two children have been part of the Bellmere family for about 6 years. My daughter started when she was only 8 weeks and now she is in grade 2, and my son will be graduating the kindy program this year after being there from 6 months of age. Like any centre, there has been ups and downs over the years, but one thing that has never changed is the amazing care of my children. The staff have always gone above and beyond and I don't just feel like a parent when I drop off and pick up my kids, I feel like part of the furniture now and have a very good relationship with many of the wonderful educators there. Miss Naomi and Miss Jaye have been there from the very start, these amazing ladies are the heart and soul of this place. But also a shout out to Miss Kristeen, I couldn't have asked for a better Kindy teacher for my son, we think you are amazing. And also to Miss Katreena, you always take the time to have a chat and are so very patient and helpful, which I very much appreciate being the not-so-organised mum I am! 🤣
    Kellie CrossKellie Cross
    12:12 25 Mar 22
    Bellmere early education centre is not a babysitting service, and its not comparable to any other service.It's families in relationships with amazing professional care providers in an environment that becomes a second home and a whole bunch of people partnering, trusting, caring and educating each other and our children.This centre has been my children's second home for 7 years. From when my now 10 year old was in kindergarten to now with my near 4 year old attending kindergarten.I have chosen the best care and quality for my children in this centre.Everyone is welcoming and supportive and my little cherubs love the staff for there fun, engaging and interactive learning teaching qualities. 💕
    10:11 25 Mar 22
    My children have attended the Bellmere centre for almost 4 years now and all I can say is the care, love and support this service has and still does provide to my children and family is incredible. I've always been made to feel welcomed by all staff. I would highly recommend this service if you want your child to have the best start in their early years. And I want to thank everyone for always communicating everything about my childrens days to me and my wife. We know they are well looked.
    Holly HodgsonHolly Hodgson
    06:20 21 Mar 22
    Very disappointed with this centre. High staff turnover, poor communication, poor management, staff were silenced when issues were raised. Staff that we were approachable were suddenly not allowed to discuss things with us. The longer the issues went on, the worse the communication/care became. Poor ability to manage children with special needs. Felt abandoned and regret choosing this centre.
    aliesha louisealiesha louise
    07:20 27 Jan 22
    I have just recently re-enroled my kids at bellmere and couldn't be happier with the new management.My kids were welcomed back like they never left and they absolutely love being at daycare. Bellmere has adapted to the current covid climate amazingly and have made at the door drop off and pick up as stress free as possible.The team there are fantastic and are just like one big family. So impressed and very happy we decided to go back!