Butterflies Early Learning Centre

Our Centre

Monday to Friday  7:30am to 6:00pm

Welcome to Butterflies Early Learning Centre. Our vision is to strive towards providing children, families and our community with an atmosphere that is homely, enlightening, educational and uplifting. While also creating a safe and supportive environment for children to be themselves, to develop to their full potential and a culture of lifelong learning.

Butterflies Early Learning Centre is owned and operated by a local Cairns family who have been in the early childhood education profession for over 30 years. They thrive on supporting the Cairns local community as well as junior sporting clubs and are leading the way by setting the benchmark in early childhood education with decades of experience and knowledge.

Butterflies Early Learning Centre is inspired by and reflects the Early Years Learning Framework.


Our Learning Environments

All internal class rooms and sleep rooms are fully air conditioned to ensure comfortable learning environments for all children.

  • Toddlers -  from 15 months old to 2 years old.
  • Junior Kindy -  from 2 years old to 3 years old.
  • Pre-Kindy -  from 3 years old to 4 years old.
  • Funded Kindergarten -  from 4 years old to 5 years old.
  • Big Steps Program - OSHC/Vacation care for school aged children.


Daily Inclusions

Butterflies Early Learning Centre provides all the daily essentials for your children at no extra cost, these include:
  • Nutritious Meals (Prepared Fresh Daily by our Chefs) including allergy or cultural alternatives
  • Fruit and Snacks for morning, afternoon and late afternoon tea
  • Nappies, tissues and baby wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Special events
  • Kindy T‐Shirt (Kindy Age Children)

Educator to Child Ratios

The Butterflies Early Learning Centre has five age groups of children. The following educator to child ratios apply for each class room as well as 1 Non‐Contact Centre Director/Supervisor and at least 3 additional relief staff for staff lunch breaks and planned programming time.

  • Toddler Room 15 months – 2 years 1 Educator for every 4 Children
  • Junior Kindergarten 2 – 3 years 1 Educator for every 5 Children 
  • Pre - Kindy  3 - 4 years 1 Educator for every 11 Children
  • Kindergarten 4 – 5 years 1 Educator for every 11 Children
  • School Age School Age 1 Educator for every 15 Children

Educators Qualifications

All Educators at Butterflies Early Learning Centre are employed in accordance with the current Education & Care National Regulations.  Our Educators hold a current Blue Card, First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training certificates.

Our Educators all hold or are studying courses in childcare, such as Certificate III in Childcare, Diploma in Early Childhood, Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood or a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood.

Our Educators are actively encouraged to undertake ongoing training and in‐service development to continually improve and update their skills. This enables Small Steps Academy to keep improving the level of care provided to each and every child enrolled at the centre.

Meet our Educators >

Settling into Butterflies Early Learning Centre

It’s natural that you and your child may be a little anxious to start childcare especially if they haven’t been in care before. Our aim is to make the transition as smooth and as easy as possible. There are many things you can do to help before starting at our service, such as having play dates, providing home comforters and checking in with us as often as you like.

Cultural Diversity

Butterflies Early Learning Centre is culturally and linguistically diverse and we want to ensure all families experience a sense of belonging. To achieve this we provide opportunities for all children to develop an understanding of different cultures and help foster in each child an awareness and acceptance of these cultures by integrating multiculturalism into our programs. This can be achieved through providing and offering a range of books, music, cooking, activities, singing, clothing, play equipment and much more.

Security Coded Doors

To ensure you have peace of mind while your children are attending Butterflies Early Learning Centre, the access doors from reception into the centre rooms have been fitted with the latest security coded locks. These doors are fitted with electronic locks with specific keypad access that require a 4 digit code which ensures that unauthorised persons cannot gain access into the centre. Your Centre Director/Supervisor will provide you with an access code on your child’s first day.


Office of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Office for Early Childhood Education and Care is responsible for regulating and licensing child care services in Queensland and is committed to providing Queensland children with the flying start to life they deserve. The Local Office of Early Childhood Education and Care on the following telephone number: (07) 4037 3911.