Small Scholars, located in Paddington, is an early education program led by highly qualified teachers. Their school readiness approach ensures a smooth transition to formal education, supported by thoughtfully designed programs. Embracing small class sizes, they foster social and emotional growth, creating a welcoming space for families seeking a gentle start to their child’s educational journey. Moreover, they offer themed holiday programs to boost your child’s education and try new and exciting things.

Small Scholars group of kindergarteners on mat with letter puzzles

Holiday Programs

Small Scholars is a school readiness program that runs for most of the school holidays. They pride themselves on enabling students to smoothly transition to school, but during the holidays they shake things up and incorporate dance, music, pilates, art and messy play to rest the mind, body and spirit. Children need balance in life and Small Scholars hopes to guide your child in the right direction.

When: 9am – 3pm during the school holidays and head to the Small Scholars website for dates and enrolment links, or join their parent Facebook group for updates.

Location: 51 Bank Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Amie Sewell is the founder of Small Scholars and a qualified primary school teacher. She has over 15 years of teaching experience at many local primary schools and is a Mamma to 4 year old twins, Toby and Leo. Early years learning and development is her passion, so please call 0428 050 268 to secure your child’s holiday enrolment.

Small Scholars group of kindergarteners on mat with teacher and drums.

What to expect

Each day, Small Scholars offers a new range of fun and engaging lessons and activities, designed to excite and empower your small scholar. Their Kindy Holiday Program is structured around learning-based programs to simulate big school, whilst still creating a lovely, rich play-based environment where children can be happy, safe and feel empowered to learn.

Spots for each day are capped at 8 children to ensure their educators can facilitate deep learning so your child can receive more attention, demonstration and multiple feedback opportunities.

School Readiness

Enrollments are now open for 2024. Small Scholars’ current classes for 2023 are sold out, but they are taking new families for 2024 via their website. Be sure to act quickly to secure your spot today!

Head to the Small Scholars website and fill out the New Student Class Enquiry form to book in your complimentary 1 hour session.

Small Scholars kindergarteners at table drawing.

Support for all learning styles

At Small Scholars, they know that everyone learns differently and they support and encourage all learning styles to grow your child’s love of learning.

Throughout the week, your small scholar will be participate in the following activities:

  • School Readiness lessons: pre-reading, pre-writing, numeracy and social and emotional skills
  • Gross motor development through nature play
  • Messy play to evoke the senses, explore textures and have fun
  • Music and dancing therapy to tap into different rhythms and beat
  • Yoga to calm the mind and soul
  • Excursions to local businesses within 300 metres of their Paddington location

Small Scholars kindergarten room with colourful rug and cushions.

Open plan classroom & nature play outdoor learning

Small Scholars’ Paddington location includes a Montessori-inspired, open plan classroom, as well as ample outdoor space in the backyard for outdoor learning and messy-play.

They have partnered with local businesses and early learning education providers to ensure a balanced and holistic holiday program that is both educational and fun.

Small Scholars kindergarten table with playdoh letters.

About Small Scholars

Small Scholars is a specialised school readiness program for 3 to 6 year olds, founded and run by Amie Sewell. They also offer a Messy-playgroup for children under the age of 4.

Amie is a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Primary Education (majoring in Inclusivity and Special Needs) and has over 13 years’ experience teaching in multiple primary schools across all year levels as a full time and contract teacher.

Amie’s passion and strength lies in holistic learning approaches and exploration of learning styles, with an aim to unlock each student’s learning spark through nurturing individual approaches and a supportive environment.

Small Scholars’ school readiness lessons develop the literacy and numeracy knowledge, skills and strategies aligned to the Department of Education and Australian Curriculum. This is done primarily through research backed play-based learning programs, tailored to meet your child’s developmental stage.

Small Scholars realises that younger siblings also desire to come to Small Scholars, so they have created a ‘Mini Scholars’ every Monday from 9:00am to 10:45am for Kids to attend. This is a small class for children to feel secure away from their parents while they learn the essential skills of learning and independence with a small class size.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring? Please pack a small backpack, complete with hat, water bottle, spare change of clothes and a set of old clothing for messy play. If rain is forecast, please also provide a rain coat and gumboots.

Is food provided? Small Scholars will provide afternoon tea before pick-up, however they request that you pack morning tea and lunch for your child.

Special requirements? Small Scholars requests that small scholars are toilet trained so the teacher can continue the program with other students. They understand accidents happen and will of course help when asked. There will be quiet time during the day to relax and reset, however please be aware that they do not have a dedicated nap time.

Small Scholars kindergarten child with teacher.


Small Scholars certainly have a very dedicated and caring teacher to guide them along their pathway to school. Such a joy seeing so many happy faces upon pick up.” – Jodie F

Miss Amie, you are an amazing teacher and role model. My children wouldn’t be the amazing people they are now without you being their teacher. We talk of you often.” – Libby G

Small Scholars is a fantastic setup, with a beautifully decorated classroom and a large outdoor play area. I wish Small Scholars was around before my children started school. How lucky these children are to have you teaching them Amie.” – Mel D

Way to go! You are an incredible teacher and this is such a wonderful opportunity to families.” – Paula S

The space is so gorgeous. I 100% agree with Amie’s words about the curriculum being so structured and not particularly aligned to children’s innate way of learning through play, so love what you’re doing :)” – Erica O

To find out more about the programs on offer, please visit the Small Scholars website.