Cnr South & Waterloo St, Cleveland, QLD 4163
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At Happy Tots on Waterloo we are staffed with educators who enjoy helping your child develop unique skills and interests in a relaxed, fun learning environment that allows children with all types of learning styles to learn and discover at their best with activities based on your child’s abilities and unique learning style.
When your child attends our Cleveland Centre, they learn important concepts, such as social context and developmental skills, which will help them interact well with others through school and throughout their lives. Our educators love developing fun learning activities for your child, which will instil a lifelong love of learning in your child, from infancy through preschool.
We would love to invite you to come and tour our beautiful centre and meet our passionate, nurturing education team.
For more information, please fill out the information form on this page or call the centre on (07) 3488 2022.
The mission of Happy Tots on Waterloo is to provide an environment where the children, families and community of Happy Tots on Waterloo feel safe, welcome, respected, challenged and engaged. Knowing that the Educators trust in the children’s knowledge and abilities and that they can scaffold that learning. For the present we want the parents to feel good about choosing Happy Toys on Waterloo as the education and care provider for their children, and that the children are safe, engaged, educated and smiling. And for the future, we want these children and their families to warmly look back on their experience at our service and see it as a cherished part of their childhood.
Our vision is to be your home away from home, where you can be you!
Happy Tots on Waterloo was established and exists to provide a safe, developmentally, inclusive environment for the children, families and staff within it’s walls and the wider community. We will provide a stimulating early learning and child care experience that promotes each child’s development holistically. Our goal is to support and nurture the natural desire to be life-long learners. We are committed to the families and the community we serve, providing support and encouragement as well as education.
Nursery – Birth to 2 years
Our Nursery is designed to ensure that all aspects of the development of Infants is accommodated and encouraged. We have a separate sleep room, which allows individual child/family routines to be respected and followed. Children are offered age and developmentally appropriate stimulation and encouragement to explore, engage, experience and communicate – as only infants can! Our babies are treated as whole, capable and communicative people who are treated with care, love and respect.
Toddlers – 15 months to 2 1/2 years
The spaces in our 2-3 years environment are designed to encourage the children to explore, discover, create and imagine through a play-based curriculum. The environment and program is vibrant and flexible and responsive to the interests and abilities of each child. Learnings include puzzles, literacy and numeracy activities, construction activities, creative arts, music and pretend play set-ups.
Juniors – 2 to 3 years
The verbal development of our Juniors is actively encouraged – this is a key time for our children to explore their capabilities and develop a strong ‘sense of self’. An exciting time of discovery and development and the Junior room is designed to ensure that it stimulates and encourages interest, engagement, relationship building, exploration, language and ownership of their environment. Children are encouraged in these aspects through ongoing deep conversation, strong observation and support of learning. You will see lots of opportunity for engagement including; more complex puzzles, books, letters, words, role play and construction materials.
Pre Kindy 3 to 4 years
Pre-Kindy children are further developing their language skills, often developing specific interests in activities that engage them for longer periods of time – with increasing complexity. Individual interests and preferences are readily apparent – and our team works hard to ensure that the environments and activities provided offer further stimulation, the capacity to build on capabilities and strengthen skill sets. Mathematical reasoning concepts are explored through science and cooking experiences. Language skills and relationship building skills are enhanced through opportunities for conversations and reflection as groups and one on one. Physical skills are developed through increasingly complex challenges and opportunities to take risk. The capabilities of 3-4 year olds are amazing to observe and our team ensure interests and challenges are documented and occasions to discover more are consistently provided.
Kindergarten 4 to 5 years
We are proud to offer a Queensland Kindergarten Program at our Centre. Our Kindergarten program is led by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher – Bachelor qualified to deliver a program grounded in the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline, your child will further develop their skills, knowledge and capabilities in our play-based learning environment. “School readiness” is primarily ensuring your child is emotionally, physically and socially ready to embark upon the next, more formal, stage of their educational ‘career’. We remain focussed on support, encouragement, opportunity for learning and individual interests – while ensuring your child’s knowledge, love of learning and capacity to self-regulate is steadily increasing. The opportunities for learning will focus on further building confidence and abilities – verbally, emotionally, cognitively, physically and socially.