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.
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.