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C&K Oakey Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours 

  • Monday to Friday, 8:20 am to 2:30 pm

Groups 

  • Group 1A: Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays, 8:20am to 2:28pm
  • Group 1B: Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays, 8:20am to 2:28pm

Welcome

C&K Oakey Community Kindergarten is a rural setting where children learn through play and are supported in becoming ‘powerful learners’, ‘thinkers and theorisers’ and ‘active citizens’. We pride ourselves in guiding children to develop a sense of agency and take ownership of their own learning. This in turn supports children in being able to make decisions and choices, and feel that their ideas, thoughts and decisions are respected.

In addition, our kindergarten has supported the local community for over fifty five years, building a love of learning with generations of families as well as embracing our new families. 

Embracing all families' cultures and heritage is something we are passionate about at C&K Oakey. We acknowledge the Jarowair peoples as traditional custodians of our land. At C&K Oakey we value and respect our First Australian’s culture, embedding Indigenous and Torres Strait islander practices within our program and throughout our centre.  

Our Kindy values our natural environments and large outdoor play spaces. This is extended through nature walks along Arthur Shooter Park up to a bush space we use for ‘Nature Play’. During our nature walks and exploration of our bush space children engineer tepees, create using natural objects, mark make using sticks, learn about nature and spot a range of wildlife and neighbouring animals including kangaroos, cockatoos, pelicans, bearded dragons, tawny frog mouth and even horses.  Educators are trained in nature pedagogy and through this each child experiences hands on learning in the open outdoors. Children are supported in developing a deep understanding and connectedness to country, whilst embracing the opportunity to be adventurous in their play, assessing risks and contributing to their own and others health, safety and wellbeing in the environment. Our educators and C&K’s curriculum approach values the rich learning and developmental outcomes natural environments provide children. 

Children experience learning through indoor and outdoor programs flexible to children’s interests, learning and developmental needs. We care for chickens, worms, fish and gain a deep understanding of the many wildlife species in and around our Kindy space such as frogs, lizards, galahs, cockatoos and lorikeets.

Learning through play is what C&K is passionate about, all our educators value the role of play and benefits this has on children’s learning and development. C&K’s emphasis on play-based learning and success in creating confident, resilient and capable children has been evident for over a century. At C&K Oakey, we value our children’s voice whilst embracing each family and child working closely to ensure the best educational outcome.

Free Kindy for 2022 - Enrol Now

C&K Oakey 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 Oakey Community Kindergarten for 15 hours per week at no cost. Your child must turn four-years-old by 30 June 2021 to be eligible for the funding. Please contact us today for more information or enrol now to secure your child's place.

Child-Led Learning 

No two days are the same at C&K Oakey. 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 outdoors play and discovery.

Community Spirit 

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Oakey. 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.

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

Enrol now to add your child's name to our waiting list (free). 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.

Enrol now

*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 2016 to 30 June 2017

2021
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 2022
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 2023
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 2024
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.

News

We are a Nature Play Kindy service.

2021

Daily Fee

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

$34.27

For 3 year olds *

$40.20

Concession

$6.56

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

$50.00

*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 2016 to 30 June 2017

2021
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 2022
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 2023
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 2024
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 2025

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 on 07 4691 1075.

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.