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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 via the eKindy and Kindergarten in remote communities initiatives, and the hospital kindy pilot.

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.

Access to kindergarten in rural and remote areas

Approved kindergarten programs are also delivered through eKindy and the Kindergarten in remote communities initiative to support access to kindy in rural and remote areas. 

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.


Kindergarten in remote communities

Children in selected rural and remote communities can attend kindergarten at their local state schools.

Kindergarten in Indigenous communities

Learn about kindergarten programs delivered in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

eKindy pods

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

Hospital kindy pilot

A program provided to kindergarten-aged children receiving treatment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital or the Mater Children’s Private Brisbane Hospital.


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Last updated 08 April 2019