C&K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

C&K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre

Operating Hours

Monday - Friday

6.30am - 6.00pm

Rooms 

Room 1: Babies (6 weeks - 15 months) 

Room 2: Babies (6 weeks - 15 months) 

Room 3: Toddlers (15 months - 2 year olds) 

Room 4: Pre-kindy (2-3 year olds) 

Room 5: Kindy (3-5 year olds) 

Welcome

C&K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre is a Branch Service located in Blackwater in Central Queensland. Blackwater is a community located approximately 2 hours inland from Rockhampton and is ideally located to support the coal mines in the local area. The C & K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre is very fortunate to contain large indoor and outdoor play spaces supporting natural play environments for children and families to enjoy.
C&K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre caters for Children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age, including a government approved Kindergarten Program. At the C&K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre, we provide a connected and caring environment for children and families to feel welcome, connected and engaged. 
 
After renovations approximately 4 years ago, we have a 5 room service catering for up to 70 children per day, 5 days per week. All of our rooms are air conditioned and built to provide natural lighting and cooling.
We are surrounding by natural environments, including natural shade provided by our large trees, have a wonderful bushtucker garden, swings, biketracks, and a very large sandpit, shaded verandahs and natural gardens.
C&K Blackwater Community Childcare Centre supports C&K's nationally acclaimed and highly regarded Building waterfalls curriculum, which is a curriculum supporting play based learning which encourages and supports children to express their own ideas and understandings through supported experiences. We value the connections with families, and the wealth of experience and knowledge that they are able to provide to support children's learning.
 
Children are valued for their thoughts, ideas and interests and are nurtured to extend and develop their knowledge and understandings of the world around them by quality educators. 
 
The target age for kindergarten is 3.5 - 5 years, children turning four before 30 June in the year attending kindergarten.

Queensland Government Approved Program  

We offer a unique kindergarten program based on our own internationally-recognised teaching guidelines - ‘Building waterfalls’. Our government-approved program is centred around a living and learning community that values children as competent and capable individuals. This play-based curriculum helps children to socialise, build confidence, and develop communication and early literacy and numeracy skills to ensure your child is school-ready.

Child-Led Learning 

No two days are the same at C&K Blackwater. Our teaching team tailors each day’s learning, taking into account the interests of the children in the group. The spacious and natural environment at our kindy is thoughtfully planned and well resourced. There is a focus on music, drama, literature and visual arts and we allocate plenty of time for outdoor play and discovery.

Community Spirit 

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Blackwater. We foster strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us and taking the children on excursions out into the local community.

Birth to Three Approach

At C&K we are exploring new approaches for the educators that care for, and educate our youngest children at C&K childcare centres. The Birth to Three approach which we have developed is all about being in the moment with your child. Our philosophy for this age group is to “slow down” and allow children the time to learn and discover at their own pace. We are focused on spending one-on-one time with babies and toddlers and developing deep and trusting relationships with each individual child.

Usually C&K offers places at our childcares on a first come, first served basis. 

  1. Enrol now - please call us on 3857 1534 or email us to see if there is a place for your child.
  1. Enrol later - please click "Online Waiting List" button above to add your child's name to our list.  You will be redirected to an external website, where you will need to create a login and password and complete an online form. You won't be charged a fee. We will contact you when a space becomes available, by the date you added your child to our list and whether your child has been identified as a priority by the Australian government.

C&K Building waterfalls and Queensland Kindergarten Curriculum, as well as Early Years Learning Framework.

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 upon 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 a Long Day Care, Family Day Care or in-home care setting, 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 Educators, parents, 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.

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.

C&K Blackwater's daily fees are:

  • Kindy Room (3-5 year olds): $95.00
  • Other Rooms (0-3 year olds): Please contact us

Government subsidies may be available - if you are eligible, you may have low or no out of pocket fees. Please speak with Centrelink or us to find out if you are eligible.

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