Cnr Ipswich Rd & O'Keefe St
Woolloongabba Queensland 4102
Name: Tracey Adams
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 1990. During that time I have worked in various roles as an Assistant, Group Leader, Director then a Validator with the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC), travelling all over Australia before finally settling back into the role of a Director/Manager running a 106 place Centre and managing a 64 place Centre daily. I absolutely love working in the child care industry and would not change my career for anything.
Tell us about the relevant qualifications you hold that assists you in your position?
I currently hold my Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, Senior First Aid, I’m Alert Food Safety, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Certificates as well as Child Protection and Fire Training.
When did you first join the QCCS team?
I joined the QCCS team in 2011 and it has been the best decision of my childcare career so far.
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.
Why should families choose PA Hospital Early Education Centre?
Families should choose PA Hospital Early Education Centre as we have an open door policy. We are a high quality Centre with very long term, dedicated and highly qualified staff. Our Centre is very sustainable with lots of recycled resources available for the children to utilise on a daily basis. We also have our very own mini orchard and edible vegetable and herb garden that the children can eat from each day as they wish.
Why do you choose to work for QCCS?
From my first interview with QCCS back in 2011 until now, I have always felt appreciated and respected. The genuine care that the company shows their Directors and staff is amazing. The owners go out of their way to make you feel like you are a part of the family.
Welcome to PA Hospital Early Education Centre and Preschool. Our Centre is located on the grounds of Princess Alexandra Hosptial, Woolloongabba. We are easily accessible for PA Hospital employees and also a convenient distance from Centro Buranda Shopping Centre as well as the bus way.
We have been rated as an Exceeding Centre by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)!
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 2009 and caters for 75 children aged from birth to school age.
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 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
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.
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:
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.
Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA)
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.
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 bush land located on the hospital grounds.
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 Turrbal 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.
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. https://heydeeho.com.au/ourprograms/#music
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.
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.
Vegie Fun Program
Vegie 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.
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.
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
…I can’t recommend this Centre highly enough. The staff are wonderful – very caring, compassionate and fun. They take a common-sense approach to looking after children and clearly enjoy their jobs. The activities organised for the children are educational, engaging and lots of fun. The Centre manager, Tracey is very kind and approachable and keeps parents up to date with relevant updates and information – we even get sent photos and updates from their day which I love reading. The Centre is clean and tidy, and the outside play areas are wonderful – my daughter loves the garden and the chooks. The Centre also has great ethics and has a strong focus on sustainability which is great to teach our children. Meals are provided which is a huge bonus for busy parents! The food is healthy and my daughter loves the meals. I think you can gauge how good a child care Centre is by the kids who go there – my daughter and her friends are so very happy here. Brilliant place.
How spoilt we have been to have 4 meals a day provided, by a quality catering company, we honestly don’t know how we will ever make school lunches which even come close!!
The staff were so caring when our youngest first started, they persisted so patiently to find the best bottle, settling techniques, and always called if they couldn’t settle him so he wouldn’t get too distressed – which meant a lot. They really took the time to find the methods that best worked for him which gave us such piece of mind when going through the emotional first few weeks of your baby starting childcare. We really couldn’t have asked for more sensitive care giving for that transition period.
Then there’s the 2 Centre chickens who the boys so love (as do we)! The amazing gardens and composting process which the kids take pride to participate in really teaches them about where food comes from and how to make use of scraps.
Each day has a natural rhythm and routine with indoor and outdoor activities (even bush kindy!), meals (especially in the school readiness room where all the kids use proper adult plates and cutlery!) and balance between stimulating activities with rest periods.
And how lucky we are to have had such committed and long term staff to turn up every day and do this work. In our opinion takes a truly special type of person. We are so grateful to have had such a wonderful long day care experience to prepare our son for school.
Anna and Derek Matheve
I am so happy my granddaughters go to this Centre. It takes a special person to look after other people’s children and give them love and teach new things each day. This Centre has devoted teachers who do this each and every day. It’s good to see how happy the girls are when they see their teachers each day and how they feel safe. Thank you so much for all you do each and every day.
Our little girl goes here and I couldn’t feel more comfortable with all the staff at the Centre. They go above and beyond to look after my daughter and treat her with so much love and respect. The Centre has always been accommodating to any dietary changes we have faced and have never made us feel like a hassle or burden. Our daughter especially loves seeing the Director Tracey on her days and gets very excited when we walk in the door and often doesn’t want to leave Miss Tracey in the afternoon.
The PA Childcare facility is excellent. The staff are incredibly kind, patient and friendly – and clearly enjoy their jobs. They take a common sense and compassionate approach to looking after the children and it is a happy and calm environment. The Centre is clean and tidy, and the outside play areas are excellent. The Centre manager, Tracey, is helpful and approachable and keeps parents up to date with relevant updates and information. All the staff are wonderful and engaging with the children and the activities provided are educational, stimulating and fun. Meals are provided which is a great bonus and my daughter loves the food on offer. I can’t recommend this Centre highly enough and my daughter is so happy here.
Such an amazing place, couldn’t ask for a more nurturing, caring environment. All 3 of our children have attended here, but it’s way more than attending! All the staff are delightful & can’t do enough for you, then there’s Tracey….you will never find anybody as committed, loving & determined to provide the best care & education for your children.
…We are so impressed by the level of professionalism and care shown by all the staff and the dedication and commitment shown by Tracey as Director who cares for each child as if they were her own. In addition, the continuity of care has been fantastic and is something we really appreciate at the Centre.
I just wanted to let you know how extremely happy I am with the Centre at the PA Hospital. Since Tracey has been there, the place seems to be running efficiently and effectively. She seems to have a fantastic rapport with her staff and also with the children that attend the Centre and is always welcoming. Both the staff and her communication with parents is exemplary and I could never say I wasn’t told about something. Being able to have someone in her role who is approachable makes me feel extremely comfortable whenever I have any queries.
I’m happy to say that I would highly recommend this Centre to other parents as I believe it is one of the best services I have used…
The team at the PA Centre is worth their weight in gold and once again, I’m very happy with Tracey and her amazing team.
…The staff are absolutely wonderful and it is such a comfort to me knowing that he is being looked after by people that genuinely care for him. Nothing is ever to much hassle for them and they are always excited to see William. Earlier this year, William was diagnosed with multiple allergies which was very concerning for me in the beginning. I needn’t have worried as the staff took all this on board and watch over William carefully and know exactly what to do in case he has a reaction which gives me the confidence that William is safe and happy while I have to be at work. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this centre to anyone, it is of an exceptional standard and the staff should be commended.