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C&K Atherton Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours 

Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm


Atherton Community Kindergarten is affiliated with the Creche and Kindergarten (C&K) Association and we offer foundational, educational and play based programs that are complementary to entry into prep.

Atherton Community Kindergarten's operating hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm with various grouping available. 

At Atherton Community Kindergarten we provide a fun, stimulating and natural environment that will foster learning through real life experiences. We strive;

• To provide a rich and caring environment reflective of the community where staff are qualified, experienced and engaged in facilitating children’s learning.

• To provide a program that is play based but also incorporates intentional teaching.

• To focus on the needs and interests of the child.

• To accept and embrace that each child is a unique individual with his/her own pattern of development, temperament and potential for learning.

• To foster beneficial life skills and encourage socially acceptable behaviour through play, role-play, stories and modelling.

• To ensure that the program reflects and meets the needs and interests of the Atherton Tablelands community based on the principles of social inclusion, participation and equity.

• To celebrate diversity within our community.

• To encourage children to participate in planning the environment and program.

• To encourage equity in choice and opportunity.

• To create a safe but challenging environment both inside and out that encourages risk taking, investigation and creativity, promotes a sense of wonder about the world and fosters a love and awareness for our environment.

• To be flexible about routine, space, time and equipment.

• To encourage a sense of ownership in families through participation in management, maintenance, curriculum activities and social events. • To encourage and allow children to engage in risky play to enable them to take calculated risks.

• To connect and learn with nature

• To acknowledge the importance of the Yidinji community in the life of our kindergarten

• To commit to continuous improvement

Child-Led Learning  

No two days are the same at Atherton Kindy. Our teaching team tailor each day’s learning taking into account the interests of the children in the group. The spacious environment at our kindy is thoughtfully planned and well resourced. There is a focus on music, drama, literature and visual arts and time spent discovering the natural environment outdoors. 

Community Spirit  

Community spirit is important to us at Atherton Kindy. We foster our strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent input and involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten and programming decisions. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us 

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Don't miss out on a place, waitlist your child today. 

Please complete the attached waitlist form and return via email to admin.athkindy@bigpond.com or drop it off to Atherton Community Kindergarten located at 50 Kelly Street, Atherton. We are happy to take waitlist forms for this and future years as soon as your child is born. We encourage you to express your interest for your child to attend here as soon as possible, well before your child turns three.

Please drop in and visit our centre to inquire about enrolling your child, at 50 Kelly Street, anytime between 9:00am - 1:00pm, Monday to Friday.

What year should my child attend kindy?

This table shows the year the Queensland government recommends your child attends kindergarten. Children aged 4 years old by June 30 in the year they attend kindy are also called ‘Eligible age’ or ‘Target age’.

Year born Kindy year
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 2024
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 2025
1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 2026
1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 2027

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.

2023 Kindergarten Fees 

The daily fee for eligible age children (children turning 4 by June 30 of the year attending Kindy) is up to $68.86. Depending on your individual family’s circumstances you may be eligible for a subsidy under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Program to reduce your out-of-pocket expense. 

For more detail, please refer to our 2023 Statement of Fees (PDF)

For more details on the subsidies available, please visit Kindy Savings

For more information on Kindergarten Fees, please visit Kindergarten Fees