Alma St Pre-Prep Incorporated | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

Alma St Pre-Prep Incorporated

About our centre

Alma Street Pre-Prep is a community based, non-profit educational centre established in Gympie for over 0 years.

The centre offers positions for pre-prep (3½-4 ½ years olds) in a child centred, play based environment.

The centre is staffed by fully qualified, very experienced teachers and assistants, and offers stable groups for 5 day a fortnight sessions.

Alma Street Pre-Prep is affiliated with C&K and implements the living and learning curriculum “Building Waterfalls” developed by C&K. This Curriculum is a partnership between children, parents, educators and the community.

The Pre-Prep program is more than just physical care of children. The equipment and program of this centre are planned to help children develop as individuals, bringing out their talents and developing skills, attitudes and knowledge - at their own pace - and in all areas of their development.

  • The objectives of this centre are to enable children to:
  • Discover they are people of worth, who can do many things for themselves,
  • Realise that what they do affects others, and to learn ways of working and playing happily with others,
  • Begin to assume responsibility for their own behaviour and develop self-control, and be helped to accept the consequences of their decisions according to their ability at a particular stage of development,
  • Learn about the world around them eg. earth, sky, plants, animals and people.


  • To express their ideas in art, drama, music and
  • language,
  • To become more skilful with their own body,
  • To explore new interests and ideas,
  • To reason
  • and solve problems, and
  • to think creatively, through supervised play and with others their own age, and in play activities with selected equipment.

Our Staff are committed to quality early childhood education


Lisa Gilmore: Director and Teacher - *Diploma of Teaching: Early Childhood Education *Bachelor of Education

Kym Ward: Assistant - *Advanced Diploma of Children's Services

Chloe Vidler: Cert III in Early Childhood


Jill Gilchrist: Co-Director and Teacher

*Bachelor of Education *Diploma of Children’s Services

Lisa Crail: Assistant *Cert III in Education Support *Diploma of Early Childhood

Award Winners
Alma Street won the 2015 Excellence and Innovation Pedagogy and Practice Award at the Queensland Annual Early Education and Care Conference.

Please phone our office to enquire about vacancies. The office is attended Tuesday & Thursday between the hours of 8am & 3pm.

Waiting list procedure
Waiting lists open prior to children attending. Children shall be considered to be on the waiting list only when the parent has given necessary details to staff, the waiting list fee of $10.00 is paid and a receipt is issued. The fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee a placement.

Parents will be offered placements in Term 3 of the year prior to attendance. Notification will be in accordance with the child's placement on the waiting list. Enrolment will be effected on confirmation of payment of an Enrolment Deposit and completion of necessary documentation.

Please click here to download the waiting list application. 

A C&K kindergarten program is for children the year before they attend prep at school. That’s why kindergarten is often called a “pre-prep program”.

The target age group for C&K’s kindergarten program are children turning 4 years old by 30 June in the year they attend kindergarten.

Age groupings
2021 Pre-Prep
30/06/2016 - 01/07/2017
2022 Pre-Prep
30/06/2017 - 01/07/2018
2023 Pre-Prep
30/03/2018 - 01/07/2019

Opening hours
Unit 1 (Lisa and Kym/Chloe)

Monday/Tuesday and every second Wednesday
Thursday/Friday and every second Wednesday
Unit 2 (Jill and Lisa)
Monday/Tuesday and every second Wednesday
Thursday/Friday and every second Wednesday

Start and finish times for the programs are:-
Unit 1: 8.45am to 2.45pm
Unit 2: 8.30am to 2.30pm
(6 hours per day, 30 hours per fortnight)

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.


Please view our 2019 calendar for an example of what's happening at our centre!

New Playground

In 2018, Alma Street Pre-Prep was lucky enough to obtain a small assistance grant for early years services and this was spent in part on the installation of a playground tree. The staff travelled to Kilkivan to choose a tree from a paddock. The tree was then felled, de-barked, trimmed, sanded and oiled until it was smooth with no sharp lumps or bumps to hurt the children. It was then transported to Alma Street and put in place by a crane. In preparation, we had cleared an ear of the playground which was previously under utilised. See the picture below!



Alma St's daily fees are: 

  • up to $40.88

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