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

Play is at the Heart

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:

  • "We have spent the past five years with our three children in the care of Pelican's Nest and could not recommend it more highly. All three of our children have always felt safe, supported and loved while at the Nest. Thanks to the Pelican's Nest Kindergarten program's support and development, all of our children have also left their time at the Nest, Prep-ready! It's always a nice feeling to know that while you leave your child for the day, they will be cared for with love, inclusion and an interest in developing them to be the best version of themselves. "
    Clara Marshall
  • "Our time at Pelican Nest has fostered a close relationship between home and school, and bridged the gap. It truly feels like a family at Pelican Nest. The transition from Pelican’s Nest into Caloundra City Private School is also seamless with children borrowing books from the library, attending art classes and doing sports in the school hall. Plus the huge benefit of chickens and ducks to feed and collect the eggs! If facilities don’t grab you alone - allow the staff to warm your heart and your most cherished - your children’s heart. This is the next best thing to a bond with you."
    Kelly McLean
  • "Our son has been attending Pelican’s Nest in the nursery since he was 7-months-old and we always pick him up at the end of the day with a smile on his face. 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."
    Annabelle Henzell
  • "Choosing care for your most precious is a huge decision. Pelican Nest has undoubtedly been the best we made for our family. It is a joy for me to collect my child to hear about her happy day at The Nest. The quality of teaching and care is outstanding. The centre is constantly staged differently to enhance excitement and the love of learning. Aurora is my fourth child and her manners are definitely the best out of all! "
    Kelly McLean
  • "My daughter is thriving at Pelican's Nest. The centre has the largest outdoor play area and beautiful air-conditioned rooms that the educators set so passionately. The staff are warm, friendly and very committed to a wonderful experience. My daughter is 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 daughter loves going to Kindy at the Nest! 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. Thank you Pelican's Nest for your amazing work!"
    Trish Hatcher