EDUCATION: Making the early years count with kindy

08 January 2018

Learning through play at kindy

Kindy is a place where children learn through play in safe, welcoming and stimulating learning environments created by qualified early childhood teachers. 

At kindy, children learn about interacting and communicating with others, expressing feelings, problem-solving and working together to try out different ideas to learn about their world. Teachers build on children’s interests and support play in ways that inspire a love of learning. Exploring outside and playing foster children’s curiosity.

When children suggest ideas and take part in new experiences, they learn self-confidence. When they play with others they learn how to be a team player, to understand emotions and to resolve conflicts. When they listen to stories or build with blocks they learn about numbers, sounds, shapes and patterns, establishing important foundations for literacy and numeracy development.

Kindy programs are designed to be vibrant to inspire and engage children in learning. Programs are flexible and responsive to children’s interests, strengths and needs.

It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s early education, or to enrol them in a kindy program.

girl playing at kindy

 

Choosing a kindy

In Queensland, approved kindergarten programs are delivered in a range of settings, from stand-alone kindergartens to long day care services.

Early childhood education and care services offer programs, facilities and hours that can cater to your family’s needs.

For tips and advice on how to choose the right kindy for your child, visit choosing an early childhood service (http://www.earlyyearscount.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au/age-spaces/early-childhood-education-care-service-options/). 

Visit the kindy, meet the teachers, discuss your child, ask about the program, check out the playground and experience the atmosphere.

kindy children

Look for the kindy tick

Look for services displaying the ‘kindy tick’. These services offer an approved program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher, typically for 15 hours per week, 40 weeks a year. Programs are aligned with the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline or other learning programs accredited by Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

What does kindy cost?

Kindy fees vary depending on the service. Subsidies are available under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme to eligible families to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. The subsidies are provided to your chosen service provider.

To be eligible for a low or no-cost kindy, families must:

  • hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (or have a child who does); or
  • be a foster family with a current Australian Government Health Care Card; or
  • identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or have a child who does); or
  • have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year.

Kindy programs in a long day care setting may also be eligible for additional Commonwealth Government rebates such as the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, noting changes are coming from 2 July 2018.

More information

To support your child’s early learning and development and access age-appropriate activities for your child, visit The Early Years Count, the Queensland Department of Education's interactive online parent resource for children aged 0 to 8 years.

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

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