Rainbow Valley is Family owned and operated since 1995, with Paul and Marion Hayes the Nominated Supervisors of the service as well as the pedagogical leaders.

The family has lived in Gladstone for almost 60 years. Marion and Paul, the Directors of the centre, have a background in Education having taught in Preschools, Primary schools and Early childhood centre’s for 25 years, both hold Bachelor degrees in Early Education.

Paul and Marion’s primary concern when setting up the centre was to provide ‘quality’ environments and programs for children to experience.  This is evident in a number of ways:


The curriculum design is of a high standard;


The staff display genuine care and attention for each child;


The  original centre won regional Architectural awards for its excellence and the extension completed in 2015 was highly commended at the Queensland Architect  awards for its inclusion of children’s decision making in its planning of our courtyard.


Our outside environment has won two Regional Schools Garden Competitions.  This is due to the extensive, well-maintained and natural environment, which includes secluded areas for children to talk to each other, decks, dry creeks, native trees, bike paths open area for children to run, climbing areas for children to extend their physical development and exploratory areas for children to investigate.


We also encourage children to help us build vegetable and flower gardens as well as caring for our animals.


We are very proud that the service has received Exceeding National standards for all seven indicators under the National Quality standards.  This is part of the as part of the new Accreditation system introduced into Australia as a National Standard in June 2012.

Welcome Again, 

Paul and Marion Hayes

Open Hours

6.15 am to 6.15 pm

open 52 weeks a year

Excluding Public Holidays

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The educators  and children at Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre wish to acknowledge and pay respects to the past, present and future traditional  elders of the land in which we work, play and learn.