Our Story

Fittingly, Habitat Early Learning grew from one family’s dream.

In 2006, with the care and education of their own young children in mind, the Thornton family had the idea of developing an early childhood education centre that offered an unparalleled experience.

Their vision was realised in 2009 when Habitat Early Learning Ferny Grove, nestled against the tranquil backdrop of Cedar Creek, opened its doors.

A decade later, the search for a second location — possessing the beauty of the Ferny Grove setting — began. A stunning Nundah homestead with a heart-warming history soon caught their attention. Habitat Early Learning Nundah opened in 2020.

In 2022, the stunning coastal backdrop of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will be home to the Thornton’s third service: Habitat Early Learning Peregian Springs. Taking cues from the contemporary landscape, the multi-storey, architecturally designed service will be Habitat’s first Montessori-exclusive learning centre.

Thank you to you all and your fabulous staff. Ella finishes up at Habitat at the end of the week and we really feel like we are finishing the year on a high. We also thank you for choosing to support the Royal Children's Hospital.
John Mac
It's such a wonderfully creative and serene environment and we are so happy that we were able to secure a place for both of our children.
Marry Smith
Our People
Kerrin Thomas
General Manager
Louise Mead
Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader
Sandy Griffin
Enrolment Officer
Kirby Thompson
Engagement Manager
Smeeta Vanmali
Montessori Advisor
Chelsea Joliffe
Reception Manager
Rhys Wain
Responsible Person & Early Childhood Educator
Jessica Dachs
Early Childhood Educator
Ellie Campbell
Early Childhood Educator
Early Childhood Teacher
Molly Nicholson
Responsible Person & Early Childhood Educator
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What’s the Parent Portal?
Follow your child’s progress in real time through our custom-built Parent Portal. Tracking milestones, preserving memories and creating a beautiful record of your child’s academic progress - it’s all part of the Habitat experience.