Welcome

Welcome to the Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre Web Site. I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with an overview and insight into everything that Active Pathways has to offer.  Active Pathways is a small and unique childcare setting that provides nurturing and loving care in a professional manner.

Active Pathways offers a stimulating and safe environment where your child will be educated and nurtured. I understand it is difficult to balance all the commitments and responsibilities of modern day living. When your child is at Active Pathways, can you be assured that they are being loved and taken care of in much the same fashion that you and your family would provide.  I have been in the education industry for over 12 years, and the childcare industry for eight years. I have a PhD in Media and Communications and I have lectured at the University of Southern Queensland in a range of subjects including Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence. I have extensive knowledge of childhood development, and on a daily basis, with my team,  thrive to meet the physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs of the children in our care. It is my belief that children learn best in a supportive, non-threatening, and natural environment. At Active Pathways, your child will learn something new every day, and will also learn important values such as sharing, responsibility, independence, justice and ethics.






I am regularly accessing outside opportunities to further the education of the children at Active Pathways. On a weekly basis, I have professional educators in their chosen disciplines attend the Centre who teach the children a range of skills and abilities. These are rotated every term and  include: music and dance instruction, foreign language lessons, sign language lessons, and yoga.  It is my aim to provide the children with as many experiences as possible and at an affordable price for parents.  I believe in children having access to real life engagement situations, and as a result, the children are given the opportunity to care for our animals, which include: guinea pigs, fish and hermit crabs. I believe that the children who attend my Centre receive the highest level of care, and importantly, have access to many and varied learning experiences. In order to bring the most exciting and innovative techniques to Active Pathways, I am constantly researching all the latest information relating to childhood development. It is the goal of all staff at Active Pathways to implement a program that is both nurturing and stimulating.

My commitment to you is to provide a safe and loving environment that you feel comfortable leaving your child in. I understand that choosing a child care centre is one of the most significant decisions you will make. Thank you for considering Active Pathways as a provider of care for your child. 

Best wishes

Dr Mary Anne Hall


About Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre

Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre is a two room Kindergarten and Long day care Centre that provides care for up to 40 children between the ages of 12 months and school age.  The Centre is owned and operated by Dr Mary Anne Hall who is committed to providing care and education of the highest quality.  Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre is in a quiet residential area of Kearney Springs, near Nell E Robinson Park.  The Centre is situated at 10 Gunn Street, Toowoomba.  The quiet and natural surroundings make it a perfect environment for children to grow and play. This small centre environment is away from any main roads, is fully secured and alarmed (including internal security cameras in both rooms), with the safety and security of children being of the upmost importance.


Philosophy

Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre seeks to promote education, physical activity and positive self-concepts. It aims to ensure that children’s physical, emotional, and social needs are met in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.  The purpose of early education at Active Pathways is to foster resilience in children while teaching them to openly express their feelings.  Active Pathways promotes an environment that encourages justice and equality, and one that provides a solid foundation for the development of respectful relationships. 

The values that underpin Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre are the provision of a quality service that:

  • Protects the child from harm
  • Respects the child’s dignity and right to privacy
  • Promotes the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual wellbeing
  • Provides positive experiences to the child
  • Provides stability and routine
  • Creates respectful relationships
  • Provides age appropriate and stimulating programming
  • Provides education and programming that promotes physical activity and nutritional requirements

The philosophy of Active Pathways Early Childhood Centre is that children develop a passion for learning and that they feel free to be themselves. All children are encouraged to get excited about the learning process and to see enjoyment in all the opportunities available to them.

”Active Pathways works from the ethos that the changing nature of society requires that children are well prepared physically, socially and intellectually for their lives ahead. Central to this ethos is that children are educated and cared for in a way that fosters independence, self-reliance, and respect of others, regardless of race or gender. Part of nurturing this respect is ensuring that programming is inclusive of gender and culture, and recognises the contributions of females, males, and those of various backgrounds, religions and cultures”. Dr Mary Anne Hall




Centre Overview

  • Kindergarten and Long Day Care Centre for 40 children
  • Two rooms: Baby and Toddler room (12 months – 2yrs) and Kindergarten Room (2yrs – 5yrs)
  • Specialist classes in a  range of disciplines including: music and dance; yoga; foreign languages and sign language
  • Well-resourced Centre with a focus on health and education
  • High staff to child ratios
  • No administrative booking or bond fees
  • Open from 6:30am until 6:30pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year
  • Fully air-conditioned Centre
  • Pure filtered drinking water provided
  • Nutritious morning and afternoon tea provided
  • Excellent hygiene standards and strong policies around illness
  • Highly trained Early Childhood educators
  • Individual child portfolios
  • Daily programming displayed in both rooms
  • Daily emailing to parents with activities and photos of children
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities for staff
  • Ongoing special events and displays
  • Natural environment with small animals: guinea pigs; fish and hermit crabs