Within our education program, we hope to establish a warm and happy environment for your child where he/she is able to interact with other children and adults. There will be many activities, which provide your child with the opportunity to learn through exploration, discovery and play, as this promotes learning at this stage. Art, music and movement, literacy and numeracy, and long periods of uninterrupted play provide many opportunities for learning.
We implement the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG) as our curriculum frameworks. The principles and practices of the EYLF guide staff in their decision making relevant to the broader service approach and the fundamental characteristics of Belonging, Being and Becoming. The QKLG is used by staff on a daily basis in supporting the children to explore their interests and engage in ways to extend their learning across the five learning and development areas.
Copies of both of these documents are available, which you are welcome to read.
The QKLG curriculum is divided into five shared understandings: · Children have a strong sense of identity · Children are connected with and contribute to their world · Children have a strong sense of wellbeing · Children are confident and involved learners · Children are effective communicators
Lady Gowrie Kindergartens recognise the value and richness of play as a catalyst for children's learning and their ongoing engagement in meaningful experiences. When children play they approach experiences with interest, ownership, empowerment, and possibility.
Time Table 8:30am – 9:45am Arrival & free play 9:45am – 10:00am Group Session: Music & Story 10:00am – 10:30am Toileting & morning tea 10:30am – 12:30pm Indoor/Outdoor play 12:30pm – 1:00pm Group Session: Music & Drama 1:00pm – 1:30pm Toileting & lunch 1:30pm – 2:00pm Quiet reading time 2:00pm – 2:30pm Rest time / quiet activities 2:30pm – 3:00pm Various activities 3:00pm – 4:00pm Indoor play & departure
At Brookes street kindergarten we are lucky to have a range of visitors throughout the kindergarten year, some of these visitors do come at a cost to the kindergarten, but at no additional cost to our families. Visitors we welcome throughout the year include Jason-Dude that is different , Linley Boyle- Body song creative dance and yoga , Nathaniel- Rhythm Culture, Henny Penny Hatchlings. Our volunteer visitors that we are also lucky to have visit our kindergarten annually are Police Officer, Fire fighters, Lifeguards. You can read about some of these visitors on our News page.
words from our families
Doug & Katherine Finlay, 2014, Parent Survey.
" It has been a wonderful year for Transition to Prep and keep up the good work!"
" Great Family Involvement"
"Lovely Grounds, Great Facilities"
Becky Wild 2014, Parent Survey.
" Charlie is our second child at Brookes Street we chose it specifically because our first child had such a great experience. It is a calm nurturing, gently stimulating haven. I feel both my children have had an experience of feeling safe and valued. I have felt that staff really understood their needs individually and this helped me a great deal, Provided a lovely sounding board and supported my skill development as a parent."