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C&K Blackwater Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours

Monday - Friday 

8:30am – 2:30pm

2018 Groups

Group 1A: Monday, Tuesday, alternate Wednesdays, 8:30am - 2:30pm

Group 1B: alternate Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday, 8:30am - 2:30pm

Welcome

C&K Blackwater Community Kindergarten has been part of the Blackwater Community for over 30 years. It boasts a large outdoor play space with plenty of natural shade, areas to explore and opportunity to investigate. This is complemented by an indoor environment that shares all the charms of a building of its age, it has three play spaces connected via steps that provide children with the opportunity to engage in solitary, small group and large group play experiences that support their learning and development.

Our service follows C&K nationally acclaimed ‘Building Waterfalls’ curriculum in conjunction with the Early Years Learning Framework. This curriculum recognises children as competent and capable being that are agents in their own learning and development. Through a play based learning environment and intentional teaching opportunities children build upon their current understandings, learn how to collaborate, share their thoughts and ideas and investigate solutions to problems, conflicts and questions raised.

C&K Blackwater Kindergarten operates above the National Quality Standards and is very proud of the exceeding rating that we have recently accomplished.

Philosophy

Blackwater Community Kindergarten’s philosophy is a written statement about the services values and beliefs. It provides an important framework upon which program decisions are made and highlights how the service works with children, educators, families, the wider community and the environment. Educators are encouraged to use the philosophy as a basis for their programming and decision making within the service. We encourage all staff and families to be familiar with the centre philosophy and to be involved in its annual evaluation.
Program:

We value open ended play based learning experiences that reflect the children’s interests and developmental needs.
We offer the delivery of a flexible and established daily program that facilitates children’s learning in the lead up to formal education.
We acknowledge that children are competent and capable of constructing their own knowledge and leading their own play experiences, and value their input in guiding the program of the service.

Families

We recognise that families are children's first teachers and that the best outcomes for children are achieved by working in partnership with families.
We aim to create an atmosphere which makes all families and children feel welcome and respected and able to share their values and ideals.

As Educators

We encourage the seeking of knowledge, and aim to create an environment of trust and respect with emphasis on open communication.
We value the importance of working as a team in order to provide high quality care and education.
We are passionate and dedicated to providing a program and environment which is safe, inviting and stimulating for our children and families.
Environment:
We recognise that both indoor and outdoor environments play a vital role in supporting learning and promoting physical wellbeing, and strongly encourage the active use of our extensive outdoor space.
We understand the importance of the environment as an influential educator in children’s development and aim to provide a secure base that fosters children natural instinct to explore, investigate and learn.

Community

We are aware and appreciate the range of diverse cultures within our community and aim to have them valued and reflected as part of our curriculum.
We aim to build and maintain collaborative partnerships within the community including Government and Non-Government community groups and promote community respect and awareness with children and families.

We aim to reduce our Carbon footprint and encourage the use of natural and recycled materials, support a workplace that is environmentally aware and promote sustainable practices (minimising waste and recycling)

Staffing

Jade is our Director/Teacher and has 15 years experience working in early childhood education.
Nikki is our Group A Assistant is a motivated new member in our team.
Vanessa is our Group B Assistant and has been a part of the C&K Family for 3 years
 

To enrol at this service the following options exist:

1. Enrol now - Please contact our Enrolments Team on 1800 177 092 or email us. You may be able to enrol immediately if a place is available. If a place is not available, we will place your child on a waiting list or suggest alternatives.

2. Enrol later  Please click the “Online waiting list” button above and fill out the form. You will be added to a queue and contacted as soon as a suitable place is available. Places are usually offered for the following year, between May and July the year before.

Which year should my child attend kindy?

Kindergarten Eligibility:

  • 2018 - Children born 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014
  • 2019 - Children born 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
  • 2020 - Children born 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
  • 2021 - Children born 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

C&K Building waterfalls is C&K’s early childhood curriculum framework. It is Australia’s first collaborative birth to school age curriculum framework and is universally acclaimed as inspiring and thought provoking, taking early childhood education to a new level. C&K Building waterfalls is based on enduring C&K philosophy, as well as encompassing contemporary practices and understandings of the early years and it is used by educators at every C&K service.

C&K Building waterfalls: a guideline for educators, living and learning with children aged birth to three offers all early childhood educators, whether in kindy or childcare, an approach to the earliest years of care and education based on enduring C&K philosophy, as well as encompassing contemporary practices and understandings of the early years.

C&K believes that children do not learn in isolation. It is a collaborative process. C&K Building waterfalls teaching and learning guidelines acknowledge the important role that educators, parents, guardians, other children and the physical environment play in a child’s learning. C&K Building waterfalls acknowledges children as competent and capable learners.

To read more about C&K Building waterfalls click here.

 

2018 Daily Fee

For children turning 4 by June 30 of the year attending*

up to $34.40

For 3 year olds *

$34.40

Concession

up to $3.37

Enrolment fee - a one-off, non-refundable fee when you confirm your place

$100

*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 2013 to 30 June 2014

2018

1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

2019

1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

2020

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

2021
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 2022

What if I want my 3 year old to go to kindergarten?

If there are spaces, we are happy to have three year olds at kindy, who can come for 2 years. Please email our Enrolments Team or call 1800 177 092 to discuss your child and your family’s situation.

Can I get the concession rate?

The concession is funded by the Queensland and Australian governments. You can get the concession if your child is of eligible age and you:

  • have a valid health care card, or
  • have a valid pensioner concession card, or
  • hold a veteran’s affairs gold/white card, or
  • identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander, or
  • have had a multiple birth (three children or more) and all children attend kindy.

Are there any government rebates available?

Prior to 2 July 2018, C&K Blackwater was a registered care provider. This means you may be able to claim Child Care Benefit for Registered Care up to 1 July 2018.

From 2 July 2018, the Child Care Subsidy replaced all assistance payments, and children in kindergarten programs are no longer eligible. For more information on the Child Care Subsidy, visit the Department of Education's website.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email our Enrolments Team or call 1800 177 092.

How does C&K decide fees?

As a not-for-profit organisation, C&K reinvests any surplus back into our services and programs to better achieve outcomes for all children and communities. 

We aim to keep fees affordable for families and has developed a fee system to maximise family access to available subsidies. Read more about C&K's fee policies.

2018 Statement of Fees

Group 1A 2018 Statement of Fees (PDF)

Group 1B 2018 Statement of Fees (PDF)