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What is kindy?

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Kindergarten (kindy) is a part-time educational program for children in the year before Prep (the first year of school in Queensland). Kindy is a place where your little one will make friends, explore new environments and have fun learning through meaningful experiences and interactions that support their early learning, wellbeing and development.

Find out about the different types of kindy in Queensland and how to find a kindy.

When can my child start kindy?

Your child can start kindy in the year they turn 4 years old by 30 June, which is the year before they start school.

Use the kindy calculator to calculate when your child can start.

What will my child do at kindy?

Kindergarten teachers and educators use a range and balance of strategies to extend children’s thinking and play in emergent and planned learning experiences across the kindy day. Kindy children have the opportunity for:

  • making friends, collaborating and playing with others
  • imagining and expressing themselves through art, dance and dramatic play
  • building independence through decision making and negotiation
  • strengthening their confidence and resilience
  • communicating ideas and feelings
  • building on their knowledge and exploring new ideas through investigations and play
  • developing early reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Find out more about the kindy learning program.

Did you know parents, carers and families are welcome to join in the fun at their child’s kindy? Ask your local kindy how you could get involved.

What will I pay?

Kindy fees are different depending on the service provided. Ask your local kindy for details about their fees.

You may be able to access low or no cost kindy if you:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or your child is)
  • hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (or have a child who does)
  • are a foster or kinship carer (talk to your Child Safety Service Centre)
  • hold a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (automatic Health Contact Centre entitlements)
  • have 3 or more children of the same age enrolled in the same year.

Visit your local Centrelink to find out more or visit the fees and costs page.

What will my child need at kindy?

Every kindy is different so ask your local kindy what you’ll need. Some items you may be asked to bring are:

  • fresh food in a lunchbox
  • drink bottle
  • spare clothes
  • broad brimmed hat
  • shoes
  • sleep sheet and pillow.

What will I need when I enrol my child?

When you enrol your child at a kindy, you will be asked to provide:

  • your child’s birth certificate
  • your child’s health and immunisation status
  • details of any court orders, parenting orders or plans, details of any special requirements (disability, food allergies or other needs)
  • details of people allowed to pick up your child and who to contact in an emergency.

Learn more about enrolment and preparing for the first day of kindy.

How will we get there?

Some kindies offer bus services for pick-up and drop-off. There are also public transport options available that can help you and your child get to kindy each week. Talk to your local kindy to find the best option for your family.

What does a kindy look like?

All kindy rooms are different so it’s best to book in a time to take a tour of your local kindy. For ideas on what to look for and ask for, take our 360 virtual tour of a typical kindy room.

Watch the Quality in kindergarten programs video to find out what a quality kindergarten service is, and what the day-to-day workings of a typical kindy room look like.

You can also take a look at our parent checklist when looking for a quality service.

More information

Activities and resources
Find resources (brochures, posters, videos) relating to kindergarten and other early childhood education and care options.

Let’s yarn about kindy
Watch videos of Elders and community leaders in Toowoomba and Cunnamulla yarning about kindy and the importance of culture in the early years.

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Last updated 16 March 2021