Maryborough After School Care and Kindergarten Facilities

Our facility is comprised of two separate purpose built centres catering to children aged 0 to 10 years. We offer regular childcare, education and after school care.

Maryborough Centre One:

Nursery - 16 children aged 0 to 15 months

Our nursery is where the journey with our families begins. This room is for children aged from 0-15 months and will be run by four of our experienced and fantastic teaching staff. Babies are unique and each child has their own pattern for sleep, play, feeding and learning. We have a wonderful environment that enables the children to explore, investigate, learn and develop through their own unique interests and at their own pace. We've recruited experienced and caring teaching staff for our kindergarten in Maryborough and ensure that each child receives individual care. We understand the special level of attention each child needs and deserves to enable us to facilitate their learning and development.

Our teaching staff will use your baby's individual pattern as a guide to introducing daily activities that will spark their interests and promote healthy brain development. Lots of personal attention and interaction from our teachers will also help to develop basic cognitive and social skills.

The curriculum is designed to focus on each child's unique development. We develop their fine and gross motor skills, their physical development, their social development, we also help them develop their speech and we do this by embedding specific learning intentions into our curriculum whilst observing reacting to what the students are interested in. From our observations we make deliberate decisions throughout the day to help your child through this amazing journey and we take pride in sharing every one of their experiences and their progress with you.

Toddlers - 15 children aged 15 to 25 months
Senior Toddlers - 18 children aged 24 to 30 months

We have two educational toddler programs at our Maryborough kindergarten. In this group we have our Toddlers classroom and our Senior Toddlers Classroom.

The toddlers are the group of students from 15 months to 30 months. Our wonderful teaching staff work with the students in these classrooms exploring areas of multi-cultural, social inclusion, speech development, mathematics and language, toilet training and social awareness. Our teaching staff provide these wonderful opportunities within the curriculum to help develop the students' learning and development. We have an educational program that involves intentional teaching. We use development milestones to assess the students' development. Each child has a unique journey and we take each child's development into account and this informs the teaching staff's plans. From this information it helps us design the education environment, making it another resource to facilitate the students' learning.

Having experienced teaching staff in our kindergarten means that they can help follow the child's interests, and, during the play based learning, support the students in their learning and development. When the students are developmentally ready they transition into our Senior Toddlers group

Senior Toddlers is run again by experienced teaching staff with special skills. These special skills help focus on each child's developmental needs whether it be toilet training, speech development or other areas of development. The aim of this group is to get them ready to transition to our older group - Junior Kindergarten, prior to leaving this centre and moving into the Maryborough kindergarten program in centre two.

Junior Kindergarten - 16 children aged 30 to 36 months

Junior Kindergarten is a prep-kindergarten educational program which uses the teaching staff's assessment and extensive knowledge on where the students are and where they need to be, to plan to help them reach their goal. We use jolly phonics, number based programs and a creative approach to ensure the curriculum is delivered in an exciting way to engage the students. With an enabling environment and a focus on sustainability and recycling, we teach the students about life skills and help nurture the whole child. It is important to us to ensure that we help each child follow their own interests and design the learning around this. Through play based learning and peer role modeling we try to encourage all students to participate in a range of activities to get them ready for kindergarten.

Centre two:

Senior Kindergarten - 24 children aged 3 years to 4 years
Kindergarten - 24 children aged 4 to 5 years

Our kindergarten teaching staff in Maryborough value the richness a child receives when playing. Play is a learning strategy and all students learn through play at their own pace. We offer a "play based" learning program, while you may hear the term "investigative" or "experiential", it simply means learning through play and exploring your child's natural learning strategies. Your child will have opportunities to explore, discover and create during their day, in line with the early childhood curriculum. This fosters qualities in your child such as, curiosity, perseverance and risk taking. During the day there is time for intentional teaching where our teachers have prepared a lesson for students to extend on their curiosity during play.

Choosing a kindergarten or after school care program is the most important decision you will make to prepare your child for lifelong learning and a success in school. Our program is implemented throughout every day your child attends. It is designed to address key aspects of your child's development which are necessary for them to possess before commencing Primary School.

School readiness is not just about numeracy and literacy programs, although we cover this completely in our curriculum. Our teaching staff work in partnership with families to help students achieve individual goals.

Our programs are designed to improve your child's development in the following key areas:

  • social skills, how to play with other students in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
  • self-awareness and respect for others
  • emotional skills, for example understanding their feelings
  • language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
  • a joy for learning and group activities, such as talking, drawing and making things together with other students their own age
  • ability to make new friends
  • exposure to new ideas and concepts

Kindergarten also provides families with access to:

  • support and assistance for students with special needs
  • resources and links to community support services

Out of School Club - After School Care

Our after school care or out of school program in Maryborough is a very practical program. As students have had a long day in school, we try to ensure our extracurricular activities help the students relax and give them a chance to work on their social relationships. We engage in our links with the communities by taking the students to the library, local park, community gardens or other events run within our community.

After school care also has an educational focus that is not too intense for them after a long day at school. We often go to the park and this helps the students with their physical development, also learn about the environment and recycling. We are looking to develop a cooking program with our after school students. We will aim to help them develop life skills while in our care. We pride ourselves on using "my time our place" to help guide our planning but ensuring the students feel comfortable, nurtured and relaxed whilst with us. We do offer support for homework, although we do not enforce it. As always we follow the interests of the child.

If you would like more information on our daycare service, contact us or download our enrolment form.


Kerensa J

LOVE LOVE LOVE this daycare!  Such a wonderful and interesting environment has been created for the children.  The centre itself and is well equipped and maintained and the staff/educators are so friendly and supportive. Our daughter is thriving in their care.

The Director is very approachable and managing the centre incredibly well.

I would not hesitate in recommending EC Junior Education as the place for your child, Kerensa J


Awesome, - I highly recommend this day-care the staff r professional and always up for a chat and to let u know what the kids have gotten up to for the first time in 3 years my daughter absolutely loves going she walks in an goes off to play or sit on the carpet if they r inside she comes home very happy and not cranky my son who does not attend had an accident as my daughter went to close the gate and he walked into it and they were quick to come and help and make sure he was ok and gave him an ice pack. Jodie.

Don D

My daughter absolutely loves Ec Junior she has made some great friendships and is always excited to go and see what adventures Miss Noby and Miss Lyn have planned for their day thank you to all the staff it's a pleasure to walk into so many smiling faces each time we are in. Don D. 

Jodie Stewart

My daughter finally loves going to a daycare the staff are amazing an my daughter is very happy to go no crying or anything Jodie Stewart

Sandy Rae

My two year old son Matthew Mackellar is so happy at EC junior the staff are supportive and very caring miss Kelly is a favorite among all the children and parents too she takes the time to get to know our child's routine at home so she can help us have a settled and happy transition from home to care my only disappointment is she can't be with my child for his entire education I love this center and the wonderful staff. 

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EC Junior Education