(07) 3269 1754
(07) 3869 1671
Nominated Supervisor and Centre Manager
Hi My name is Tammy Lockyer,
I am the Centre Manager at our unique Sandgate service.
I have been in the Education and Care industry for over ten years and have a vast array of experience. I have taught in Primary schools, run Kindy Programs and have been in Management roles within the Early Childhood sector.
As an Educator, I hold my Bachelor of Education. I believe that all children deserve to experience a variety of learning opportunities, developing a healthy sense of exploration and wonder. As a Manager, I believe it is my role to ensure that all of the Educators in my Service are creating meaningful learning provocations and collaborating with our children and families to ensure that all children feel safe, supported and connected to their community.
I value parent and community input and we are working towards creating a holistic approach to our program, encompassing mind, body and spirit. We are promoting the wellness of each child and are embedding an approach that embraces and emphasises the importance of our environment.
Our centre has been adapted inside a heritage listed church. The original building has been designed to house three separate rooms for each age range where our qualified and passionate Educators provide a play based learning program.
Alongside, we have purpose built Nursery that caters for infants from 6 weeks to 15 months.
We provide a Government Approved Kindergarten Program for children up to school age. Our program incorporates the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidlines (QKLG) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This is designed to develop a love of learning and prepare your child for school.
We aim to build strong and lasting relationships with children and their families, and build upon our current connections with our community. So we invite you to call or visit our centre where we can show you around our environments and introduce you to our team of Educators.
Our Kids Capers Sandgate service is truly unique, situated inside an iconic and heritage-listed timber church across from the Sandgate foreshore. We enjoy ocean views and experience the sea breeze from our playgrounds, while our educators ensure that the children are supervised and safety is maintained at all times. Our location serves as inspiration to maintain a natural environment and embed sustainable practices. This not only allows the service to maintain a second home-like feel, but also helps us to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
We believe that collaborative partnerships between our service, families, children and community, enable us to create an organic environment that is welcoming and safe, promoting relationships that are respectful, reciprocal, equitable and inclusive. We celebrate diversity and show great respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture, and this is reflected in our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Our qualified educators are dedicated and passionate about their role within the service. We embrace each educators’ unique strengths; this allows them to offer diverse opportunities that engage the children in a vast array of experiences that enhance and expand their understanding of their world. The educators are committed to ongoing and reflective practices and are offered professional development to continue the most up to date and highest quality of education and care.
Our curriculum reflects the many ‘voices’ within our service as we strive to create meaningful learning opportunities through play-based experiences, allowing children to express themselves using a variety of creative arts, ICTs, mediums, tools and avenues. We develop a child’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge through the use of intentional teaching practices, planting seeds and creating authentic opportunities in a variety of settings.
We cater for different learning styles and abilities, acknowledge that children learn at their own pace and we allow for differentiation through our holistic and inclusive approach. We understand the importance of wellbeing and allowing children to develop a true sense of belonging so they build on their ability to be a lifelong learner.
We strive to continuously offer opportunities for growth and focus on what is current and meaningful to our families, children and the community. We endeavour to explore the many elements that make up our world, encourage the child to develop as a whole, and to build confidence, self-efficacy and self-regulation skills so that the children within our service can be true to themselves. Through scaffolding children’s learning and allowing opportunities for peer to peer learning, we help the children develop a strong sense of identity and agency and are encouraging them to become active global citizens. We also encourage our children to become a part of and build respect for their community through local excursions to help scaffold their community spirit.
We work closely with our families and believe that open communication is the best way to create smooth transitions between the home and the service. We establish genuine and respectful relationships with our families and children, and this in turn enables us to cater for the diversity of the children within our service. This in turn, helps create confident and resilient people for our future, who will positively and actively contribute to the community in which they live.
Updated March 2019
6.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday