About approved kindergarten programs
Approved kindergarten programs are designed to meet government guidelines to support children's participation in quality early childhood education.
They are offered in:
An approved kindergarten program is:
- provided for children in the year before Prep (i.e. children who are 4 by 30 June in the year they start—see kindy age requirements
- provided for 15 hours a week for 40 weeks, or 1 school year
- play based
- delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher
Other Australian states or territories may call it ‘preschool’ or ‘kinder’.
The play-based learning delivered as part of an approved kindergarten program helps children:
- prepare for school
- develop a love of learning
- make friends
- develop skills useful for life.
Find an approved kindergarten program
To find an approved kindergarten program contact your local childcare service and ask whether they offer a Queensland Government-approved kindergarten program.
If you live in a rural or isolated community and can’t get to a service regularly, or your child has a medical condition that prevents regular attendance at a service, you may be eligible to enrol your child in eKindy—a distance education program.
Find out about eligibility and how to enrol your child.
Remote kindergarten pilot
The delivery of a kindergarten program as part of a composite class of Prep and other lower primary aged children is being trialled in small, remote communities without centre-based kindergarten programs.
The Remote Kindergarten Pilot commenced in Term 2 2016 in 11 remote state schools. In 2017 the Pilot was expanded and is now enabling a kindergarten program to be delivered in 38 eligible remote state schools. Read more about which schools are involved in the program.