Community Kids Caboolture is a brand-new service providing child care and education for children aged six weeks to school age.
We have specially designed development programs for all ages including a Government Approved Kindergarten program for children aged 3 – 5 years, perfect for building the skills they need for the important transition to school.
We have strong, holistic learning curriculums for children with an emphasis on play-based learning, which makes learning fun and keeps children coming back for more. Our team is trained to look for opportunities to support all areas of development in young children, without taking away their right to play.
Our centre also features:
- Exciting and stimulating play and learning environments designed to inspire curious young minds
- A unique, interactive sandpit called iSandbox which brings creative play to life
- Yoga and music programs
- Healthy meals that are freshly prepared each day by our on-site cook
- Nappies and sunscreen
- Flexible hours options to help you make the most of your Child Care Subsidy
- Convenient opening hours of 6.00am-6.30pm
We are located just off Pumicestone Road, contact us today to book a centre tour or enrol your child. Ph: 07 5407 0120 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having opened in September 2018 our team are so excited to welcome you and your family to our brand new centre!
Hello, my name is Claire Granzien and I have the pleasure of being Community Kids Caboolture’s Centre Manager. I am very excited to be leading our talented team of professionals through the journey of educating and caring for your children.
My first steps into the Early Education world was in 2007 when I began the adventure of completing my Cert. III in Children Services. This led me to my first role within a centre where I was a support carer for a child with Cerebral Palsy. While caring for this child my eyes were opened to the potential of what children are capable of when given care and education that is tailored to their needs. It taught me that each and every child is unique and different. They each have their own ways of learning and being. I believe it is our duty to watch and develop an understanding of each child and their learning style, so we are able to give them the greatest chance at developing important life skills. Regardless of where a child comes from, where they live, their socioeconomic or cultural background or their capacity for learning, each child has the right to an education that is appropriate to their needs. This is my personal philosophy.
I furthered my education by beginning studies in Midwifery, where I was given the opportunity to see the amazing steps a woman takes to become a mother and assisting them to bring their children into the world. Although I decided to peruse a different path, the wonderful education and experiences I was a part of allowed me to learn about the very beginning of a child’s development.
I came back into the Child Care Industry in 2014 as an Assistant Educator. My passion for Early Education was reignited and I began my studies towards a Diploma in Early Education and Care as an Apprentice. I moved into a Lead Educator role as well as taking on the position as 2IC, gaining experience and knowledge about leadership and management. My learning and development continued when I took on role’s like Educational Leader, helping Educators in my team plan the very best educational programs for the children in our care.
I hope to use all my previous experience and knowledge to guide my team to provide each family with quality Early Education Services. I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you and your children.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to contact me.
Learn about our interactive iSandbox
At Community Kids, we want to inspire your child’s imagination and constantly search for innovative ways to develop important skills. We integrate the most up-to-date theories and tools into our curriculum, placing your child at the leading-edge of pre-school learning and development.
The iSandbox is an exciting, new learning tool that opens a world of possibilities where children explore the sand to discover music, texture and sound. iSandbox lets lava flow, oceans swirl, grass grow and bubbles blow!
How does iSandbox work?
Children are intrigued by sand play. They sift it, build with it, pour it, enjoy the feel of it, pretend play with it and explore how it moves.
The iSandbox uses Augmented Reality to take a traditional sandpit to magical new proportions. A unique interactive software program, projector and depth measuring sensor work together to transform the sandpit into realistic 3D textures of water, mountains, volcanoes, snow and many other objects. This is coupled with beautiful music and the sounds of nature.
How does iSandbox inspire imaginations?
As your child digs, moves, manipulates and explores in the iSandbox, the world or scene that has been created changes and shifts intuitively. The initial story or scene is constantly altered by their ideas and actions. Because no two experiences are ever the same, your child can choose their own adventure. What they experience and learn truly depends on their imagination and creativity.
How do we use iSandbox as a learning tool?
At Community Kids our educators specifically use this interactive tool to enable children to express ideas and to foster rich language use. In response to their evolving ideas and interests, we anticipate and extend children’s learning via open-ended questioning; encouraging feedback and dialogue about the experience, challenging their thinking and subsequently guiding their learning.
What would happen if you…? Why do you think this happened…? If you dug a bit deeper, how do you think it would have changed…?
This teaching theory is cemented in Lev Vygotsky’s (1896-1934) belief that you can use ‘scaffolding’ to build on a child’s current knowledge. By helping a child with open-ended questions, we give them the resources to get to the next piece of knowledge when they are ready for it.
At Community Kids, all educational programs are guided by the Government’s Early Years Learning Framework. Our iSandbox curriculum was developed to incorporate ‘Learning Environments’, ‘Learning Through Play’ and ‘Intentional Teaching’ specifically. You can find out more about the Early Years Learning Framework.
Discover our iSandbox interactive scenes
This dynamic scene replicates the coming of the Ice Age. In 30 seconds, the colour of the sand changes into ice from the highest points to the lowest. When more than half of the surface is covered in ice, the snowstorm begins. This scene explains the natural phenomena of snow, ice, temperatures and how they depend on the landscape, as well as how they have influenced the modern world.
In this mode, sand is highlighted according to heights, replicating a true landscape. There are five landscape layers: water, sand, grass, rock and lava. Changing the sand terrain triggers different colours projected onto it. Playing with sand becomes an even more creative and colourful process.
This mode is great for learning the colours used on world maps. The sand is coloured according to height and depth, with the lower parts being blue and the highest red. The Cartography mode boosts children’s visual and creative thinking and teaches them to read maps more efficiently as well as creating an interest in nature.
The volcano scene is very entertaining and colourful and can be used to learn about the nature of magma, lava and rifts in the earth’s core. This mode includes the option to highlight by height as well as to create an interactive volcano. To create a volcano, your child will need to build a high mountain with round top and a vent. When the volcano erupts, realistic lava starts flowing down the slope and gathers in the plains.
Here, children will learn about natural springs as a groundwater source, where pressurised water emerges from the ground in a steady flow. This mode lets them create rivers, lakes, floods and canals. The interactive water source is very realistic, as it sparkles and flows like real water would.
Ocean and Sea World
Experience a replica of the living and breathing ocean. Imagine exotic fish and sharks swimming in the water, crabs and turtles roaming on beaches, corals flourishing on the ocean floor and palms growing on islands. Every animal has its own habitat and behaviour. Days are changed by nights – animals are highlighted and shadows grow on land.
This mode demonstrates how nature changes over the year in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Children learn about natural phenomena including why it snows and rains, why leaves turn yellow and what the typical temperature for each season is.
Africa is inhabited by many plant-eating animals, as well as by predators chasing them. This scene provides children with an opportunity to discover wildlife in different climate zones of the continent, ranging from equatorial forests to sandy deserts.
Colours and Shapes
This mode will help children learn the names of forms and colours. Different figures are projected onto the sand and their colour changes depending on the height of the sand. Colours and Shapes is a great mode to teach kids the basics of a foreign language including colour theory, geometry and so on.
Which child does not love popping balloons? In this mode, colourful balloons appear on the sand and players should pop the ones with corresponding colours to the frame. The frame colour changes every 30 seconds and several players are able to pop balloons at the same time.
Day and Night
In this mode the sandpit is divided into day and night. This allows children to compare the different times of the day. They will learn about the sun, moon, sky, stars and constellations.
We’d love to welcome you to one of our Community Kids Childcare & Early Education centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Community Kids Caboolture, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.
Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.