About Us

Torquay Kids' approach to early childhood education and care, offers children the opportunity to construct knowledge through daily experiences and encounters with parents, educators, friends, events, and objects in the world. Children are empowered and supported to develop theories, hypothesize and collaborate with others, thereby building knowledge and understanding.

Children are empowered and supported to develop theories, hypothesize and collaborate with others, thereby building knowledge and understanding. Childrens perspectives, interests and strengths are used as the foundation of the program.

The program at Torquay Kids is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. We use this to guide our daily practices and connections with our own community. At its core is its powerful image and deep respect for the culture of childhood as a time for learning and for its strong belief that children, educators and parents all work together in the process of building knowledge.

We are influenced by the approach's belief that children have rights; and aspire to support them in building knowledge about our local culture and history, as well as the future direction of our world, in order that they are able to contribute as a good citizen. 

We believe it is the right of every child to be part of a centre community that respects them and believes they are competent individuals who are viewed as co contributors to the process of learning. Our educators are selected by their passion to believe in the possibilities of what can happen when we trust and respect the capabilities of children. Read our centre philosophy here Centre-philosophy.pdf

Our Key Staff

Jay McBean - Director/Nominated Supervisor

Jay McBean -  Director/Nominated Supervisor

I am the Centre Manager / Nominated Supervisor for Torquay Kids

I hold a Diploma of Children's Services and I'm honored to have been a part of the AMAZING team here at Torquay Kids for the past seven years.

In 2013 I was nominated and won Educator of the year for the Australian Family Education and Care Awards for Queensland and was a finalist in 2016 for the same Award. A major achievement in my ten years of being an Early Childhood Educator.

My aim is to provide an environment for children that is caring, trusting, respectful, loving and supportive of children's individual needs in all areas of their development. 

We pride ourselves on the dignity and respect that is shown to children with an emphasis on developing a sound social and emotional set of skills for childrens upcoming formal schooling years and learning

I invite you to visit our centre and experience the Torquay Kids difference. Our Educators: Toddlers Lead Educator - Miss Sammy;  Assistant Educator - Miss Sue; Junior Kindy Lead Educator - Miss Dani; Assistant Educators - Miss Tash and Miss Peta; Pre Kindy Lead Educator - Miss Jess; Kindergarten Lead Educator - Miss Kylie; Assistant Educator - Miss Line.

For more information on our childcare service in Torquay, Hervey Bay please contact us or complete our online enquiry form.


I can't speak highly enough of the Director and staff at Torquay Kids. As a parent it is incredibly reassuring to know that the people looking after your children show such warmth and enthusiasm. The whole team are exceptional in every way and I can't thank them enough.


The quality of care is above standard. All educators dedicate their knowledge to ensure the children are well looked after.

Scott Merlo

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