C&K Coolum Childcare Centre | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

C&K Coolum Childcare Centre

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm.


  • Room 1: Nursery (0 to 2 year olds) 
  • Room 2: Pre-Kindy (2 to 3.5 year olds) 
  • Room 3: Kindy (3 to 5 year olds) 


You will find us at 30 Perry Street in Coolum nestled in between the Coolum library, Civic centre, and main street of Coolum – a short stroll to the beach.

Welcome to C&K Coolum

At C&K Coolum Childcare Centre and Kindergarten we care and educate children 0-5 years old.  Our large and spacious indoor and outdoor areas are set with three rooms – Nursery ( 8 children aged 0 to 2 years – 2 educators), Pre Kindy (20 children aged 2 to 3.5 years – 4 educators) and Kindergarten (25 children aged between 3 and 5 years – 3 educators). 

As a home away from home, our environment provides a safe, secure, supported space for your child.  Our dedicated, professional, long term and qualified educators nurture play-based learning. Our environment encourages children to follow their interests, choose between indoor and outdoor play and be encouraged, challenged and supported in their learning.  We have a strong sense of belonging in the Coolum Community and regularly engage with the community with incursions and excursions.

Each day children are provided with tasty nutritious meals made onsite from our qualified chef. This includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Children are encouraged to explore and taste new foods, indulge in favourite foods, and enjoy social mealtimes with peers and educators.

On enrolment children receive a C&K hat, Kindergarten children receive a C&K t-shirt.  All nappies, wipes and sunscreen are supplied.

We have a two-week orientation process once your child receives a position within the centre.  It is important to us that we make the connections between home and childcare a positive experience for all.


  • Flexible booking options (read more).
  • Storypark
  • C&K Hat
  • C&K Shirt (kindergarten children)
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Food provided (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
  • Onsite cook

Infant and Toddler Approach

At C&K we are exploring new approaches for the educators that care for and educate our littlest people at C&K childcare centres. The Infant and Toddler approach, which we have developed, is all about being in the moment with your child. Our philosophy for this age group is to “slow down” and be in the moment with your child to allow them the opportunity to learn and discover at their own pace. We are focused on spending one-on-one time with babies and toddlers and developing deep and trusting relationships with each individual child.

Child-Led Learning 

No two days are the same at C&K Coolum. Each day’s learning is driven by the interests and ideas of the children. The spacious and natural environments within our centre are thoughtfully planned and well resourced, with opportunities to meet the needs and interests of all children who attend. This is achieved through the provision of combined indoor and outdoor play opportunities throughout the day. Play offers children many opportunities to develop friendships, explore, solve problems, help others, imagine, create, and extend on their interests.

Community Spirit 

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Coolum. We foster strong ties to the local community and encourage parent involvement in the daily operations of the centre. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us.

Don't miss out on a place, enrol your child today.

Complete our enrolment enquiry form to add your child's name to our waiting list for free. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis so get in early to secure your place.

We will contact you when a place is available for your child. To learn more about the enrolment process, please click here.

Enrolment enquiry

C&K has developed a Infant and Toddler Approach which informs the way we care for and educate our babies and toddlers. Our philosophy for this age is to “slow down” and be in the moment with your child as they learn and explore the world. We focus on developing a deep and trusting relationship with each child.

All C&K childcare centres deliver C&K's Quality Kindergarten Program. Kindergarten, also known as pre-prep or preschool, is a program for children who are turning 4 by June 30 in the year before they attend school. C&K’s kindy programs are government-approved and led by experienced and university qualified teachers. Our program supports children’s curiosity, creativity, problem solving, resilience and real-world knowledge and skills.

At C&K we know that children do not learn in isolation, learning is a collaborative process between teachers, educators, children and families. At C&K we believe children are powerful learners, active citizens, thinkers and theorisers - this is at the heart of our early childhood curriculum. We've designed our indoor and outdoor spaces to ignite imaginations and nurture healthy minds and bodies. Learning through play is an integral part of our education program. Our educators skilfully enrich and extend on children's play experiences, creating a learning program that is tailored and meaningful for your child.

Your child’s learning and care journey is shared with you via  conversations with your child’s educators, through written documentation and through StoryPark (an app and website).

Learn more


Winners of the C&K Excellence and Innovation Awards:

2020: Emeritus Professor Mary Mahoney AO Award for Excellence in Innovation in Curriculum 
2022: Kaizen (Change for Better) for Exceptional Practice


Childcare Fees


Daily Fees

Nursery room

Up to $147.50

Toddler room

Up to NA

Pre-kindy room

Up to $141.00

Kindy room

Up to $137.00

In 2024 you may be eligible for 15 hours per week, for 40 weeks, free.

Enrolment fee - a one-off, non-refundable fee when you confirm your enrolment $100
Discounts may apply in certain circumstances. Speak to your Centre Director for more information.

Rooms and age groups

Most C&K childcare centres follow the below age groups for each room, but this may vary between centres:  

  • Nursery: 6 weeks to 18 months
  • Toddlers: 18 months to 2 years old
  • Pre-kindy: 2 to 3 years old
  • Kindy: 3 to 5 years old

What subsidies are available?

The Australian Government helps eligible families with the cost of childcare via the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). For more information, please visit Services Australia.

The Queensland Government also provides Free Kindy, which is a funding initiative that enables families with eligible-age children (turning 4 by 30 June in the year they attend kindergarten) to access 15 hours of free kindergarten per week. The subsidy is provided for 40 weeks/600 hours per calendar year. 

The CCS is applied to your kindergarten fees before the Free Kindy subsidy and is paid directly to the centre. The Free Kindy subsidy is then applied to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for attending an approved kindergarten program. 

Families will be required to pay for the hours a child is enrolled over and above the 15 hours per week subsidised by Free Kindy. The CCS will apply to any remaining hours, depending on families’ entitlements. The 40 weeks are claimed from the start of the kindergarten program, or your enrolment. After claiming 40 weeks of Free Kindy, eligible families can continue to claim the CCS to reduce their fee. 

All eligible-aged children can receive the Free Kindy subsidy, regardless of CCS eligibility.  

How can flexible bookings help?

C&K offers flexible booking options, designed to help eligible families access and maximise the CCS, and minimise out-of-pocket fees. Our 9 and 10 hours sessions work in with your schedule and start once your child is signed in, not a set start and finish time.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

You can find more informaton on our Childcare Fees page.

Please contact us on 07 5446 3499 if you have any other questions.