Kindergarten – QLD – GOV – Definition

Kindergarten - As Defined by the Queensland Government QLD.GOV


Kindergarten services offer early childhood education programs to help prepare your child for Prep.

At kindergarten your child will:

  • take part in play-based learning
  • expand their physical abilities
  • build their confidence
  • enhance their social skills.

In Queensland, all children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, have access to quality, inclusive early childhood education.

Long day care services may also offer an approved kindergarten program.

Facts about kindergarten services

  • They are generally not-for-profit organisations administered by a volunteer parent management committee or operated by not-for-profit organisations with parent advisory committees.
  • May be operated by independent public schools and non-state schools.
  • For children who are at least 4 years of age by 30 June in the year they participate (see kindy age requirements (Opens in new window)).
  • Most offer approved kindergarten programs taught by qualified early childhood teachers—read about an example of an approved kindergarten program
  • Usually operate during school hours each school term—many offer programs for 6 hours a day (e.g. from 8.45am to 2.45pm), 5 days a fortnight during each school term.
  • Each kindergarten has its own fee structure—contact the service to discuss their fees.
  • Services must comply with a range of legislative requirements including physical environment requirements (space, facilities and equipment) and staffing requirements including minimum educator-to-child ratios.

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