Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9am - 2.45pm
Director: Mrs Chantelle Whiteman
Director Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Senior First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis & Asthma
Assistant: Mrs Jessica Simpkins
Assistant Qualifications: completing Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, Senior First Aid, CPR, Asthma & Anaphylaxis
Assistant: Ms Melissa Beil
Assistant Qualifications: Certificate III in Childcare, Senior First Aid and CPR
In February 1969, a group of women in Kumbia questioned whether it would be feasible to run a kindergarten in Kumbia. On 5 February 1969, the inaugural kindergarten meeting was held and a committee elected. The first year of the kindergarten was held in the Supper Room of the Kumbia and District Memorial Hall with teachers donating part of their earnings back to enable the purchase of resources. By November 1969 a section of the reserve at the back of the hall had been subdivided off for the kindergarten and suitable buildings were being sought to house the kindergarten. Later that year the mothers’ purchased the Inverlaw School for $105.00, which was then removed and placed on the current site. In 1970 Sir (then Mr) J Bjelke-Peterson officially opened the first of the Kumbia kindergarten buildings.
In 1970 the Boyneside School playground equipment, consisting of a slippery slide, monkey bar and a swing, was given to the kindy on permanent loan. 1970 also saw the building of the sand pit, the enclosing of the veranda and installing of toilets. In 1971 the piano was purchased for the kindy.
In 1973 the mothers’ committee purchased rooms 6 & 7 of the Old Wondai School at a cost of $167.00 and following a number of delays it was moved to the current site in May 1974. The second kindergarten building was officially opened by the Patron Sir J Bjelke Peterson on 26 October 1974. By 1974 the kindergarten had 50 children enrolled to attend.
It is noted in the Kumbia Kindergarten Original History Document that “to start our kindergarten it meant a lot of hard work and it meant even harder work to keep it going. It is very gratifying to see such support as we have experienced in this little town of Kumbia and I hope there will always be people willing to send their children along to keep this very necessary establishment going”.
In 1976 pre-school was initiated in the kindergarten buildings. Pre-school continued to operate out of the kindergarten buildings until its relocation to the Kumbia School in 1982. At that time the buildings were handed to the Kumbia District Memorial and Arts Hall for caretaking as there were no continuing kindergarten families.
During the 6 years when the kindergarten was not operative out of the kindergarten buildings a number of other groups utilized the buildings including the Kumbia Historical Society and the Kumbia Rural Youth.
The Kumbia Kindergarten was re-established by a small group of interested and energetic mothers in September 1988. At that time they resumed the kindergarten building space as per today’s use. The Kumbia Kindergarten has now been in operation for over 40 years with only a 6 year period where children were not utilising the facility. For a five year period of this time the kindergarten’s focus was that of the provision of Pre-school education.
The Kumbia Kindergarten is run by a community controlled, non-profit association. The Committee is responsible for the maintenance, equipping and staffing of the kindergarten. As we are a very small kindergarten, it is essential that all parents become involved and contribute in some way toward the running of the kindergarten. A membership fee, paid annually, entitles all parents to become members of the association and affords them participation at the Annual General Meeting and the monthly committee meetings.
Free Kindy for 2022 - Enrol Now
Kumbia Kindergarten has secured additional funding from the Queensland Department of Education to offer Free Kindy for 2022. The funding allows families of eligible-aged children to attendKumbia Kindergarten for 15 hours per week at no cost. Your child must turn four-years-old by 30 June 2022 to be eligible for the funding. Please contact us for more information or to enrol and secure your child’s place today.