Centre Information

Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 6.00 pm.

The centre will close for public holidays and for approximately 10 days over the Christmas period. Exact Christmas closure dates will be advised in November of each year.


During early childhood, many food habits are developed which may continue throughout life. Therefore, at an early age, it is important for food to be nutritious and also meet the social, cultural and educational needs of all children. Our centre cook provides freshly prepared meals daily, inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late afternoon tea. These meals are appropriate to the children'€™s developmental needs and meet the €œDaily Recommended Nutritional Requirements€. The weekly menus are displayed in our foyer.


Butterfly childcare is located at Manly West and at Gumdale.


Butterfly Childcare Centre is a family owned and operated 134 place Long Day Care centre providing high quality education and care to families in the local community and beyond. Our commitment is to provide you and your family with a service of the highest quality, so that you can relax in the knowledge that your child is in safe and experienced hands.

Our philosophy is to facilitate children’€™s learning. We believe that all children are capable and competent individuals, who have the right to a safe and healthy environment.

At the centre we strive to develop positive, supportive relationships with families as we believe families are the foundation of their children’€™s growth and development. We consider each family and educator’s unique family structure, culture and values and strive to incorporate these into our program.

Through this respect we build upon our goal, that every child and family feels a sense of belonging within our service. From this respect we are able to motivate and inspire children to achieve positive outcomes during their learning journey.

Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 6.00pm. We are open throughout the year including school holidays. The centre will close for public holidays and for approximately 10 days over the Christmas period. Exact Christmas closure dates will be advised in November of each year.

Butterfly Childcare is a purpose built centre providing high quality facilities for both children and employees. All classrooms are oversized and are air-conditioned during summer and heated during winter. We also offer a short term pram storage facility which we encourage parents to use.

Both indoor and outdoor environments are regarded, planned and constructed with their learning potential in mind. These spaces provide a range of opportunities for individual and shared experiences. All three outdoor playgrounds have been specially designed with each age group in mind and include sandpits, cubbies, chalk boards, climbing structures, swings and bike tracks with plenty of shade protection from the Queensland sun. Play spaces in our natural environment include plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, water and other elements from nature that our educators may focus on.

Safety and Security at our Centre
At Butterfly Childcare you can be assured your child’s security and safety is important to us. Fully fenced play spaces and carpark, coded keypad entrances accessible only to parents and staff and secure pick-up procedures give you peace of mind. We require prior written notice should your child’s pick-up routine be changed.

Butterfly Childcare Pty Ltd is licensed under the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. We were rated in 2012 as ” Exceeding the Standard”
The new National Quality Framework replaced NCAC as of 1st January 2012. This framework aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in education and care services, to ensure children enjoy the best possible conditions in their early educational and developmental years. The National Quality Standard promotes continuous improvement in quality.

The major benefits for parents and children include: –

  • greater individual care and attention for children
  • better support for children’s learning and development
  • educators with increased skills and qualifications
  • improved educator to child ratios in most services
  • a rating system of education and care services.
  • we envisage that our rating will be the same or higher as we are always striving for continuous improvement.

We are also approved as a Long Hours Day Care Provider for Commonwealth Child Care Benefits (CCB).

To ensure the health and safety of all children attending Butterfly Childcare Centre we implement a policy that includes administration of medication, immunisation, exclusion for contagious diseases, sun protection, nutrition, workplace health and safety, playground equipment, excursions, emergency evacuation and more. These policies reflect best practice and ensure that staff are catering to the highest standards of health, safety and care for each child.

Educators at Butterfly Childcare hold specialist early childhood qualifications and are recruited because of their experience, skills and genuine love of working with children. You can feel comforted that each staff member holds a current first aid and resuscitation certificate as well as a blue card. This exceeds the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012.

Several times a year staff attend professional development seminars to enhance their skills. As part of our commitment to staff we offer above award wages and reward staff for their great efforts. Butterfly Childcare offers 2 Queensland Government approved Kindergarten programs for eligible children. These programs are delivered by qualified Early Childhood Teachers.

“……all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development.” (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009, p.9)

At Butterfly Childcare we offer early learning programs for children from six weeks of age up to the start of school. We strive to deliver the highest care and learning environment possible for young children. Children are encouraged by our educators to play, discover, create, improvise and imagine through an emergent curriculum.

Educators plan flexibly with children, as the curriculum is constantly evolving in response to children’s interest, building on children’s strengths, needs and interests. Decisions and directions are negotiated between what interests children and what adults know is necessary for children’s education and development. Whether it’s through observation, interaction, play or real life experiences our children are continually learning. However, play is the fundamental means for young children’s learning and is central to the emergent curriculum.

In their curriculum decision making our educators focus on the following five learning outcomes within the national Early Years Learning Framework.
* Children have a strong sense of identity
* Children are connected with and contribute to their world
* Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
* Children are confident and involved learners
* Children are effective communicators

At Butterfly Childcare we work towards these outcomes with the children through a range of different experiences and approaches. Our educators use a variety of methods to capture, record and assess children’s progress over time towards the five outcomes. These may include, but not limited to: stories, photos, anecdotal records, jottings and samples of children’s work, in both individual and group settings.

We actively encourage families to collaborate with our educators about curriculum decisions in order to ensure learning experiences are meaningful for their children. “Over half of everything we learn in a lifetime is learnt in the first five years. Together, let’s make these years a rewarding experience for our children”.

* Nursery Program (8 children / room)
* Toddler Program (10 children / room)
* Little Kindy / Junior Kindy Program (12 children / room)
* Pre Kindy Program (16 children / room)
* Kindergarten Program (24 children / room)

Daily Rate

Our daily rates are inclusive of all meals, disposable nappies and sunscreen.

For fee information, please contact your prferred centre

Manly West   ph. 3906 6500

Gumdale      ph. 3390 3344

Butterfly Childcare is fully accredited through the Child Care Benefit Scheme (CCB). CCB can be claimed as reduced weekly fees through the centre or as a lump sum at the end of the financial year. To claim CCB through Butterfly Childcare you must contact Centrelink and be assessed for Child Care Benefit.

In addition to the CCB, the Federal Government will refund working and studying parents 50% of the out of pocket expenses for childcare fees each quarter (up to $7,500 per child per year). For information on this percentage please ask our Directors or contact Centerlink Ph: 131650.

Upon acceptance of a place, one week’s bond is required to secure your child’s place. This bond (less any outstanding fees) is refundable when you leave the service, provided your child has attended for at least three months. Should you accept a place and your child does not attend, your bond will not be refunded.

Fees for absences & holidays
Normal fees are payable even if your child is absent due to sickness or holidays, or your child’s attendance day falls on a public holiday with the exception of the Christmas / New Year break.

Where to from here
If you would like your child to attend Butterfly Childcare we invite you to place your child on our waiting list by completing the online application form.
Alternatively, please contact your preferred centre to book a tour of our facilities. We would love to show you what our wonderful centres have to offer you and your family.


Please feel free to visit us at the centre. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet the Licensee, the Centre Directors and staff and tour our outstanding facilities and to ask any questions.

We are located at 399 Manly Road, Manly West and can be contacted via telephone (07) 3906 6500, by email at info@butterflychildcare.com.au

To ensure children enjoy the best possible conditions in their early educational and developmental years, the NQS promotes continuous improvement in quality.

The major benefits for parents and children include:

improved educator to child ratios
greater individual care and attention for children
educators with increased skills and qualifications
better support for children’€™s learning and development
a national register to help parents assess the quality of education and care services in their area.

The National Quality Standard is linked to national learning frameworks that recognise children learn from birth. It outlines practices that support and promote children’€™s learning. These are:

Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (€˜Early Years Learning Framework€™)
My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia (€˜Framework for School Age Care€™).

The NQS introduces ratings for children’s education and care services. The ratings cover Australian long day care, family day care, outside school hours care and some preschools/kindergartens.

Each service receives a rating for seven quality areas, and an overall rating.

There are five rating levels within the national quality rating and assessment process:

  • Excellent rating€“ awarded by ACECQA
  • Exceeding National Quality Standard
  • Meeting National Quality Standard
  • Working Towards National Quality Standard
  • Significant Improvement Required

– See more at: http://www.acecqa.gov.au/families/the-national-quality-standard#sthash.YNAADNk8.dpuf