Welcome to the Kindergarten Room!
Our Kindergarten room is a place where children love to come to spend the day with their friends and learn in a fun and engaging environment that belongs to them.
Our Government approved Queensland Kindergarten Program caters for children aged between 3 ½ to 5 years of age. The Kindergarten program is led by an experienced, Bachelor qualified early childhood teacher who is supported by a qualified co-educator in a caring and nurturing Christian environment.
The Kindergarten program is underpinned by the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and is designed to prepare children for their entry into Prep and years of formal schooling ahead of them. For children to be eligible for the Kindergarten Program, they must attend 15 hours per week. If you have a Health Care Card there is additional funding available.
The huge classroom space is ever changing in line with the children's interest and developmental needs. We offer interest based play spaces for children to explore that include, but are not limited to a home corner where children love to cook and have picnic’s, a literacy area for writing practice, an art studio, a transport and construction area, a quiet area with lego, blocks, puzzles and puppets and a book corner. We try to use as many natural and sustainable activities and toys as possible. These spaces are changed throughout the year to reflect the current interests of the children.
The children really enjoy time in our outdoor environment; we have a huge sandpit, swings, farm yard garden and a mud kitchen which the children love to “cook” in. We have a large shady veranda which enables children to play outside regardless of the weather and at any time during the day.
Throughout the year we implement a 3 phase routine. As we progress through each phase, children are gradually eased into the prep routine of no sleep and starting class at 9am. Our day starts off with outside play, at 9am we line up and come inside to say good morning to each other, mark the roll and have Bible Time. We then take a fruit break and have morning tea. This is followed by free play then a group time where we talk about and explore our letter and math concept of the week. This is followed by lunch and some quiet time or a sleep for the children who require it. After quiet time the children are involved in another group activity before combined outside play with Pre-Kindy. By the end of the year we have up to 4 group times a day each lasting up to 45 minutes. Group time includes, letter, number & shape practice, science experiments, group activities and games, group discussions, singing, storytelling and much more.
The Kindy room has a variety of multimedia including Ipads, computers and listening posts. The children learn about different forms of technology in a controlled, age appropriate setting. Through the use of these media devices the children gain skills such as motor and cognitive development, math and problem solving while having lots of fun.
Our goals in Kindergarten are to:
- Have your child ready to be successful in Prep. We create situations throughout the day to extend children's confidence, gross and fine motor, communications, social, independence and self-help skills.
- To extend upon children's recognition of shapes and their knowledge of colours.
- To expose children to and teach them the alphabet including the sounds each letter makes.
- Mathematic concepts such as counting, time, sorting, problem solving, measurement and recognition of numbers are all explored throughout the year, usually on a daily basis.
- To work with you, the family, in raising and educating your amazing child.
- To assist your child to live sustainably through educating about reusing, reducing and recycling in all areas throughout the room.
In preparation for school, we work with our local schools to co-ordinate our program to provide your child with best start for their schooling and so that our children are “school ready”.
Our Kindergarten room is the place to be!