All Queensland children have access to kindy wherever they live. 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. Options include eKindy, State Delivered Kindergarten and Hospital kindy.
For qualification requirements to work in a kindergarten service, visit
ACECQA qualification requirements for centre-based services with children preschool age and under.
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 lifestyle.
approved kindergarten program.
Kindergarten in rural, remote and selected communities
Approved kindergarten programs are also delivered through eKindy and State Delivered Kindergarten.
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 lifestyle.
State Delivered Kindergarten
Children can attend a State Delivered Kindergarten program in selected rural, remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, or other selected communities where there are barriers to accessing kindergarten.
A program in selected locations to allow eKindy children to socialise with their peers.
Kindergarten in hospital settings
Kindy sessions are available for 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.