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:

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 out:

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