Free Range Kids Early Learning Centre




What Makes Us Unique?

Located in Gatton, within the University of Queensland – Gatton Campus, our centre is centrally and conveniently located for University Staff and Students to access and is also easily accessible for families in the wider community.   Our location is also perfect for those who to travel between Brisbane and Toowoomba for employment or study. Our operating hours (6am to 6pm) provide working families with greater to quality care through long day care and sessional care options. Our centre offers a courtesy bus that does routine and casual collections and drop offs to assist families with greater access opportunities from the surrounding suburbs of Gatton. 

We provide 3 meals per day for children that are nutritious and well balanced and are prepared, and delivered daily, by our on-site centre cook who has a Food Handling certification. Our large outdoor play space provides children with an adventure playground and sensory area, extensive bike track, vegetable gardens, swings, sand pit, fishpond and natural garden to explore. 

Many of our families also take advantage of our Before and After School Care Program which services numerous Primary Schools in the Lockyer Valley. We also have school holidays covered as we provide a Vacation Care Program for school aged children during each season of school holidays. This program is developed by our qualified staff in consultation with children and families to ensure we provide an engaging and interacting assortment of activities across the holidays that caters to children’s interest and family budgets.

Book a tour today to come in and see the educational edge, that your child will experience by attending Free Range Kids, University of QLD, Gatton.

Play Based Education Programs – Designed for each Age Group

Quality Before and After School Care Programs

Regular Incursions and Excursions to Support Learning Programs

Courtesy Bus servicing the greater Gatton / Lockyer Valley areas

Experienced, highly qualified long-term Educators

Large natural play spaces to encourage imaginative play

Qualified Early Childhood Teacher on site every day

Government Approved Kindergarten Program

Our Kindergarten Program runs 5 days per week with a Bachelor Qualified Early Childhood teacher. We engage our local primary schools to ensure we are supporting the children’s transition to school to a high standard. Our educational programs are based upon the Early Years Learning Framework and Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines. They have a strong emphasis on supporting positive relationships between children, families and educators that establish long lasting links to the wider community. With a focus on the natural environment, our daily programs offer children a wide range of exciting learning opportunities that supports them to develop at their own pace.

Extra Curricular Activites

Ginger Sports Soccer

Kathleen Thompson

Gatton Director

Meet Our Manager

My name is Kathleen Thompson and I have been with Free Range Kids since May 2017 and in the capacity of Director at Gatton since December 2020. I hold a Diploma of Children’s Services and am currently enrolled in my Bachelor of Early Childhood / Primary Education. Over the last 20 years, I have worked in a variety of roles within the Early Learning Sector.

I believe that early childhood education is fundamental in setting children up to succeed later in life. I love being involved with that process and contributing to a child’s foundation years.

Please call us today so we can discuss how best to support your child on their early learning journey.

Enquire About Our Gatton Centre

Please click the button below and fill out our waitlist form to enquire for Free Range Kids Gatton Centre. If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more, please call us today on 07 5460 1080

Contact Our Gatton Centre

We welcome you to come and take a tour of our centre and see for yourself why everyone is raving about Free Range Kids Gatton.

We create an environment that is challenging and stimulating

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