Kindergarten provides a play-based education and care program built around the strengths of the children. Early childhood teachers at kindergarten services support children to learn and grow before they enter their formal schooling years.
Most kindergarten programs occur over 5 days within a fortnight. Children generally attend for 2 days on one week and on 3 days the following week. Approved kindergartens offer an educational program for up to 15 hours per week for 40 weeks, in the year prior to school. A limited number of kindergartens also offer an extended hours program, including vacation care.
Children living in selected
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can take part in a kindergarten program delivered in a range of settings in the year before school.
Additionally, children in selected rural and remote communities can attend kindergarten at their local state schools as part of the
Remote Kindergarten Pilot.
Roles and qualifications to work in kindergarten
There are hundreds of kindergarten services across Queensland operated by both community based and for-profit organisations. They employ thousands of people with a range of roles and different qualifications. These are:
Early childhood teacher – approved Early childhood teacher qualification
- Works directly with children and their families.
- Plans and delivers educational programs.
- Supervises, mentors and coaches other educators.
Early childhood educator – approved Certificate III level qualification
- Provides education and care to a group of children.
- Helps plan and develop the group's educational program.
Early childhood educator – approved Diploma level qualification
- Supports children's learning and development.
- Helps design, plan, implement and evaluate educational programs.
Nominated supervisor (service director)
- Provides day-to-day management of an approved service.
- Ensures the safety, health and wellbeing of children at the service.
- Ensures the program delivered to children is based on an approved learning framework.
- Works collaboratively with the regulatory authority.
- There are no legislative qualification requirements to manage a kindergarten service, unless you also work directly with the children. Most services, however, will require the service director to have a diploma, degree or higher.