About Us

At Cairns Central Childcare, we provide a loving, caring and nurturing environment that promotes each child's learning and development, self-esteem and individuality, while having a day that's lots of fun!

Our qualified educators are passionate about delivering the highest quality of care and are committed to providing a positive, nurturing and stimulating environment where the needs of the children are our top priority.

We run a Queensland Approved Kindergarten Program, which is delivered five days a week by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. The aim of this program is to prepare your child for prep while still offering the flexibility of a long daycare hours.

The philosophy of care at Cairns Central Childcare is based on showing children of all ages that they are respected and treated as competent individuals, and allow them to make decisions for themselves, listen to them and make every opportunity to teach and grow the future generation.

Director- Ainslie Woodman

Ainslie is a true international role model. Having worked her way around the world in management roles, Ainslie has settled down in Cairns with her husband and two young girls. She holds a Diploma in Chid Care and is First Aid qualified. She has an infectiuos gentle nature about her and is adored by both children and team members. Her roles have varied from nursery, kindergarten and to assistant director. Ainslie also has gained experience working with children with disabilities. She is passionate about ensuring that children's needs are identified and met in a nurturing, caring and fun environment, and believes that is is important for them learn and grow within a natural environment. Ainslie aims to teach them about sustainable practices and the benefits of the outdoors in all seasons. Ainslie's caring nature accomodated the parents needs and she always tries to keep the parents up to date with there childs progress and involvements.

Early Childhood Teacher - Melanie Westaway

Melanie has lived and worked in Cairns her whole life, and has worked in childcare since 2000. She has Certificate 3 and a Diploma in Children's Service and completed a Bachelor of Learning Management through Central Queensland University. She also has worked in primary schools and has experience in a prep classroom. Melanie believes that all children are individuals and they learn through daily play experiences. She is passionate about providing a stimulating and engaging learning environment where all children have the opportunity to develop, learn and grow.

Core Values

Respect for ourselves and others

  - Using and promoting a non-bias approach

  - Valuing each person as an individual

  - Being proud of ourselves and our achievements

Open Communication

  - Creating strong connections and relationships between educators, families and children

  - Welcoming and encouraging all families to contribute and be a part of our educational programs and daily activities

Children feel safe and secure

  - Build strong attachments with carers

  - To be challenged in a supportive and understanding environment

  - Respecting a child's right to choose, explore and investigate

Create Caring Environments

  - Children are loved and valued as individuals

  - Children are provided with challenges and meaningful learning

  - Teaching children the importance of their natural world and ways to care for it

Creating Inclusive Family and Community

  - Being Tolerant and understanding toward one another

  - Incorporating and valuing what each family and Educator brings to the centre

  - Supporting successful transitions to new environments

To arrange a visit or for further information, please contacts us or complete our online enquiry form.


We knew we needed a place that nurtured a caring environment, and a place where he could have fun with his early learning.

We took our time looking around and finding a Childcare Centre that would be the right fit for Malo. 

Cairns Childcare Centre have been supportive and addressed all of our concerns as a family right from the start. We are given daily updates and photos so we can see what he learns and enjoys outside of the home. We love all of the creative activities he does such as cooking, gardening and the craft activities with recycled materials.

We knew we'd found the right place when after 3 weeks of attending, Malo ran to the front door early one morning, wearing nothing but his backpack and demanding to go to "school". It was such a relief that this was a place he looked forward to going to each morning. He has made lots of friends and loves his teachers.

We as a family feel very lucky that he has these additional social and educational experiences outside of what we also do at home.

With love

Bianca, Richard and Malo 


We wouldn't hesitate in recommending Cairns Central Childcare to other families.

Our son has been attending Cairns Central Child Care for over 2 years. From the first day, we were made to feel welcome and the centre has provided a caring and nurturing environment in which he feels secure and happy. During this time, it has been wonderful to see him grow in to such an independent and confident boy. 

The staff clearly enjoy working at the centre and this shows in their dedication and attitude towards the children. 

Having all the meals provided makes things so much easier for working parents as well as nappies being included for the younger age groups.  

Kylie & Andrew

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