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C&K Marian Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30am - 4:00pm.

2019 Groups

Group 1A: Monday & Tuesday, 8:18am - 4:00pm

Group 1B: Thursday & Friday, 8:18am - 4:00pm

Group 2A: Monday, Tuesday, alternate Wednesdays, 8:22am - 2:30pm

Group 2B: alternate Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday, 8:22am - 2:30pm


We at, C&K Marian Community Kindergarten believe the purpose of an exceeding early childhood educational program, is to have the wellbeing and holistic development of children as its core motivating force. This means that our programming and planning is developed from the experiences which are meaningful and relevant for our children.

In collaboration with educators, children are encouraged to identify their limits and to take safe risks. Our nature kindy program aims to promote growth in all children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. We believe a truly inclusive program allows children to express their specific interests, needs and abilities with respect for their cultural background. We proudly have families, guardians, traditional elders and the Marian community playing critical roles, in shaping the landscape of our service.

Queensland Government Approved Program  

We offer a unique kindergarten program based on our own internationally-recognised teaching guidelines - ‘Building waterfalls’. Our government-approved program is centred around a living and learning community that values children as competent and capable individuals. This play-based curriculum helps children to socialise, build confidence, and develop communication and early literacy and numeracy skills to ensure your child is school-ready.

Child-Led Learning 

No two days are the same at C&K Marian. Our teaching team tailors each day’s learning, taking into account the interests of the children in the group. The spacious and natural environment at our kindy is thoughtfully planned and well resourced. There is a focus on music, drama, literature and visual arts and we allocate plenty of time for outdoor play and discovery.

Community Spirit 

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Marian. We foster strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us and taking the children on excursions out into the local community.

Our Philosophy about Play

  • We believe that children are the centre of play
  • We allow the affordability of time to allow for uninterrupted play
  • We believe in allowing children agency – Children have freedom of choice
  • We believe that children have opportunities to be autonomous
  • We provide a stimulating natural environment to promote creativity and imaginative play
  • We strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment where children feel safe and valued
  • We learn from children’s play
  • We enable children to be active collaborators in the program
  • We are responsiveness to children’s interests and ideas
  • We believe our play-based learning environment gives children the freedom to develop and express their oral language
  • We believe play can be individual or social. It is a universal language and is understood by all children
  • We believe educators should be playful in their interactions with children
  • We believe that play gives educators the opportunity to expose children to literacy and numeracy at an age-appropriate level
  • We believe that through a rich learning environment, children question, investigate, be curious, problem-solve and research
  • We give children the space and time as well as the opportunities to move their bodies
  • We use play as a tool to teach with intention
  • We believe educators can describe the significant learning that is happening through play

Our Philosophy about Curriculum and Learning Frameworks

  • We believe that the The Early Years Learning Framework guides our Building Waterfalls curriculum
  • We believe that Building Waterfalls guides our teaching practices
  • We believe that the curriculum is embedded in daily practices and experiences
  • We believe that educators use frameworks to identify, describe, support, extend and reflect upon learning and teaching practices

Our Philosophy about Sustainability

  • We invite community members and organisations to build our knowledge and enhance our sustainable practices
  • We embed sustainable practice in our daily program
  • We incorporate ethically resourced sustainable materials
  • We are actively seeking, researching, embedding and evaluating sustainable practices·
  • We support children to be advocates for promoting sustainable practices at home and in the wider community

Our Philosophy about Inclusion

  • We provide a program that meets the individual needs of all children
  • We work alongside families and outside agencies to support transdisciplinary practice
  • We recognise and offer equal opportunities and offer support to families from diverse backgrounds
  • We support children to develop the skills to be inclusive in their interactions with others

Our Philosophy about Partnerships

  • We seek to build quality partnerships with families and the wider community
  • We believe that collaboration with children, families and the wider community is a cornerstone to the quality of our service
  • We promote and value input and participation from families and the wider community

Our Philosophy about Safety and Child Protection

  • We work alongside community professionals to promote and educate children and families in all areas of child protection
  • We continue to extend our professional knowledge around Workplace, Health and Safety including child protection
  • We are responsive and engage in professional conversations around child protection
  • We build children’s knowledge around risk and invite children to take part in assessing and minimising potential hazards
  • We consider the children’s health and safety when delivering our program

Our Philosophy about Cultural Diversity

  • We strive to create a culturally safe environment
  • We are building relationships with community by inviting participation and contribution
  • We are aware of the continual need for professional development of skills and knowledge when implementing our culturally sensitive program
  • We aim to deliver a program that embeds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

Our Philosophy about Relationships with Children

  • We value the importance of building warm, trusting relationships with children
  • We support children to build trusting relationships with others
  • We model ways to ‘Create Kindness’ with others
  • We support children to negotiate, co-operate and collaborate in a shared learning space
  • We design environments which enable children to develop their relationships

Our Philosophy about Professional Development

  • We believe as professionals we continue to expand our knowledge through ongoing professional development and training
  • We engage in quality reflective practice and professional conversations to enhance the implementation of the program and teaching practices

Our Philosophy about Ethical Practice

  • We are aware and have an understanding of the Code of Ethics and professional Teaching Standards and strive to reflect these guidelines within our service and practices

Our Philosophy about Continuous Improvement

  • We are committed towards continuous improvement and value the input and participation of all parties.
  • We facilitate opportunities for the kindergarten community to be actively involved in continuous improvement

Don’t miss out on a place, enrol your child today. You can:

1. Enrol now - Please call or email us. You may be able to enrol immediately if a place is available. If a place is not available, we will place your child on a waiting list.

2. Enrol later  Please click the “Enrol online” button above and fill out the form. You will be added to a queue and contacted as soon as a suitable place is available. Places are usually offered for the following year, between May and July the year before.

C&K Building waterfalls is C&K’s early childhood curriculum framework. It is Australia’s first collaborative birth to school age curriculum framework and is universally acclaimed as inspiring and thought provoking, taking early childhood education to a new level. C&K Building waterfalls is based on enduring C&K philosophy, as well as encompassing contemporary practices and understandings of the early years and it is used by educators at every C&K service.

C&K Building waterfalls: a guideline for educators, living and learning with children aged birth to three offers all early childhood educators, whether in kindy or childcare, an approach to the earliest years of care and education based on enduring C&K philosophy, as well as encompassing contemporary practices and understandings of the early years.

C&K believes that children do not learn in isolation. It is a collaborative process. C&K Building waterfalls teaching and learning guidelines acknowledge the important role that educators, parents, guardians, other children and the physical environment play in a child’s learning. C&K Building waterfalls acknowledges children as competent and capable learners.

To read more about C&K Building waterfalls click here.


We are the first nature play program in the Mackay region. At our off site locations the children will learn to climb trees, make tools, explore our environment, care for living things, identify safe limits and contribute positively to our local community. 





2019 Daily Fee
Two Long Days  

For children turning 4 by June 30 of the year attending*

up to $48.75

For 3 year olds *



up to $7.67
5 Day Fortnight  
For children turning 4 by June 30 of the year attending* up to $39.00
For 3 year olds * $39.00
Concession up to $6.14

Enrolment fee - a one-off, non-refundable fee when you confirm your place


*What year 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 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 2022
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 2023

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

If there are spaces, we are happy to have three year olds at kindy, who can come for 2 years. Please contact us to discuss your child and your family’s situation.

Can I get the concession rate?

The concession is funded by the Queensland and Australian governments. You can get the concession if your child is of eligible age and you:

  • have a valid health care card, or
  • have a valid pensioner concession card, or
  • hold a veteran’s affairs gold/white card, or
  • identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander, or
  • have had a multiple birth (three children or more) and all children attend kindy.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.

How does C&K decide fees?

As a not-for-profit organisation, C&K reinvests any surplus back into our services and programs to better achieve outcomes for all children and communities. 

We aim to keep fees affordable for families and has developed a fee system to maximise family access to available subsidies. Read more about C&K's fee policies.

2019 Statement of Fees

2 Long Days 2019 Statement of Fees (PDF)

5 Day Fortnight 2019 Statement of Fees (PDF)