Avenues Early Learning Centre Bowen Hills Review

two toddlers playing with colourful balls

Avenues Early Learning Centre Bowen Hills first opened in 2012 and since then has been offering first-class early education and care within the Brisbane City area. They pride ourselves on having long-standing staff who have been with the company for several years, with some staff starting from when the centre first opened.

This inner-city centre has a large, undercover carpark for convenient drop-offs and pick-ups. The centre is also within walking distance to Bowen Hills train station and a number of bus stops on the Brisbane loop line.

All staff at Avenues Early Learning Centre Bowen Hills aim to provide a warm and welcoming environment for children and families, where everyone feels secure and supported. The centre has a rich culture and culture, diversity and acceptance are embedded into the program every day. The centre fosters acceptance of others and develops respectful relationships between all children.

staff preparing meals at childcare centre

Avenues Early Learning Centre Bowen Hills Parent Fact Sheet

Education Type: Long day care centre

Days & Hours of Operation: 7:00am to 6:00pm – 52 weeks per year. Only closed public holidays.

Ages of Care:  6 weeks to school-age children

Staff Ratio: Standard for QLD –

  • 6 weeks to 2yrs – 4 children to 1 staff member
  • 2 years to 3 years – 5 children to 1 staff member
  • 3 years to 5 years – 11 children to 1 staff member

Food Provided: On-site chef at the centre. All meals are prepared fresh, daily at the centre. The centre provides morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack for the children.

Nappies Provided: Yes, nappies and wipes provided for all ages. 

National Quality Standards (NQS) Rating: Exceeding

Size of Centre: 5 rooms providing care for up to 80 children.

Point of Difference: Avenues Early Learning Centre Bowen Hills believes that all children are capable and competent learners. They provide learning experiences that allow all children to explore, learn and grow as individuals, in a safe and loving environment. They believe that all children and families who enrol at the centre become a part of the Avenues family and they pride ourselves on creating open relationships with all their families. 

The centre’s programming is all done via an online portfolio system in which each parent has access to via their own account. Daily information such as daily news, updates and learning stories are posted on the portal daily for you to view. 

On enrolment, you will receive a sun-safe hat and a set of sheets for your child.

Facilities

Avenues Early Learning Bowen Hills has 2 open-aired play spaces which are shaded and offer undercover areas, which allows the children to use the outdoor space in any weather. The centre also has a separate library where the children can spend time reading and borrow books to take home. A librarian from the New Farm library also visits the centre once a week to read stories to the children. The centre also borrows resources from the Dandiiri Library each month for the children to explore.

The centre has a separate atelier where the in-house art teacher takes small groups of children for art lessons each day. The children also have access to a music room, equipped with a piano and a variety of musical instruments for the staff and children to enjoy.

Extra-curricular activities

Avenues Early Learning Bowen Hills provides music lessons which run on a Monday, as well as Art, Jelic and Mandarin classes for the over 2’s – these are all included in your daily fee.

The centre also offers Billy’s Buddies, Ginger Sports and Happy Feet as extra-curricular active classes.

Connection to the local community

Avenues Early Learning Bowen Hills has a strong connection with the local community. They often do excursions to Newstead Bunnings, the local post office and Stricker’s Perry Park. The centre believes it is important that children are connected with their local community and are able to explore their surrounds. They also have termly visits from their Adopt-A-Cop from the Fortitude Valley Police Station, their local Fire Fighters at Kemp Place and a Librarian from the New Farm Library.

preschoolers working on activities at desk

Kindergarten Program

The Avenues Early Learning Bowen Hills’ Kindergarten Program offers a numeracy and literacy program, with a strong focus on school readiness. They pride themselves on having an advanced Kindergarten program, with connections to local schools. The Kindergarten program also has a strong focus on STEAM experiences, incorporating ICT such as an interactive whiteboard and BeeBots for the children to work on programming. They also use the Jolly Phonics program to help children become familiar with and explore literacy.

To extend on this the 3 – 5 age groups engage in Jelic classes. Jelic is designed to help children balance the development of both sides of their brain through self-paced, hands on learning. Jelic facilitates development of the child’s multiple intelligences, emphasizing on the 5 quotients –

1. Intelligent Reasoning 2. Mathematical Deduction 3. Combinational Thinking 4. Life Skills 5. Linguistic Capabilities

Encouraging independence

The experiences and program throughout the centre promote children’s independence and is built around the children’s interests and abilities. The educators provide experiences through a range of different learning styles and encourage all children to engage in the learning experiences. The centre embeds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and Sustainable practices in everything they do.

Testimonials

Our son has been attending Avenues at Bowen Hills for nearly 4 years now. It’s a wonderful facility with amazing staff. I’ve always felt comfortable knowing he’s well cared for each day. He loves all the extra activities on offer, and I’m jealous of the meals they have each day.‘ – Robyn

My kids have been attending Avenues Bowen Hills since they were both 3 months old and we have been part of the community for almost 4 years now. I could not recommend the team enough for their services, facilities and overall management. The educators are very caring, kind, playful but also fair. They are always going above and beyond! The menu is so extensive that it definitely relieves me a bit for dinner cooking on those days the kids are in childcare as I know they have had their full balanced plate throughout the day. Whenever I have questions or messages for management, I always receive a response within that same business day. Also the centre always has fun activities and social events which adds to the overall positive culture of the centre. This positive environment definitely reflects back onto the kids and I know they love being part of the Avenues Family. Highly Recommend and a rare gem of stability and consistency in this transient area of Brisbane!‘ – Maggie

Avenues Bowen Hills is wonderful. Our daughter has attended the centre since she was 9 months old. The teachers are caring, welcoming and inclusive. The centre has outstanding communication and the food is amazing. Highly recommend Avenues.’ – Kellie

This was our 2nd early learning centre (after joining a chain day care in another suburb and just not feeling happy about our daughter’s treatment or happiness there). We found Avenues to be first-rate. Our daughter was extremely well looked after, very happy there, and we found all the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. Definitely recommended.‘ – Chris

We started at Avenues in mid 2017, after sending our child to a chain day care. From the moment we did our tour of the centre we knew this was the place for us. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and took the time to get to know us and our child’s needs. We are extremely happy with the daily updates we receive from the centre, as well as the daily communication we have with the Educators in the room. The centre manager is lovely and is always free for a chat and to help out with any needs we may have. All of the staff, including management and kitchen staff, know our child by name, which is lovely to hear all the hellos or goodbyes during the drop off and pick up times.‘ – Rebecca

Avenues Early Learning Centre Bowen Hills is located at 30 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills.

To arrange a tour or to enrol your child, please visit their website.

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