Kindy is a deadly choice

Going to kindy is a deadly choice for our kids, because it helps little ones have the best start to school and a great start at life. Kids learn independence, problem solving, self-expression and how to make friends through fun activities and play.

At kindy, qualified early childhood educators guide little ones through activities and help them build skills and knowledge in a safe environment. They support little ones to use language to communicate feelings, develop social skills, learn to share and play with others, and express themselves through art, dance and dramatic play.

It also helps kids transition into school by letting them get used to being part of a structured learning environment and routine.

By involving kids in quality early learning programs, such as kindy, we can set them on a pathway for lifelong learning, to create strong leaders for the future.

When can my child go to kindy?

Little ones can go to kindy in the year they are turning four by June 30, which is the year before they start school.

Where are kindy programs offered?

All children in Queensland have access to quality, inclusive early childhood education, no matter where they live or what their circumstances.

Quality kindy programs can be offered by different services, including long day care, kindergarten services, school based pre-Prep, or in some cases, composite Prep classes.

Click here to find a kindy service near you. http://deta.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/families/search.html

Healthy kids make great learners

Before attending kindy, you can take little ones to a local Indigenous medical service for a free, pre-kindy health check to make sure they are fit and ready to attend kindy. A health check will make sure your child doesn’t have any medical problems that might stop them from learning, like poor eyesight or hearing difficulties.

How much does it cost?

Kindy fees vary depending on the service; contact your local kindy for details on their fee structure. Government subsidises the cost of kindy to reduce the cost for families.

Low or no-cost kindy is available for families who identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or have a child who does). The subsidy is provided directly to your service provider to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. It can only be claimed once, even if you meet multiple criteria.

Families of children participating in a kindergarten program in a long day care setting may also be eligible for additional Commonwealth Government rebates, such as the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

Information about eligibility for these rebates is available from Centrelink.

Will our culture and language be respected?

Early childhood educators at pre-Prep work hard to make sure all kids are included and feel a sense of belonging at kindy. A quality kindy program recognises, values and builds on cultures, languages and practices children bring from their families and communities (find out more here).

Family and community members are encouraged to get involved in their child’s kindy program to strengthen respect for culture and language, and government is supporting services and educators to embed culture in practice (find out more here).

Published — 15 September 2016 Last updated — 18 October 2017