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C&K Malanda Community Kindergarten

Opening Hours

At Malanda Community Kindergarten, we have two models of delivery for families to choose from. Both programs ensure children receive the same number of hours of education across the school year.  

Community Kindergarten opens Monday and Tuesday's, 8:15am - 3:45pm and Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Friday's from 8:45am to 3:00pm. The centre is closed during State School holidays.


Our kindy is located in a quiet natural setting beside the Johnston River. Research has shown that children benefit from interacting and learning in nature and our kindy promotes safe play in our natural outdoor environment. We have a recently renovated and spacious indoor environment where children are encouraged to explore and engage in a variety of learning experiences.

The Malanda Community Kindergarten is committed to providing high quality care and education that is developmentally appropriate and responsive to the needs, interests and abilities of each child within a welcoming, safe and inviting environment. 

We are currently rated as EXCEEDING through the National Quality Standards for Early Childhood Care and Education. These standards are determined by the Australian Government to encourage services to provide a high quality and consistent standard of care and education across Australia. Our goals is to work towards continuously improving our services to provide the best possible care and education for your child.

Free Kindy for 2022 - Enrol Now

C&K Malanda Community 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 attend C&K Malanda Community 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 today for more information or to enrol and secure your child’s place today.

Our Philosophy

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Ngadjonji people whose land our C&K centre is situated. We also acknowledge and pay our respects to all Elders and Traditional Owners past and present.

The kindergarten years are a vital chapter of children's early childhood education. We recognise that each child is a unique individual with his/her own pattern of development, temperament and potential for learning. We recognise that young children are active, creative learners who seek to make sense of their own world through exploration and problem solving using a variety of materials and ideas.

In understanding and supporting these beliefs, Malanda Kindy aims to:

  • Provide a rich, interesting play based curriculum centred upon the children's needs, interests, abilities and social/emotional wellbeing
  • Provide a caring and supportive environment which reflects individual needs and cultural diversity
  • Provide a warm, inviting, sustainable environment
  • Provide an atmosphere where active learners are challenged 
  • Provide a flexible service which meets the needs of the community
  • Encourage and support family involvement 
  • Provide a centre with a team approach where all staff are qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced in children's learning and where continued professional development is encouraged and valued
  • To continually advocate for excellence in early childhood education

To view, C&K Malanda Community Kindergartens Philosophy click here.


The staff at Malanda Kindergarten are committed to your child's wellbeing and education. The teaching team is made up of Kath Norris, Terri Flett and Fiona Johnston. 

*** No Fees for eligible age children attending one Kindergarten group in 2022 ***

If you have 3, 4 or 5 year old child, call now to see if there are vacancies for this year on (07) 4096 5903 or email malanda.kindy@gmail.com We encourage parents to put their child's name on the waitlist as soon as possible for future years.

To enrol at this service:

  1. Drop in to our centre (during school terms – during our kindy opening hours) or call 4096 5903 during those times to ask about enrolling your child and to pick up the paperwork you need; or;
  2. You can download and complete the waiting list application form for your child as soon as they are born, and either email it to malanda.kindy@gmail.com, post it, or drop it off. Once your application is received, we may contact you to discuss your application which may include a request for further information and / or clarification. We will contact you when a position becomes available; or;
  3. If your child has already turned three and the Director offers your child a place, you can download and complete the enrolment booklet and either email it to malanda.kindy@gmail.com, post it, or drop it off.

Which year should my child attend kindy?

  • 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



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 may be able to 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. 

Our curriculum approach, Listening and Learning Together, aligns with both The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).

It 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've 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 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). 

Read more about C&K's education program.


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For eligible aged children (turning/ turned 4 y.o. by 30 June this year) (including SEIFA subsidy)

Red Group (4 long day fortnight): $52.65 per day

Yellow Group (5 day fortnight): $42.12 per day

For eligible aged children (turning/ turned 4 y.o. by 30 June this year) (including a SEIFA & QKFS Kindy Plus subsidy) for families with a health care card/pensioner concession card, triplets, or whom identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander:

  • Red Group (4 long day fortnight): $10.60 per day
  • Yellow Group (5 day fortnight): $8.48 per day

Additional fees or levies:

  • Membership to Malanda Community Kindergarten Association - $5.00 yearly 
  • Maintenance and Capital Works Levy - $25.00 per term 

For information on fees, please view our 2022 Statement of Fees (PDF) or speak with our director on (07) 4096 5903.