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.
Our first group attends Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am to 6pm. This allows families to access a flexible long day program for 2 days a week. The government funded Extended Kindy Hours program operates from 8am to 3:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday during school terms, with an extension program providing an additional 2.5 hours of learning and development until 6 pm.
Our second group is based on a traditional 5 day fortnight, and children attend Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesdays from 8.40am to 2.50pm. The government funded program operates across all 5 days.
Both groups follow the Queensland State School Terms and Public Holidays are recognised. Fees are paid on a per term basis and are set annually.
During the warmer months we base our program on the following timetable. During the cooler, winter months, activities are similar to those undertaken in the warmer months, with a slight increase in time spent indoors.
|Monday Group – 08:00
Friday Group – 08:40
|Outside Play – There are countless areas for the kids to explore-from our reticulated creek, to the digging pit, the tree houses, large sandpit, open lawn and play structures. The teachers plan obstacle courses and other activities in this setting to develop many areas of the children’s physical development as well as facilitating socio dramatic play.|
|10:00||Morning Tea – Our Kindy has a healthy food policy. Whilst at pre-prep please do not pack foods that carry a high sugar or salt content. We have a water cooler for the children to have access to at meal times and throughout the day.|
|10:30||Puzzles and Planning Time – Children tackle puzzles of various complexities at this time and plan for the play inside. At this planning time the children scaffold their knowledge through the sharing of their understandings and knowledge.|
|11:00||Inside Play – We enjoy setting the room up for the children with inviting displays and learning areas both inside and out on our covered area. During this time, the children are able to engage in play that provides opportunities to apply and develop social skills, fine motor skills, research skills, thinking and communication skills.|
|12:15||Music and Story Time – Stories and music are an integral part of our programming and do occur throughout other times in the program, however this is a designated time for us to share songs/games and stories/poems/rhymes.|
|12:30||Lunch – The children bring along their own lunches which are kept refrigerated at Kindy. We do not share food due to allergies and food intolerances.|
|13:00||Rest Time – The children can listen to stories or music or enjoy quiet activities from our rest time activity basket. All children are encouraged to lie down and rest, but not necessarily to sleep.|
|14:00||Culminating Activities – The day’s activities and discoveries are discussed and the following day is outlined. The children may also use this time to add items to their portfolios. Part way through the year the children are encouraged to bring along an interest item to share in our Sharing Circles at this time.|
|Friday Group – 14:50||Going home time – We ask that all children be collected promptly at this time. Legally we are not covered to care for children after this time. Prompt collection of children is also appreciated by staff who have cleaning and preparation tasks, meetings and planning after this time.|
|Extended Kindy Hours Program Activities – The program runs on a flexible routine which includes afternoon tea, outside play, group/story time and inside play. We provide activities and experiences to the children which will enhance and develop key skills such as social, fine and gross motor, communication and cognitive skills as well as encouraging their imagination and creativity to shine through.|