Your child’s first steps to learning begin at First Grammar Early Education Centre Freshwater. Our long day care and early education centre provides child care in Cairns. We are located near the Kuranda Scenic Railway Freshwater Station, with our courtesy bus (pick-ups) servicing the surrounding areas. We are open from 6:30am to 6:30pm for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.
First Grammar EEC Freshwater
Spacious areas designed to inspire
From the moment you walk through the doors of our Freshwater child care centre, you’ll be immersed in a world where children are encouraged to learn and explore. Our adventure-filled playgrounds feature sandpits, natural gardens, vegetable gardens, cubby houses, climbing forts, and play equipment to engage all the senses. Children are provided the time and space for uninterrupted play as they explore the outdoors to test their limits and develop strength, balance, and self-confidence. Being outside supports children’s overall health and wellbeing.
Our indoor spaces invite exploration with quality resources and learning experiences. Children wonder, create, and test out their ideas as they play with a range of materials in purposeful play spaces. Our team of experienced educators plan play-based learning experiences around children’s interests and learning goals. Literacy and numeracy concepts are embedded in play-based learning, as children engage as architects, storytellers, scientists, artists, and designers.
Healthy meals freshly prepared in-house
Here at our Freshwater centre, you won’t need to worry about preparing lunch or snacks. Nutritious meals are made daily using the freshest ingredients by our in-house cook, catering for all dietary requirements. Shared mealtimes between children and educators strengthen relationships, with opportunities to share stories and experiences, and model healthy eating practices.
High-quality early learning programs
Every day presents a new opportunity for learning experiences at our Cairns Centre. Our 8 room centre flexibility for additional days, smaller classrooms provide more immediate flexible learning while forming close personal relationships with educators and peers. We are proud of our multi-cultured team that brings their own culture into the Centre through bi-lingual storytelling, singing, and weekly Japanese classes in all age groups, yoga and meditation incorporated into daily routines, as well as AUSLAN (Australia Sign Language) embedded into several rooms.
Educators and children venture out into the local community on excursions to nearby parks, library, and schools. We welcome special guests and community members to the centre based on the children's interests, including a monthly visit from Hey De Ho music. Our centre also celebrates regular cultural events reflecting the diversity in our local community. We support local charities including the Cancer Councils Relay for life and Christmas hamper for the pediatric ward at the local hospital.
As members of our First Grammar community, we look forward to partnering with you to provide information, support, and high-quality education and care in your child’s formative years.
Our Family Support Team are happy to chat through your childcare needs. Call them today on 1800 517 040 to book a tour at our centre, meet our team of educators, and learn more about why these first five years are so important for your child’s development.
Why you’ll love First Grammar Freshwater
These are just some of the highlights included in your child’s early childhood education and care experience at our centre.
Take a walk in your child’s footsteps
Every day is a different adventure with children, but there are some key elements that make your child’s time so enjoyable at our First Grammar child care centres. Scroll through the below to see what a typical day might look like.
Convenient opening hours to support your busy family life!
|Monday||6:30am to 6:30pm|
|Tuesday||6:30am to 6:30pm|
|Wednesday||6:30am to 6:30pm|
|Thursday||6:30am to 6:30pm|
|Friday||6:30am to 6:30pm|
Even more reasons why families love our Freshwater child care centre:
- We offer an interest-based program guided by the national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and a preschool program taught by a Bachelor-qualified early childhood teacher to prepare your child socially and emotionally for the next step in their early education journey.
- You’ll receive daily photos and updates through our all in one family app that will allow you to stay connected with your child and keep track of their learning, nutrition, sleep times and other updates. Our app also allows you to manage your bookings, organise payments, and more.
- Convenient on-site parking is available for easy pick-ups and drop-offs.
- Children learn how to care for the environment through our sustainability philosophy and program which is embedded in everything we do at our centre.
Call our Family Support Team today on 1800 517 040 to chat through your child care needs!
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We’re always here to support you on your child’s learning journey. Read more about what to expect on your first day, and how you can prepare.
The learning programs your child will experience at our centre reflect modern educational research and practices as outlined by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which our program is built from.
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Note: Fees effective from 10 July 2023.
Your family’s daily out of pocket cost will depend on your Childcare Subsidy (CCS) entitlements.
We also offer 9-hour, 10-hour and full-day options at our centre which could help optimise your child care subsidy.
If this is your child’s first time in child care, or you’re unsure about the subsidy, learn more about how to apply for the subsidy. Our team of experts are always on hand to guide you through the process. Call 1800 517 040.