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C&K Chapel Hill Community Preschool & Kindergarten

Our Operating Hours  

Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten is a one unit centre, operating two Kindergarten groups of 22 children each within a five day fortnight. A Pre-Kindergarten group (Red Group) of 16 children operates on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 3.15pm to 4.45pm

Blue Group: Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesday, 8:25am - 2:35pm 

Yellow Group: Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesday, 8:25am - 2:35pm. 

Our Kindergarten 

Nestled amongst a leafy residential street in Chapel Hill is one of the western suburbs’ best kept secrets – Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten. For over 50 years, Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten has been educating children from suburbs across Brisbane’s west including Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Indooroopilly, Jindalee, Brookfield and Pullenvale.

From the minute you walk in to Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten, an overwhelming sense of calm envelops you. This is due to the engaging and peaceful surroundings that are highly conducive to early learning and the approach taken by the wonderful teaching team of early childhood qualified educators.

The teaching team observe the children and tailor each day’s learning according to their ideas. The spacious environment is thoughtfully planned and well resourced – there are wonderful trees for children to climb, a sand pit, a mud kitchen, a cave, a cubby house, swings and a garden to tend. There is also a focus on the arts – music, drama, literature and visual arts are all encouraged, culminating in the Kindergarten’s annual art show.

Our Program 

Another truly unique offering from Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten is our Bush Kindy program. We offer weekly Bush Kindy sessions in Terms 2 and 3. The children walk to a local park and explore the diverse natural environments of the creek and the surrounding bush. We spend two hours each session exploring the bush, using materials we find to inspire creative play.

The Bush Kindy sessions offer many opportunities for your child to develop their self-confidence, social skills and resilience. Spending more time outdoors also helps children develop knowledge and respect for the natural environment.

The program is child initiated, unstructured play with time to use real tools and learn new skills. The Bush Kindy sessions promote problem solving and self-assessed risk taking. 

There is also one annual offsite excursion with an environmental focus. In 2018, the venue was the Mt Coo-tha Botanic Gardens.

Testimonials 

"My son is loving his time at Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten. It is not our local kindergarten but well worth the distance we travel to be part of this Kindy community. Both the Pre-Kindy and the kindergarten program have been wonderful and my son has thrived in both. The grounds of the Kindy are just beautiful and the focus on nature is nothing like I have seen in other kindys (the Bush Kindy program in particular is fantastic). My son loves the fact that he can choose to be inside or outside most of the day (there is no set inside and outside play times) and is especially fond of the sand pit and the mud kitchen. My son loves all his teachers and as parent I couldn’t be happier with our overall experience at Chapel Hill.

– Siobhan, Blue Group Parent 

"Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten is the most wonderful place for children to learn and grow. The staff care for the children as if they were their own. There are a variety of activities for the children each day and the children are free to play where they choose. The Kindy has a focus on the natural environment and the Bush Kindy program they run is a fantastic unique offering. My eldest child was very shy and did not cope well with being away from me. I sent her to a local day care with some success but I was never entirely comfortable leaving her at this day care. A friend recommended I look at Chapel Hill Kindy and I am thrilled that I did. Since starting at the Kindy in their Pre-Kindy program, my child has blossomed into a confident and social child. She is now in the Kindy program and absolutely loves going and seeing all her friends. I have no hesitation in recommending Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten to any parent.

– Gina, Yellow Group Parent

Please phone or email the centre for current vacancies.

Feel free to visit our beautiful centre and pick up a waiting list form.

As at 01/01/2019, the waiting list fee is $20.

 

 

 

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 can 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.

All C&K centres feature Listening and Learning Together: The C&K Curriculum Approach. The learning outcomes in our approach align with both The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).

Our approach 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 have 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 to and meaningful for your child.

Your child’s learning journey is shared with you via conversations with your child’s educators, through written documentation in your centre and through StoryPark (an app and website).

Read more about C&K’s education program.

News

As a community kindergarten, Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten is run by a dedicated group of volunteer parents. This means there is a great community spirit fostered amongst the parents and teachers at the Kindergarten. There are social outings planned within each of the Kindergarten groups and all families come together at working bees and for events such as the Family Fun Day, Open Day and Art Show.

2019 Fees

The daily fee for C&K Chapel Hill is:

  • up to $37.00/day

The term fee for C&K Chapel Hill is:

  • 5 day fortnight (Blue & Yellow group): $870 / term
  • Pre Kindergarten (Red Group): $400 / term

In addition, Blue and Yellow Kindy groups will be invoiced the following:

  • Activity Levy: $25.00 / term
  • Bush Kindy levy: $100.00 in terms 2 & 3

Once a child is enrolled, fees are payable irrespective of attendance. Parents must give 4 weeks notice of withdrawal of their child and those weeks must be during term time. For example, if your child is not returning in Term 2, you must advise us in writing 4 weeks before the end of Term 1. When the vacancy can be filled, a pro-rata refund will be made.

Please note, there is a substantial Health Care Card subsidy for Kindy fees. Contact your Co-Director or Treasurer if your hold a current Health Care Card.

As a community not-for-profit, C&K Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten does ask for a a working bee levy. We rely on our families to help us maintain our grounds and equipment. The fee is as follows:

  • Red, Yellow and Blue Group: $350.00 paid during Term 1 & 2.
  • Green Group: $175.00 paid in Term 3

Blue, Yellow & Red Groups are requested to complete 2 x 4 hour working bees per year (one working bee per semester) and 2 hours volunteering at a fundraising/social event. Following the completion of 2 working bees and 2 hours volunteering, $250.00 of this levy will be refunded.

The Green Group is requested to complete 1 x 4 hour working bees in semester 2 and 1 hour volunteering at a fundraising/social event. Following the completion of this, $175.00 of this levy will be refunded.

The retained amount from these levys is used by the Kindy for work that cannot be done by parents such as arborist reports or tree lopping.

In addition to this, a voluntary building levy is aso requested from parents. This is a tax deductible donation that is set aside in the budge to provide for the costs involving maintenance and repair of the building onsite. The voluntary building levy suggested amount is $50.00 per year.

For more information, please refer to the 2019 Statement of Fees (PDF)