Childcare and Education Childcare and Education

Weipa prides itself on being a great place for families to live. There are a number of childcare options that provide a range of services, such as accredited day care, kindergarten and prep programs.

  • Weipa Family Day Care Scheme, operated by Weipa Community Care 
  • Cape Kids Childcare Centre 
  • C&K Kindergarten (also offers an after kindy care service)
  • Napranum Early Childhood Centre  
  • Western Cape College 

Other activities on offer for little ones include:

  • Pebbles Playgroup meetings
  • Storytime at the local library 

There are also regular opportunities for bubs to catch up on social time at the Community Centre whist their parents grab a coffee and chat!

Education facilities

Weipa has one state school, the Western Cape College Weipa Campus and a Catholic school, St Joseph's Parish School.

Western Cape College is the largest P – 12 school in the Cape, with a campus that’s divided into two sections. Prep – Year 3 (and Special Education Unit) and Years 4 – 12. The school also caters to residential boarders.

St Joseph’s Parish School opened in 2016 for years Prep to 6. This school is operated by the Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns.

Private tutoring is also available within the community from various tutors, and outside school hours and vacation care is provided through the PCYC next to Western Cape College. Family Day Care Educators also sometimes provide these services.

Holiday activities for school children include school holiday craft activities in the Library and sporting activities in the Weipa Storm Surge Shelter.

Various weekly sport and recreation activities are available for children and are listed in the sport and recreation directory. The library also offers weekly craft sessions on Saturday mornings. 

Vocational and tertiary education

For anyone looking to access tertiary or vocational training, there are some great options In Weipa. Students at Western Cape College have access to vocational training programs, while a range of apprenticeships, traineeships and university scholarships are also provided locally. 

Other tertiary education options include studying as an external student through T.A.F.E or at a university. A limited number of courses are offered intermittently by local providers, such as First Aid and Boat License courses. 

The My Pathways job centre in Nanum is available to assist job seekers.