Welcome to C&K Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten. The Kindergarten operates with 2 groups of 22 Pre-Prep Children. The beginning of the week group attend for longer hours on Monday and Tuesday, the end of the week is a 5 day fortnight group with shorter days on alternate Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. When completing a Waiting List Form, parents are asked to nominate which of the group they would prefer.
Some of our key points of difference that we offer are:
- We are an official Nature Play Queensland accredited Education Provider
- Our Mercy Works Aged Care inter-generational program
- Our ELLA Japanese language program
The nature space, or outdoor environment, has always been important to Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten. Established in 1976 and located in the southern suburbs of Cairns in Far North Queensland we are surrounded by World Heritage listed areas. Our kindergarten reflects this unique location with abundant rainfall, flora and fauna. The central feature of our playground is a large fig tree that a wise elder had the foresight to plant some 40 years ago and its shade, habitat and life force is a daily gift to us all at the kindergarten.
Our foundation was an appreciation of our outdoor environment however, it was through research about the benefits of children playing and learning in and through nature that we were led to move past merely enjoying the space to developing plans to make it a nature space that was more purposeful. We intentionally planned areas outdoors that would act as a tool to facilitate children’s learning and to create opportunities or possibilities. Features included a butterfly garden, frog and fish pond, vegetable and herb garden, fairy garden, mud patch with a boat and jetty, a yarning circle and firepit space, a water pump in the sandpit, boulders and timber stumps for climbing, a tree deck space and bluestone paver spaces for art or small world play.
Our program is based on recognition and understanding of the developmental needs of 3½ and 4½ year old children and the interests and abilities of individual children. Play is encouraged and supported at our kindergarten as an essential and natural mode of learning for young children. It is through PLAY that children make sense of their world, display their knowledge of it and find their place in it.
Our program aims to provide an appropriate balance of teacher initiated and child initiated activities focused on interests, enjoyment and free choice. You will see the children engaged in painting, pasting, puzzles, block building, dressing up, story reading, sand and water play, climbing, running and other outdoor activities.