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A Head Start Children's Centres are small, beautiful and homely, providing excellent care and an outstanding educational program that prepares children for school and life.

Working with infants and young children is incredibly beautiful and rewarding. My passion is to provide excellence in education and care for children and their families in a beautiful, safe and loving environment

Dr Laurel Scanlan (PhD, B Bus, First Class Honours)

Founder

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Our Mission

To enrich each child’s potential for excellence by providing the social, emotional, physical and intellectual environment to nurture, encourage and support their construction of knowledge and ability to succeed in life and contribute to society.

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A Head Start in Action

Learning at A Head Start Children’s Centres is fun while at the same time ensuring that children gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at school and life. We achieve this (our mission) by extending children’s interests and learning with specialist lessons in several areas including performing and visual arts, languages, physical wellbeing as well as a focus on intellectual learning.

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Our educators love and care for our children and implement a unique and successful play based curriculum.

Why we succeed

Two Boutique Centres

Our Burliegh and Currumbin centres are surrounded by nature, providing safe and tranquil environments for children to play, explore and learn.

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Friday afternoon music 🎶 singalong with our Babies, Juniors, Kindy and Preschool friends 👫👫singing some of our favourite songs 💕 
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#childcare #preschool #kindy #juniors #babies #currumbin #kindergartenprogram #music #musicandmovement #nurseryrhymes #singing #friendships #singalong #earlylearning #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework  #aheadstartcentres
We’re going on a safari expedition... 

Different safari animals were placed around the creek area, some hiding and the children went on a fun adventure with their binoculars to find them.
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This month our children have focused on learning about the Ocean as we celebrated World Ocean 🌊 and World Turtle 🐢 Day! 

We explored how we can care and look after our beautiful oceans! The children also explored music and movement and danced like the ocean 💃🕺
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#childcare #worldoceanday #worldturtleday #timefornature #ocean #planetearth #caring #music #octopusgarden #greenheroes #beagreenhero #sustainability #glowinggreencrusaders #australianwildlife #plasticfree #australiananimals #mothernature  #wildlifecare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
“ In a world where you can be anything, be kind” 
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November the 13th is “World Kindness Day” 🌎 in recognition of this, the children in the babies and Infants rooms showed kindness by, helping their peers when they were sad, giving them a friendly cuddle, holding their hands around the yard or painting a love heart to stick on our kindness wall. 
#love #smile #bekind #happy #kindness #cuddle #laugh #painting #heart #worldkindnessday2020
⚫️🟡🔴The Kombumerri People ⚫️🟡🔴

The song the children have learnt is a way for us to acknowledge ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ and that the Indigenous community are the traditional owners of this land. 
This song celebrates the culture and history of the local Kombumerri people and their land which stretches from Logan River to Tweed River. 

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#NAIDOCweek #pastandpresent #Aboriginal #TorresStraitIslander #celebration #culture #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
🖤💛❤️NAIDOC Week 2020 🖤💛❤️

The theme for NAIDOC week this year is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. 

The children have celebrated NAIDOC week by learning about the history, culture, music and achievements of our local Indigenous people both past and present.
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We engaged the children in various art and craft activities creating flags, painting rocks and drawings of traditional dream time stories. Providing the children with these experiences allows them to develop their understanding and empathy skills by responding to diversity with respect.

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#NAIDOCweek #pastandpresent #Aboriginal #TorresStraitIslander #celebration #culture #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Remembrance Day 2020 🇦🇺 
We will remember them
Lest we forget
🐎Melbourne Cup Day 🐎 

Today is the race that stops the nation! 
Everyone knows that Melbourne Cup is all about the fashion 👒🎩👔
Today the children made their own hats and ties ready for ‘Fashions on the Field’ 
This was followed by our own horse race with the children taking turns using the pretend horses to race along the track🐴 
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#horserace #horse #melbournecup #fashionsonthefield #fashion #fascinators #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Happy Halloween from A Head Start Children’s Centre 🎃 🍬🧚🏻‍♀️ 👻
Yesterday the children put on a wonderful show for the residents of Wommin Bay Village 🎶🎤
The children sang some of their favourite songs with the residents all singing along 🥰
The children were very surprised and delighted when the residents sang one of their songs back to them.
The children have experienced interest in collaborating with the residents again and hopefully in person in the new year ♥️💙💜💛
@feroscare 

#singing #songs #zoom #womminbayvillage #feroscare #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
📖 📚Book Week 2020 📚📖

Book Week has taken us by storm this year!
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We have had so many books to read this week and have seen a range of wonderful book character dress ups from the children and staff
It has been such a great adventure to explore the wonderful world of reading!
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👩‍🏫📕📔📘📙📗👨‍🏫
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#bookweek #bookweek2020 #reading #books #dressup #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
📖 📚Book Week 2020 📚📖

Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australia Children’s literature.
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#bookweek #reading #books #dressup #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Water play fun at the Burleigh centre... this morning the children all navigated themselves around a fun water play set up in the yard, as they explored different pools and sprinkler 💦💦 #waterplay #fun #sun #springtime🌸 #sunsafety #sunsmart
🏃‍♂️🍏🍋🍇🍎Nutrition Week🍉🥝🍊🍓🏃‍♀️

This week was Nutrition week! During the week the children have been learning all about healthy eating and healthy bodies and what foods help us have healthy teeth 🦷 and bones 🦴, healthy eyes 👀 and are good brain 🧠 foods to help us learn and play! 

All the children were able to contribute as we grew and planted veggies in the garden and made fruit smoothies and healthy slices 🍌🥕🍏 to give us lots of energy to play outside 

“A healthy outside starts from the inside” - Robert Urich 

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#nutritionweek #nutrition #healthyeating #healthybodies #fruitandveg #happy 
#childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
🌘🌙🪐🌌World Space Week 2020☄️🌠🌟⭐⚡
 
We all had lots of fun this week building, creating, exploring and learning all things space! 

3...2...1...BLAST OFF!
🔭🪐☄️🛸👽🛰🚀👩‍🚀

#worldspaceweek #worldspaceweek2020 #spaceweek #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
🌘🌙🪐🌌World Space Week 2020☄️🌠🌟⭐⚡
 
This week we celebrated World Space Week! 
World Space Week is a a global celebration of space science and technology! This years theme is ‘Satellites Improve Life’ 
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We started by exploring the galaxy 🪐 ,solar systems 🔭, satellites 📡 , astronauts 🧑‍🚀 and rocket ships 🚀 

The children have been making their own solar systems 🛰, space shuttles 🛸 and playing the alien 👽 game of moon rock throwing 🌕

This have been a very fun filled week with lots of learning! 
🔭🪐☄️🛸👽🛰🚀👩‍🚀

#worldspaceweek #worldspaceweek2020 #spaceweek #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
We had some special visitors today at A Head Start Currumbin! Miss Kandice’s chickens 🐥🐥Cinnamon and Snow came in for a play!
The children were very excited to give them lots of cuddles and pats 🥰 

#chickens #babychicks #silkiechicken #cinnamon #snow #earlylearning #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
After yesterday’s fun adventure to the creek the children were continuing to talk about all the things they had seen, prompting for another walk today with a different group of children 

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#childcare #4seaterpram #babies #walking #excerise #currumbin #movement #outdoors #currumbinwaters #pram #earlylearning #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
“because little nature lovers grow into big nature lovers” 
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This morning one of the children showed an interest in birds as when they arrived to kindy they saw some birds eating on the driveway. 🦢🦜🕊🦅

We decided to take a walk in our 4-seater prams to the creek to see if we could find any birds 🦜🦆🦚

The children and educators walked along Currumbin Creek Road, crossing at the traffic lights 🚦 and made their way over to the pedestrian bridge. Here the children were able to see the beautiful view of the creek spotting lots of birds, native wildlife and the diggers working on the construction site 🚜👷🚧
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#childcare #4seaterpram #babies #juniors #walking #excerise #currumbin #movement #outdoors #currumbinwaters #pram #earlylearning #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Aaarrrgghh me hearty 🏴‍☠️ 
Today was ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ and the whole centre celebrated by dressing up and participating in pirate themed activities!
We started the day by walking the ‘plank’ through the sinking sand 🏝 
to find the buried treasure 👑 
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We also made treasure maps, eye patches, pirate hats and pirate paintings 🏴‍☠️ 
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‘Aye Aye Captain’ 🏴‍☠️🚢 
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#pirate #talklikeapirateday #aarrgghmeheart #walktheplank #treasuremaps #childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Happy Fathers Day!
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To all the our Dads, step dads, Poppy’s,
Uncle’s, Grandad’s, Pop Pop’s, Grumpa’s, Grandpas, Gramps, Opa’s and G-Pa’s we hope you have a wonderful Fathers Day! 
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The children have a special song to share with you all
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#childcare #music #fathersday #happyfathersday #dad #loveyou #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Happy Early Childhood Educators 👩‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Day to all our wonderful staff at A Head Start Children’s Centre!
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“It takes a big heart to shape a little mind” 
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This week some of our friends have been exploring many cooking experiences 👩‍🍳 👨‍🍳 
We have made Jam Drops, ANZAC biscuits and Cornflake and Sultana cookies 🍪
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The children explored their fine motor and maths skills as they used the utensils to stir, pour and measure the ingredients. As the children work together, we developed our inter socials skills and learnt respect for each other by sharing and taking turns. 
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Experiences like this allow the children to see first hand how individual ingredients are turned into something much different when put all together. 
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#currumbin #cooking #measuring #finemotor #gettingmessy #tastetesting #masterchef #earlylearning #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Dear Parents and Families,

Our very own Mr Blake has decided he would like to shave his hair to support 'Nixon's Hope For A Cure' on Thursday 27th of August, 2020.

Who is Nixon Melville?

Nixon is a  brave, little Gold Coast boy who was diagnosed in 2017 with stage 4 High Risk neuroblastoma cancer MYCN amplified. The cancer was through his entire abdomen. After several treatments including chemotherapy, surgery, 3 ICU admissions and 33 blood transfusions. Nixon relapsed again in 2019.

 Nixon's only hope for a cure is to get him to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York and participate in a vaccine trial against neuroblastoma. This trial is a course of 7 vaccines over 12 months. The trial has been ongoing for over 10 years!  But is not available in Australia. The purpose of the trial is for the body to make antibodies against the 2 antigens in the vaccine, those antibodies might also attach to neuroblastoma cells because a lot of each antigen is on neuroblastoma (and very little on other parts of the body). Then, the attached antibodies would attract the patient's white blood cells to kill the neuroblastoma. Stopping a relapse from occurring. This is Nixon's best chance of survival. 

We are raising money to support little Nixon and his family by shaving Mr Blake's hair. The educators will be bidding against each other to give Blake the best shave of his life! 

If you have any spare change and would like to support us in this worthy cause, there is a tin at reception from Nixon's family. There is also a scan code on top of the tin, which you can donate via your phone camera, or click the link below for the go fund me page and be kept up to date with Nixon's progress.

Thanking you in advance for your support...

https://au.gofundme.com/f/nixon039s-hope-for-a-cure-against-neuroblastoma

#childcare #shaveforacure 
#nixonshopeforacure
What a wonderful morning we have singing 🎤 with @petercombemusic 
All of the children and staff had a wonderful time listening to their favourite songs 💙 
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#music #singing #petercombe #guitar #washyourfacewithorangejuice 
#childcare #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
An all time favourite song among the children and staff...”Wash your face in orange juice” 🍊 
Thank you @petercombemusic for coming to put on a show for us 
#petercombe #music #show #singing #aheadstartcentres
A special visit from @petercombemusic at A Head Start Childrens Centre
Wow! What a fun and comfy week wearing our pyjamas to kindy!👫👫
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The children had lots of fun creating cubby houses, having pyjama parties and making their own art and craft pjs
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It was so lovely to see all our children and teachers having fun and dressing up 
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Here are some photos from the weeks fun 
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#childcare #pyjamas #pjweek #pyjamaweek  #slippers #pyjamaparty  #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
👕 IT’S PYJAMA WEEK 👚
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This week just roll out of bed in your PJ’s and come to kindy!
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Stay tuned for more photos daily 📸 
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#childcare #pyjamas #pjweek #pyjamaweek  #slippers #pyjamaparty  #earlylearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
Brrr ❄❄ it's cold outside.. 

This morning the children in the Kindy room were talking about how cold it was, and how they had noticed "steam" coming out of their mouths when they breathed out.  We decided to extend on this interest by asking the children what they knew about cold weather, which in turn lead to a discussion about snow.  The children then had the opportunity to make their very own snow to explore, made some snowflakes from paddle pop sticks and glitter, and got creative with some snow themed play dough, adding some gem stones and coloured pom poms to make "snow monsters", "snow cakes" and many other clever creations 😁☃️❄☁️ #snowday #learningthroughplay #childcare
This week our junior friends have been exploring emotions and feelings. As children grow, they are developing their own social and emotional identities. We have been engaging in meaningful discussions and experiences which will enable the children to recognise and express these emotions. 
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Our science experiment today was Tubes of Emotions which was a multi-layered adventure as we look at visuals such as colours and facial expressions, representing how we feel.
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#childcare #juniors #science #rainbow #colours #scienceexperiment #feelings #emotions #facialexpressions #socialandemotional #expressingourfeelings #happy #sad #angry #excited #silly #earlylearning #outdoorlearning #goldcoastchildcare #community #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework #aheadstartcentres
The Junior Puppet Show 🐰🐹🐭🐱🐶🐯🐨🐼🐻
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This week our junior room friends have expressed interest in the series of Cranky Bear books. 
Today we extended on this and held our own puppet show to tell stories 📚 
The children took turns dressing up as audience members and cheering for the show while other children used their imagination to role play as characters from our stories. 
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#childcare #juniors #currumbin #kindergartenprogram #music #musicandmovement #roleplay #puppetshow #animals #dressups #babies #acting #friendships #storytelling #imagination #earlylearning #nationalqualitystandards #nationalqualityframework  #aheadstartcentres
Today the children in the Infants room celebrated Tanabata: Japan’s star festival... 🌟 
Every year on the 7th of July, Japan celebrates a special holiday known as the Star Festival or Tanabata.
People write their wishes in colourful strips of paper called Tanzaku. After writing their wishes, people hang their Tanzaku on bamboo branches.