Our Kindergarten offers a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program which is available as a pre-prep year for children who turn 4 by June 30th in the year they attend. We operate two separate programs with two groups of 22 children.
MONDAY GROUP – Our first group attends Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am to 6pm. The Government Funded program runs from 8am – 3.30pm. The Extended Kindy Hours program is taught by 2 other staff members. This allows families to access a flexible long day program for 2 days a week.
FRIDAY GROUP – Our second group of children attend Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30am to 2.30pm receiving government funding.
Both groups follow the Queensland State School Terms and Public Holidays.
The Curriculums that guide our practice are the Queensland kindergarten learning Guidelines (QKLG) and the Early years learning Framework with outcomes related to Belonging, Becoming and Being. Each curriculum points to developmentally appropriate practice rather than subject/content based approaches. Subject matter is covered through experiences which may initially be supporting social/emotional/ physical/ language or mathematical/self-care/musical/artistic skills. Teachers remain present with children as they explore their world, offering comfort and support when needed, pose problems, extend thinking and offer resources. There is a balance in intentional teaching moments and child initiated learning. A quote that sums this up succinctly is a teacher’s role isn’t ‘to create the magic but create the conditions for the magic to happen’