Cnr Hamilton Rd & Farnell St
Chermside Queensland 4032
Tell us about your career in early childhood. How long have you been working in the industry?
I have been working in Early Childhood since the start of 1996. I began my career as a Group Leader which I loved. I then became an Assistant Director which was when I realised I really wanted to be a Director. I have now been a Director for 15 ½ years, 8 of which at QCCS. I love getting up every morning and going to work to see the children and families and working with my staff and local community.
Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
I currently hold a Bachelor of Child and Family Studies as well as a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, I also have a current blue card along with current First Aid, CPR , Asthma and Anaphylaxis certificates.
When did you first join the QCCS team?
I started with Queensland Childcare Services in July 2008 as the Director of Centre 1. In March 2013 the Centre 2 Director left and I became the sole Director of TPCH and I have never looked back.
What do you find most rewarding about your career in early childhood?
I really enjoy watching all of our children grow and learn. It is wonderful to see them start in our baby’s room and graduate as a Prep ready School student.
I love interacting with my families each and every day and I love being able to care and support them in any way I can. It is also great to broaden our horizons and help and interact with our local community.
Why should families choose The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre?
We welcome with open arms all new families to The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre. We have an awesome staff team with so many skills and abilities ready to play and to scaffold your child’s learning so that they have every opportunity to grow into wonderful little people.
Families should choose The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre because we are an exceeding centre that strives to be excellent. Our centre is very inviting with many great learning spaces including sustainable and natural resources from which you would find around your home.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre now stands and pay respects to Elders, past, present, and emerging. We respectfully acknowledge that these Lands have always been places of learning and teaching.
Please follow the link below to view our Reconciliation Action Plan:
We have been rated as an exceeding centre by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)!
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.
Our state of the art, privately owned centre opened on the 10th April 2007. We are located on the grounds of The Prince Charles Hospital, off Hamilton Rd, Chermside. Just through the large foyer windows you may notice our own little piece of paradise. We have a beautifully landscaped garden area which offers a tranquil retreat for staff and children. This is watered by our two huge water tanks located under the playgrounds. We are a convenient distance from major shopping centres as well as being right next to The Prince Charles Hospital. The centre boasts a private car park with secure pin code entry to the building. All rooms are fully air conditioned with large, open indoor and outdoor play areas designed to inspire and enhance your child’s imagination. The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre is also Open to the Public!
The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre has qualified, friendly and caring staff who can assist you with any needs that you may have. We have an array of long term Educators of both youth and maturity, with most also being fully Qualified. 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.
Our centre boasts:
- Interactive smart boards
- Dynamic Emergent Curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework and Kindergarten guidelines
- Individual child portfolios
- Healthy, nutritious meals with a menu developed by a Dietitian
- Exciting extra curricular activities available including soccer, dancing and gymnastics
- Optional nappy service
- Sun Safety is a priority with a large percentage of the playgrounds covered with shade and the centre aiming to avoid sun exposure between 9am-3pm to give the children that added level of sun protection.
- We cater for children from birth to School age and the centre also offers Before and After School Programmes as well as Vacation Care. Our courtesy buses service Somerset Hills State School, Wavell State School and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Primary School.
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 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. Our programs 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. Our programs incorporate multicultural activities which enhance 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.
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.
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
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
My daughter joined The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre when she was 13 months old as it was time for me to return to Full-Time work. We have been part of The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre family for coming up to 5 years now and cannot imagine life without them. The day I walked through that door and was greeted by Peta Griffin (Director) at the front desk I just knew I was in the right place for my daughter. It’s a big deal asking someone else to care for your child, but I have never doubted that she would receive the best possible care. She has always been treated with kindness and respect and has really grown as a young lady. This is her final year at The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre before big school and I know that her transition will be effortless thanks to the routine and thorough program delivered in the school readiness classes. I couldn’t be happier with her development, social skills and all-round experience she has had at this wonderful Day Care. Each day my daughter returns home with good memories of a beautiful fun filled day and is so cheerful when she wakes up and always happy to be dropped off. The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre is well organized, well-resourced and well maintained. Children are encouraged to explore and interact with the environment to make meaning and knowledge through their experiences and social interactions. Everyone at The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre are treated fairly and lovingly irrespective of one’s cultural background. All the staff have a genuine passion for children and are a dynamic and inspirational team. They ensure that learning is fun, creative and nurturing so that the children develop to their full potential. They have great communication system where I receive emails at the end of a day complete with photos. My son is now also at The Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre and I know that he too will be enriched by this wonderful learning environment. Thank you all for your kindness and dedication shown to the children and especially to my daughter and son.
My children are right at home at this centre. We cannot thank each and every one of the educators who have taught and nurtured my kids since they started. There are bees, hermit crabs and chickens which my little ones absolutely adore 🙂
I have had 2 children at Prince Charles Early Education Centre and been a part of this centre since 2014. Having tried other centres before coming to Prince Charles, I couldn’t be happier that I made the swap. Juggling children’s day care and work can be overwhelming sometimes but I find Peta and the staff to be very flexible and accommodating and always help out where possible. The staff listen to me and are happy to work with me. Both my kids have loved being at the centre and as a mother I couldn’t be any happier with the amount of love and attention they receive by the carers. Such a fun-loving place for the children and I highly recommend to any parents.
I have absolutely loved sending both boys to you and after being disappointed with centres before you, you showed me how fantastic a day care can be. I always felt happy and confident dropping my boys off to you and all the staff you have are absolutely wonderful and a credit to you as manager.
A special word of thanks to you and Sharyn who always did so much to accommodate us and to Michelle & Shannon who did such a magnificent job preparing Rory for school, I truly believe that it was down to her that Rory started school with such confidence.
I hope we are as lucky again with another centre.
“I just wanted to email you, in case I don’t get the chance to tell you in person this week, how absolutely thrilled we were to have an excursion with the Kindy A group today. Sharni, Sheridan and Marnie are so clearly committed and passionate about teaching our children; to give up their Sunday to come along, bring us together with other Kindy A families, to see the Dinosaur exhibition at the Museum….This is well and truly going above and beyond. We could not be more happy with the centre and you and your team deserve a huge congratulations for making the effort to develop such a great learning atmosphere for our most precious little humans. Thank you.” – Melissa James
“Thanks for all you have done in providing the best care ever for Ella over the past 18 months. We have been thrilled and are saddened to be having a break while the twins get better.”
“Thank you so much for providing excellent care and assisting me with any queries i have ever had about Piper’s care. We will both miss this centre greatly.”
“We would like to thank the Directors and all their staff for what we believe is by far the best daycare centre they have ever attended. Keep up the great work!”
“We are more than satisfied with the level of care and education provided for our daughter by the Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre. The staff have been very welcoming and concerned with what we were looking for in deciding to place our child in care. The personalised care that has been offered to Ella has been of the highest professional standard. We have every confidence in the Prince Charles Hospital Early Education Centre when we drop Ella off each day.” – Erin and Michael
“As a full time working parent I require care for long days and I am always confident that my daughter is being loved and cared for at all times. She has already developed bonds with staff and other children and she always comes home talking about the exciting things she has been doing throughout the day. I can confidently leave every morning knowing she is in safe hands, even if not every goodbye is a happy one.”