About Kindergarten

Kindergarten lays the foundations for future successful learning. Specifically, Kindergarten in identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities provides children living in 35 discrete communities with reliable access to a quality early learning program that meets national quality requirements and places a specific emphasis on play-based early learning.

Kindergarten is a voluntary program delivered to children 3½ to 4½ years of age for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Kindergarten programs are delivered in a range of different settings, including licensed child care centres, community kindergartens and state schools.

The Foundations for Success resource is used to support the delivery of Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Foundations for Success assists educators to plan, implement and document a quality program that builds on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s culture, language and strengths.

Kindergarten services in state schools in identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are regulated under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011. The State of Queensland (through Department of Education) is the Approved Provider for the Kindergarten services in Queensland state schools.

Children’s registration at the Kindergarten acknowledges that the school is responsible for their health, safety and wellbeing; and for ensuring the service and programs are compliant with all legislative obligations under the National Quality Framework (NQF).

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Kindergarten in state schools is supported by a number of different areas within the Department of Education.

The Early Years team supports the Assistant Director-General, State Schools - Indigenous Education to fulfil the role as the person with management and control of all approved Kindergartens in state schools. The team also play a role in supporting induction and capability development of Nominated Supervisors (usually the Principal or Head of Campus) and teachers in Kindergarten services.

For more information please contact the Early Years team:

Last updated
22 October 2018