Benowa Hills Early Learning Centre is located in a beautiful leafy position, high on the hill on the corner of Tambourah Drive and Heeb Street, Benowa.

The sister centre of Benowa Early Learning Centre, an “Exceeding” Centre located 1 kilometre down the road, Benowa Hills Early Learning Centre, stems from a strong heritage and a solid reputation of providing optimal childcare. A new purpose built facility, surrounded in nature, Benowa Hills Early Learning offers the best quality childcare for your child and continues on a legacy of 25 years of care for generations of local families.

Under the guidance of Kylie Alldridge, Owner and Director, Benowa Hills Early Learning  maintains wonderful staff, most of whom are senior educators with a Bachelor of Teaching, Advanced Diploma or Diploma in Children’s Services and many who have remained with the centre since opening the doors in 1993.

Now, more than ever, society recognizes that learning begins way before our children first walk through those school gates.  Your child begins the learning process even before he/she is born.  We, at Benowa Hills Early Learning Centre, feel privileged to share in this process.  We also recognise the responsibility we have to ensure your child’s day, whilst at kindy, is as meaningful in all ways as we can make it.  Should he/she show an interest in something specific, we try to observe that interest and work with them to develop it.  We try to encourage their helpful, caring, developing relationships with other children in the centre and with the staff.  We try to help them manage their emotions and behaviour in a way which encourages helpful interaction with others.

It is now well recognized that a strong sense of and acceptance of ‘self’ and how we fit into our family, school and community, is so important in the development of a healthy, rational adult who can contribute to our society.  Our aim at Benowa Hills Early Learning Centre is to do our best to enhance the chances that the healthy, happy, positive little person who you the parents have entrusted into our care goes on to be a happy, healthy, positive, knowledgeable adult of whom we can all be proud.

Philosophy

Children are all individuals and they need to be encouraged to discover and reach their full potential. To achieve this they need a loving, stimulating & non-threatening environment, which nurtures and challenges each individual child. We believe children need a sense of belonging.

Our centre values the importance of the first six years of life, which is vitally important for children’s learning and brain development. We therefore plan to provide the children in our care with the opportunity to explore, learn, plan, predict, hypothesize, create, develop friendships and develop in all areas through play, positive guidance, inquiry teaching, intentional teaching and praise.

We value all children as unique individuals and recognise that, as professional Early Childhood Educators, we have the ability to influence the children’s lives in a very positive way.

Our Centre implements the Early Years Learning Framework for the children, staff and families. We program according to children’s interests and milestones. To incorporate the emergent approach effectively we need to utilize collaboration tools with both children and families. We place emphasis on the partnership between the children, staff and parents. Emergent experiences are derived from the children’s interests, home experiences and staff interests. Spontaneous experiences are extended by children, parents and staff.

We believe children learn through play and that their work is their play. We believe in facilitating children’s play and development and do this by responding to children’s cues and ideas. We will implement activities which are socially relevant to the child at the present time.

We will continue to work with the parents and families in partnership to provide a nurturing educational environment for their children, with open communication avenues. We will respect and support the parents’ values and the beliefs of our centre’s community.

The staff will value and respect each other and work as a team. Staff will strive to gain further understanding in regard to culture, values, additional needs, and gender in each individual child, parent and staff member. We will strive to provide an inclusion environment for all members of our Centre.  Staff will endeavour to participate in professional development opportunities provided for them and share information gained with peers.

Our individualised programs support children’s emotional and social intelligence and our educational programs cater to your child’s interests and skill development in all age groups. We offer pre-reading and writing and interactive technologies. We include a complementary inter-curricular sports program run by the Healthy Lifestyle Club Personal trainers and extracurricular activities such as United Funk Dance, Intro Tennis and Arakan Martial Arts.

Our amazing kindergarten precinct offers three four year trained teachers onsite, providing a supportive and stimulating learning environment encompassing the Government approved Kindergarten Program and an Inter-Curricular Enrichment Program including the innovative Mindup, Words Their Way, THRASS and Brain Gym.

Benowa Hills Early Learning Centre is committed to our environment and passionate about children’s health, providing a specialised organic food program providing optimal nutrition and no artificial ingredients, made fresh daily by our onsite nutritionist and chef. We provide a chemical free zone, using all natural cleaning products and pest control, as well as providing non-toxic, biodegradable bamboo nappies and wipes.