The Early Years

Making friends in Kindy Early Education celebrates the joy of being young and encourages children to collaborate and communicate with others as they explore, experiment and discover, take risks, create, imagine and interact with their environment. Children may commence in our Early Learning Centre at six weeks of age and continue in Kindergarten and Primary School. The children are at the centre of our philosophy and we ensure that their voice, their culture, their identity and their interests are represented and reflected in their Early Learning and Kindergarten experience. Our Early Learning Centre promotes children’s engagement with the natural environment. This program follows the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), where purposeful and goal-centered play is the method with which our children learn concepts and acquire skills. We value the role of the children in constructing their own learning and seek to promote excitement for learning by recognising and responding to each child’s individual ideas and interests through play.  Our staff offer children the freedom to explore, to use their senses and to be physically active. Our Kindergarten programme seeks to motivate individual learning, encourage small group collaboration and celebrate peer achievement in a climate of mutual respect. The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline is the foundation of the programme delivered through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework. Our Kindergarten curriculum places the child at the centre of the programme and focusses on developing involved learners, and confident and caring children who share strong relationships with peers, families and staff. We celebrated our commitment to providing a nurturing educational experience for our youngest learners in 2016 as the Kindergarten and Early Learning Centre engaged in the National Quality Assessment and Rating process. Both services were rated as ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’ with particular acknowledgement and commendations for our strong relationships with children, families and communities.