Crestmead Early Education Centre

Crestmead Early Education Centre
2 Pine Grove Drive
Crestmead Queensland 4132
Australia
Phone: (07) 3803 4444
Email: crestmead@qccs.com.au
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  • Our Director
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    Name:

    Jessica Parry

    Tell us about your career in early childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?

    I have been in the Early Childhood sector since 2002 when i commenced working as an Assistant at our Bethania Early Education Centre. In 2004 I started working here at our Crestmead Centre as an Assistant. In 2010 I completed My Diploma of Children’s Services and I was more than eager to start my journey as a Lead Educator.  After building on my experience over the years I had the pleasure of being offered the position of Assistant Director where I learnt skills that have prepared me for the Director role.

    Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?

    I currently hold a Diploma in Children’s Services, CPR, First Aid and Asthma Anaphylaxis certificates. I also hold multiple certificates from professional development courses including but not limited to programming, STEM, sustainability, child protection and behaviour management.

    When did you first join the QCCS team?

    I originally started my early childhood career with Queensland Childcare services at their Bethania centre in 2002. I took a year off to start a family before returning to the Crestmead centre in 2004 and I have been here ever since.

    What do you find most rewarding about your career in early childhood?

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow as a result of our environment. I love to build relationships with families and children and support them throughout their stay at the service 

    Why should families choose Crestmead Early Education Centre?

    We at Crestmead strive to ensure each families individual needs are catered for in a unique manner. We have a professional team with many skills that we apply to our wonderful growing centre. We are passionate about our open door policy and encourage all of our families to become involved in the centre to create a memorable experience at Crestmead.

     

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    Stacey Waller

    Tell us about your career in Early Childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?

    I have worked in the childcare industry since 2010.

    Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?

    I currently hold a Diploma in Children’s Services, CPR, First Aid and Asthma Anaphylaxis certificates. Also hold multiple certificates from professional development courses including but not limited to programming, STEM, sustainability, child protection and behaviour management.

    When did you first join the QCCS team?

    I joined the QCCS team in 2011 when they purchased the Crestmead service I was currently working at. 

    What do you find most rewarding about your career in Early Childhood?

    What I find most rewarding is getting to know the children and their families within the centre. I enjoy watching children grow and learn new things.

    Why should families choose Crestmead Early Education Centre?

    We at Crestmead strive to ensure each family’s individual needs are catered for in a unique manner. We have a professional team with many skills that we apply to our wonderful growing centre. We are passionate about our open-door policy and encourage all of our families to become involved in the centre to create a memorable experience at Crestmead.

    Why do you choose to work for QCCS?

    QCCS are a dedicated and passionate company who focus on providing high quality care to families. They are supportive to staff and give continuous development opportunities. 

     

  • Our Centre
  • Our centre aims to be at the forefront of industry developments and trends. This is why at QCCS your child will benefit from an array of experiences:

    • Interactive Smart Boards
    • Online Child Portfolios
    • Fresh, nutritious meals made by our own kitchen facility, the Healthy Cooking Company
    • Physical activity program with a focus on yoga for kids
    • Introduction to a second language
    • Staff training and development delivered by our own training college, the Australian Institute of Early Childhood Studies
    • eWater sanitiser used throughout our centres as part of our commitment to providing a healthy learning environment

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    Our centre is proud to be a Little Scientists House by demonstrating our commitment to inquiry-based learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs in our early childhood centre.

    We also offer a free bus service which transports children to and from the local schools in the area and to and from home if families are unable arrange transport (conditions apply). We currently service St Francis college, Marsden State Primary, Logan Reserve Primary and Crestmead State School.

    Our team
    Our team has qualified, friendly and caring staff who are committed to continually improving their skills and abilities. All new employees of QCCS attend an Induction session prior to commencing at any of our child care centres. This ensures they will be well equipped to step into their new role. In addition, we provide regular professional development opportunities, monthly centre Directors meetings and Quarterly Assistant Directors meetings to ensure that all of our staff are up to date with industry developments.

    Sustainability focus
    At QCCS 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
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    Our centre is pleased to be operating a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program with an Early Childhood Teacher, aimed at preparing our pre-prep children for primary schooling. Our centre implements the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline and focuses on building upon children’s learning and development including literacy and numeracy skills and 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 with automatic Health Care Card entitlements
    • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or have a child who does)
    • Have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year.

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

    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, 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.

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    Our centre also boasts a second language program (Japanese), 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.

    The programs we offer are child based and cater for your child’s individual skills and abilities, as well as promoting a family friendly environment where children can feel safe and loved. This includes multicultural activities which enhance the children’s understanding of traditions, music, language, dance and celebrations of a wide variety of different cultures. We also offer a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) which fosters the children’s self esteem, hand eye co-ordination, gross motor and co-operation skills.

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    Our professional Music Program is facilitated by ‘Hey Dee Ho Educational Services’ and is included at no additional cost to families. The program is an educational music experience where children learn the concepts of beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch and dynamics in a play based environment https://heydeeho.com.au/ourprograms/#music

     

  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Cooking Company Pty Ltd_Final_23082012 copyWe 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
  • Testimonials
  • My family has been a part of the Crestmead childcare centre for just over 10 years. All 3 of my children have attended utilising both the day care and before/after school care they provide. I know I can leave for work and my children are in not only safe hands but also caring hands. The team there are honestly like our second family. They share in our victories when our kids reach achievements/milestones and are also a source of support when needed. The staff are very approachable, friendly and have a wealth of knowledge, which I have called upon many a times.

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    Our son Sam has been attending Crestmead early education centre for nearly 4 years, 3 of which a school age. Samuel has pretty much always enjoyed his time there. He has developed some strong bonds with the educators and made lots of great friends. We have found that the staff at Crestmead value their families and children and strive to meet the individual needs of the children. I know this to be a fact as our son suffers from ADHD and ODD and struggles in a lot of social situations. The team has always been very supportive of Sam and his special needs.

    The staff work hard to make sure that the children are learning and developing to the best of their abilities and we could tell that a lot of hard work and dedications goes into planning learning experience for the children by the reporting and documentation made available to parents via Childcarers.

    The way they interact with Samuel is heart-warming to say the least. We had to pull Samuel out when I changed jobs over a year ago, but it wasn’t long before we brought him back as we felt the quality and standards did not come close to what he had at Crestmead. It will be a sad day when Samuel has to leave permanently but his time there will be cherished and remembered for years to come.

    You guys are wonderful. We appreciate all that you do not only for Sammy but for our family. Thank you for going above and beyond.

    The Meeds Family.

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    I’ve looked at day care centres in Park ridge and Boronia heights and by far I’m glad that I chose Crestmead Early Education Centre. It’s very inviting as soon as you enter the office. The staff are very friendly and easy going. I also like the updates and photos we get daily of the activities that the kids are doing. 

    April 

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    “Our experience with both the centres as a whole and with the staff one on one has been great. My little boy has been attending the centre since the tender age of 5 months old and the support we were given emotionally by all the staff was amazing. They understood that its not easy leaving your little precious one with strangers to care for them and to be honest after only a short time we now feel like he is loved and cared for by his teachers just as he would by a family member. Our stresses or concerns are always addressed too and we aren’t made to feel bad about voicing them. We are constantly receiving daily updates of our child’s development and requests from the staff asking which areas of their development we would like them to focus on – not just working to a set curriculum. I can honestly say without a doubt I made the right choice choosing Crestmead Early Education Centre for my son.”

    Deb

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    My family have been with Crestmead Early Education for the past five years. My daughter had just turned one and I had decided to return to work but was very nervous about putting her into care as well as my six-year-old son who was needing before/after school care. I stumbled upon Crestmead Early Education Centre completely by accident, this turned out to be the best accident I’ve ever made! I had scheduled a visit to two nearby day cares and left both feeling discouraged, disheartened and reluctant as neither were what I was looking for. My visits felt orchestrated, all that was discussed were financials and the children just didn’t look happy. On the drive home, I happened to notice CEE and decided to go in. I hadn’t made an appointment, yet the staff were friendly and didn’t mind at all happily answering all my questions and showing me through. The facility was bright and clean and most importantly to me the children were so happy. 

    My daughter recently started school and we were delighted to find out that because of CEE’s outstanding educational programme my daughter and six of her fellow day care friends were put up from prep straight to grade 1. Could not thank you more for not only providing exceptional care for my children and the peace of mind I needed to return to the workforce but also the great head start Harper has received in her education. 

    Caryn Hawkins 

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    I would like to take the time out and say what a wonderful job Juanita and Claire are doing in their school readiness room. I am always informed about my daughters day and can see  how much she is progressing in letter recognition and spelling her own name.  I feel confident in the service that they are getting her ready to face her new journey next year into big school as can say the educators have made a big impact on her early years

    Thanks team at Crestmead

    Michael. L 

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    Hi Juanita,

    Just letting you know I have been reading the updates everyday and its lovely to see what the kids are doing !!

    I know how much work you put into the online updates. I appreciate the time you take to let us know whats going on in the kindy room.

     

    Holly

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