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C&K Port Douglas Community Kindergarten

Operating Hours

Monday - Friday
8:35am - 2:45pm


Reef Group
Days: Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays - 8:35am - 2:45pm
Director/Teacher: Jade Philp (Miss Jade) - Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood
Co-Educators: Donna Staunton (Miss Donna) - Diploma of Community Services

Rainforest Group
Days: Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays - 8:35am - 2:45pm
Director/Teacher: Jade Philp (Miss Jade) - Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood
Co-Educators: Summer Walford (Miss Summer) - Working towards a Diploma of Children's Services

Inclusion Support
Megan Philips (Miss Megan) - Diploma of Children's Services

Contact Information:

Director/Teacher: j.philp@candk.asn.au

Admin: m.vladich@candk.asn.au

Ph: (07) 4098 5811

Open Door Policy – Drop in and visit any day between 8:35-2:45.


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!

We current have vacancies in both groups for 2019!

To enrol at Port Douglas Community Kindergarten, the following options exist:

Spaces are currently available for children aged 3 and 4

  1. Enrol now - Please contact our Director or Admin assistant on (07) 4098 5811 or email us at portdouglas@candk.asn.au. You can also drop into the kindergarten Monday - Friday between 9:00am - 1:00pm. You may be able to enrol immediately if a place is available. If there is no place available, we will place your child on a waiting list or suggest alternatives.
  2. Enrol later - Please come in and complete a waiting list 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.

Which year should my child attend Kindy?

  • 2019 (children born 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015)
  • 2020 (children born 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016)
  • 2021 (children born 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017)
  • 2022 (children born 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018)
  • 2023 (children born 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019)

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 can 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. 

All C&K centres feature Listening and Learning Together: The C&K Curriculum Approach. The learning outcomes in our approach align with both The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).

Our approach 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, through written documentation in your centre and through StoryPark (an app and website). 

Read more about C&K's education program.


Yearly Events

January Family Meet and Greet
March Harmony Day
April ANZAC day parade with Port Douglas State School, Autism Awareness Day
May Mother's Day Event, National Simultaneous storytime, Reconciliation Week, Carnivale & Parade 
July Mossman Show & Display
August Children's Day, Book Week with Port Douglas State School
September Child Protection week event, Father's Day Event 

Excursions/Incursions for 2019

  • Ambulance
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Nurse
  • Vet
  • Bike days
  • Chris and Crunch visit for ANZAC Day
  • Braveheart's visit
  • Library/First Five Forever
  • Book Week Parade
  • Croc Wise visit
  • Wildlife habitat visit 


Daily Fee

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

up to $38.81

For 3 year olds *



up to $11.74

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 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 on 07 4098 5811.

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.