Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What age can I enrol my child?
A. 3 months old
Q. When can my child join the waiting list?
A. Now. Simply use the Waiting List form by clicking on the "Enrolment Enquiries" tab
Q. Where is Centre 1 located?
A. At the front of the property, on your left as you turn into the driveway
Q. Where is the Centre 2 located?
A. Approximately 200 metres from the front of the property.
Q. Are the Centres run separately?
A. No. Each Centre has a Director and they work collaboratively with Management to ensure both Centres are working towards the same goals. Bush Kindy and excursions to the paddock, resources and playgrounds are shared.
Location and Setting
Johanna Street Early Learning Centre is centrally located in the heart of Jimboomba; peacefully rural, situated on 28 acres with cows, ducks and chickens. Hares, cockatoos and kookaburras are regularly within the grounds. Kangaroos are also occasional visitors. The Centres are surrounded by gardens and within the property there are ponds and dams which encourage birdlife including wild ducks, pelicans, ibis, herons, cormorants and moorhens.
Centre 1 - Architecturally designed with modern fixtures and fittings. The rooms have nine-foot ceilings which add to the spacious feel of the rooms. The five-metre-wide verandahs offer shade for outdoor eating, play and also help to keep the classrooms cool. Each room is air conditioned, has fans and a louvered window in the ceiling to allow hot air to escape when necessary. Touches of bright happy colours are used throughout the interior and exterior yet are in keeping with the natural environment in which the Centre is located.
Centre 2 - Classrooms have either high ceilings or cathedral ceilings with industrial ventilators to help draw in the fresh air from the outside and release the heat. Each room is air conditioned and has fans and windows. The rooms have been repainted and have feature walls. The verandah stretches the length of the building and extra steel roof structures have been added, along with concreted floors to ensure there is plenty of shady space for outdoor eating and playing. A large facade added to the front of the brick building to reduce the heat inside, has been painted in the same colours as Centre 1.
Both centres are well equipped with plenty of outdoor equipment and classroom resources. Musical instruments, science equipment, computers and tablets are some of the resources available to children at both Centres.
Friendly, Enthusiastic and Qualified Educators
The owner, Irene is a Qualified Registered Teacher. Our Directors, Colette and Kelly hold an Advance Diploma and Diploma. Colette has 20 years experience in Child Care and Kelly has 15 years experience. Our Kindergarten Teachers' qualifications meet the Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program requirements. The Lead Educators hold either an Advanced Diploma or Diploma and Assistants either hold a Diploma or Certificate III.
Centre 1 (opened 2017) - The playground covers a top and bottom level. The top level has two playgrounds and both have sandpits. Seven large shade sails adjoin the wide verandahs to provide adequate shade during outdoor play. A bike track weaves around the large playground, passing our "forest" before dipping under one of the two tee-pees. The timber tee-pees can be accessed via a ramp or climbing net and are joined with a bridge. A viewing deck hangs over the bottom area of the playground capturing the view of our paddock, driveway and the street. To enter the bottom level the children can take one of three routes. Two slippery slides offer the fastest exit from the top level. A gate on one side of the yard allows the children to negotiate the grassy slope, trees and gardens down to the mud pit. The path on the other side of the yard offers a nature walk taking them past the first climbing walls, through a tunnel under the viewing deck. The children can then choose to either continue along the path to the second climbing wall or take a bush walk to the mud pit. A separate "quiet area" can be accessed by all age groups. Surrounded by gardens, the middle of this yard has a very large sandstone rock from our property and is great for climbing. It is also a lovely place to sit. This area will be called the "Dadirri Garden" (dadirri is an Aboriginal word for "deep listening"). The smaller yard also has a small bike track.
Centre 2 (renovated) - The "quiet area" overlooks the large nature paddock and boasts a beautiful Tipuana tree the children can climb. Logs and large sandstone blocks are often used as balancing beams but also make great seating for group classes. The Centre has several playgrounds all with trees and natural grass. The large playground has a vegetable garden with two mulberry trees which feed the silkworms each spring. There is a timber cubby-house with a rope bridge leading to the Bali Hut. A climbing fort with a fireman's pole, rock wall and slide is covered by a large shade sail and a second, larger slide is located near the bottom sandpit. The large sandpit on the hill also has challenging climbing equipment. The sandpits along with the bike yard, are fully covered from the hot summer sun and in wet weather the large bike yard is a valuable undercover play area.
Grounds - The large grounds are utilised for farming experiences, picnics and Bush Kindy, outdoor exploration, education and play.
Hundreds of trees have been planted throughout the grounds including Gum trees for future koala habitat. Nesting boxes for birds and possums have been placed in native trees. In 2012 the classrooms cared for tadpoles until they grew into baby frogs and were then released into the ponds.
Solar power has been connected to two buildings helping to reduce our carbon footprint. Each classroom has recycling bins, encouraging the children to recycle their empty lunch packaging and give their food scraps to the resident animals. The Centre uses bio-degradable products for cleaning.
Administration is striving to reduce its environmental impact by reducing paper usage - emailing statements, notices and announcements and also utilising Facebook for announcements and reminders. Whenever possible, we reuse all or part of any paper without print, for notepaper, printing and classroom scribble paper.
Stingless native bees inhabit the trunk of a dead gum tree on the property. In 2017 Dr Toby Smith from Bee Aware Kids presented a workshop and installed a second native bee hive for future honey harvesting. Native bees help with the pollination of the crops in the veggie patches.
Family Owned and Managed
Onsite owner/Managers with over 40 years of business experience. Irene, now retired from Directing is a Registered Teacher. Mike maintains the buildings, playgrounds and larger grounds surrounding the Centre. They have lived locally since 1980.