Room to run, climb and play
Our two outdoor play areas at Bracken Ridge child care centre are spacious and grassy, with lots of shade from beautiful trees. Sandpits and climbing frames invite children to explore, climb and run. Younger children can venture confidently in their own separate play area.
Diversified Education through outdoor experiences
Development of Gross Motor Skills through play-based education
Diversified Education through outdoor experiences
Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
156 children daily
Approved Kindergarten Program
10 playrooms available
Your child will need:
- Water bottle
- Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
The early years are critical to a child’s future and we want every Queensland family to know kindy is free from 1 January 2024. Kindy is for 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year, at a government-approved educational program and it is FREE. It is for children who are aged at least 4 years of age by 30 June in the year before they start Prep. See here for more information.
Download our statement of fees for our Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program.
96 Barrett Street, Bracken Ridge Qld 4017
Hours of care
6.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday
Feel free to drop in anytime to take a tour of our facilities.
We just ask that you let us know you’re coming.
Welcome to Mother Duck Child Care Bracken Ridge
Our Bracken Ridge early childhood education team believes in building warm, trusting relationships with all children and families, as well as our local community. At our child care centre, we pride ourselves on our commitment to the children in our care and work to develop a positive disposition to lifelong learning in their early years. Our programs, from the infant studio through to our kindergarten, provide children with the opportunities and experiences to foster individual learning and development as they progress through their early years. Parents and families can also have peace of mind knowing that our educators are committed to delivering the best learning environment possible for all children.
An accredited kindergarten program
We are proud to offer an accredited kindergarten program at our Bracken Ridge child care centre and see that it is delivered via the right learning environments for the children entrusted to our care. Making sure that we are in line with all relevant education guidelines is incredibly important to us, and all of our early childhood education programs are designed to teach your child in a way that’s beneficial to both the children and the parents. Your child will have the chance to develop friendships, learn by themselves and with others, and build all of the tools they’ll need further down the line with our carefully thought-out kindergarten course.
Our playground encourages social skills and exploration
Whenever children enter a new space, it’s important for them to feel comfortable and start their learning through play while interacting with the other kids. That’s why we have fully-equipped playgrounds that are custom-made to allow kids of any age group to play together and learn new things happily.
Here’s why parents love Mother Duck Child Care Centres
Owner-operated centres for real attention to detail
Our owners ensure that all of our centres operate as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Ranging from centre cleanliness to education, parents can trust in the high quality of our centre.
Commitment to quality education
The Australian Early Years Learning Framework shapes and guides the educational experiences that we provide for your kids at our centre.
Play-based early childhood education
It’s a well-known fact that children will learn best when they are playing. We provide the support they need to learn through play in our specially designed play areas.
Our accredited Bracken Ridge kindergarten program ensures that your child, aged four to five years old, is fully equipped for prep and the school years ahead.
Vaccination Policy in place
We prioritise your child’s safety at our child care centre, and part of this includes a vaccination policy that guides attendance.
Specialists committed to your child’s success
All of our families can rest assured that our educators are constantly updating our services and offerings to maximise your child’s learning success.
At Mother Duck’s Bracken Ridge centre, we understand that education goes far beyond numeracy and literacy. That’s why we offer a range of services and activities, including sports, music and play.
Our Stay & Play Strategy
At Bracken Ridge, we are proud to offer Stay & Play Dates. It can be so overwhelming for your child to enter a new environment for the very first time, so we provide an opportunity for you and your family to visit the centre, meet the team who will be looking after your child and engage with the other children.
It’s part of our commitment to ensuring that your child is as comfortable as possible while they adjust to this new environment.
Our Centre Features
“Children need to see the outcome of their recycling and being sustainable, it can’t just be talked about”. Miss Vick Mother Duck Bracken Ridge Educator. We encourage a sustainability program that makes sense to young children, where they can see the result of their hard work, not just a collection point for recyclables that never get used or somewhere where children can’t see the process.
We provide dining spaces that encourage relaxed, progressive, and joyful mealtimes, where your child will share their eating experiences with educators and peers. Your child will be involved in setting the table, plating up food, washing dishes, and re-setting the table for the next child, building key social responsibility skills like respect, care, and consideration of themselves and others.
We provide a government-approved and accredited Kindergarten Program for children aged between 3-5 years of age. Our program is supported by the Reconfiguring Quality Project led by our chief curriculum officer Dr Deborah Harcourt, sharing her extensive knowledge and experience working alongside children across the world. Our current program is driven by an inquiry led by Dr Deb into ‘Play as a vehicle for understanding, practicing and enacting social responsibility.’
At Mother Duck Bracken Ridge, we offer free flowing indoor/outdoor environments at all times throughout the day for your child. Each studio has their own spacious indoor and outdoor environment that inspires your child to learn through play, empowered with decision making, implementation of their ideas and inquiries of learning. Your child is able to connect with nature and explore with wonderment, complimented with engaging and challenging resources. Our outdoor environments include sandpits, mud kitchens, vegetable gardens, loose parts, construction, obstacle courses and quiet relaxing areas to rest, retreat and unwind.
Our nurturing and spacious Infant Studio caters for children from 6 weeks of age. We have a large tranquil outdoor space with natural trees and gardens, where you can see and hear the birds chirping. Our separate air-conditioned sleep/rest environments ensure we support your child’s individual routine. Our Educators pride themselves in going above and beyond to ensure our littlest citizens feel safe and secure, while fostering relationships and connections to enable your child to thrive beyond five. Our Infant team are always available from 6am-5.45pm every day to provide continuity of excellence in care and education.
Our Bracken Ridge Team
We’re proud of our team of educators, meet our Bracken Ridge centre’s team.
Miss MeganNominated Supervisor & Centre Franchisee
Miss Megan has strong ties to Mother Duck Bracken Ridge and was working at the centre when it first opened in 2010. Since then, Miss Megan has extended her experience by working at both Eatons Hill and Manly Mother Duck centres before returning to Bracken Ridge as joint Franchisee. Miss Megan also has strong community and family values.
Miss GabrielleNominated Supervisor & Centre Franchisee
Miss Gabrielle was introduced to the Mother Duck family as a parent in 2004. Drawn to the authentic, caring and holistic philosophy of Mother Duck Child Care, Miss Gabrielle began working at our Kallangur centre in 2006. She joined Mother Duck Bracken Ridge when the centre expanded in 2012.