Do I get any fee subsidies for Child Care?
The best idea is to phone the Family Assistance Office 136150 to find out your eligibility. They are open until 8pm at night, so often 7:45pm is a great time to call. The current subsidies are Child Care Benefit (means tested), Child Care Rebate (for working parents) and Kindergarten Funding (for the year before school).
Also, make sure your child’s immunisation schedule is current; you won’t be able to receive benefits if it isn’t.
What are the Childcare fees?
Each centre’s fees are different. It is best to contact your individual centre where they can provide you a quote based on your subsidies. To ensure you get the maximum rebate possible, we have an all inclusive fee for our school care programs. Our excursions and after school dance and sports activities are included in the daily rate. As well as breakfast, afternoon tea and morning tea in school holidays. Our Long Day Care and Kindergarten fees include all meals, nappies and activities such as music and dance or gross motor program (these vary from centre to centre).
What are your operating hours?
All our services are closed on Public Holidays.
Amaze Early Education Centres (Long Day Care and Kindergarten)
Hinterland Drive, Mudgeeraba 6am-6pm, 52 weeks a year
Silkstone, Ipswich 6:30am-6:30pm, 52 weeks a year
Ormeau, Gold Coast 6:30am-6:30pm, 52 weeks a year
Gaven, Gold Coast 6:30am-6:30pm, 52 weeks a year
Which centre can my child go to?
Amaze Early Education Centres (Long Day Care and Kindergarten) – for children who have not yet started school. These also include the Queensland Government Kindergarten Programmes for children in the year before they start school. Our Amaze Early Education Centres (Long Day Care and Kindergarten) are located at Hinterland Drive, Mudgeeraba, Vaughan Drive, Ormeau, Silkstone, Ipswich and in 2018 Hammond Drive, Gaven.
Is there a pick up/drop off service?
Amaze Early Education Centres (Long Day Care and Kindergarten) – No
How can I help my child settle in?
We recommend you bring your child for a visit and a play to your chosen Amaze Childcare Centre.
We have an open door policy, so you are welcome to come back as many times as you need prior to starting care. Our Long Day Care centres have additional activities, such as Playgroup and a Multisports Programme which your child is welcome to join in with also.
Ask your Director for more details. When leaving your child on the first morning, it is best to say a quick good-bye and a give a kiss then head off on your day. Lingering makes your child feel you are not confident leaving them with their teachers.
Fake it until you make it! Your Director will call you and let you know how your child is travelling and you are most welcome to call any time.
What do I need to bring to Amaze?
Long Day Care and Kindergarten – your Amaze hat and you are welcome to wear your Amaze t-shirt too if you like, drink bottle, bedding (we suggest a fitted cot sheet and a cover for cooler weather), for children who have bottles, please bring in a tin of formula with your child’s name on it and bottles with pre-measured water.
What if my child isn’t toilet trained?
Nappies are supplied at our Long Day Care Centres. When your child is ready to be toilet trained, we will have a discussion with you about how we will all facilitate this process. We suggest lots of undies and changes of clothes. Please be aware that we do not have nappy change facilities in our older age groups, children who have not begun toilet training will need to remain in the under 3 years rooms with nappy change facilities. Please feel free to talk to us about any developmental issue or special needs your child may have, so we can find a solution.
What extra activities can my child do at Amaze?
All centres vary and it is advisable to have a chat with your Director about what is currently on offer and if there is a cost. Most of our activities are included in our daily fees. Some examples of Long Day Care activities are: Music and Dance, Gross Motor Program, Swimming, Japanese and Multisports. Ask your Director for a programme.
Do you take children with special needs?
Amaze Early Education Centres
(Long Day Care and Kindergarten)
Open Hours: 6:00am–6:00pm
Open Hours: 6:30am–6:30pm
*Opening January 2018
36 Hammond Drive, Gaven
Open Hours: 6:30am–6:30pm
*Closed all public holidays
*VC runs on Student Free Days