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C&K St Lucia Kindergarten

Operating Hours and Groups

In 2023, we are offering two models of care to cater to the diverse needs of families within our community.

Magpie 1 and Kookaburra 1 (3 Day Week Model): Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8:30am to 2:40pm

Magpie 2 & Kookaburra 2 (2 Long Day Week Model): Thursday and Friday
8:20am to 4:00pm

We also provide an After Kindy Care service from Monday to Wednesday until 5:30 pm (additional fees apply).


Welcome to St Lucia Kindy. We are located opposite Ironside State School and very close to the University of Queensland. Our centre offers educational programs for children aged 3 to 5 and may have 22 children enrolled in each group. The program offered by the kindergarten is designed and implemented by teachers who have university qualifications in Early Childhood Education. Affiliation with C&K requires the centre to meet high standards in relation to:

  • Curriculum
  • Staff qualifications
  • Adult/child ratios
  • Building and playground environment

We offer a safe, secure and fun environment for your child to play, grow and learn.  At St Lucia Kindy we believe a positive and open relationship with families is a vital in providing a positive experience for your child; therefore we will work together with families to provide an environment in which your child will feel comfortable and safe.  We provide a place of learning and care where your child has access to active, play-based learning and developmentally appropriate resources. We have a strong emphasis on children engaging with the environment and being able to exercise choices which match their interests and capabilities. 

We are positive your child will enjoy their time here with us and look forward to sharing time with you and your family as well. We offer an open invitation to families to play an active role in the centre and input to our programming. 

For more information, please visit our website: www.stluciakindergarten.com.au

Child-Led Learning  

No two days are the same at St Lucia Kindy. Our teaching team tailor each day’s learning taking into account the interests of the children in the group. The spacious environment at our kindy is thoughtfully planned and well resourced. There is a focus on music, drama, literature and visual arts and time spent discovering the natural environment outdoors. 

Community Spirit  

Community spirit is important to us at St Lucia Kindy.  We foster our strong ties to the local community by encouraging parent input and involvement in the daily operations of the kindergarten and programming decisions. We often hold and partake in community events and love connecting with local businesses and groups around us 

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Don't miss out on a place, waitlist your child today - We currently have vacancies!

Contact us to add your child to our waiting list.  You will be added to a queue and contacted as soon as a suitable place is available. Please download the Waiting list application form and return it by email, post or in person.

Places for kindergarten are usually offered for the following year, between May and July the year before. As soon as there is a place for your child we will contact you by email. We recommend placing your child's name on the list from birth.

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



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.


Many wonderful things have been happening at our kindy!

-       We held our International Breakfast and all families enjoyed some really delicious food from many countries around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the many cultures at St Lucia Kindy.

-       Our visiting art teacher worked with the children to create pieces using inspiration from our beautiful environment.

-        Our vegetable gardens are growing well. The children and educators have been planting some winter vegetables and herbs in the vegetable patch. Everyone is learning to become aware of looking after our natural spaces.The beautiful outdoor spaces foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education.

 St Lucia Kindergarten is a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program.

2023 Kindergarten Fees 

St Lucia's Kindergarten offers "funded" and "non-funded" places. Each eligible age child is entitled to be enrolled in one funded place. Significant subsidies are available for families in various circumstances under the new Queensland Government Kindy Funding program to make Kindy more accessible for all families. The standard daily rate is based on:

  • Kookaburra 1 & Magpie 1 (3 day week) - $45 per day
  • Kookaburra 2 & Magpie 2 (2 long day week) - $56.25 per day

After Kindy Care fees

  • $33/day permanent term booking or $15/hour casual booking.

Depending on your individual family’s circumstances you may be eligible for a subsidy under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Program to reduce your out-of-pocket expense. 

For more detail, please refer to our 2023 Statement of Fees (PDF). 

For more details on the subsidies available, please visit Kindy Savings

For more information on Kindergarten Fees, please visit Kindergarten Fees. ​​​​​​