What is kindy, and what does it cost?

Kindergarten (kindy) is a part-time educational program available to children in the year before school. At kindy, your child will learn to make friends, develop basic knowledge and a love of learning, and be better prepared to start school.

At kindy, your child will learn through play. They will be supported to use language to communicate feelings, develop social skills, learn to share and play with others, express themselves through art, dance and dramatic play and build upon their knowledge.

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

Queensland Government approved kindergarten programs can be delivered in a range of settings, including kindergarten, long day care services or family day care. If you live in a rural or isolated community and can’t access a service regularly, you may be eligible to enrol your child in eKindy, a distance education program.

For more information on kindergarten programs, click here.

How to enrol

Some services will have wait lists, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead to secure a place for your child.

To find a kindy program in your local area, or for further information call the Queensland Government between business hours on 13QGOV or visit www.qld.gov.au/kindy

For more information in a language other than English, phone 13QGOV and ask for an interpreter.

What does it cost?

Kindy fees vary depending on the service; contact your local kindy for details on their fee structure.

Low or no-cost kindy is provided to eligible families who:

  • hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (or have a child who does); or
  • are a foster family with a current Australian Government Health Care Card; or
  • identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or have a child who does); or
  • have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year; or
  • hold a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (automatic HCC entitlements); or
  • hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card; or
  • have formal communication, such as a letter, from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a HCC.

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 Subsidy.

Information about eligibility for these rebates is available from Centrelink.

Image Young children laughing and learning through play at kindy

Published — 16 October 2016 Last updated — 29 June 2018