Ipswich Early Education Centre

Ipswich Early Education Centre
1 Samford Rd
Leichhart Queensland 4305
Phone: (07) 3282 9300
Email: ipswich@qccs.com.au
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/V7xi25jAU2URCHpR8
  • Our Director


    Name: Tamarah Hobbs

    Tell us about your career in Early Childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?
    I have been in the industry for 10 years as a OSHC Educator, Lead Educator for long daycare and Assistant Director.

    Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
    I hold a Diploma in children’s services which has provided me the knowledge and practices to support, care and extend on children’s development and learning. Giving each child the highest quality of care.

    When did you first join the QCCS team?
    I joined the QCCS team in February 2020.

    What do you find most rewarding about your career in Early Childhood?
    What I find most rewarding about my job is being able to build strong relationships and attachments with the children and families. This is an important role and allows me to nurture, support and educate each child as well as observing them as they grow and develop through the skills they have learnt through their journey. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to make a difference in a child’s life, providing a child with the skills to becoming a confident and involved learner.

    Why should families choose Ipswich Early Education Centre?
    Ipswich Early Education Centre has a team of dedicated and passionate Educators who aim to provide the highest quality of care for your child. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment where children engage in a range of learning experiences that foster the child’s individual interests.

    Why do you choose to work for QCCS?
    QCCS provides an opportunity for all families to receive the highest quality of care and education for their child. Educators at QCCS are supported to continue to develop their skills and knowledge to be able to provide the best quality of care to children. QCCS also celebrates diversity and welcomes educators and families from different culture backgrounds.

  • Our Centre
  • Welcome to Ipswich Early Education Centre and Preschool! Our Centre is located across the road from Leichhardt 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 November 1996 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. 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 schools we currently service are West Ipswich State School, Immaculate Heart School and Leichhardt 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 (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.

    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.

    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.

    Swimming Program
    Ipswich 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. Ipswich Early Education Centre is proudly partnered with 3 local Nursing Homes. Once a month children in our Centre visit residents at the nursing home, where they participate in a range of activities including singing, arts and crafts and gardening.

    Bush Kindy Program
    Our children eagerly anticipate their monthly Bush Kindy sessions. Each session runs for approximately two hours and begins with a short walk next door to the Castle Hill Blackston Reserve and the Forest Area at Leichhardt State School. 

    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 Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul 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.

    Veggie Fun Program
    Veggie Fun for Everyone is a 12 week food literacy program 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 and 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.

  • 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
    Taylor-Lee DawsonTaylor-Lee Dawson
    07:44 01 Apr 23
    This centre is absolutely amazing, the staff are so beautiful and caring. My children always want to be at daycare and never want to leave. My youngest wasn’t eating for ages and now she is eating because of them 💕 I would 100% recommend this centre to anybody. They have lots of activities and events. My oldest daughter will definitely be sad when she leaves next year for big school 💕
    Keara AbdooKeara Abdoo
    00:00 23 Mar 23
    My son started in June 2022 after being diagnosed with level 3 ASD and I cannot explain how amazing and accommodating the staff at the centre have been. He now begs to go to day care every day and has made so many amazing relationships with all the educators. Everyday we walk in he is smiles (aside from the occasional teary goodbye ) he has gone from being this shy little boy to such an outgoing happy little boy thanks to this centre. I cannot recommend them enough! Thank you so much Ipswich early learning team!
    Sarah MaherSarah Maher
    02:54 16 Mar 23
    Absolutely love this centre. It has now had 3 of my 5 kids going here. And are always so friendly and they make the time and effort to get to know each and every member of the family. I would highly recommend this centre
    Kristen HendersonKristen Henderson
    21:02 14 Mar 23
    A great place, my children love attending. Great nutritional meals, I love being able to contribute via the StoryPark App.Educators are kind and caring, always happy to give my little ones big cuddles when they're not so sure on staying.
    Talija SelimichTalija Selimich
    12:36 14 Mar 23
    Couldn’t be happier that my son attends this daycare. The educators put so much effort into making sure the kids and growing and learning. Anytime I’ve had a query or concern they have been listened to and actioned. Tamarah, Peita, as well as the other staff, have been more than happy to help and made sending my child to daycare so much more enjoyable.
    Elizabeth WhinfieldElizabeth Whinfield
    01:04 22 Feb 23
    My kids have been attending for 3 months now. They love the fun activities, healthy food and making friends. The educators are wonderful and caring, some days one of 3 decide they want to be upset over me leaving or not going to the big play area so the educators give them a hug to make it better. They even checked up on us when my eldest was in hospital for a week.. Thank you to the wonderful team at Ipswich Early Education
    Skye HallSkye Hall
    07:56 28 May 22
    The educators at this daycare are amazing. My eldest is always asking if it's a daycare day. They serve healthy nutritious food and always communicate about your child.Update my youngest has been off sick and the educators have been checking to see how she is and she even cries when we drop her sister off as she can't go.My girls love all the educators here as do we.
    Jas MJas M
    23:39 26 May 22
    What more can one say about this Centre other than it is a wonderful place. The staff and educators are all amazing and they have the magic touch when it comes to the children.The outstanding team led by their nurturing leader Tamarah just have that "gift" and it truly shows with our kids coming home each day in a great mood with fun and happy stories telling us of their achievements.Tamarah and the team are always acknowledging special days & dates on the calender and it seems nearly every month there is a raffle or give-away or something to help out and support the local community.The facility itself has a warm and inviting vibe which stems from the staff and also the interior decoration, the centre has grown into a warm welcoming place, a nice step up from its predecessor.Separate rooms for the differing age groups are set-up wonderfully with educational and sensory play equipment, the educators are all terrific and having this facility offer before and after school care is one the best aspects for us.I can't speak highly enough of Ipswich Early Education Centre and Preschool.My definitive recommendation for somewhere to have your children looked after.If I could give 10 stars, I would!
    Michelle SmithMichelle Smith
    08:21 24 May 22
    My son has been going to Ipswich early education centre for several years now and is like part of the family.. he has nothing but the best experiences and the teacher's are really great! He has his favourite who has been there for the same amount of years too..
    Holly ParfittHolly Parfitt
    02:53 24 May 22
    This center deserves more then 5 starts but i can only give 5. My daughter attended this service when she was a toddler and she ending up loving it so much she attended TV he center for a further 3 years and still attends when vacation care comes around. It’s been truly amazing. The facilities, the care, communication and not to forget the incredible staff. We ended up sending our youngest there as well. Even when we lived 40 mins away we loved the center so much we still sent our kids there. Absolutely love it!
    tarrin johnstarrin johns
    04:23 23 May 22
    With several previous daycare mishaps i moved y children here and best decision of all time,My children started mid to late June 2019, one of my daughters is non-verbal autism and many more medical conditions the positive team members here have had the challenges with her and that i am so thankful for ive done all the struggle on my own but the team here have helped not only myself but my daufhters daily challengers. All 3 of my girls have gone here and now my son is about to start his journey through the nursery. I'm given daily reports on children's progress for the day n all staff members are always bright and bubbly friendly and all are great team strategy builders working together not only with the fellow staff but us as parents also I will continue to praise this centre always best daycare out by far
    Aimee TurnerAimee Turner
    02:22 23 May 22
    We recently transferred from another centre. The transition has been amazing with the centre and staff being so helpful in making sure our little one is happy and content, getting to know his preferences and ours. The daily updates about meal times, sleep and play are really helpful and great peace of mind. We love seeing all the photos of what they do each day. I would recommend the centre to friends and family asking.