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Introducing
free kindy!

From January 2024, kindy is free for all Queensland kids.

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We want every child to have a strong start to their education, that's why the Queensland Government is making kindy free.

Kindergarten, known as kindy, is a part-time educational program for children in the year before Prep. Kindy is 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year and is free for Queensland children attending a government-approved kindergarten program from 1 January 2024.

Kindergarten programs are offered in long day care services and sessional kindergarten services. Sessional kindergartens operate during school hours each school term, whereas long day care services can provide a kindergarten program as part of their extended hours of care.

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For 4-year-olds

Children aged at least 4 years of age by 30 June in the year before they attend Prep
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Attending an approved kindy

A government-approved educational program offering free kindy in sessional or long day care settings
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With a qualified kindy teacher

A kindergarten program is delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher
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For 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year

Kindy is 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year and is FREE
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15 hours of free kindy

Kindy is 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year and is free.

Kindergarten is delivered in different ways at different services. For some services, 15 hours of free kindy might be delivered over two or three days, with additional care paid for separately. If a child attends kindy in a long day care setting, additional care may be covered in part by the Australian Government Child Care Subsidy.

This infographic shows how free kindy applies across the day, in a long day care service - including Queensland Government and Australian Government Child Care Subsidy (if eligible).
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Benefits of free kindy

Kindy is a place where your little one will make friends, explore new environments, build confidence and have fun learning. Kindy offers meaningful experiences and interactions that support your child's early learning, wellbeing and development, now and into the future.

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Help make friends and connect with others

Connecting and making friends with others helps your child build their social skills. Learning to interact with other children will help support their communication skills as well as boost their confidence and create a strong sense of identity.
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Nurture their curiosity, imagination and expression

Your child will have the opportunity to explore lots of new things at kindy, providing your child with a rich environment for learning. Kindy harnesses children’s natural curiousity so they can explore and learn through play, routines, real life opportunities and interactions with friends and educators.
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Build independence through decision making and negotiation

Kindy provides opportunities for your child to build independence and a sense of identity through a range of fun and challenging experiences. By interacting with others, exercising agency and engaging in life’s complexities and joys, children learn how to meet challenges encountered in everyday life.
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Strengthen confidence and resilience

Building a child's confidence can set them up for a lifetime of learning. When faced with challenging experiences, your child will be encouraged to learn strategies that build resilience. Developing supportive and trusting relationships with and others will also build your child's confidence.
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Explore new ideas and communicating feelings

Using imaginative and dramatic play your child will explore ideas and build knowledge of new topics. Your child will learn to identify and acknowledge other children's emotions and make connections to their own actions and emotions. They will discover how to recognise, express and regulate their emotional responses to a variety of situations.
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Develop early reading, writing and numeracy skills

Exploring and engaging with literacy through reading, listening, early writing, and speaking will build your child’s communication and imaginative skills and instil in them a love of literature. Exploring numeracy through counting, making collections, pattern-making, engaging with problem-solving and identifying numbers in daily life will build foundational skills.
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Frequently asked questions

Look for the kindy tick

Keep an eye out for the kindy tick to know if a kindy is a Queensland Government-approved kindergarten program. A Queensland Government-approved kindy is funded by the Queensland Government. Kindy is delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher to children in the year before they start Prep. The kindy tick signifies that the program delivered at the service is aligned with the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline or other Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority-accredited learning programs.

Seeking a career in early childhood?

It’s a great time to join the early childhood profession. A career in early childhood offers you the opportunity to work in a variety of education and care roles in a number of different settings. Find out how you can be one of the people our youngest people need. Visit the start your early childhood career page for more information.

Promote free kindy

A number of resources are available to help promote free kindy in your community. Visit the promoting free kindy page for more information.

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