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C&K Paddington Kindergarten

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, 50 weeks a year. 
  • 2023 - term starts on 23 January 2023
  • Please click here to download the 2023 kindy calendar. 

Groups

Please see below for our Core Kindergarten program groups.  You can choose either:

  • Group 1A and 2A: Monday, Tuesday, and alternate Wednesdays, 8:00am to 2:08pm, or
  • Group 1B and 2B: Thursday, Friday, and alternate Wednesdays, 8:00am to 2:08pm.

In addition to the Core Kindergarten program, you can enrol your child in our Extended Hours Kindergarten program on the days your child attends core kindy. Please see below the operating hours for each group.

  • Group 1A and 1B: 2:09pm to 6:00pm
  • Group 2A and 2B:  2:09pm to 6:00pm

Holiday Kindy is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday during the Queensland School Holidays.

You can learn more about the Extended Hours Kindergarten Program here.

Please note that we alternate our rooms for our extended kindergarten program. If you need to speak to our team, the phone number that you use shall depend upon the unit that your child/ren are in. The phone numbers for Units 1 and 2 are listed below.

Welcome

C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our service is placed. C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten also pays our respects to all Elders past, present and emerging

Give your child a great start to their education and become a part of our Kindergarten community.

C&K helps to create a lifelong love of learning and supports’ your child’s transition into school. We provide a curriculum/play-based, pre-prep program, lead by 4 year qualified teachers. C&K Paddington has beautiful, large landscaped gardens and inspiring indoor learning environments. Parents are an integral part of our community and are always welcome to contribute to the educational program.

Children are active collaborators and contributors to their own learning and to that of others. We value being open and sensitive to new possibilities and perspectives, and encourage the children to be kind, caring and respectful of each other as they learn how to live, play and work together harmoniously.

Our young children are capable thinkers, investigators and inquirers. They come to kindergarten with a range of prior experiences and understanding of the world them. They present with differing abilities and interest, languages, cultural heritage and traditions.

We celebrate our diversity and embrace our differences, for we are all special in our own individual way.

Additional Needs Assistants are employed as required in accordance with C&K’s policy of equity and opportunity for all children.

Centre Philosophy

We value each child who travels with us a while, as a unique individual - one who comes to us with many talents, competencies and endless possibilities.  Working together with parents as our critical partners, we will listen to, nurture, respect and guide each child to grow in understanding and responsibility to be an active, participating citizen in life.

We strongly believe that ... "Authentic experiences generate real understandings".

C & K Paddington Community Kindergarten, as a branch service of the C&K Association Limited, acts in accordance with all policies and procedures and our educators maintain professional development and growth by engaging in constant critical reflection and embracing innovation and new research to attain best practice in the provision of education and care in the early childhood education field. Our curriculum decision making is guided by the Listening and Learning Together C&K Curriculum Approach, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline which are all play based, emergent and co-constructed. Embracing diversity, these curricula give emphasis to encouraging every child to express and transform their ideas and understandings in play through the many languages of children. Our educators make curriculum decisions that uphold all children’s rights including the right to have their identities, knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities and interests acknowledged and valued in the context of their families and communities

Our children have opportunities to respond to the beauty and order of the natural world and in an environment that is ordered, safe and aesthetically appealing. We provide children with experiences to enable them to act responsibly and sustainably to preserve the environment for the future. They are encouraged to represent their own world in order to learn about and understand their world better. In the process of representation, as they actively play and interact with others, engage with a rich variety of materials and ideas, children’s language and social abilities are fostered.

Children are offered opportunities for encounters and discussions of all kinds, including health, social, intellectual, language and emotional and are encouraged to think flexibly and creatively to solve problems and seek their own solutions to conflicts which support the development of the qualities of resilience. They are invited to test themselves physically and emotionally. Physically, through play and opportunities to explore new movements and challenges; emotionally, through being in a supported environment where they engage respectfully with each other. We provide myriad opportunities to cultivate deep respect for, and knowledge of the cultural diversity of our own community and the broader community in our educational program, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Most significantly, children learn best when they have available to them knowledgeable and informed adults, capable of engaging them intellectually as well as emotionally and who are in turn capable of being engaged intellectually and emotionally by them.

Child-Led Learning 

No two days are the same at C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten. 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 Paddington Community Kindergarten. 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.

Complete our Enrolment Enquiry form 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.

Enrolment Enquiry

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 2018 to 30 June 2019 2023
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 2024
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 2025
1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 2026

 

All C&K kindergartens feature our quality C&K kindergarten program.

Kindergarten, also known as pre-prep or preschool, is a program for children in the year before they attend school. If spaces are available, the program is also offered to 3-year olds. C&K’s kindergarten programs are guided by university-qualified teachers and support children’s curiosity, creativity, and resilience. 

At C&K we know that children do not learn in isolation, so we approach learning as a collaborative relationship between teachers, children and parents. At C&K we believe children are powerful learners, active citizens, thinkers and theorisers - this is at the heart of our early childhood curriculum. We've designed our indoor and outdoor spaces to ignite imaginations and nurture healthy minds and bodies. 

There will be a half-hour overlap between the core kindergarten program lead and the extended program lead educator each day. Educators will share highlights and continuing plans for the day.

The extended program continues children’s learning into the afternoon and is led by a diploma-qualified educator and supported by an assistant educator. The extended program team will also have access to an Early Childhood Teacher. 

Your child’s learning journey is shared with you via  conversations with your child’s educators, through written documentation and through StoryPark (an app and website). 

Read more about C&K’s education program. 

Kindergarten Fees

When reviewing our fee structure for the core kindy program you can choose fees subsidised by the Queensland Kindy Funding program or by the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).  Depending on your personal family circumstances one program may offer greater savings than the other.

The following table outlines the daily fees for eligible age children (children turning 4 by June 30 of the year attending kindy) under the Queensland Kindy Funding program:

2023

Daily Fee (Queensland Kindy Funding Program)

Core kindy full kindergarten fee (no subsidy).

$51

If you are eligible for Kindy Plus, your child will attend kindy for FREE.

$0

If you are eligible for the Family Tax Benefit, you will receive a subsidy of $3,500 per year.

$16

If you are not eligible for Kindy Plus or Family Tax Benefit, you will receive a subsidy of $1,500 per year.

$36

Only one centre can claim the relevant funding subsidy for your child.  If your child is enrolled in another kindergarten program (for example, in a childcare centre or another kindergarten) while they are enrolled at our centre, you need to choose which centre receives the funding.

Alternatively, you can choose the fee structure below funded by the Child Care Subsidy.

2023

Daily Fee (Child Care Subsidy)

Core kindy full kindergarten fee (no subsidy).

$89

If you are eligible for Child Care Subsidy, your out-of-pocket daily fee will be reduced by your eligible CCS rate.

Depends on your Child Care Subsidy entitlements.

Please email us for a quote.

Additional Fees or Levies

Description

Daily Fee

Optional Extended Kindy Program

(before Child Care Subsidy)

$44

Optional Holiday Kindy Program

(before Child Care Subsidy)

$127

Enrolment Fee

A one-off, non-refundable fee when you confirm your enrolment

$100

(one-off fee)

If you are eligible for the Kindy Plus subsidy your enrolment fee will be waived.

Overview of Subsidies

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten has been approved for the Australian Government's Child Care Subsidy. The amount of subsidy you can get depends on your family's circumstances, please contact Services Australia.

Queensland Kindy Funding Program

The Queensland Kindy Funding program includes a number of subsidies available for eligible age children (children turning 4 by June 30 of the year attending kindy).  These subsidies are outlined in the table above and more information is provided below.

Am I eligible for the Kindy Plus or Family Tax Benefit subsidy?

Subsidies are funded by the Queensland and Australian governments.  All children of eligible age (turning at least 4 by June 30 in the year they attend kindy) are eligible for a subsidy of $1,500 per year.

Please visit the Kindy savings website and select sessional kindy for Step 1 to check your eligibility for the Kindy Plus and Family Tax Benefit subsidy.

You will need to show proof of your eligibility when you enrol, which will differ depending on the subsidy you are eligible for.

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

C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten educates and cares for children aged between 3 and 5 years.

I have more questions.  Who can I talk to? 

As a not-for-profit, we aim to keep fees affordable for families and have developed a fee system to maximise family access to available subsidies.  Please visit our Kindergarten Fees Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.  You can also read more about C&K’s fee policy here

If you have any other questions, please contact us on 07 3369 5460.