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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 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 will run from Term 2 to Term 4 in 2016 in 11 remote state schools. Read more about which schools are involved in the program.

The 'kindy tick'

Kindy approved
© Queensland Government

Services that deliver approved kindergarten programs are authorised to use the ‘kindy tick’ to promote their service. Keep an eye out for it—many display this as a banner at the front of their service.

Kindy resources

Example of a kindergarten program

Find out how approved kindergarten programs are delivered.

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Last updated
07 April 2016

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