About Little Gems Childcare Albany Creek

Little Gems is a family owned and operated early learning centre at Albany Creek, Queensland. We are a purpose built childcare centre that is air conditioned and has large natural play spaces and large rooms. Each child’s needs and interests are built on in a caring and loving environment.
We use the “positive guiding technique” rather than a negative approach to ensure that each child develops in an engaging, happy environment.

Meals:

Little Gems provides nutritionally balanced morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.  Our aim is to have children participation in the preparation of morning and afternoon tea. We also implement a progressive meal time to ensure that we meet the changing needs of the children in our care. This flexibility allows the children to eat when they are hungry and also meet the changing needs on a day by day basis.

Lockers:

Each child is allocated a locker. This allows parents to know where their child’s belongings will be kept and also allows children to care and look after their own belongings.

Toys:

We would appreciate your help in encouraging your children to keep all toys at home as these can be misplaced or broken. We provide natural play spaces and resources to ensure that children are engaged throughout the day. Please bring in special comforters for your child if required.

Policies:

All policy documents and procedures are freely available from the front reception at Little Gems childcare.

Newsletters:

Communication is vital for parents & educators. You will receive a bi monthly newsletter which will include each rooms news and any events and updates from each of the educators. Newsletters help families gain a further insight into the running of the centre, enhancing the link between life and home. It also allows parents to read the newsletter when they can enjoy some quiet time. The newsletter is available via email and from the front reception.

What We Supply:

  • Nappies & wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Nutritious, well balanced menu that incorporates morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.

What our centre also offers:

  • Open 52 weeks a year – Only closing public holidays
  • Opening from 6.30am to 6.30pm – 5 days a week
  • Current and continuously reviewed policies and procedures to ensure that your child is in the best possible care at all times.
  • Queensland government approved Kindgergarten program
  • Fully Air conditioned
  • Qualified and caring educators
  • Regular and ongoing training for all educators through seminars, hands on training, one on one training and in service training
  • Orientation programs to assist your child entering care and ensure the smooth transition from home to care.

We are licenced by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care and operate under The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Administration:

Little Gems has a spacious layout and nine rooms. We provide care and are licenced for 152 children.

Hours:

6.30am to 6.30pm – Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
Please contact the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50 prior to enrolment.  You will need your child’s CRN number and you will also be advised of your CCB percentage and also options for CCR entitlements.
We are licenced under the Child Care Act. This centre complies with this Act and upholds all regulations. Further information is also available at Family Assist

Fees:

Nursery Rooms: $93.00 per day
Caterpillars: 6 weeks to 15 months. Ratio 1:4 – Older babies
Glow Worms: 6 weeks to 15 months. Ratio 1:4 – Younger babies

Toddlers Rooms: $93.00 per day
Lady Bugs: 15 months to 2.5 Years. Ratio 1:4
Fire Flies: 15 months to 2.5 Years. Ratio: 1:4

Jnr Kindy Room: $93.00 per day
Bumble Bees: 2 years to 3 years. Ratio 1:5

Pre Kindy Rooms: $88.00 per day
Butterflies: 3 years to 4 years. Ratio 1:11
Crickets: 3 years to 4 years. Ratio 1:11

Kindergarten Program: $88.00 per day
Dragonflies: 3 years to 4 years. Ratio 1:11
Grasshoppers: 3.5 years to 5 years. Ratio 1:11

(Please note, this is the full fee rate before you receive your CCB and CCR benefit. This can be paid directly to the centre to minimise fees)
We offer two weeks holidays each financial year at a discount of 50% of your out of pocket fees, fees must be up to date when taking holidays for the discount to be applied. There is no discount on public holidays.

Attendance:

Fees are paid for each day that your child is booked into the centre, this includes when your child is absent due to holidays or illness. As per our policies, we also require 2 weeks written notice with withdrawing your child from our centre.

Payment:

Fees must be paid one week in advance to ensure that continuity of care can be guaranteed. Fees can be paid by eftpos, credit card, ezi debit or direct deposit. Accounts are emailed or placed into your child’s pockets each week. It is a parent’s responsibility to pay their fees on a weekly basis.

Enrolment Fee:

A $30 enrolment fee is required to secure your child’s position within the centre.

iChild Fee:

Upon enrolment and in January of each year a $25 iChild payment is payable by all enrolled children. This program is part of our documentation and allows better communication between families and staff.  All of your child’s documentation and daily requirements are updated for you to view online at anytime.

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