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C&K Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours and Groups

At C&K Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten, we have two models of delivery for families to choose from. Both programs ensure children receive the same number of hours of education across the school year. 

  • Group A:  Monday and Tuesday, 8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Group B:  Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays, 8:35am to 2:45pm


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:

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.

Child-Led Learning  

No two days are the same at C&K Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten. 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 C&K Bayview Heights Community Kindergarten. 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.

Waitlist now to secure your place at our centre. 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.

Please contact our centre directly via phone or email if have any questions.

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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 $62.50. 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