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Kindergarten

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.

Long day care services may also offer an approved kindergarten program.

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).
  • 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.

Quality standards and assessments

Kindergarten services are assessed under national quality standards and their ratings are published online. The quality rating helps you decide which one to choose.

Find out more information on how services are assessed.

A small number of services are regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013.

Find a kindergarten

Find a kindergarten in your local area.

If you are unsure which service to select, see:

Enrolment requirements

Many services take enrolments all year. Some accept children at any time; others may have a waiting list.

You can put your child's name on a waiting list before they are old enough to attend. Depending on the service, you may need to enrol your child at least 6 months before the start of the kindy year.

Contact the service to discuss their enrolment policies.

When you enrol you will be asked to provide:

  • your child’s full name, gender and address
  • details about the child’s parents, carers or guardians
  • details of any court orders, parenting orders or parenting plans
  • details of any special considerations—e.g. cultural, religious or dietary requirements or additional needs
  • details of your child’s cultural background, language spoken at home
  • proof of date of birth—birth certificate or visa
  • health and immunisation status
  • details of the people allowed to pick up your child and who to notify in an emergency.

Rebates and financial assistance

You may be eligible for support to reduce out of pocket expenses or rebates and financial assistance, such as QKFS Plus Kindy Support, to help cover the cost of fees.

Each kindergarten has its own fee structure. Fees will depend on the length of time your child is there and the service provided.

You can also look for the kindergarten’s Statement of Fees, on display at their premises or on their website.

Getting started

Before your child starts you should contact your provider and discuss practical matters such as:

  • what you will need to bring each day for your child
  • will meals be provided or will you need to bring your own
  • can they bring their favourite toy or blanket?

You should also let the provider know of any special requirements your child has before they start (although it is recommended you discuss this before enrolling your child).

Find out how to prepare for your child’s first day.

eKindy

If you live in a rural or isolated community and can’t get to a service regularly, you may be eligible to enrol your child in eKindy, a distance education program. Find out about eligibility and how to enrol your child.

Need some help?

For interpreting support for kindergarten services, please view Interpreting Support.

If you need an interpreter, phone 13QGOV (13 74 68).

Kindergarten in long day care

Long day care services may offer an approved kindergarten program.

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Last updated
01 November 2017
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