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C&K Weir Community Kindergarten

Operating hours

Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm, open 50 weeks of the year. (Term starts on January 28, 2020.)

Groups

From 2020, we will be open until 6pm, and offer Holiday Kindy

Core kindergarten program: 8am - 2:08 pm

Group 1A and 2A: Monday, Tuesday, alternate Wednesdays
Group 1B and 2B: Alternate Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday

Extended kindergarten program available: Monday- Friday 2:08 - 6 pm.

Holiday kindy will be available from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Holiday dates: 

  • 5 April - 18 April 
  • 29 June - 10 July 
  • 21 September - 2 October
  • 14 December - 25 January 2021 (Closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year)

Welcome

Welcome to C&K Weir Community Kindergarten.

We are an 88 place purpose-built kindergarten situated on the beautiful grounds of Weir State School. Established in 2012, we cater to children between the ages of 3.5 and 5 years. Being on a school site allows us many opportunities to experience what school life is about through our transitions program. We also benefit from regular library visits and inclusion in school events such as sports day, NAIDOC celebrations and concerts.

Each of our two rooms are staffed with degree qualified Early Childhood Teachers and diploma trained assistants. 

Accredited Forest and Bush Kindergarten

We're proudly accredited with Nature Play QLD, one of only 16 in Queensland for our nature program.

Our centre prides itself on bringing nature into both the indoor and outdoor spaces which include an abundance of native flora and fauna. We have a strong focus on providing loose and recyclable parts within our learning spaces and places. Our flexible program provides opportunities for children to move between the indoor and outdoor environments throughout their day.

Our regular “Beyond the Fence” excursions strengthen our commitment to both conservation and sustainability with a focus on discovering, understanding and protecting our world. At C&K Weir we believe that “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” - David Sobel.

 

Award Winning

In 2017, C&K Weir won the C&K award for Inclusive Practice and our overall award for excellence, the Professor Mary Mahoney Award for Excellence.
 

Don't miss out on a place, enrol your child today. You can: 

1. Enrol now - Please contact us. You may be able to enrol immediately if a place is available. If no place is available we will place your child on a waiting list.

2. Enrol later  Please click the “Enrol online” button above and fill out the 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.

 

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. 

At C&K Weir the core kindergarten program is led by a university-qualified, Early Childhood Teacher: 

  • Michelle Hodge

Supported by assistant educator: Tania Richards

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. 

News

C&K Weir goes beyond the fence

C&K Weir kindergarten proudly offers a 'Beyond the Fence' program, which is Townsville’s only Natureplay Qld’s approved ‘bush kindy’.  Embedded into our children’s everyday learning, the program gives children the unique opportunity to join in the wonder of nature play and outdoor learning experiences.

The ‘Beyond the Fence’ program transports children out of the traditional classroom environment and into the natural world of rivers, trees and the earth.   This includes taking our children on adventures to the river, exploring the surrounding nature, and instilling a strong sense of environmental ownership.

Bush kindy takes the children out of the familiar environment and encourages children to actively engage in 'unstructured' outdoor play. We know that when children are outside, they learn to enjoy it and by learning to enjoy it they form a lasting appreciation for the environment and will then want to look after it as they grow.   

C&K Weir’s ‘Beyond the Fence’ program is important as it opens up a whole new world of creative opportunities for children who often become more resourceful and show an increased depth of learning.   Children also build resilience as their physical and mental abilities are tested when they are faced with an environment that is ever-changing and always challenging.   

Our bush kindy kids are able to freely explore the natural habitat surrounding C&K Weir Kindergarten which often includes exploring amongst trees, making bush art, wildlife spotting, creating structures using natural tools, and enjoying calming activities such as yoga under the open sky.

Above all, children learn through play and C&K Weir are proud to support children’s natural affinity for being outside and playing in nature. By offering our ‘Beyond the fence’ program in conjunction with our everyday program, we are giving children the best opportunity to grow and develop their sense of self in our changing world.

 

C&K Weir offer a certified Nature Play program 

2020

Daily fee

Core kindy program – 5 Day Fortnight (before subsidies)

$70
5 Day Fortnight - Child Care subsidy Depends on your Child Care Subsidy entitlements. Please email us for a quote.
5 Day Fortnight - Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) $41

5 Day Fortnight - Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS), Concession

$8.14

Optional

Extended kindy program (before subsidies)

$35

Optional

Holiday Kindy program (before subsidies)

$99

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

$100

What subsidies are available?

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

C&K Weir Community Kindergarten is CCS eligible, starting in January 2020. The amount of subsidy you can get depends on your family's circumstances, please contact Centrelink.

Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS)

The Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme subsidy is available if your child is of elgible age, that is they have turned 4 by June 30 in the year they attend (see table below for more info).

QKFS Concession

The QKFS Concession subsidy is available if your child is of elgible 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.

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

2020

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

2021
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?

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

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email our support team or call 07 3513 2560.

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.