Kindergarten in Indigenous communities


'For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, kindy is important.' Ray Sambo, proud father and grandfather.

Children living in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can take part in a kindergarten program delivered in a range of settings including schools and childcare centres. Kindergarten is offered at the following locations in remote Queensland:

Central Queensland

Yina Bira—Woorabinda State School

Darling Downs South West

Cherbourg State School

North Queensland

Bwgcolman Community School (Palm Island)
Doomadgee State School
Mornington Island State School

Far North Queensland

Aurukun State School
George Bowen Memorial Kindergarten, Hope Vale
Kowanyama State School
Lockhart State School
Napranum Pre-School
Northern Peninsula Area State College—Bamaga
Northern Peninsula Area State College—Injinoo
Pormpuraaw State School
Tagai State College—Badu Island (Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Coconut Island (Poruma Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Darnley Island (Erub Eruer Uteb)
Tagai State College—Dauan Island (Dauan Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Horn Island (Narupay Ngurpay Mudh)
Tagai State College—Mabuiag Island  (Mabuygiw Ngurpay Lag)          
Tagai State College—Boigu Island (Malu Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Moa Island (Kubin Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Moa Island (St Paul's Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Murray Island (Mer Eruer Uteb)
Tagai State College—Saibai Island (Kadhego Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Stephen (Ugar) Island 
Tagai State College—Sue Island (Warraber Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Thursday Island (Kalaw Kaziw Mudh)—Tamwoy
Tagai State College—Thursday Island (Paru Kaziw Mudh)
Tagai State College—Thursday Island (Waybeni Buway Ngurpay Mudh)
Tagai State College—Yam Island (Iama Ngurpay Lag)
Tagai State College—Yorke Island (Masig Muisau Moegi Kaziw Ngurpay Lag)
Western Cape College—Mapoon
Wujal Wujal Community Kindergarten
Yarrabah State School

Early childhood teachers use Foundations for Success​ resources to support their delivery of Belonging, Being and Becoming—The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Visit the Foundations for Success professional development website for resources on how to plan, implement and document a quality learning program that builds on Indigenous children's culture, language and strengths. Resources include:

  • good practice videos
  • Acknowledgement of Country video
  • practical tips and advice for interpretations of Belonging, Being and Becoming
  • inspirational posters and much more.

What is kindy?

Kindergarten (kindy) is a part-time educational program for children in the year before school. Kindy is a safe and supportive place, where little ones will learn, have fun and make new friends. Kindy helps our little ones get ready to go to school. 

Read about approved kindergarten programs, who teaches them and how to identify one.

When can my child start kindy?

In Queensland, children can attend kindy in the year before school. 

Read about when your little one can start kindy or use the kindy calculator.

What will my child learn?

At kindy, your little one will learn through play. Read about the​ kindy learning program and how you can support your little one's learning.

More information 

Activities and resources: Kindy in Indigenous communities
Browse the collection of activities and resources designed to support and encourage kindergarten participation in Indigenous communities.

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
L​earn about the support services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Yarning about kindy
Stories from Elders and community leaders about the importance of kindy.

Big Learning Life website
Visit this portal on The Early Years Count website to watch the Elders as Storytellers videos, find out more about the early years' artwork Ngana Waguna Woori Mumba, and read more about learning in the early years.

Related information

Rural, remote and Indigenous programs
Find out about the initiatives to deliver community services and programs to rural, remote and Indigenous locations.

Last updated 27 February 2020