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C&K Blackwater Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours

Monday - Friday 

8:22am – 2:30pm

Groups

  • Group 1A: Monday, Tuesday, and alternate Wednesdays, 8:22am - 2:30pm
  • Group 1B: Thursday, Friday, and alternate Wednesdays, 8:22am - 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.

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

Great Start to Kindergarten Pre-kindy Program

C&K has been successful in securing funding from the Queensland Department of Education for the Great Start to Kindergarten Pre-kindy Program. This program provides funding for community kindergartens selected by the Department to offer no-cost or low-cost three-year-old programs in terms 3 and 4 in 2022.

To be eligible for the funding, children need to have turned three by 30 June 2022.

C&K Blackwater Community Kindergarten is offering no-cost Pre-kindy in a kindergarten program for three-year-olds in terms 3 and 4, 2022.

Please contact the National Translating and Interpreting Service to support families with enrolments, inclusion, and medical needs forms. This service provides clarity to help remove language barriers that impact the child's needs.

Pre-kindy in a kindergarten program

Three-year-old children will attend the existing high-quality community kindergarten program alongside four-year-olds, which will complement and extend children's learning at home. It also provides learning opportunities that are not always readily available in a home context – including building relationships with teachers and learning to cooperate with peers in a group environment.

Attending this program in terms 3 and 4, 2022 will provide children with opportunities to learn alongside older children and provide an individualised and developmentally appropriate approach.

Program operating hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and alternate Wednesdays, 8:22am - 2:30pm

  • Thursday, Friday, and alternate Wednesdays, 8:22am - 2:30pm

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).

Don’t miss out on a place, enrol your child today.

Enrol now to add your child's name to our waiting list (free). 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.

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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 2017 to 30 June 2018 2022
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 2023
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 2024
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 2025

 

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.

2022

Daily Fee

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

Up to $41.90

For 3 year olds *

Up to $41.90

Concession

Up to $7.76

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

$100.00

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 2017 to 30 June 2018 2022
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 2023
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 2024
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 2025

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 contact us 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.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us on 07 4982 5021.

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.