First Grammar Early Education Centre

About Us

Welcome to First Grammar Early Education Centre.

Our Centre provides a rich, nurturing environment for children between birth to six years and is open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Our qualified educators and assistants are trained in early childhood development and our centre is designed and equipped to meet the unique needs of children in each appropriate age range.

The centre offers programs based on the Early Years Learning Framework including an extensive Preschool program with a SMART board, taught by a bachelor qualified teacher to prepare your child for school and beyond.

Nappies aGovernment-QLD-Approvednd nutritious meals for lunch and afternoon tea are included in the fees.

We welcome you to contact us or drop in to learn more about this great centre!


Centre Manager profile

Terri Nelson

First Grammar Staff Terri NelsonHello and thank you for taking the time learn about our centre, my name is Terri Nelson and I am the Nominated Supervisor here at Frist Grammar Freshwater, I have an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, Child Safety Training, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training. Most recently in 2017 I obtained a Diploma in Business and Management.

I was only 9 years of age when I discovered my passion was working with young people. I had become an Aunty, it was the most joyous moment in my life watching my niece grow and develop. Throughout my career this passion has flourished and is now orientated around working with people of the community, families and educators.

I entered the industry in 2004. Over these past 14 years I have experienced firsthand just how important the first 5 years in a child’s life really are. We support families and children ensuring children have a strong sense of self. They are confident learners and ready to enter the next step of their journey into school.

My objectives are, to inspire and support educators through opportunities of training, up-skilling and increasing their knowledge, advocate and provide a quality service for families, regularly network and build relationships with the community and provide children with a nurturing, fun, and educational service that’s a home away from home.

“Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it’s meant to take you.”Jonathan Groff.

Joanne Zutt

How long have you been working in early education?

15 years

What is your favourite part of working at the centre?

Meeting all the new family’s and creating bonds with all the family’s and educators

What qualifications do you hold?

Diploma in childcare

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about ensuring that our customer service commitment is followed to ensure all of our families are included and welcomed. I am passionate about helping children to grow and further themselves in a caring loving environment

What inspired you to become an educator?

I got my inspiration to become an educator after having four children of my own and watching them grow into loving, capable people and I wanted to help other children to follow their passions and grow in a caring environment where they are well looked after

What makes your team/centre special?

Our centre is special because it has two centres with a centre manager for each side. We have created a diverse rich culture of family’s and educators across the service. All of our team are committed to creating the best atmosphere for the children and parents.  We pride ourselves on making family’s feel welcome and special when they arrive and start at our service. We have our own centre cook and all meals are cooked fresh onsite following the healthy food guidelines.

What message would you like to tell parents considering your centre?

We have a customer commitment to ensuring all children are made to feel safe secure and supported at our centre and we welcome children to come in for play days before they enrol with us. 

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Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

Nursery Toddlers Junior Kindy
6 weeks – 15 months 15 months – 2 years 2 years – 3 years
Pre-Kindy Kindergarten
3 years – 4 years 4 years – 5 years


Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies included
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • On-site parking
  • Before and After School Care and School Holiday Program
  • SMART Interactive Whiteboard
  • In-house cook
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten program
  • Newly renovated yards
  • Bus Service (courtesy pick-ups)
  • Future Champs (physical program)
  • Yoga lessons
  • Monthly excursions to Stratford Library for the Story Time program
  • Monthly incursion from Hey De Ho music
  • Fortnightly excursions to Limberlost Nursery (gardening program)
  • Fortnightly excursions to local parks for Nature Play
  • Weekly cooking classes in our cooking corner
  • KindyNow – an app related to your child’s bookings with our centre

Vacation Care

Our centre also offers a vacation care program for children from 5-12 years old. We make life easier for our parents with extended operating hours and affordable fees. Our vacation care programs has a variety of activities with a focus on fun and learning! Your child will have endless amounts of fun with a mix of in-centre activities, indoor and outdoor play and visits to the community. Don’t miss out on a spot in our vacation care this coming holiday, Enquire today!



Reviews and Testimonials

See what some of our parents say about our centres:

“Freshwater First Grammar is an amazing childcare centre. The staff are incredible and my son has definitely become part of the family. There are several educators that are referred to as mum number 2! They take impeccable care of the children, they provide meals and the kids always have a great time. My son loves going here. He comes home tired, messy and so so happy! Highly recommend Terri and the team.”

– Lauren


“Love this daycare, including the vacation care offered in the school holidays. The staff are friendly. My kids are always happy when I picked them up and the staff also go the extra mile for you to help with bus drop off and pick ups which has been amazing for my family. Love it!”

– Imogen


“I have 1 son in the toddler room and 1 son in the Kindy Junior room at First Grammar Freshwater. I really cant praise these guys enough they are honestly fantastic. They take such great care of my boys and each staff member genuinely loves their job. I had a very horrifying experience with a previous daycare which as a result made me very anxious about sending my boys to childcare again but the girls at this centre have been very considerate and not only looked after my boys but me too. I have 2 children that now come home from childcare happy and will chat about going to childcare in the week and look happy to see their teachers on arrival. I really cant recommend this place enough.”

– Heidi


“We have been thrilled to have Freshwater Child Care And Education Centre in our lives! We moved and needed to find a new childcare centre for our 3 year old and commence childcare for our 6mth old baby. A very stressful time made so much easier thanks to the kind and caring staff at the childcare centre. The staff are always so friendly and happy. Leaving my baby and returning to work was tough, but I knew I had no worries she was well looked after. We have been so impressed by the variety of activities everyday. We have a hard time trying to get our 3 year old to come home! We both feel strongly that her confidence, and socal skills have developed immensely since starting at freshwater. The centre is always clean and welcoming. The meals provided are excellent. We look forward to the years to come!”

– Mark and Hayley


“Our little miss 11 months old has been going to First Grammar in the Nursery for three weeks now and we couldn’t be happier with Roxanne, the Educator, and the Management team. Both Terri and Toni will bend over backwards to make you feel at ease in the centre and confident that bub is looked after. I can call anytime during the day to check on my girl and anyone answering is helpful and knows who she is and what she’s up to. Everyone is smiling, the food looks yum, they take photos throughout the day and my munchkin learns new skills every week. Super glad I am sending her there!”

– Sophie


“My daughter (1yo) has attended Freshwater First Grammar since she was 4.5 months old, and I have felt comfortable and confident leaving her in their care every time. All staff have been very supportive and kind, and we have been blessed with two wonderful Room Leaders who have been there for my daughter since day one. I am very happy with the services and facilities and the high level of care my daughter receives at Freshwater First Grammar.”

– Jenni


“I am a new mum (son 7months old) that relocated here with my partner and have little support network – returning to work was inevitable however, finding the right care for my son, to nurture him, show passion and excitement in his development was paramount. I visited on other centre before having an orientation at First Grammar and I needed to see no more. Terri and her team are friendly, helpful, hands on, loving and have made this transition very easy! Most importantly my son is happy. Seeing him happy at the end of working day is the reason us parents go to work. We feel part of family, we’re kept up to date about the centre, all the staff (not just my sons educators) enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hands on. It’s been a couple of weeks and I couldn’t be happier with the service I receive and the care provided to the son. He’s developed quite a lot in the short time he’s been attending. Leaving your child can sometimes be difficult, not when your child is left in the care of Terri and team. We’re very thankful and look forward to watching him grow into a happy, healthy little boy with the team at First Grammar.”

– Cassie



“A fantastic centre with caring and responsive staff. My twins only attend one day per week (which sometimes means they take a little while to settle in when they visit) but the educators do a wonderful job welcoming them and getting them involved with the activities for the day. I have really valued knowing that they are in a safe and friendly environment…”

– Heidi

Enquire Now

We’d love to welcome you to one of our First Grammar Early Education centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at First Grammar Freshwater, please fill out the childcare enrolment form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.

Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.