Opened in February 2007, the Flinders Early Learning Centre is a purpose-built facility specifically designed for three- to six-year-olds that delivers creative Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs to 120 families in a magical rainforest setting in Buderim, Queensland. FELC is state-of-the-art, consisting of a licensed Child Care Centre operating 48 weeks of the year to deliver a Queensland Studies Authority approved Kindergarten program and a Pre-Kindergarten educational program with long day care options.
Flinders Early Learning Centre is a registered Kindergarten Program Centre with early learning programs taught by four-year university-trained early childhood teachers supported by early learning assistants with a minimum of two-years training. Our commitment to employing highly qualified early childhood specialists provides an excellent foundation for life-long learning and wellbeing for our young learners. The National Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines Curriculum focuses on the three- to six-year-old child and provides a dedicated pathway linking with the National Curriculum currently being rolled out in all schools across Australia.
Director Vivienne Walsh (Dip.Ed. (Early Childhood), B.Ed., M.Ed) leads a team of responsive early childhood staff who possess a deep understanding of how young children learn and provide a curriculum that delivers vibrant Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs, that lead children on the path to happy and successful formal education by instilling a sense of wonder and excitement about the world.
The philosophy of Reggio Emilia is incorporated into the FELC learning environment as this philosophy supports a curriculum that caters to the needs of the developing and enquiring minds.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is a holistic approach incorporating a deep understanding of the dynamics of early learning.
The Spirit: Discover the Difference
- FELC is a place where families, carers, children and teachers want to be!
- Play–based educational Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs based on current research, eg. play and enquiry, brain-based learning, Dimensions of Learning.
- Natural environments that engage the young child’s five senses, provoking wonder, curiosity and intellectual engagement.
The welcoming foyer is the heart and hub of our community, a place where parents, children and our community connect and interact with the children’s learning. Their learning is visible as their thoughts, ideas and understandings are represented through a kaleidoscope of self-expression. Documentation of their thinking and project work gives a detailed snapshot of the processes of enquiry and investigation. There is also a sense of anticipation as the children lead their parents to their own special place: their classroom. Our Discoverers, Explorers and Investigators classrooms are set up to inspire, nurture and encourage discovery.
Our passion for personalising the Reggio Emilia experience has driven our FELC teaching team to create an environment that is inviting, fun, creative and most importantly, child-centred. Light-filled classrooms offer flexible learning spaces, access to outdoor learning areas and rainforest gardens, art studios, writing centres, discovery areas, reading nooks, interactive whiteboards and the latest in information technology.
Every corner of every space has an identity and purpose, and provides opportunities for a variety of learning experiences. Teachers carefully organise space for small and large group projects and small intimate spaces for one, two or three children. Our FELC philosophy values PLAY as an instrument in stimulating and shaping child development and early learning.
Through planned and spontaneous play experiences, children form relationships, share, co-operate, develop self-control, test ideas and friendships, extend their range of experience and form associations among things, events and concepts. Our program has developed a balance between child-centred and adult-led play, plus we value extended blocks of time for children to make discoveries, to elaborate on projects, and to evolve a script in symbolic play.
Hours of Operation
Flexible grouping and program delivery enable parents to select the education and care needs that best suit their family needs. Our centre is licensed for 48 weeks of the year and closes over the Christmas and New Year period for four weeks.
Pre-Kindergarten programs: 8.45am–3.15pm
3-Day Kindergarten programs: 8.30am–3.15pm
2-Day Kindergarten programs: 8.00am–3.30pm
Daily Fees (from 1 January 2017)
Kindergarten: $97.00 per day (Child Care Benefit applicable)
Pre-Kindergarten: $102.00 per day (Child Care Benefit applicable)
Before session care: 7.30am–8.00am
After session care: 3.30am–6.00pm
Vacation Care: 7.30am–6.00pm
For more information and centre tours, please contact Vivienne Walsh (Director of Flinders Early Centre) on (07) 5477 2999 or email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.