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 A warm welcome to Peregian Beach College Early Learning Centre. We are open from 7.00am to 6.00pm, 50 weeks of the year. We are   licensed for 34 places across two rooms and benefit greatly from each room being lead by a qualified teacher. As we are a relatively   small child care centre, we are able to build close bonds with children and families and we pride ourselves on offering a stimulating   learning environment where children are valued as individuals and their childhoods are cherished.

 Our centre is set in a beautiful natural environment within the grounds of Peregian Beach College. We have close links with the college   and children enjoy weekly trips to the library, use of the music room and SPLASH sessions in the swimming pool during the summer   months. A college language teacher visits the centre for Italian lessons and we join the college community for events such as the   athletic carnival, cross country and fun run. For more information, click here to read the ELC Handbook.


The Early Learning Centre uses the Kindergarten Learning Guidelines as a foundation for its planning. These guidelines foster children's development across the domains of Identity, Connectedness, Wellbeing, Active Learning and Communicating. We maintain a strong focus on early literacy and numeracy within all our learning experiences, ensuring that each child's learning style is catered for and valued.

In combination with the Kindergarten Learning Guidelines, the centre also adopts a Walker-inspired approach to learning, the first Australian designed culturally appropriate play-based pedagogy that has been developed for the diverse range of Australian communities. The ideologies we share place fostering relationships as the foundation of all that we do and a holistic approach to teaching the whole child.

We recognise our educators' knowledge and expertise in child development and combine this with a clear knowledge of each child to provide an engaging environment for them to explore and investigate. Educators embrace children's enthusiasm and intrinsic motivation to learn. They interact skillfully with them, recognising and valuing their current interests, ideas, skills and abilities and supporting and extending their learning and development.

Families are invited to be involved in their children's learning at all stages of the year, and are encouraged to become active participants in the centre's learning program. For information on our Early Learning Centre philosophy, click here


Enrolment:  Click here to download enrolment documents

To catch up on all the Kindy news, click on the links below:

Kindy Newsletter Term 3 2018

Kindy Newsletter Term 4 2018

Our Educators

Barbara Wearing

Barbara Wearing

Director of Early Learning

Qualifications: National Nursery Nursing Examination Board (UK equivalent to Diploma in Early Years) and First Class Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Barbara has worked with children and families for over 30 years. She has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of roles, with families and young children both in Australia and in the UK. During this time she has greatly enjoyed developing her skills and knowledge of different early years programmes. She is passionate about ensuring that children receive the best possible early years’ experience, in which they are valued as individuals and where their childhoods are cherished. She loves to watch children blossom as they explore and engage in a wide range of experiences that excite and stimulate their natural thirst for learning. She prioritises building strong relationships between staff, families and children to create a positive environment where the best interests of the children are at the heart of all we do.


Shyra Chapman

Lead Educator

Qualifications: Bachelor in Communication; Gradudate Diploma in Education.

Shyra is our Lead Educator and has been working at Peregian Beach College Early Learning Centre since May 2018. Shyra has been working with children for over 10 years in a variety of teaching settings. She has been a pre-kindy leader, a relief educator, an Out of School and Holiday Care education leader, acting coordinator and a camp counsellor on a summer camp in Canada. Shyra enjoys building strong relationships with children and their families and is skilled at building confidence in children through her positive interactions.

Kate Vanderpoll

Kate Vanderpoll

Pre-Kindy Room Leader

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Children’s Services

Kate is the Lead Educator in the Pre-Kindy Magpies room. She has spent over 10 years educating and caring for children in swim schools, vacation care centres, primary schools and early learning centres. One of Kate’s main goals and passions is to assist all of children in their ongoing development and learning journey. Kate is fabulous at recording children’s learning and development and enjoys creating exciting programs based on the Walker Learning Approach. Kate is integral in ensuring all parents stay informed about how their children are progressing.

Katie McDonald

Katie McDonald

Kindy Support Educator

Qualifications: Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood)

Katie is the Early Childhood Teacher in the Kindy Magpie Room. Katie has taught in a variety of early childhood settings for the past 14 years, including Queensland public schools, family daycare, preschools and long daycare centres.  Katie's teaching and education style is all about empowering children to become confident, independent learners.  Her role is to support, facilitate and encourage children's learning while valuing routine & play-based learning through the Walker Learning Program.  Katie feels privileged to guide & support children in their precious and magical early childhood years

Rhianna Geraghty

Rhianna Geraghty


Rhianna’s role at Peregian Beach College Early Learning Centre is to assist and support the rest of the Kindy educators. Rhianna completed her Certificate 3 in Early Childhood in October 2017 at the same time as she completed year 12 at Peregian Beach College. She has been working at the Kindy for around 2 and a half years, initially as a school based trainee. She has been wanting to work with children most of her life and being able to work at Kindy has helped her see that this is exactly what she wants to do. Rhianna is continuing to develop her skills, having enrolled as an Early Years Diploma student.

Contact Us

The Early Learning Centre can be contacted on 54481722

After Hours contact 7am - 8am and 4pm - 6pm: 54712103

If you would like to arrange a tour of our centre, please contact us on 54481722 or email

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