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C&K Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten

Welcome

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.

For more information on our centre, please refer to our Philosophy Statement, the 2020 Parent Information Flyer or our website.

 

 

We currently have no vacancies, but encourage parents to put their child’s name on the waiting list if they are looking for placement.

It is advisable to enrol your child on our waiting list as early as possible as enrolments are accepted any time after your child is born.

Once a waiting list form is completed and the $10 (non-refundable) fee is paid, names are entered on our waiting list register in date order. Enrolments are taken strictly in order of entry from the waiting list register. We do not have a sibling policy. Please submit a separate form for each child.

Your completed form with the waiting list fee can be mailed, e-mailed or brought into the kindergarten during office hours.

Families of children offered a place at the kindergarten will be contacted from July onwards in the year before their child is due to attend. It is C&K policy that we do not disclose where a child is numbered on the waiting list register.

Please advise the kindergarten should any of your contact details change.

DOWNLOAD WAITING LIST FORM HERE!

Age Groupings
Recommended age is 3.5 years to 4.5 years.

2019 (children born 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015)
2020 (children born 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016)
2021 (children born 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017)
2022 (children born 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018)
2023 (children born 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019)

Please contact the kindergarten during office hours for further information - Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:45am - 2:45pm.

Code of Ethics
 

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 can 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. 

All C&K centres feature 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).

Our approach 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, through written documentation in your centre and through StoryPark (an app and website). 

Read more about C&K's education program.

Events

Visit our website for information on news and events. 

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

5 day fortnight program: $33.00/day
2 long day program: $41.25/day
For QKFS Plus Kindy support eligible aged children (turning 4 by 30 June) with a health care card / pensioner card, triplets, or identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander:

5 day fortnight program: $9.05/day
2 long day program: $11.31/day

Some other fees and levies do apply. For more information, please refer to the 2020 Statement of Fees (PDF)