Our Program and Approach
The Joey Club Brisbane is the Qantas work-based long-day care centre operated by KU Children’s Services. The centre has recently opened to the public with limited places available.
The centre’s innovative, homely environment plays a central role in engaging and supporting children, families and educators in their journey as life-long learners. We believe in empowering children with the understanding, skills and dispositions to be caring people and effective learners, able to contribute to their world.
The Joey Club provides exceptional education and care for children within a safe and nurturing learning environment. We provide a play-based learning program, which is centred on children’s individual strengths and interests. Our program is designed to allow children to develop a wide range of skills including curiosity, creativity, decision-making, exploration, language and self-expression.
We maintain personalised documentation for each child, reflecting their individual learning and development and we have an ‘open door’ policy, encouraging families to actively participate in their child’s development and the program that is taught.
The educators are a cohesive, stable, tight knit family, many of whom have been employed since the centre’s conception. We are passionate about creating beautiful, thought-provoking spaces where children can imagine, create, explore and research the world around them.
We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop areas of specialisation.
The Joey Club Brisbane has been developing integrity in embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives for five years. Our challenge has always focused upon our responsibility as early childhood educators to walk with Aboriginal Australia to uncover the truth about Australian history and repair the wellbeing of the Nation. The Joey Club Brisbane’s vision for reconciliation is for the Australian nation to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land. We acknowledge the power of relationships in building shared understanding and mutual respect for each other’s cultures, valuing diversity and promoting a cohesive community with equal opportunities for participation.
We are committed to journeying with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and value authentic working relationships with several local Aboriginal mentors to inform all aspects of service delivery. Through working together as a community, and including children from a young age, we can grow and learn together through consultation that deepens and strengthens this commitment and responsibility. Together we can value the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to our contemporary society and celebrate stories of courage, innovation and triumph.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the QLD Department of Education and Training under the National Quality Standards, and are proud to be rated as Exceeding in all seven areas of the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think...
"Thank you for all your hard work, dedication, love and attention to our two girls this past year. Your love and care for the children at this centre is what makes it the best centre around. We have watched our girls grow and flourish and much of it is all due to you and the staff here." - The Joey Club Brisbane parent
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for looking after our little girl. The first day I dropped her off as a baby I cried all the way home. The last day I drop her off I’ll cry all the way home, not because I feel bad leaving this time, but bad for taking her from such a special place." - The Joey Club Brisbane parent
Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families, not within four walls. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children – whatever our setting.
The Joey Club Brisbane is an early childhood service catering for 75 children, located in the Skygate Village in Brisbane Airport and has been open since 2008. It is a modern, state-of-the-art centre, purpose built to the highest standards. Our centre includes indoor and outdoor spaces, encouraging children to explore and learn within a bright and spacious environment.
Our playground is designed to allow children to explore nature and discover the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig, plant and contribute to our unique edible and sustainable gardens throughout the centre. To discover and learn about insects and enjoy connecting with nature. The many activities we offer enable children to immerse themselves in the natural elements of their surroundings and feel inspired to create, imagine and play. The centre has two free range chickens, established vegetable and herb gardens, passionfruit vines and a wide selection of fruit trees including bananas, avocado, bush cherries, lime, blueberry and lemon.
In 2016, The Joey Club Brisbane was recognised as being one of the best early childhood services in the country by Australian Family after being named the Australian Early Childhood Service of the Year at the 2016 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.
The award recognises The Joey Club’s outstanding contributions to childcare, particularly around the well-being of children, creative and ongoing improvements to the children's program, innovation, professional development and partnerships with families.
In addition, The Joey Club Brisbane was named the QLD Early Childhood Service of the Year at the 2016, 2014 and 2010 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards, confirming their reputation as being one of the best early childhood services in the country.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At The Joey Club Brisbane, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2020 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.