In 2010 our centre applied for and was granted the status of being able to promote ourselves as having an “Approved Kindergarten Program” being run by The Queensland Government (Office for Early Childhood Education and Care). The QLD Government seeks to ensure all children have access to a Kindergarten Program in the year before formal schooling. We meet the strict criteria they impose to ensure programs are of a high standard, and therefore continue to be successful in having our program recognised.
The Government believes for children to get full benefit of the Kindergarten Program, they must utilise the program for 15 hours per week. Therefore we’ll ask all families to consider the numbers of days their child attends the centre when calculating an attendance time of 15 hours per week. Children attending 3 days or more will not have any problem reaching the 15 hours. However, if your child only attends 2 days, you may have to be a little more mindful of hours of attendance.
• have the ability to communicate needs, wants, ideas and feelings
• be aware of self as a separate identity
• have the ability to think, remember, observe and investigate
• have hope, faith and belief that the world is a good place
• set and follow direction
• have the ability to take initiative, to be curious and explore
• have freedom of movement and verbal expression
• co-operate and respect others
• develop language skills
• building attention spans through play
• have the ability to control impulses and express them
• use verbal and non-verbal methods of communication
• develop self confidence in a group
• initiate and determine their own activities
• gain increasing control of their body co-ordination
• be independent
• be motivated to broaden their knowledge of self and others.