What children learn at kindy


​​​​​​​​​Kindy offers meaningful experiences and interactions that support your child's early learning, wellbeing and development now and into the future.​ ​

​Learning programs

All approved kindergarten programs are based on the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline or other Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority accredited learning programs.

The guideline gives teachers advice on how to deliver a kindergarten program that meets national and state quality standards and regulations.​

Holistic learning

​​​​Approved kindergarten programs develop your child's physical, social, cognitive, language and emotional abilities. Children will have opportunities to learn how to:

  • use language to communicate ideas, feelings and needs
  • make friends, cooperate and play with other children
  • become more independent, resilient and confident in their abilities through decision making and negotiation
  • develop literacy skills, promoting their imagination and creativity through reading, writing, arts, music, and media communication​
  • identify, explore and solve problems and engage with early numeracy
  • develop early reading and literacy skills
  • build on their knowledge and exploring new ideas through investigations and play.

Learning experiences

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.

Routines are thoughtfully created, blending indoor and outdoor experiences with special rituals that ease transitions and foster familiarity. As children engage with nature, take part in group or individual experiences like block play, painting, and storytelling, they grow and learn to cooperate and form friendships. Consistent routines and meaningful rituals play a crucial role in promoting children’s positive mental health and wellbeing.

Keeping up to date on my child's progress

During the kindergarten year, the teachers may share information with you in many ways about how your child is progressing. They may:

  • chat informally with you at drop-off and pick-up times
  • have communication books / digital platforms with photos and information about your child's interests
  • use photos to show the learning experiences in which your child is participating
  • invite you to formal discussions about your child during the year.

At the end of the kindergarten year, you will get a summary of your child's learning and development progress during the kindergarten year in a transition statement. Transition statements include suggestions that will support each child's continued learning when they start school.

Kindergarten teachers develop the transition statement near the end of the kindy year and parents, carers and children contribute their thoughts about starting school.

When the transition statement is shared with the child's new school, the valuable information they contain about each child's strengths and interests is helpful for Prep teachers as they prepare to welcome each child and plan for their ongoing learning and development.

Parents and carers can choose to share the transition statement with their child's new school or they can consent to it being shared to the school by the Kindergarten teacher when they sign the transition statement parent/carer consent form.

Supporting learning and development at home

Teachers encourage you to have an active role in your child's education, from volunteering on decision-making committees and fundraising to attending information sessions or formal parent meetings.

Ask staff at your service how you can become involved. You can offer your skills and expertise, your time and energy, or your interest in your child and what they are learning and experiencing.

You are your child's first teacher. The most important thing you can do for your child is to talk with them. Language and the ability to communicate with others, which may include using sign language and devices to aid speech or writing, is essential for learning.

You are encouraged to read to your child every day, play simple games and explore outdoors, looking at nature and supporting them to talk about what they see.

Everyday experiences around the home are also valuable opportunities for learning. Tasks such as setting the table and helping with the grocery shopping, gardening and tidying up help children with their de​​velopment​.

Your child's brain is developing at a rapid rate, building the foundations for all future learning later in life.​​

Last updated 13 September 2023