Free Range Kids Early Learning Centre




What Makes Us Unique?

Here at Free Range Kids, Laidley 1, we pride ourselves in supplying care that is fun filled each day.   We ensure children feel happy, safe and secure while they are here as they participate in our play based educational programs.  We have large grassed playgrounds, bike track, sandpits, a waterpark and more. Our centre cook prepares nutritious and delicious meals daily on site for all our children and staff.  We are proud to say that our beautiful Centre has created many a childhood memory for thousands of children in the Laidley/ Lockyer Community over the last 13 years of operation.

We are very active in the Laidley community.  Our children regularly visit the Nursing home across the street from us, our community Library, assorted stores and shops and other services around Laidley.  We believe it’s essential for children to develop these community connections from a young age to enhance their sense of belonging as they grow. We also bring visitors to our centre to provide in house incursions including the dentist, local Ambulance, Fire brigade and Police. We also work with Kambu and our Indigenous Elders who also visit the centre throughout the year to share their culture; reading stories, creating art and engaging in dance with the children.

Our team of wonderful Qualified Educators are passionate about providing amazing play-based experiences daily.  We ensure that quality Education and Care is provided for all children and families in our centre community. We welcome you to our centre and look forward to meeting you and your Child.  Come experience the joy at Free Range Kids Laidley 1.

Well established within the community

Experienced, highly qualified long-term Educators

Large natural play spaces

Qualified Early Childhood Teacher on site every day

Multilingual staff

Qualified Chef who prepares nutritious meals for the children

Goverment 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.

Nikki Ward

Laidley 1 Central Director

Meet Our Manager

My name is Nikki Ward, and I am the Centre Director of Free Range Kids Laidley 1.

I have worked in the Childcare industry for 16 years, working my way up from an assistant educator up to a Centre Director.

My passion in the early years lies in seeing the children grow and learn from babies through to school age and beyond.

I have been a mentor in an Indigenous school holiday programme, which gave me an insight into following and supporting children’s education and cultures from babies and following up on their progress through their future years.

I love being a mentor to other Educators to ensure they deliver quality care and education to every child whilst ensuring their individual needs are met.

I ensure community connections are established as this is also an important part of a child’s life.

I have an open door policy, so please pop in for a chat and a tour of our wonderful centre so together we can begin your child’s journey.

Contact Our Laidley 1 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 Laidley 1.