Pelican's Nest

The premier Early Learning Centre
on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

It takes a village

to raise a family.
We’re your village

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Accredited Nature Play Provider.

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About Pelican's Nest

Pelican’s Nest Early Learning Centre is a purpose-built long day care facility ideally located on the Caloundra City Private School grounds in the beautiful Pelican Waters. Our passionate team of Early Childhood Educators welcome children from 6-weeks to 5-years of age, including a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program to support childhood development in a play-based environment.

As an accredited Nature Play and Bush Kindy provider, our enriching programs and curriculum offer immersive outdoor experiences that instil environmental awareness and sustainability in a practical way. We also encourage STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) enquiry, applying this education model to children’s everyday learning. This includes hands-on experiences that support building vocabulary, problem solving, communication and reflection, increasing their understanding of the world around them.

We understand all children and families are unique and offer a child-centred approach within a nurturing and engaging environment, guided by the National Early Years Learning Framework. This creates opportunities for all children to thrive and maximises opportunities for learning in a place they feel safe, connected and happy.

It takes a village to raise a family. We are your village.

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Welcome to Pelican's Nest

Pelican's Nest Early Learning Centre is located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in Pelican Waters, Caloundra. If you would like a guided tour call us on 07 5437 5850 or click the button to book online.

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Our staff are highly qualified early childhood specialists

Our staff nurture and build strong relationships to support our parents and children in their learning journey.

What Our Parents Say:

  • "Our son has been attending Pelican’s Nest in the nursery since he was 7-months-old. I was originally quite anxious to send him to daycare so young but the team have been fantastic in helping transition us both to daycare life! The app the centre uses is amazing and the girls are always very attentive and open to sharing plenty of updates throughout the day. His daycare days are rich with so many fun (and messy!) activities and I know he is having a great time and being exposed to many new experiences. The team have also really helped us in the journey of introducing new foods and taking bottles. The centre is super clean, staff are professional and the facilities and outdoor areas are the best in the area. We always pick him up at the end of the day with a smile on his face."
    Annabelle Henzell
  • "Pelican’s Nest has the largest outdoor play area and beautiful air-conditioned rooms that the educators set so passionately. The Pelican's Nest staff are warm, friendly and very committed to a wonderful experience. My daughter is thriving, now being toilet trained and starting some kindergarten skills. Plus her manners are impeccable. The staff really care, and your child will love it here!"
    Austin McLean
  • "Our 2-year-old son recently transferred into the Pelican's Nest Early Learning Centre and we have been very happy with the attention to detail the Pelican's Nest team have provided him. We are extremely impressed with the quality of teaching, outdoor activities and high level of communication we have had from the team, especially given how unsettling a transfer into a new centre can be. We are most of all impressed by the amount of interaction our son gets with nature. One of his favourite all-time activities is visiting the ducks, chickens and helping to feed them and collect the eggs...We have moved from acreage and we no longer have the interaction with farm animals that we used to have and just love love love that this can be included into a daily happenings for our little man. We hold absolutely no hesitation in recommending Pelican's Nest to others, and will be reserving a place for our second son when the time comes. "
    Bec Mills
  • "Our 4-year-old daughter has been attending Pelican's Nest for the past year. She is so happy here and loves going to Kindy. The two-year Kindy program is a fantastically diverse experience ranging from structured literacy activities to rich free-play time. We have heard our daughter talking about such a wide range of topics and her vocabulary and understanding around these has been, quite frankly, mind blowing! I love that she is learning about sustainability, numbers, cooking, letters, animals, shapes, colours and so much more while having fun and making great friends. The staff at Pelican's Nest are so friendly and supportive and are always exploring ways to extend the learning and social experience for the kids. Thanks Pelican's Nest for your amazing work!"
    Trish Hatcher