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Tamborine Mountain College’s Early Learning Centre (ELC) 
aims to ensure that children have a safe and nurturing environment to develop all of the skills essential for a smooth transition to Prep.
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The service is committed to maintaining strong links within our wider community to ensure that relationships are built to enrich and enhance children’s learning and well being. As part of Tamborine Mountain College and the wider College community, the aim is to ensure that Pre-Prep children are fully prepared in every way possible to become confident and capable members of society.

It is the College’s mission that every child feels valued and supported in his / her own unique learning journey.

The Pre-Prep Program is an Approved Kindergarten Program which follows the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework. The program is led by a degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher and taught by university qualified teachers with the support of experienced educators.

The guidelines promote learning and development through a play-based curriculum that embraces learning through discovery, exploration, real-life engagement, routines and transitions.

*There is priority placement for Pre-Prep students into TMC Prep the following year.

Hours of Operation

The Pre-Prep program runs from 8.15am to 2.55pm, five days per fortnight (3 days one week and 2 days the following week) or five days a week (full-time). 

The program follows the Tamborine Mountain College’s school terms. 

Extended hours care for your child is also on offer through OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) where your child can attend before school from 6:30am and after school until 6:00pm.


The educators at the Early Learning Centre have been carefully selected to ensure that we have the most highly qualified, experienced and passionate teaching team. The teachers are specialists in implementing early years’ curricula and pride themselves on delivering a program that is nurturing, engaging and stimulating for the Pre-Prep age group. 

Our teachers and educators are patient, understanding and above all, dedicated to making your child’s learning experience truly wonderful.

Extra Curricular


Your child will learn French as part of their program. This is the second language taught within TMC. It will be taught through fun songs, games and rhymes.


There will be opportunities throughout the year for us to invite visitors into the Pre-Prep. Exciting incursions which will extend children’s interests further and open their mind to new and exciting opportunities.


We are part of TMC and this allows us to easily participate in events happening at the College ranging from larger events such as Under 8’s Day to smaller scale events such as assembly. Forming relationships with the Prep classes will also be a great transition-to-school program for the children.


Enrolment offers are based on:
1. Child’s age (turning 4 by June 30 in the year they attend) and;
2. The date we received your enrolment form

*As part of our commitment to the Queensland Government, and all children in the year before they attend Prep, we prioritise children who are turning 4 by 30 June in the year they attend Pre-Prep.

If we have available spaces, 3 year old positions will then be offered. Due to 4 year old positions being priority, you may not be offered your 1st preference of attendance pattern, however we will do our best to accommodate your request.

The fees for 2020 are $46 per day and for your flexibility you can choose from either our part-time (5 day fortnight) attendance pattern or full-time (5 days per week).

Please contact Nikki Ashley – Early Learning Centre Director on 5545 3644 (option 3) or email: earlylearningcentre@tmc.qld.edu.au.

Refer to 2020 Calendar in last tab.


“My 4yo daughter was attending another service on Tamborine Mountain prior to starting at TMC pre prep in June. She was very unhappy at the other service. Every day was a struggle – she didn’t want to go to kindy each morning and was so sad every day when we picked her up, after 4 weeks, she still couldn’t tell me any of her friends names. We decided to move her to TMC Pre-Prep and the change in her attitude towards kindy dramatically improved immediately! She was excited about going to kindy, she never wants to leave at home-time and she has made some very special friends. The teaching staff are magnificent and have really connected with her – She can’t tell me her favourite teacher... well she tries, but she just lists them all!” — Tamara Gray - Parent of Mila, 2019
“We have absolutely loved Pre-Prep here at Tamborine Mountain College. Maharley has never been in any other care prior to starting here and was a bit unsure and nervous. But all the teachers have always been so supportive and caring and it didn’t take too long before Maharley settled in. Maharley has learnt so much this year and has developed in so many ways from self-confidence and academically and we have the amazing teachers here at pre prep to thank. We would highly recommend the center to anyone looking for a great learning environment with amazing staff. We will definitely miss coming to Pre-Prep next year but are lucky enough to be moving on to Prep just next door so we can still visit.” — Bec Croker - Parent of Maharley, 2019
“We are so happy with the Pre-Prep program at TMC. Sienna has only attended the last two terms and we have seen her grow so much. Sienna never wants to leave at the end of the day and has learnt so much in a short time.” — Richelle Collett, Parent of Sienna, 2019