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 provide Future Champs (physical program), yoga lessons, monthly excursions to Stratford Library for the Story Time program, along with fortnightly excursions to Limberlost Nursery (gardening program) and local parks. In addition, we offer weekly cooking classes in our cooking corner.
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.
Our Centre offers a well-planned Outside School Hours Care program catering for school-aged children (5 to 12-years old). Our Before and After School Care programs have various activities that focus on fun and learning! With our Vacation Care program, your child will have endless amounts of fun with a mix of in-centre activities, indoor and outdoor play and visits to the community, including the movies, laser tag and ten pin bowling.
We have everything covered here at our Early Education Centre Freshwater, so 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.
Every day presents a new opportunity for learning experiences at our Early Education 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 and singing, and weekly Japanese classes in all age groups, yoga and meditation incorporated into daily routines, 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 celebrate all our families and their cultures through Mother’s Day afternoon tea and Father’s day breakfast, we recognize Christian celebrations including Christmas and Easter. As well as Diwali Festival, Chinese New Year and NAIDOC week. We support local charities including the Cancer Councils Relay for life and Christmas hamper for the pediatric ward at the local hospital.
Neighbourhood connections support a sense of community and belonging for children and provide opportunities to develop social and observational skills with different people, places, and environments.
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.