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Why choose a C&K childcare centre or kindergarten?

C&K has cared and educated for over one million children since we were established in 1907. We have over 330 kindys and childcares around Queensland, and as a not-for-profit, children come first in everything we do. 

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Our education program

C&K’s early childhood curriculum approach is used for children from birth to 5 in all our kindys and childcares. In the year before school, university-qualified teachers guide and support children to be curious, capable and collaborative learners.  

Our Birth to Three program guides how we educate and care for our infants and toddlers. Our philosophy for this age is to slow down and be with your child as they are encouraged to explore the world. 

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

C&K recognises and respects the traditional custodians of Australia. We embrace and celebrate the diversity of children, families and communities across Queensland. We take the time to get to know you and your child, and provide places and spaces where everyone belongs. 

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Vale Emeritus Professor Dr Mary Mahoney AO

The C&K family remembers the remarkable life and contributions of Emeritus Professor Dr Mary Mahoney AO.

It is with great sadness that we at C&K learned of the passing of Emeritus Dr Mary Mahoney AO. Professor Mahoney was a member of the C&K Board for 31 years and was elected President from 2000–2013. In 2014, C&K recognised Mary's contributions with the creation of the 'Emeritus Professor Dr Mary Mahoney AO Award of Excellence'. This honour is awarded annually to a high achieving individual or centre who encompasses the C&K values and works diligently to demonstrate innovation in C&K's Listening and Learning Together Curriculum.

"Mary was pivotal to the ongoing success of C&K. She was so very much a part of who we are now" - Jane Bourne – C&K CEO