Opened in 2005, Little Saints is a purpose-built Long Day Care Centre providing the highest quality care and educational programmes in a happy, secure and loving environment. Located adjacent to, and operated by, St Andrew’s Anglican College, Little Saints operates an approved Kindergarten (Pre-Prep) Program. Little Saints Outside School Hours (OSHC) provides Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care for all children in the local area from Prep through to age 12.
The Centre's hours of operation are as follows:
Monday to Friday 7.00am to 6.00pm
Closed Public Holidays, including the Nambour Show Holiday
One day a year is designated for a staff development day similar to the pupil free days at the College. You will be informed of this day well in advance so that you can organise alternative care. The Centre is also closed for approximately two weeks at the end of the year covering the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.
Click here to download the Waiting List Application Form. A $50 non-refundable fee is payable. Please contact Little Saints on (07) 5471 5600 to organise payment. Once payment is received, your waitlist application will be confirmed.
As occupancy at the Centre changes, families on the waiting list are notified if a suitable vacancy arises. Once notified, a family has up to two weeks to enrol their child/ren in the vacant spot after payment is received for bond (two weeks full fees). At this time an enrolment form must be completed providing details about the child, parents, emergency and medical contacts, as well as any particular needs or requirements of the child. In addition, copies of the child’s birth certificate and immunisation records must be provided to keep in the child’s file. Parents must also sign an Authorisation Form covering areas such as Paracetamol doses, sunscreen, photographs and visits to the College.
Little Saints has a policy which states that all children must be enrolled for a minimum of two days per week. Having two days allows children to settle into Little Saints more quickly as friendships are established earlier. It can be particularly difficult for some children to cope with only one day a week as the time between visits is quite long for a small child, and the settling in process may begin each time they attend.
Please note that enrolment at Little Saints in no way secures automatic enrolment at St Andrew’s Anglican College – you will need to speak to the Enrolments Registrar at the College to enrol for Prep.
Children who are developmentally ready to move into the next room (should a position be available), are moved after they have had a transition period. This is a time where children move between their current room and the next one until they are ready to commence full time in the new room. Parents are notified in advance about transition plans so they have time to ask any questions and be comfortable with the change.
Little Saints Early Learning Centre (Little Saints) is licensed under the Education and Care Services National Law 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and monitored by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care. Little Saints is licensed to cater for a maximum of 145 children per day and the Centre is divided up into five different age groups. All staff hold qualifications in accordance with the regulations and in most cases exceed the requirements, hold suitability notices (blue cards) and asthma and anaphylaxis training.
Our Service participates in and values the National Quality Framework (NQF), including the National Quality Standard (NQS), the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Regulations – an Australian Government initiative linked to the funding of the Child Care Benefit for parents. This is conducted through the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the state licensing department through scheduled site assessment visits and where appropriate, spontaneous visits. The NQS provides standards of quality practices for care provided in our Service as well as guidance and support from the Service’s self evaluation through our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). The system also allows educators to continually improve practices by identifying the quality aspects of care the Service is already providing and assisting the Service in developing goals for further improvement through our QIP. Educators will involve parents, families and management in each stage to seek their input and views into practices and care in our Service – this includes having parent input into policy reviews, parent meetings and providing updates in newsletters about the Service’s current stage in the process.
The recently formed Committee will help in all aspects of decision making at Little Saints and will be the representative voice of parents and educators. The Committee will update policies, research recommended current practice, develop ways of implementing new procedures, and develop quality improvement measures. The Committee is currently made up of several members, both parents and staff and we welcome any new families to join. We meet monthly for approximately 1.5 hours. The seven Standards under the NQS are:
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
For more information, please visit https://www.qld.gov.au/families/babies/childcare/types/pages/long
We provide two government approved Kindergarten Programs here at Little Saints, delivered by qualified and experienced Early Childhood Teachers. Our Teachers work collaboratively to provide the same program within both rooms. Approved kindergarten programs are designed to meet government guidelines to support children's participation in quality early childhood education by:
- providing a program for children in the year before Prep (i.e. children who are four by 30 June in the year they start)
- providing a program for 15 hours a week for 40 weeks, or one school year
- implementing the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline
- providing a play based program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher
Our Centre has a professional Early Childhood qualified Director who is available daily to deal with any questions that may arise. The Director is supported by the Assistant Director and the Management team of St Andrew’s Anglican College. Both the Centre and the College are owned by The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane. Little Saints Early Learning Centre meets all staffing requirements set out by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care. All groups are staffed by qualified Group Leaders and Assistant Educators. Shifts are arranged so that one of your child’s primary carers will be at the Centre earlier in the morning and one will be there later in the afternoon to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your child’s day. All staff who work at our Centre are dedicated and caring professionals who have completed or are enrolled in courses in relation to child development and education. Little Saints has a policy of employing qualified and experienced staff and supporting continued professional development. All staff have a current Suitability Notice (Blue Card) and are qualified in first aid, and also complete annual CPR updates. Staff are selected because of their high integrity, special personal qualities, dedication to their chosen career in child care, and their love of children.
Our curriculum is implemented by the educators in individual rooms, however our Educational Leader meets with educators regularly to support the them. The role of the Educational Leader is to ensure that the curriculum is developed to support children’s learning and developmental needs as well as providing resources for educators to help them implement their programmes. The Educational Leader is available to parents to discuss children’s development or any concerns that the may have.
The Walker Learning Approach is an Australian-designed teaching and learning approach (pedagogy) that authentically personalises learning and is developmentally and culturally appropriate. Learning is real, relevant and meaningful for all children regardless of their age, culture, family context, socioeconomic background or geographical position. The WLA has been developed over 20 years using an action research model. It places the child at the Centre and utilises developmental psychology and biology alongside cultural and environmental influences as its pedagogical platform and the basis for practical application across the Australian setting. International research highlights that educating children requires a systemised approach that embraces family and community (Burnham et al 2007, Otero et al 2011). The WLA is incorporated in a systems-based model for the education of the whole child (birth to 12 years) through theories of practice, parent education, empowerment and inclusion, teaching and learning at school, and establishing and sustaining links and networks between family and community. Within this system model the WLA provides a seamless transition from childcare to preschool, to early and upper primary school and beyond.
The key principles that guides WLA practice are that:
- All teaching is intentional.
- Not all children are ready to learn the same thing at the same time in the same way.
- Children’s interests are used not for the interest alone, but as a catalyst for engagement.
- Children’s interest, culture and context are respected and used as a springboard to facilitate further understandings and skill development in all areas of learning including literacy, numeracy, the sciences, the arts, language, cognition, social, psychological and emotional development.
- Child development is used as a basis for guiding practices as well as the principles of culture, community and family.
- Learning is personalised and uses the children’s interests alongside additional exposure and concepts and experiences for children to explore their world, concepts, skills and environment.
- The process of learning and skill acquisition is valued - not just, or always the focus of the end product.
- Intrinsic (not extrinsic) motivation is valued and embedded in practice.
- The adult / child relationship is highly valued and the relationship itself is a scaffold in the learning alongside the child.
- Relationship with child, family and community are integral components of the approach.
- The WLA does not require topics or themes but does include opportunities for teachers to include specific concepts.
- Child development is used as a basis for guiding practice.
- Relationships are developed and deepened through a range of key practices including Focus Children.
- Learning is real, relevant and meaningful and is contextual to the child, family and community.
We believe that good nutrition is a way of life. Happy, active children require healthy, balanced meals to provide them with the energy they need to enjoy their day. At Little Saints, meals are included for your child in the daily fees. We provide food that is varied and nutritious, catering to even the fussiest of eaters. We will discuss with you at time of enrolment any specific needs or requirements that your child may have. All meals are free from eggs and nuts, and all other dietary requirements can be catered for. The menu is displayed in the reception area for families to be well informed of what their children are eating. Lunch time meals are served hot at 12pm for children in the Pre-Kindy and Kindy rooms, and between 11.15am and 11.45am for the younger children. Morning and afternoon tea are also provided. We have a detailed Nutrition Policy available for you to read at any time which can be found under the Policies & Procedures tab below.
Little Saints Early Learning Centre supports the rights of children and are committed to protecting the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children. Little Saints Early Learning Centre is therefore committed to responding to allegations of harm to children resulting from the conduct or actions of any person including that of employees, contractors and volunteers.
This commitment includes the provision of a safe and supportive living and learning environment for all children and requires all employees, contractors and volunteers to model and encourage behaviour that upholds the dignity and protection of harm.
In support of this commitment, we at are dedicated to our Child Risk Management Strategy that includes having relevant policies, procedures and training in place to effectively address the safety and wellbeing of our care.
You will find our Child Risk Management Strategy under Policies and Procedures on our website.
This service regards the role of protection of children in its care the utmost important. This includes the service’s moral and legal duties to care for children associated with the service whilst not in the care of their parents or primary carers. Proactive strategies are implemented including the promotion of protective behaviours to the children. All of our Staff strictly follow the Child Protection Policy and all staff have thorough child protection training annually. The Child Protection Officers at Little Saints and OSHC are Ola Goryl and Trudiann Marshall.
Our Child Protection Policy can be found under the Policies and Procedures tab below.