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C&K Bluewater 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

Welcome to C&K Bluewater Community Kindergarten.

We offer quality education and care for children aged in the year before they attend Prep. We offer a play based program where your child will learn and develop many skills and concepts while developing meaningful relationships with their peers, educators and the world around them.

We are located on the Bluewater State School site, in a lovely bushland setting.

We offer indoor and outdoor environments that are beautiful and natural with many opportunities for learning.

Our kindergarten operates with one full time director/teacher and one assistant educator. Michelle is our director/teacher and has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Cert IV in training and assessment. She has 22 years experience in the early childhood field. Tracy is our assistant educator who is currently studying her Diploma of Early Childhood education and care. She has been with our service for a number of years firstly as an inclusion support assistant and now as the full-time co-educator. 

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 Bluewater 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

Child-Led Learning 

No two days are the same at C&K Bluewater. 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. You can read more about our philosphy here.

Community Spirit 

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Bluewater. 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.

Our team

Michelle Cahill – full time director/teacher

I have a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and have been teaching for 25 years. I also have a Certificate IV in training and assessment (of adults). I have worked in a variety of settings such as long day care, preschool and school. I trained in Sydney and lived there for most of my life. I moved to Townsville 7 years ago and have enjoyed the slower pace and the quieter lifestyle. The best part of my wonderful job is seeing the children develop and grow over the time that I spend with them.

Tracy Kingdon – full time co educator

I have worked as a co educator for just over a year. For 3 years prior I supported the Kindergarten as an inclusion support assistant. I have a Certificate III in Education support and am currently studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have lived in Townsville for 7 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going on adventures and making memories.

Aleesha MacDonald – clerical assistant

I have been working as the clerical assistant for 6 years. I have lived in Townsville my whole life and worked in the banking industry for 13 years. I then moved onto Ergon energy until finally moving into administration.  I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, bike riding, fishing and the beach.

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.

News

Parent testimonials

"Tracy and Michelle are both amazing teachers. We are super impressed with the kindy!" – Christina

"C&K Bluewater is a wonderful start to my child’s learning and he loves it." – Nell

"I absolutely love the look and feel of the facilities, so calming." –  Jane

"We couldn’t be happier with the educators at C&K Bluewater. My child has really thrived since starting." – Kristie

2022

Daily Fee

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

Up to $45.40

For 3 year olds *

Up to $45.40

Concession

Up to $11.26

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 4751 3230.

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.