AEIOU’s Sunshine Coast centre in Sippy Downs is unique, in that it not only has capacity to support 14 children with an autism diagnosis, but also enrols typically developing children under a regular day care and kindergarten service.
Located on the University of the Sunshine Coast campus, this centre features four classrooms, including a motor skills room and a nursery (catering for children from six weeks to six years of age). The centre benefits from open spaces and visual access to nature and it’s not uncommon for children to spot wildlife such as wallabies, kangaroos and birdlife.
The structure of the autism-specific program is consistent with the rest of AEIOU’s early intervention service, and children have opportunities to engage with children from across all classrooms during break times. Many children have siblings who attend both the ‘mainstream’ childcare centre, and there are many opportunities to support the development of play and social skills with peers.
Service Manager, Monique Dowd, manages the operations of the centre, and joined AEIOU Foundation in April 2018. With experience as a director of childcare services, as well as qualifications including a Diploma of Children’s Services and Bachelor of Human Services, Monique is committed to working in a team environment and dedicated to working with children, families and carers to deliver high quality care with positive outcomes.
Kerri-Leigh Bacelar is Program Manager at the centre. Kerri holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and is currently undertaking a Masters of Applied Behaviour Analysis through Monash University. Before joining AEIOU in 2015, Kerri worked in childcare centre in South Africa, followed by working one-on-one with a child with autism at an OHSC in Brisbane. The child was an AEIOU graduate, and spoke highly of the opportunities made possible by AEIOU's early intervention service. Determined to make a significant difference in the lives of children with autism, she moved to Bundaberg to work with AEIOU. Now based on the Sunshine Coast, she oversees evidence-based early intervention therapy and care, which works towards developing language, behaviour and essential life skills to give children the best chance to reach their full potential.
- Could it be autism?
- AEIOU's therapy and care service
- Accessing our service
- AEIOU is a registered NDIS provider
- Upcoming workshops - for AEIOU families (children enrolled or waitlisted) and community/professionals/NDIS
- Upcoming open days
- Express interest in enrolment
Contact our Sunshine Coast centre directly:
Off Sippy Downs Drive (next to Innovation Centre), University of Sunshine Coast campus, Sippy Downs QLD 4556 - see map
P 07 5452 0300
Opening hours: 7am - 5pm Monday to Friday
If you'd like more information about our mainstream childcare and kindergarten program at Sippy Downs, visit our AEIOU Early Learning Childcare website.