Welcome to Creative Garden Coombabah
Welcome to Creative Garden Early Learning Centre in Coombabah. Our childcare centre provides high quality early education and care for families in Coombabah, Runaway Bay, Hollywell, Arundel, Paradise Point, Biggera Waters, Helensvale, Labrador, Hope Island and Parkwood on the Gold Coast. We are open from 6:30am to 6:30pm for children from birth to six years.
Our Coombabah early learning centre provides education, kindergarten and long day care for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years and is open from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm. We provide families with daily updates and photos detailing their child’s learning and development, which is accessible on our family app.
Our Early Learning Environments
Creative Garden Coombabah provides a nurturing and enriching early learning environment that fosters exploration and curiosity.
The outdoor environments at our Coombabah child care centre include adventure playgrounds, sandpits, slides, swings, and more. Our outdoor learning program focuses on the development of your child’s strength, balance, and self-confidence. Our indoor learning spaces offer a variety of loose parts and engaging resources for children to learn and grow. Our experienced educators and teachers use these to design various age-appropriate play-based experiences.
Dedicated Team of Educators and Teachers
At the heart of our child care centre in Coombabah is our longstanding team of early childhood educators and teachers with some team members at the centre for over 5 years. We are a multicultural early learning centre in Coombabah, with educators proficient in multiple languages.
Our team of passionate and qualified early childhood teachers and educators are dedicated to ensuring every child feels safe, nurtured, and inspired throughout their early education journey.
Health and Nutrition
Our Coombabah child care centre provides children with nutritious, unprocessed, and seasonal whole foods. Our menu rotates every four weeks to cater to diverse dietary requirements. We actively involve children in food preparation to promote healthy eating.
Meet the Centre Manager
For as long as I can remember my passion has been early childhood education. I hold a Diploma in children services and have continued throughout my now 20 years in the sector upskilling and adding to my professional development. I am currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.
Throughout my 20 years in the sector, I have learnt that every child is a unique individual that should be supported holistically and that when a child feels safe and secure, they will try new things and extend on their own interests and abilities enabling them to grow and learn at their own pace.
I believe that having passionate, dedicated, inspirational and nurturing educators is one of the most important part of a child’s learning journey. Our team is made up of dedicated and passionate staff who have been here for as long as 15 years. We are part of a large family community network that proudly supports each other and is a home away from home. I am passionate about ensuring that all educators at our service are supported and mentored to become the best they can be.
Early education provides inviting and warm spaces that inspires inquiry-based learning and provides children with a valuable start in life, building foundations for a good education
I believe that families are children’s first teachers. I am passionate about collaborating with families and involving families in decision making for their child and our Community at Creative Garden Coombabah.
Play-Based Early Learning Curriculum
At Creative Garden Coombabah early learning centre, we recognise the importance of play in a child’s learning and development journey. Our team tailors play-based learning activities in line with national standards, specifically the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), helping prepare them for kindergarten and school readiness.
We also offer the following enriching learning experiences:
- Sustainability Program: Helps children develop and understand the importance of embedding sustainable practices into everyday life. Our “Kitchen Garden” program explores sustainability through composting, worm farms and growing our own produce.
- Community Engagement Program: We often have visits from community services, dancers and librarians. We also go out on adventures to teach the children about their local environment.
- Sports Program: Allows the children to be active and learn about different sports and movements.
- Music & Movement Program: Designed to develop fundamental skills that help support children’s self-regulation, memory, and concentration. Children learn to appreciate and develop an understanding of music – and of course, have fun.
- Real life experiences: Children participate in fun and exciting experiences such as woodworking, harvesting the veggie garden, caring for our worm farm and early cooking skills.
- Bush Kindy Program: Our Bush Kindy program allows the children to go out into nature for a walk and collect natural resources.
- Language Program: Our Japanese educator offers regular Japanese lessons.
Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Our Kindergarten programs are tailored to meet your child’s individual learning needs across numeracy, literacy, emotional and social development, resilience, and self-regulation.
At our Coombabah early learning centre, we offer a QLD Government-approved Kindergarten enhanced learning program, supporting your child’s development and well-being from now, at school and beyond. In Queensland, 4-year-old children are able to access a funded Kindergarten program that fosters play based learning, led by a Bachelor Qualified Early Childhood Teacher. If eligible, your child will be able to participate in the Government-approved Kindergarten program, at no cost, up to 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Talk to us about how this reduces your out-of-pocket costs.
The added benefits of our Kindergarten program include:
- QLD ‘Free Kindy’ Government-approved program
- Extended opening hours
- Open all year round (excl public holidays)
- Programs developed and delivered by our Early Childhood Teachers
- Exclusive music and movement program for self-regulation
Rooms and Facilities
Our Coombabah childcare centre provides care for the following age groups:
|0 – 15 months
|15 months – 2 years
|2 – 2.5 years
|2.5 – 3 years
|Outside School Hours Care
|3 – 4 years
|4 – 5 years
|5 – 12 years
Our service provides the following facilities:
- Nappies included
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon Tea
- On-site parking
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard
- Classroom technology (computers)
- In-house cook
- Fully air-conditioned
- Large, natural play environments
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Government Approved Kindergarten Program
- Newly renovated yards
- Excursion program
Our families love Creative Garden Coombabah
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
- Fees effective from 29 January 2024
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a centre tour?
A centre tour is a convenient way to experience the centre of your choice and meet with our qualified educators at a time suitable to your family schedule. Creative Garden also offers the virtual tour option in all our centres. Click here to book a tour online.
On the day of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe practices and interactions within the centre environment. You’ll be able to see all the rooms and playgrounds, ask the team members any questions you have in mind, and get all the information you need to make the best decision for your child.
Do I have to be on a waitlist?
Creative Garden’s Family Support team will add your child’s name to our waitlist if one of our centres is currently full in your child’s age group. We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.
We also do monthly check-ins to review the availability, and you will receive a text message confirming if you’re still happy to remain on the waitlist each month. If you would like to get an update at any point, you’re welcome to reach out on our Web Chat or give us a call.
Our Family Support team can also help you find more G8 early learning centres near you, with the same offerings at the Creative Garden’s centre you are interested in that have immediate availability.
What can I do to help my child prepare for starting care?
It’s common for a child to experience separation anxiety when they first start child care. When you’re getting ready to start child care, you can help your child overcome anxieties by visiting the child care centre together for a Stay and Play session, and easing into new routines at home.
Click here to read more tips about how to make the transition easier for your child.
What should I pack my child for their first day?
Most of our Creative Garden’s child care and early education centres offer the following:
- Nappies and wipes
- Sunscreen and hats
- Nutritious meals prepared by our in-house cook
Some centres also provide sheets and formula, so you may not need to remember to pack them.
For nursery children, be sure to bring: nappy rash cream, dummies, bottles and teats, comfort toys or blankets, three spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
For toddlers and preschool or kindergarten-aged children, it’s best to bring: spare underwear, water bottle or sippy cup, sun hat, closed-toe shoes, two spare outfits, spare socks and a plastic bag for wet clothes.
Plus anything else your individual child may need, such as breast milk, a sleeping bag, a comforter or medication.
It’s best to speak to your centre of choice for a full list of everything included.
How do I get updates on my child's day?
Creative Garden uses Xplor Home as our family communication app. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of your child’s day. After you enrol your child with the centre, you can utilise Xplor Home to book child care days, manage your account, receive the photographs that capture your child’s learning, learn about your child’s progress, as well as keep up-to-date with upcoming centre events and important information.
What if my child gets sick?
If your child shows signs of an infectious illness when they arrive at the centre or becomes sick during the day, you may be notified that you need to make alternative arrangements or pick up your child from the centre, and keep them home until they are no longer infectious. While we understand that this can be inconvenient, Creative Garden is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the risk of infection for all children.
Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays and when children are sick, without the need for families to provide documentation.