Balaclava Road Children's Centre

Hours of Operation:

7.00am – 6.00pm
Monday to Friday

86 Balaclava Rd, Earlville

Balaclava Road Children's Centre is a community based, not-for-profit Child Care Centre, which has operated from these premises since 1978, sponsored by Cairns and District Child Care Development Association Incorporated.

The centre is licensed by the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care. Our centre supports the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) assessment and rating system.  

Director: Rachel McCurry

Telephone: (07) 4054 1424

Fax: (07) 4033 2009


  • What makes our centre special?

    • We have a wonderful team of long term, dedicated educators who have a genuine passion for Early Childhood and working with children.
    • A low staff turnover
    • Each room has the advantage of having their own weather proof outdoor area that extends their learning environment and creates and indoor/ outdoor flow.
    • A large playground that includes a large all weather sandpit as well as adjoining mud patch. These area’s have fully functioning kitchen sinks that children are able to use to add water to their play and learning.
    • The children learn about caring for their environment and are involved in looking after the worm farm, gardening and recycling within the centre.
    • We offer a “Home Away From Home” nurturing environment.
    • Centre is fully air-conditioned.
    • The centre is fortunate to have built up a vast amount of quality resources over the years and is continually purchasing new resources and updating facilities and equipment for the children.



  • Age Groups


    6 weeks - 15 months


    15 months - 3 years


    3 years - school age



  • Teachers

    • We have a Bachelor Qualified Early Childhood Teacher who implements a Government Approved kindergarten program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow children to prepare for prep the following year.
    • The centre uses an Approved Early Years Learning Framework in all rooms, which supports Educators in extending on children’s interests, talents and strengths all through play.
  • Activities

    The children enjoy a range of curricular activities that are presented by different members of the community. Some of these include:

    • BarnYard Friends book readings- learning about safety
    • Miss Tutu- dance and gymnastics
    • Visitors from the community eg. Fire brigade and police
    • Zoo to you
    • Drum beat and cultural dances
    • Performances from the young Australian workshop
    • In centre activities
    • Excursions to Local Library, post box and corner shop


    Some of the daily activities include:

    • Cooking, Numeracy & literacy development, Book/story-telling, Arts/collage/clay,   Physical - include daily perceptual motor activities, Manipulative materials
    • Games, Educational computer programs, Role play/make believe, Science activities/pre-reading, writing, number cultural experiences,
    • Messy activities - sand/water/finger paint, Special days - e.g. wet days, movies, show day, excursions, visitors

  • Extra Services

    • We provide all linen for the children’s sleep and rest times
    • Sunscreen is supplied to each child
    • Nappies and pull ups for children who are toilet training are supplied
    • Regular newsletters for parents / carers
    • Close to Our Lady Help of Christians school and to Stocklands Shopping Centre