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C&K Cairns Community Kindergarten

Kindergarten Hours

At Cairns 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. 

Kookaburra Group
Monday & Tuesday from 8:00am to 3:45pm

Sunbird Group
Thursday & Friday from 8:00am to 3:45pm

Office Hours

Our Administrative Assistant is available to handle inquiries on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  9am -1pm

All of the staff at our kindergarten are qualified early childhood teachers and assistants, who are regularly involved in professional development workshops, to ensure your children are receiving the utmost care and education.

Parents of Cairns Community Kindergarten are invited to be involved through day-to-day contact with staff, participating in the program and through the voluntary management committee. 

For more information about our centre, please refer to our 2023 Family Handbook.

If you have 3, 4 or 5 year old child, call now to see if there are vacancies for this year on (07) 4051 5913 or email office@cck.org.au.

We encourage parents to put their child's name on the waitlist as soon as possible for future years.

Waitlists open for:

2023 (children born 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019)

2024 (children born 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020)

2025 (children born 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021)

2026 (children born 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022)

2027 (children born 1 July 2022 - 30 June 2023)


Waiting List Procedure
Please submit a separate form for each child. Your completed form can be posted, e-mailed or brought into the kindergarten during office hours.

Once the Waiting List form is completed, names are entered on our Waiting List Register in date order. Enrolments are taken strictly in order of entry from the Waiting List Register.

Families of children offered a place at the Kindergarten will be contacted from May onwards in the year before their child is due to attend.

Please advise the kindergarten should any of your contact details change.

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.


Visit our website for information on news and events.

Cairns Community Kindergarten's NEW Nature Play space encourages children to interact with nature; to explore and learn about their surroundings. The nature play concept supports unstructured outdoor play, which has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s cognitive and physical development. It focuses on enjoying the outdoors and exploring the simple wonders of the surroundings.

The playground uses nature-based play concepts and includes:

  • Balance logs
  • Rocks for climbing, balancing and hopping
  • Sand play and dirt or muddy play
  • A fairy garden 
  • Rope course, ninja warrior style 
  • Plants known for their bright colours, smells and textures to encourage sensory play


For eligible aged children (turning/ turned 4 by 30 June) (including the Base subsidy):

4 Day fortnight program: $50/day

Eligibility for FTB A or B: $25/day

Kindy Plus: Free

Kindy Plus: If you identify as ATSI or hold a valid Health Care/Pension/Dept of Veteran Affairs/Refugee status Concession card.

Proof of Eligibility for concession or FTB reduction will be required.

For more information, please refer to our 2022 Statement of Fees (PDF)