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C&K Port Douglas Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours

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


Our Extended Hours Kindergarten program runs 8:00am to 6:00pm,  3 days a week. 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Holdiay 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.


Welcome to C&K Port Douglas Community Kindergarten, situated on the school grounds of Port Douglas State School (4 Endeavour Street, Port Douglas).

Child-Led Learning

No two days are the same at C&K Port Douglas Community Kindergarten. Our curriculum is emergent, meaning that the learning is child led. As the children engage with their local environments; the Great Barrier Reef, rivers and creeks and the Daintree Rainforest, they share their experiences and this stimulates the learning. Children’s interests, needs, strengths and knowledge also shapes our curriculum, planning, resources and the learning experiences provided. Through our knowledge of the children’s needs, experiences and interests, we incorporate visual arts, music, drama, science, early math concepts, language, literature, fine and gross motor skills. We value children’s wellbeing and help to foster their social and emotional development.

Natural Play Spaces 

Our spaces have been developed with the support of families and community over the past 15 years. The large, natural spaces stimulate learning through discovery of flora and fauna, investigations with natural materials and engaging with the environment. We pride ourselves on our abundance of natural play spaces, including a mud kitchen, flowing creed bed with two small waterfalls, a large sandpit with water pump, veggie patch, fire pit, fish pond, bird bath and a wooden fort, where the children’s imaginations run wild.

Community Spirit

Community spirit is important to us at C&K Port Douglas Community Kindergarten. We foster our strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten. We have a strong community involvement with local groups, events, celebrations and commemorations. Each year we engage with our local Carnivale celebrations, Child Protection and Under Eight’s Week Events, groups such as croc wise, Great Barrier Reef Legacy and emergency Services. Being on the school grounds allows the children to regularly visit the library, join in sports carnivals and science week etc. We find this helps for an easy transition to prep. Our educators are highly qualified with teaching experiences in kindergarten, pre-prep and grades one and two.

We look forward to meeting you!

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


Daily Fee

Full day kindy (before subsidies)

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.

Enrolment Fee

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


(one-off fee)

What subsidies are available?

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

C&K Port Douglas 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.

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

C&K Port Douglas 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 4098 5811.