The Joey Club Brisbane

6-8 The Boulevard, Skygate
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  • Monday to Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm
Babies Toddlers Preschoolers

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.

Our Specialisation

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 Quality

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

Our Environment

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.

Our Awards

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.

Other Features

Child Care Subsidy
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Lisa Pikulyk

Lisa Pikulyk


Lisa is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 25 years’ experience, specialising in long day care environments, working with children aged birth to five years. She has been working at The Joey Club Brisbane since 2008. Under her leadership, The Joey Club Brisbane has been named QLD Early Childhood Service of the Year 2010, 2014 and 2016. They were awarded The National Early Childhood Service of the Year 2016 by The Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards. She was also successful in obtaining a $20,000 grant with Arts QLD and Scale Free Network to establish the centre’s unique art and science studio. She has a passion for attachment and relationship theory and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in perinatal and infant mental health with the Health Education and Training Institute (formerly known as the Institute of Psychiatry NSW). Lisa has a licence in the Circle of Security parenting training program (COSP-training) and is qualified to run this course. She has a passion for research and how this can inform future educational practice.

Our Team

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high quality program.

The daily fees for 2022 at The Joey Club Brisbane are:

  • Community: $134
  • Qantas staff: $125

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not for profit provider. Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience, and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come.