Crestmead Early Education Centre

Crestmead Early Education Centre
2 Pine Grove Drive
Crestmead Queensland 4132
Phone: (07) 3801 6800
  • Our Director

    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  In this time I have worked from Assistant, Lead Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Director and Director. Having been in these roles has allowed me to gain skills and knowledge relevant to our Sector. As a Nominated Supervisor I strive to better my understanding of the Eveolution of the Early years and enjoy learning new ways to support our children, families, Educators and community. 

    Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
    I currently hold a an Advance Diploma in community sector and managment , CPR, First Aid and Asthma Anaphylaxis Certificates. I also hold multiple certificates from professional development courses including but not limited to; Understanding National Quality Frameworks, Using AEDC data for early intervention, STEM, sustainability, child protection and behaviour management, NDIS pathways and early interventions. 

    When did you first join the QCCS team?
    I originally started my Early Childhood Career with Queensland Childcare Services at the 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. I feel like this is my home within the company and find I am most valued working in a community I also live in. 

    What do you find most rewarding about your career in early childhood?
    I love being part of a community that is committed to supporting children in growth and development. I find so rewarding the relationships that has been built between myself and the children, families and the greater community. I love the connections that have been made and really value that this industry is continually on the growth to better supporting and understanding  our yearly years children. 

    Why should families choose Crestmead Early Education Centre?
    Our Centre is very inviting with many great learning spaces including sustainable and natural resources from which you could find around your home. We have long term and dedicated staff that really build learning around children’s interest and family input. We are involved within our community and our goal is to show our children in our care the importance of community involvement and connection. We are a service that advocates for children and families and the needs of the community and will use inclusive practices as the foundation of our business. 

    Why do you choose to work for QCCS?
    QCCS is a supportive company that strive for children to have the best opportunity and experience while attending to help support their growth and development to set them up for a positive future. I really enjoy my time being in a management position under QCCS as they support me in my professional and personal growth helping me achieve my goals. QCCS understands that community needs are what drives a service and supports all services of their vision, philosophy and pedagogical practices. 




    Name: 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, Asthma and 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 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
  • Welcome to Crestmead Early Education Centre and Preschool. We are located on the corner of Pine Grove Road.

    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 August 2011 and caters for 150 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 currently service St Francis College, Marsden State School, Logan Reserve State School and Crestmead 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
    • Optional nappy service for children 2 years and under

    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 Centre have our own pet Chickens which enable the children to learn about the environment and how to live an eco-friendly way. The children get involved by collecting the eggs and taking out the scraps. Chickens are a fantastic learning experience that our teachers incorporate into their programs daily.

    Vision for Reconciliation:
    Here at Crestmead Early Education Centre our vision for reconciliation is a vibrant and connected service that welcomes all its members and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and people. As we embark on this journey with out local and wider communities, we will be respectful to the Elder’s part, present and emerging and seek better understanding of Aboriginal culture and heritage. Reconciliation means to the QCCS Crestmead community working together to achieve respect, trust and equality between cultures. Our vision is to remember, reflect and learn from history to build stronger relationships and come together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

    We will focus on developing and building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our service by engaging in celebrations and acknowledging significant dates. The Centre will look for guidance and collaboration between our Educators and local Elders, families and community members to learn about the crucial impact that we have in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child growing to be inclusive of cultural diversity and to reduce tokenism. Our vision for reconciliation is to create a culturally safe environment that supports a strong identity and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 

    Acknowledgement Statement:
    We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes for Aboriginal people.

    Crestmead’s Children’s Acknowledgement to Country:
    “Here is the land, here is the sky,
    Here are my friends and here am I.
    Our land is Yugambeh land,
    Our land is Yugambeh land,
    We stand on Yugambeh land,
    We stand on Yugambeh land.
    Hands up, Hands down, we stand on Yugambeh ground.”

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  • 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 (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.

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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.

    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.

    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.

    Bush Kindy Program
    Our children eagerly anticipate their fortnightly Bush Kindy sessions. Each session runs for approximately two hours and begins with a short bus ride to the Crestmead Park bush land. 

    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
    Crestmead Early Education Centre has partnered with a local swim centre to provide swimming lessons for children aged 3 and up. The aim of swimming lessons is to teach children how to be safe in and around water. The program runs weekly, in line with the Queensland school terms and taught by fully qualified swimming instructors.

    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.

  • 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
  • Awards
  • Kindicare 2023

    Innovation in Learning Environment & Design Award 2022

    Advancing Pedagogy and Practice Award 2021

    Kardyne VicaryKardyne Vicary
    23:31 03 Apr 23
    Best daycare for my girls after our horrible experience at the previous one. We are always greeted kindly, my girls are happy to be dropped off and have both settled in amazingly! They listen to what you say and need for you children. Have only been here a few months but we absolutely love the centre and the lovely staff in it!
    Caron Te MoniCaron Te Moni
    05:37 03 Apr 23
    The team at Crestmead Early Education Centre are really helpful especially when you have just moved to the country. Highly recommended, very friendly and understanding staff🤗
    Ayla StaraceAyla Starace
    00:44 16 Dec 22
    I highly recommend Creastmead Early Education Centre! My daughter absolutely adores it here. The staff are incredible and truly care about all of the children, the food for the kids is nutritious, creative and fun, the facilities are incredible and my daughter is always happy to go!
    Lala TuariLala Tuari
    03:35 02 Aug 22
    I’m sad to say that my daughter is leaving this daycare due to us moving my daughter was at this daycare for not long and within that time it was awesome the staff are friendly and welcoming my daughter always enjoyed her time and the academic levels are outstanding my daughter learnt a lot and gained a lot here at this daycare I had a bad experience prior to the daycare before and ever since she had came to this daycare her confidence has boosted talking skills has improved thanks so much crestmead early education Center 😊
    Ashley HannantAshley Hannant
    22:50 25 Apr 22
    An absolute life saving child care Centre! We had to re locate to Logan for 6 months and needing a really amazing play based Centre for our 4 year old, he has thrived and become so happy! We have never had any issues and can Recommend them enough, even though we were there for a short time we honestly felt like he was cared for in the best of ways!!!
    I had a great experience taking my 3-month old baby to this center. I was very scared of taking my baby to day care that little, but the professionalism and loving nature of the staff were outstanding from the time I arrive to this center. They gave me confidence that my baby was going to be looked after well and I never had any issues. I recommend this center 100%
    Amy CaldwellAmy Caldwell
    07:13 31 Mar 22
    We have been at the centre for the last couple of years and cannot fault the centre. We have really felt apart of the community and our kids love attending especially before and after school care where they have made some good friends. They have a great bus system which allows for drop off and pick ups from school and the kids always love going on the bus. We would definitely recommend and will miss the centre when we move in a couple of weeks. Thank you so much to all the educators and staff for always making us feel welcome.
    K FosterK Foster
    05:42 22 Feb 22
    Such a great centre, the staff are always so friendly and welcoming. My son loves attending!
    Inthe ditchInthe ditch
    08:47 21 Feb 22
    I’ve sent 3 of my kids to this centre, I can not fault them at all. They get fed better at daycare than I would even think to cook at home, even I want a kindy lunch. The staff are so inviting & they do deeply care for your children as if they were their own. I’ve had kids going to this centre for 13 years, I would never go anywhere else. Huge shoutout to Miss Jess, Miss Stacy & the team.
    Kayla FletcherKayla Fletcher
    07:22 21 Feb 22
    My niece started there mid last year and has loved it. The educators really help her adjust and they are all so lovely and welcoming. They have an awesome healthy menu each week that she absolutely loves. Highly recommend!
    Francis SialeFrancis Siale
    05:19 18 Feb 22
    I would not recommend this centre if you have an overly active child. My son attended this daycare when he was 1 year old right upto last year before his 4th birthday in September. We had no problems until last year June - October when I finally had to pull my children out because I was getting phone calls almost every day he was in their care to collect him. One day I dropped him at 8am and got a call same day before 9am to collect because "it was raining - and they would not be able to use outside as another outlet to keep him occupied" the last few weeks before pulling him out I had also noticed a change in his behaviour he use to love the centre but would cry that he did not want to go. Fast forward from October til today (Feb) We have since been at another learning centre who has been able to facilitate him - I had also made sure I was honest with them about my child's situation and that he was overly active. Since being at this new day care he has grown so much and it is visible in his behaviour and he is so much more happier. It was a bonus too that I had not received one call about his behaviour instead many encouraging messages on how much he was growing (Sitting on the mat with his peers) and enjoying his new environment. My review is there for parents to question this daycare if it suits your child especially if he/she is overly active, before you enrol your child because those daily phone calls while I was at work led me to panic attacks and anxiety too.
    07:48 05 May 21
    The staff are really lovely and my daughter feels a sense of belonging since enrolling at Crestmead Early Education Centre. She has not been there for long and is settling in really well. We have not had any complaints and enjoy seeing daily updates about what she gets up to each day. Very informative staff. We feel huge relief leaving her at daycare while we go to work knowing she is safe.