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Kindergarten in rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

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

Children in selected approved remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can attend kindergarten at their local state schools.

To be eligible to be an approved school, schools must be located at least 50 kilometres by road from the nearest approved kindergarten, or in a selected, discreet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. 

These approved or selected state schools provide kindergarten programs that are delivered by, or have access to, an early childhood teacher in composite and non-composite settings. In composite, or multi-age classes, kindergarten is provided in schools where children from two or more year levels are in the same class. In non-composite settings, the kindergarten delivery is a straight year level, i.e. kindergarten-age only. Both models are designed to meet the local school and kindergarten context.

In 2020, 100 kindergarten programs are offered in Queensland state schools (or their campuses) to eligible kindergarten-aged children present in the community. Schools are provided with additional funding to support the delivery of the kindergarten program.

Kindergarten programs in state schools are delivered in accordance with the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG) which provides guidance for planning, interacting with children, monitoring and assessing, and sharing information in Kindergarten contexts across Queensland. The QKLG aligns with Belonging, Being and Becoming—The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Foundations for Success is encouraged for use as an important resource used by all kindergarten programs delivered in state schools. This resource, developed in partnership with families and communities, supports the provision of culturally-responsive programs in the early years, including in the kindergarten year, and assists to build understanding of the importance of cultural identity in every aspect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's daily life.

Visit the Foundations for Success professional development website for resources on how to plan, implement and document a quality learning program that builds on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.

Remote kindergarten in action at Muttaburra State School


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State schools offering a kindergarten program

More information

Activities and resources: Kindy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Browse the collection of activities and resources designed to support and encourage kindergarten participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
Learn 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community programs
Find out about the initiatives to deliver community services and programs to rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community locations.


Last updated 13 August 2020