Beaudesert Bulletin 19 November 2021

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Childcare Centre to Immerse Kids in Bush Life

A $5.5 million bushland kindy will open in Beaudesert early next year and already has more than a dozen families ready to play! The Amaze Early Education Centre at 202-216 Brooklands Drive will provide an immersive bushland experience for the children enrolled there, with room to run and natural playgrounds. Co-founder Lucy Cook said Amaze’s playgrounds were exceptional and one of the key reasons parents and carers chose them over other centres. “Our vision is to be the best early childhood education provider possible, and we really embed into the communities we serve,” Ms Cook said. “We aim to be the best, not the biggest. Children are not just numbers and that is reflected in the way we operate our centres.” “And as we are fami-

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ly-owned and operated, as well as teacher-owned and operated, we truly understand the needs of both parents and their children.” She said the Beaudesert centre was attracting plenty of interest, including from parents with children already enrolled in other kindergartens in the area. Interestingly, many of the parents keen to enroll their children had left cities for a tree change experience and simpler way of life, especially since COVID-19 has encouraged a more ‘work from home’ environment. “They have bought land and are building their houses, and many have young families or are starting a family,” said Ms Cook. “Those working from home still realise they need options for childcare because, let’s face it, working from home with little ones can be a real challenge.

Artist rendering of the completed Amaze Early Education Centre. Photo: Supplied. “Plus, they love the idea that their children will have plenty of outdoor time and a huge natural playground to romp in.” The new Amaze centre playground will tell the history of Beaudesert and its links to the Mununjali people of the area. There will be a Homestead, allotments for growing food, a creek bed with natural huts and a wishing well, as well as fort

structures, inspired by the region’s silos and grain mills, that include a slide and rope walk. The Depot will offer a play space incorporating crates and trees, the Back Paddock will include a fort and meadow-style garden while the Country will focus on relationship with the land. “Amaze appreciates how important it is to immerse ourselves in, and be

responsive to our communities and the environment. It is for this reason all our centres look different,” Ms Cook said. Amaze Education Group has established childcare centres in Mudgeeraba, Gaven and Ormeau on the Gold Coast, in Ipswich and Redbank Plains. To learn more about the new centre visit https:// www.amazeeducation.

BEAUDESERT BULLETIN, Friday November 19, 2021

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