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Early Education Centre


With the generous support of the Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution program, the Ipswich Junior Grammar School has opened a brand new, cutting-edge, coeducational learning facility catering to the needs of students in the years prior to Prep.

The incorporation of the EEC enables younger children to reap the benefits of the School’s programs which are renowned for their excellence. The EEC’s programs offer planned learning activities designed and delivered by well-qualified teaching staff specifically for the social, emotional, physical and learning needs of these particular age groups.

The EEC offers full-time and part-time enrolments, with uniforms a compulsory part of enrolment for each new student.

The curriculum program is play-based and relevant to the interests of the students, as well as developmental. We focus on social and personal learning, health and physical learning, language and communication, early mathematical understandings and active learning processes.

Fees are set by the Board of Trustees and are comparable to other quality registered childcare centres. Fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Please contact our Enrolments Team for further information on 07 3454 4447.


Curriculum Program

  • Play-based and relevant to the interests of the students
  • Developmental and focused on students’ instructional levels
  • Guided discovery approach based on the constructivist theory

Early Years Curriculum Areas

  • Social and personal learning
  • Health and physical learning
  • Language learning and communication
  • Early mathematical understandings
  • Active learning processes

Specialist Lessons

Students in the Pre-Prep year have access to some of the specialist areas in the Junior and Senior School. Travel to and from these facilities is undertaken with the help of teacher aides and parents to ensure the regulated staff:student ratios are maintained.

  • Physical Education – in gymnasium/IJGS under-croft area/Pre-prep grounds
  • Music – Performing Arts building
  • Library – IJGS Library

Enrolment Options

The EEC offers two (2) options for enrolments.

Option 1: Full time, 5 days per week
Option 2: Part time, 5 days per fortnight. (a) Week 1: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, Week 2: Monday/Tuesday. (b) Week 1: Thursday/Friday, Week 2: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.


Application Fee (non-refundable): $110.
Cost per day: $86.00 – Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea included. Child Care Benefit applies. Parents will be required to provide the School with registered Child Care Benefit details if applicable.

Click here to view the EEC Fee Payment Policy.

Hours of Operation

6.30am – 6.00pm, 50 weeks per year (except for designated public holidays)

Operating Times

6.30am – 8.30am: Before Hours Care

During this time, the Centre operates an activity-based program conducted by a Group Leader and Assistant. These activities may be a combination of both indoor and outdoor activities, depending on the season and weather conditions.

8.30am – 2.30pm: Learning Program

The program is play-based, focusing on the needs and interests of the children, whilst engaging and challenging them in stimulating learning activities. The program is designed and developed by qualified teaching staff with the aim of developing the knowledge and skills of children and a smooth transition into the Prep year.

2.30pm – 6.00pm: After Hours Care

The afternoon program begins with afternoon tea followed by outdoor activities. The children then move inside where a range of activities are offered. These activities vary throughout the year and may include construction, art, craft, games and movies.

During the school vacation periods, the Centre operates a Vacation Care program, with the exception of two weeks over the Christmas-New Year period when the School and the Centre will be closed.