What is Kindergarten?
Kindergarten, also known as preschool or pre-prep, is a structured, play-based program led by a university qualified teacher for children in the year before they attend school.
The program which runs for at least 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per calendar year, focuses on helping children to develop a wide range of essential skills and prepares them for their transition to school.
What are the fees?
Service specific fee information is available on the service webpage, or by contacting the service directly.
Low or no cost kindergarten is available to Health Care Card holders and children and/or parents who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Kindergarten is classified as “registered care”, parents who are eligible may be able to claim the Child Care Benefit (CCB) for Registered Care. For more information contact the Commonwealth Government’s Family Assistance office on 13 61 50.
Why choose a C&K kindergarten?
C&K is Queensland’s largest early childhood education and care provider with more than 100 years’ experience providing industry leading programs that assist children to learn, grow and thrive.
Our services provide a nurturing, engaging and stimulating education and care environment where our dedicated teaching professionals understand the importance of the early years in assisting children to develop, and have the knowledge and experience to ensure they reach their full potential. Our kindergarten program, delivered through our own curriculum C&K Building waterfalls, helps children develop a wide range of skills and gives them the best preparation for school and future learning through:
Our curriculum: The C&K early childhood curriculum C&K Building waterfalls embeds the C&K philosophy in everything we do and complements the national Early Years Learning Framework.
Our educators: Our university qualified educators are passionate about helping children learn through play so they can reach their full potential. We value children and invest in quality training and professional development for our educators.
Our environments: Our services contain large, natural and sustainable outdoor environments that encourage children to explore, discover and learn through nature. Our services encourage a variety of stimulating experiences that help children build essential skills. Our educators foster a warm, safe and nurturing atmosphere that allows children and families to feel comfortable and reassured.
Embracing diversity: C&K embraces and celebrates the diversity that exists within and between our communities and invites and welcomes you to share your culture, background and life experiences with us.
Our commitment to quality: C&K services have performed well above the rest of the country in National Quality Standards and have a dedicated team supporting our frontline services to continually improve on the quality outcomes for your children.
Parent participation in kindergarten: As the parent of a child at a C&K service, you will be encouraged to participate in your child's early childhood education and care experience through fundraising, working bees and attending parent forums.
Community kindergartens are usually open for approximately six hours per day, for example 8.30am to 2.30pm, five days per fortnight (3 days one week and 2 days the following week). Contact your local C&K service to find out what days and hours they are open. The kindergarten program follows the Queensland school terms. A group of up to 22 children, who are turning four years of age by the end of June is taught by a university qualified educator with the support of an experienced Assistant.
Kindergarten in Long Day Care services
Our Long Day Care services also offer approved kindergarten programs. Find out more about Long Day Care and the flexibility it offers working parents.
What age 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 2012 to 30 June 2013
1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014
1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
|1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017||
|1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018||