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Types of kindergarten

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Kindergarten programs are offered in long day care services and stand-alone kindergarten services. The Queensland Government also delivers kindergarten programs in a range of other delivery options where the market is not able to deliver a kindergarten program to ensure all Queensland children have access to kindy wherever they live. Options include eKindy, State Delivered Kindergarten and Hospital kindy.

Kindergarten services

Kindergarten services are generally not-for-profit organisations administered by a volunteer parent management committee or operated by not-for-profit organisations with parent advisory committees.

They usually operate during school hours each school term, and the learning program is delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

Kindergarten in long day care services

Long day care services may offer an approved kindergarten program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher

Tip: Choosing between a kindergarten service and a kindergarten program offered by a long day care service typically depends on your individual family circumstances.

Find an approved kindergarten program.

Kindergarten in rural and remote areas

Approved kindergarten programs are also delivered through eKindy and in selected rural and remote State Schools and in selected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, known as State Delivered Kindergarten.

eKindy

A comprehensive 'at home' kindergarten program for children in the year before Prep who cannot easily access a centre-based program due to isolation, medical condition or itinerant family circumstance.

State Delivered Kindergarten

Children in selected rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can attend a State Delivered Kindergarten program at their local state school.

eKindy pods

A program in selected rural and remote locations to allow eKindy children to socialise and learn with their peers.

Kindergarten in hospital settings

Hospital kindy pilot

Kindy sessions are available to kindergarten-aged children receiving treatment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital or the Mater Children’s Private Brisbane Hospital.

Playgroups are also offered to children aged birth to 5 years at the Starlight Express Room (Queensland Children’s Hospital) and at Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane, as part of the hospital kindy pilot.

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Last updated 03 November 2020