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.
Children in selected remote communities can attend kindergarten at their local state schools as part of the Remote Kindergarten Program.
The schools offer the kindergarten program as part of a composite class delivered by their existing classroom teacher with support from a teacher aide.