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C&K Sutherland St Kindergarten (Mareeba Kindy Association)

Operating Hours

Monday, Tuesday, alternating Wednesdays 8.35am - 2.35pm
Thursday and Friday: 8.00am - 3.30pm


Welcome to Mareeba Community Kindergarten. We are fortunate to have two wonderful centres located at two separate locations. Our centre at Stewart Street has been successfully operating since 1969 and with the support of the community, staff and parents, an additional centre was opened in 2013 at Sutherland Street on the Mareeba State Primary School site.

The Sutherland Street Centre adopts Listening and Learning Together: The C&K Curriculum Approach. The learning outcomes in our approach align with both The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).

As we are on the Mareeba State Primary School site, we have the opportunity to participate and enjoy activities within the school such as sports days, NAIDOC week and Under 8's Day celebrations.


It is very important that children grow in a warm friendly community where each child is able to develop at their own rate and where opportunities are created in a free, flexible and natural learning environment. In order to achieve this, we provide secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships, through regular communication with each child and their families where we respect each family’s cultural diversity. We are committed to equity for all children and believe that each child can succeed and achieve in learning through play and a balance of intentional teaching. Children will be able to interact with other children and adults and will learn through exploration, discovery and play.

We believe that it is important for each child to become an enthusiastic learner. This means encouraging children to become active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think and express their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children to become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners. We’re developing good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves and hopefully a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Mareeba Community Kindergarten acknowledges and pays our respects to the traditional custodians of the land, the Koko-Muluridji People on whose land our C&K Kindergarten is placed. We acknowledge and pay our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging.

If you have a 3-5-year-old child, call now to see if there are vacancies for this year on (07) 4092 7135.

To enrol at this service: Either:

1. Drop in to our centre on any Monday to Friday between 8:30am - 3:30pm (during school terms) or call 4092 2559 during those times to ask about enrolling your child and to pick up the paperwork you need; or;

2. You can download and complete the waiting list application form for your child as soon as they are born, and either email it to admin@mareebacommunitykindy.org.au, post it, or drop it off. Once your application is received, we may contact you to discuss your application which may include a request for further information and / or clarification. We will contact you when a position becomes available; or;

3. If your child has already turned three and the Director offers your child a place, you can download and complete the enrolment booklet and either email it to admin@mareebacommunitykindy.org.au, post it, or drop it off.

Waitlists open for:

• 2022 - Children born 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018

• 2023 - Children born 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019

• 2024 - Children born 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020

• 2025 - Children born 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

• 2026 - Children born 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022

Kindergarten, also known as pre-prep or preschool, is a program for children in the year before they attend school. When places are available, 3-year old children may be able to attend.

C&K's kindergarten programs are guided by university-qualified teachers and support children to be curious, capable, and collaborative learners.

At C&K we know that children do not learn in isolation, for us learning is partnership between teachers, children, parents, and communities. 

Our curriculum approach, Listening and Learning Together, aligns with both The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).

It continues the longstanding traditions and philosophical commitments of C&K to our children, families and communities. Read more about the history of C&K.

We've designed our indoor and outdoor spaces to ignite imaginations, nurture healthy minds and bodies, as children explore, experiment, play and learn.

Learning through play is an integral part of our education program. Our educators skilfully enrich and extend on children's play experiences, creating a learning program that is tailored and meaningful for your child.

Your child's learning journey is shared with you via conversations with your child's educators and through written documentation in your centre, and in some centres through StoryPark (an app and website). 

Read more about C&K's education program.

Mareeba Sutherland Street Kindergarten daily fees are:

For eligible aged children (aged 4 by 30 June) (including the SEIFA subsidy):

  • 5 day fortnight program - $17.00/day

For QKFS Plus Kindy support eligible children with a health care card/pensioner card, triplets, or identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander:

  • 5 day fortnight program - $0.00/day

Some other fees and levies do apply.

Free Kindy for 2022 - Enrol Now

C&K Sutherland St Kindergarten (Mareeba Kindy Association) has secured additional funding from the Queensland Department of Education to offer Free Kindy for 2022. The funding allows families of eligible-aged children to attend C&K Sutherland St Kindergarten (Mareeba Kindy Association) for 15 hours per week at no cost.  Your child must turn four-years-old by 30 June 2022 to be eligible for the funding. Please contact us today for more information or to enrol and secure your child’s place today.

For more information, please refer to the 2022 Statement of Fees. (PDF)