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Welcome to Bay Island Early Learning & Care, a 99 place licensed early learning long day care centre owned and operated by a Macleay Island family who chose the Southern Moreton Bay Islands to raise their own children. This year, 2017, the centre celebrates its 10th year, providing quality early learning programs to families resident on all four (4) of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands being  Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra via complementary (FREE) courtesy bus services. Our newest bus operates on Russell Island, transporting children from Russell Island to Macleay Island via the vehicular ferry, and our Silver Service bus meets passenger ferries from/to all islands. All meals, nappies and sunscreen are included in our low daily fees, with nutritionally balanced and delicious meals sourced through Kids Gourmet Foods and incorporate seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

Proudly celebrating our island lifestyle, we blend standards of best industry practice in the education, development and care of children with learning environments reflective of the uniqueness of this community.The centre is owner operated by a 4 year university qualified Early Childhood Specialist Teacher, and our  Queensland Government approved Kindergarten program is delivered by an additional 4 year university qualified Early Childhood Specialist Teacher -  together we oversee all our programs to ensure they are child centric, literacy rich, enquiry based, incorporate enriched caregiving, and importantly are play based that opportunistically harness intentional teaching moments to scaffold every child's learning. Our programs embed the Early Years Learning Framework, the national curriculum for the early years (birth to five years), and is complimented by the Kindergarten Learning Guidelines, and the My Time, Our Place school aged curriculum.

Our 3 indoor environments, the Ocean, Bush and Rainforest rooms, are complimented by 4 outdoor environments for exploration, as well as an adjacent school aged children's facility. The Curlew Cove Youth Facility is licensed for up to 45 school aged children, offering both indoor and outdoor activities during before and after school, as well as daily vacation programs, open to both resident families and those visiting our beautiful islands.

Our Early Learning Centre is a major economic contributor to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, injecting both Federal and State Education funding as a significant employer and facilitator of Adult further education, with all Educators holding or actively working towards the attainment of qualifications in Early Childhood Education, including apprenticeships and traineeships.

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 About Macleay Island

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This Early Learning Centre is situated on a picturesque island, a short 15 minute passenger ferry journey from the bayside suburb of Redland Bay, and is one of South East Queenslands fastest growing populations due to affordable land/housing, a budding tourism destination, and idealic lifestyle that has the Southern Moreton Bay Islands being known as the 'Lifestyle Islands'.  Macleay Island is one of a cluster of 5 Southern Moreton Bay islands that share the postcode 4184, comprising Macleay, Russell, Lamb, Karragarra, and Coochiemudlo Islands.

Macleay Island has two supermarkets and 3 shopping precincts, comprising an assortment of specialty shops and services - so there is no need to leave our island paradise unless by choice.  The Early Learning Centre compliments the State Primary School located directly across the road, as well as other services such as the Police, Emergency Services, two medical and a dental centre. a council depot and community centre. The island has a vibrant arts culture with a range of galleries to explore including several world renown Artists. There are several beaches for swimming and fishing, with barbecue facilities in the foreshore parks. The main road runs through the centre of the Island from the ferry terminal in the south to Pat's Point picnic and swimming area in the north. A causeway connects Macleay Island to the quaint island of Perulpa, which in Aboriginal means "the island off the island". There are a choice of Cafe's, Take-away's and Bakeries, a nine hole Golf Course and Club with Bistro, a Pub with views of Karragarra Island and the Mainland, the Tingira Boat Club for sailing, kayaking and relaxed dining on Sandpiper Beach, as well as Club Macleay, a Bowls club which has the most spectacular bay views in Queensland from the renoun Waters Edge Restaurant - and they operate free shuttle bus services!

Ferry transfers are operated by Translink, accepting Queensland GoCards, making transit simple, with a new bus station in service at the Redland Bay terminal, where you can park your vehicle or if you prefer there are regular vehicular barge services to/from all islands.

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