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Hughenden Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre

Our Kindergarten, program operates during school terms, 40 weeks per year from Monday – Wednesday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Our Long Day Care, program operates year-round, Monday to Friday, except for a closure over the Christmas-New Year period from 7:30am – 5:15pm.

Our Before and After School program, operates during school terms, before and after school for parents who require care for their child from 7:30am until school starts and from when school ends until 5:15pm.

Our Office hours, are Monday to Friday from 8am -5pm, except for a closure over the Christmas-New Year period.

The Hughenden Kindergarten & Early Childhood Centre is a community managed, not-for profit, small rural community centre, four hours drive west of Townsville. At Hughenden Kindergarten & Early Childhood Centre, we offer a long day care program for 0 – 5 year olds, an approved Kindergarten Program for children in the year before commencing Primary School, and, Before and After School Care for children 5 -12 years of age.

Our C&K affiliated kindergarten program that is offered Monday to Wednesday is guided by a university-qualified teacher and supports children to be curious, capable, and collaborative learners in their last year with us before they head off to Primary School the following year. We are a small team of dedicated Educators and we are only licensed to care for up to 41 children in total at any one time.

Our centre staff strive to always maintain a strong connection with our children, families and wider community embracing their diverse abilities, needs and culture. We provide a warm, respectful, secure and nurturing environment by building trusting relationships with all children to enhance their sense of being, belonging and becoming, which in turns supports each child's holistic development.

For more information about Hughenden Kindergarten & Early Childhood Centre, please read our Parent Handbook.

How to enrol in the Kindergarten program

Please call 4741 1355 to ask the centre Director about vacancies and enrolling your child. Please register your intent for your child to enrol in the kindergarten as early as possible. Your child can attend the centre from 0 – 5 years of age however for the kindergarten program the subsidies only apply to children who are turning/ turned 4 y.o by 30 June this year, as it is these children who will attend Primary school the next year. Before and after school care is available for a limited number of 5 – 12 year old children (see below).

To enrol at this centre’s Kindergarten program, from Monday to Wednesday, the following options exist:

  1. Enrolling immediately - please contact the centre Director (by calling 4741 1355 or email hughkindy@bigpond.com) to determine if a place is available. You can also call to make a time to drop in and have stay and play. If a place is available, the centre Director will assist you to enrol your child immediately.
  2. Placing your child's name on a waiting list - if your child is not turning/ turned 4 y.o by 30 June this year, or if a place is not currently available, the centre Director will ask if you would like to place your child's name on the waiting list.
  3. If your child has already turned three and the centre Director offers your child a place, you can click here to download and complete the enrolment booklet, and either email it to hughkindy@bigpond.com, post it, or drop it off.

Which year should my child attend kindy?

  • Children born 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 - 2020
  • Children born 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 - 2021
  • Children born 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 - 2022
  • Children born 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 - 2023
  • Children born 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 - 2024
  • Children born 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 - 2025

How to enrol in the other programs we offer

We encourage you to express your interest for your child to attend here as soon as possible. We offer Long Day Care for Pre-school aged children (0 – 5 years old) and Before and After School Care for 5- 12 year old children.
Call ahead on 4741 1355 to make a time to drop in and have stay and play. We will tell you over the phone when is a good time to come and visit our centre at 41 Gray Street, Hughenden. Please call anytime between 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

All our kindergartens deliver C&K Quality Kindergarten Program. Kindergarten, also known as pre-prep or preschool, is a program for children who are turning 4 by June 30 in the year before they attend school. C&K’s kindy programs are government-approved and led by experienced and university qualified teachers. Our program supports children’s curiosity, creativity, problem solving, resilience and real-world knowledge and skills.

At C&K we know that children do not learn in isolation, so we approach learning as a collaborative relationship between teachers, eaducators, children and families. At C&K we believe children are powerful learners, active citizens, thinkers and theorisers - this is at the heart of our early childhood curriculum. We've designed our indoor and outdoor spaces to ignite imaginations and nurture healthy minds and bodies. 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). 

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Kindergarten Fees

The Queensland Government provides funding to make kindy free for families with eligible-age children (children turning 4 years old by 30 June in the year they attend kindy). The funding is provided directly to your centre, and if eligible, you will not pay any daily fee.

Free kindy is only available for one kindergarten group, so you may have to pay fees if your child is enrolled in two groups. For example:

  • If your child is enrolled in both kindergarten groups at one kindy.
  • If your child is enrolled in two different kindergartens. You must nominate which kindergarten will receive the funding when you enrol.
  • If your child is enrolled in a kindergarten and a childcare centre, you will only receive free kindy at the kindy and not at the childcare centre.

2024

Daily Fee

Daily fee (eligible-age children) FREE
Daily fee (non-eligible)* - 5 days a fortnight program TBC
Daily fee (non-eligible)* - 2 days a week program TBC

Other Fees

You may also have to pay an enrolment fee and membership fee. These will be one-off fees and paid before your child starts kindergarten.

2024

Fee

Enrolment fee TBC
Membership fee TBC

What if I want my 3 year old to go to kindergarten?*

Priority is given to eligible-age children but if there are places available, we are happy to have 3 year old children at kindy and attend for two years.  The subsidies do not apply for 3 year old children, and the daily fee (non-eligible) will apply. Please contact us on 07 4741 1355 for more information on fees for 3 year olds and to discuss your child and your family’s situation.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to? 

You can find more information on our Kindergarten Fees page or you can download our Fact Sheet.

Please contact us on 07 4741 1355 if you have any other questions.