C&K has over 300 branch and affiliate community kindergartens throughout Queensland and as a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to keep fees affordable for families and have developed a fee system to maximise family access to available funding.
At C&K, we are proudly supported by the Queensland Government's kindergarten funding program to deliver our government-approved kindergarten program.
What are my kindergarten fees?
Kindy is free for eligible-age children (those turning 4 by 30 June, in the year they attend kindy).
If your child is attending kindy in a second group or as a three year old, fees may apply (known as the non-eligible fee). These fees are different for each kindy and are available to view on the kindy's web page. The non-eligble fee is updated every year in December for the following year.
Queensland Kindergarten Funding Program
From 1 January 2024, the Queensland Government is providing funding to government-approved kindergarten programs to make kindy free for all eligible Queensland children. This funding is provided to the government-approved kindergarten directly so families do not incur an out-of-pocket fee for their child to attend kindy.
To be eligible for free kindy, your enrolled child must be of eligible-age (turning 4 years old by 30 June, in the year they attend kindy). Please check the table below to see when your child is eligible to attend kindy.
|1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020
|1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
|1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022
|1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023
Only one centre can claim free kindy for your child. If your child is enrolled in two kindy programs (either at another kindy or at a childcare centre) you may need to pay a fee for the second program.
How to claim free kindy?
If your child is enrolled at two sessional kindergartens, for the same enrolment period, you must choose which centre receives the funding when you complete your enrolment. If your child is enrolled at a sessional kindergarten and a kindy program at a childcare centre, you can only claim it at the kindergarten.
If you have already completed your enrolment and did not nominate a centre or would like to change your nominated centre, you will need to complete an Updated Details Form available from your C&K kindy.
You will also be required to provide evidence of your child's date of birth (for example, a birth certificate, passport, statutory declaration or other government-issued document stating your child's date of birth).
Other funding available
C&K is a not-for-profit early childhood education and care provider, and we are committed to maximising family access to available funding. We encourage you to contact your C&K kindy directly for more information to discuss your child and your family's situation. Depending on your family circumstances, other funding may be available to you, and C&K can support you in accessing these.
A one-off, non-refundable enrolment fee of $100 is required when you complete your enrolment at a C&K branch kindy, to confirm your place. This fee is not subsidised and is issued to cover the administrative costs of your child's enrolment at a C&K branch kindy.
The enrolment fee, is waived for eligible families who meet at least one of the criteria listed below:
- hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (HCC)
- hold a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (automatic HCC entitlements)
- hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card or White Card
- have formal communication, such as a letter, from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a Health Care Card
- have evidence of formal foster or kinship care arrangements
- have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year
- have a child who is identified as living in a formal child protection out-of-home-care arrangement
- identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- are a family and child who have entered Australia under the Australian Government's Refugee and Humanitarian Program, or is in the process of seeking asylum and holds a temporary visa.
What if I want my 3 year old to go to kindy?
Priority is given to eligble-age children, however, if places are available, we are happy to have three year old children attend kindy for two years. The free kindy funding does not apply for three year old children and the non-eligible fee will apply until your child reaches eligible-age. We encourage you to contact your C&K kindy directly for more information on fees for three year olds and to discuss your child and your family's situation.
What if I have more questions about fees or the funding available?
You can download a C&K Free Kindy Fact Sheet here.
Please contact us if you have any other questions.