Bethania Early Education Centre

Bethania Early Education Centre
66 Station Road
Bethania Queensland 4205
Phone: (07) 3805 1375
  • Our Director

     Name: Bernadette Missen

    Tell us about your career in early childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?
    I began my journey in the Early Years Industry in March 2003 at Bethania Early Education Centre as a Trainee. Through study and years of experience, I have been able to work my way up to become the Nominated Supervisor at Bethania Early Education Centre. I absolutely love working in the Early Years Industry and would not change my career for anything.

    Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
    I hold an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma in Children’s Services, Child Protection, current First Aid, CPR Certificate, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management Training and Blue Card.

    When did you first join the QCCS team?
    I joined the QCCS team in 2003 and it has been the best decision of my childcare career so far. I started as a trainee in 2003 and worked my way up to being a Nominated Supervisor in 2008. I am proud to say I have been at the Service for 21 years.

    What do you find most rewarding about your career in early childhood?
    I feel the most rewarding aspect of my career is being able to be a part of our families and children’s lives, watching them grow and develop from small infants to children ready for big school. Having these bonds with children and their parents is hugely rewarding and knowing that we are helping and making a difference in the lives of the families that we care for is a great feeling. I am passionate about being inclusive and ensuring all children have the chance to learn through play base learning.

    Why should families choose Bethania Early Education Centre?
    Families should choose Bethania Early Education Centre because we are a high quality Centre with very long term, dedicated, highly qualified staff. Our Centre is very sustainable with lots of recycled resources available for the children to utilise on a daily basis. Our Centre is very homely and we use a lot of natural resources from which you would find around your own home. We offer a swimming program, intergenerational play and Bush Kindy as part of our Kindy program.

    Why do you choose to work for QCCS?
    QCCS is a privately owned company that has a strong passion and vision for the health and well-being of all children. The company is dedicated to ensuring that all children in their Centres are provided with safe environments along with incorporating healthy meals and giving daily opportunities for physical activities. QCCS has a supportive management and administration team that is always available to assist services and goes above and beyond to support Centre Directors and Educators. This is why I work for Queensland Childcare Services.

  • Our Centre
  • Welcome to Bethania Early Education Centre and Pre-School. Our Centre is located across the road from the Blue Care Residential Aged Care Facility and a short 450m walk from the Bethania Train Station.

    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 May 1993 and caters for 75 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. The schools we currently service are Bethania Lutheran Primary School, Waterford State School and Edens Landing 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
  • 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 (Mandarin), 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.

    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.

    Bare Foot 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.

    Bush Kindy Program
    Our children eagerly anticipate their fortnightly Bush Kindy sessions. Each session runs for approximately one hour and begins with a short walk to the Noffke Park, Bethania. 

    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 Yugambeh 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.

    Swimming Program
    Bethania 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. Bethania Early Education Centre is proudly partnered with the local Blue Care Residential Aged Care Facility. 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.

    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.

    Veggie Fun Program
    Veggie 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.

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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
  • Awards
  • Excellence in Inclusive Practice Award

    Healthy Cooking Company’s Most Engaged Centre 2023

    Braidy-Lee HughesBraidy-Lee Hughes
    06:35 24 Aug 22
    Our daughter has only just started going to the centre, and the educators have helped make it a smooth transition for her in Junior Kindy. Its a very welcoming environment for the children, and the new outdoor play area is lovely.Being a smaller centre too makes it feel more homely, which is something we really appreciate. Thank you for all of the hard work that you do.
    Lauren SolmanLauren Solman
    05:06 23 Aug 22
    My two girls have attended this centre since they were both 17 months old and my eldest is about to graduate Kindergarten, so this speaks volumes about how much I LOVE this centre. The teachers, the parents, the kids are all like family and I could not have wished for a better start for my children on their schooling journey. My eldest daughter gets to participate in a free swimming lesson every week and she gets to play amongst nature with Bethania's Bush Kindy program. My son is due to start in the nursery in January next year and I feel so good knowing I am sending him to a loving, caring and nurturing centre as he will only be 7 months old. It makes the transition alot easier knowing that he will be taken great care of. Hands down, a wonderful place of learning and play ❤
    Kalena PadlieKalena Padlie
    11:35 18 Aug 22
    My daughter has been attending for well over a year now. She started when she was just 6 months old.Not the easiest decision for myself but I was informed I could call a million times during the day and they'd answer each call.When we first enquired. My biggest priority when looking for a centre, was to find a centre with long serving staff. This was the main reason for us enrolling our daughter.However, also when I walked in, to look into the centre. It instantly felt like a family friends home. The family orientated feeling was enough for me to enrol our daughter.If I'm running late, and the morning looks like we're half ready for the day and having a crazy moment. We're always greeted with a good morning. If feels nice and it allows me to slow down.Our daughter enjoys going everyday and i couldn't be more appreciative of all the staff who do look after our daughter.
    Laurie MillsLaurie Mills
    08:53 09 Aug 22
    We have not long started here but I have nothing but good things to say. All the staff have made our transition to daycare easy and as stress free as possible. Staff are amazing, and listen to all my concerns and questions, and everyone is so approachable and welcoming. I am so glad I decided to send my daughter here. Thank you for making it such a lovely experience ☺️
    Sinead DuncanSinead Duncan
    05:57 09 Aug 22
    This is the 2nd daycare centre my children have been to and from day one it has been welcoming. Everyone from the office ladies, kitchen staff & teachers are friendly and connect with the children in a special individual way.
    tara morastara moras
    06:48 15 Jul 22
    Bethania early education staff- are not staff they are family. They provide the best care and support. My two boys have attend the centre since they where 12 months old. I've always felt comfortable with each and every staff member. The level of communication is amazing- they are always providing updates and photo etc. I would recommend the centre to any parents -as the staff are truly wonderful caring people who go beyond to make the children feel safe and supported.
    Rebecca MurrayRebecca Murray
    10:02 15 Apr 21
    Fantastic on all levels. I couldn't say more. Really lovely people and great with the kids.
    Kirsty MKirsty M
    05:43 04 Dec 20
    I have put my daughter into this day care and she has thrived since being there. Starting with social issues and speaking issues her needs were taken into consideration and the staff have managed her beautifully there. The communication with regards to anything relating to her has always been done well. I was very scared in the beginning with going to a big centre but those fears have certainly been pushed away. She now has friends her own age and is growing in confidence every day. Thanks to all the wonderful staff for taking care of her, I could not of asked for a better day care.