McDowall Childcare & Kindergarten

Our McDowall Campus is committed to providing the best care for every child in a nurturing environment.

The campus currently has no vacancies but welcomes families to join the waitlist for 2023.

Campus Overview

Only About Children McDowall is a warm and inviting childcare centre, with three dedicated outdoor play areas – including a slide, climbing wall, mud pit, sandpits, compost and worm farm – children have plenty of space to explore, create and lead their own play. Our six age-based indoor spaces are designed to encourage children to learn and grow, at their age and stage of development, in a secure ‘home away from home’ environment. We enjoy getting out into our local community through planned excursions and community activities that build on our educational curriculum and the children’s interests. At Only About Children childcare McDowall, these include trips to our local school and organised shows onsite. 

When your child is enrolled at Only About Children McDowall, they are included in our Health Program, offering specialist screening and support in Nutrition, Vision, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. Each day your child will enjoy nourishing and freshly prepared, seasonal, meals designed by a qualified Dietitian. 

With a team of qualified and passionate Educators, your child will find an early learning environment where they feel safe, nurtured, stimulated and happy. Our educational curriculum – Grow – gives Nursery, Toddler and Kindergarten children the best opportunity to develop their growing minds during their early years. It includes

  • Left Brain Logic – Literacy & Language, Exploration & STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math) and Sustainability
  • Right Brain Creativity – Music, Dramatic Play and Art
  • Health and Wellbeing – Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Social Development – Trust, Respect & Relationship and Resilience & Mindfulness

With an innovative play-based curriculum we stand out by delivering intentional teaching in dynamic small group learning environments where children’s successes, skills and challenges are monitored on an ongoing basis. 

McDowall Kindergarten

Only About Children McDowall Kindergarten is focused on creating quality experiences that place your child in the best position to begin school. Our nurturing kindergarten educators give special emphasis on building school-ready skills, such as Literacy & Language, Exploration & STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math), Sustainability, Music, Dramatic Play and Art. We aim to make your child’s transition to school as smooth as possible by providing balanced, small group learning activities that build independence and resilience along with academic skills.

Our team of highly-skilled educators and health specialists work together to create an integrated journey that enhances your child’s learning and development. Individual learning plans are created to empower each child with skills that will help them reach their full academic and social potential.

Our McDowall Kindergarten program includes:

  • Age 3-5 years appropriate indoor/outdoor learning environments.
  • Dietitian designed menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Small group learning activities for individual attention.
  • Special focus on school readiness and skill development.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum.

McDowall Toddlers

Our Only About Children McDowall campus is focused on giving your child a calm and welcoming environment that balances play, exploration, and learning. Our Toddler rooms are led by passionate educators who create play-based learning activities designed to provide toddler-aged children with nurturing experiences that encourage growth and development.

Our Toddler rooms are safe, supportive spaces that facilitate creative exploration. Each space is expertly designed to encourage younger children to explore, solve problems, create, construct and interact with peers.

Our McDowall Toddler program includes:

  • Age 2-3 years of appropriate learning and playing environments.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum.
  • Small group learning activities.
  • Dietitian designed menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Calm sleeping and resting rooms.

McDowall Nursery 

At Only About Children McDowall Nursery, our passionate educators focus on laying a foundation for enduring curiosity, confidence and a love of learning. Our McDowall Nursery caters to the care and development needs of infants aged 6 weeks -2 years.

The McDowall Nursery focuses on safe sleep practices developed by qualified Family Health Nurses and Consultants. Our nursery is a safe and stimulating environment that encourages your child to explore and play and implements both structure and a nurturing environment with our exceptional caregiving and play routines.

Our McDowall Nursery Program includes:

  • Age 6 weeks -2 years appropriate indoor/outdoor learning environments.
  • Sleeping rooms with a focus on positive sleep practices.
  • Dietitian designed baby menus with all meals and snacks included.
  • Baby essentials such as nappies, cots, linen, and sunscreen.
  • Balanced structured and unstructured play-based learning – Grow curriculum.

Where to find us

Our purpose-built single-level Campus is located at 1035 Rode Road, McDowall just across the street from McDowall State School and close to several local parks. With plenty of onsite parking available, families can be confident of a safe and smooth drop off and pick up every visit. A frequent bus service runs through the bus stop less than a minute’s walk down the road. 

Interested in learning more? The best place to start is with a tour or call us today on 138 622. 

Helpful information

Meet our Campus Director

Michelle Watson Michelle Watson

Michelle Watson

Campus Director

What our families are saying

It is a great facility and the team are friendly, professional and very helpful. Love being kept up-to-date daily via Story Park and the kids have so many different activities to participate in during the days.

Thank you McDowall Team

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