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Kindergarten in Indigenous communities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​'For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, kindy is important.' Ray Sambo, proud father and grandfather.

Children living in 35 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can take part in a kindergarten program delivered in a range of settings including schools and childcare centres. Kindergarten is offered at the following locations in remote Queensland:

Central Queensland

Undoonoo Day Care Centre, Woorabinda

Darling Downs South West

​Cherbourg State School
North Queensland
Bwgcolman State School, Palm Island
Doomadgee State School
Mornington Island State School

Far North Queensland

Aurukun State School
George Bowen Memorial Kindergarten, Hope Vale
Kowanyama State School
Lockhart River State School
Napranum Pre-School
Northern Peninsula Area State College - Bamaga
Northern Peninsula Area State College - Injinoo
Pormpuraaw State School
Tagai State College - Badu Island (Mura Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Coconut Island (Poruma Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Darnley Island (Erub Eruer Uteb) Campus
Tagai State College - Dauan Island (Dauan Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Horn Island (Narupay Ngurpay Mudh) Campus
Tagai State College - Mabuiag Island (Mabuygiw Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College – Boigu Island (Malu Kiwai Island Ngurpay Lag ) Campus
Tagai State College - Moa Island (Kubin Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Moa Island (St Paul's Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College – Murray Island (Mer Eruer Uteb) Campus
Tagai State College - Saibai Island (Kadhego Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Stephen Island Campus
Tagai State College - Sue Island (Warraber Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Thursday Island (Kalaw Kaziw Mudh) Primary Campus Pre-Prep - Tamwoy
Tagai State College - Thursday Island (Paru Kaziw Mudh) Primary Campus
Tagai State College - Thursday Island (Waybeni Buway Ngurpay Mudh) Primary Campus
Tagai State College - Yam Island (Iama Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Tagai State College - Yorke Island (Masig Muisau Moegi Kaziw Ngurpay Lag) Campus
Western Cape College - Mapoon Campus
Wujal Wujal Community Kindergarten
​Yarrabah State School

Early childhood teachers use Foundations for Success​ resources to support their delivery of Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia​.

Visit the Foundations for Success professional devel​​opment​ website​ for resources on how to plan, implement and document a quality learning program that builds on Indigenous children's culture, language and strengths. Resources include:

  • good practice videos
  • Acknowledgement of Country video
  • practical tips and advice for interpretations of Belonging, Being and Becoming
  • inspirational posters, and much more.

What is kindy?

Kindergarten (kindy) is a part-time educational program for children in the year before school.

Kindy is a safe and supportive place, where little ones will learn, have fun and make new friends.

Kindy helps our little ones get ready to go to school.

Read about approved kindergarten programs​, who teaches them and how to identify one.

When can my child start kindy?

In Queensland, children can attend kindy in the year before school.

Read about when your little one can start kindy​.

What will my child learn?

At kindy your little one will learn through play.

Read about the kindy learning program​ and how you can support your little one's learning.

What does kindy cost?

Kindergarten fees vary depending on the service. You can get help to reduce the cost of kindy. Contact your local kindy or long day care centre to find out more about their fees.

Low or no cost kindy is available to eligible families who meet certain criteria. Read about the rebates and financial assistance​ available.

​How can I find a kindy?

Queensland Government-approved kindergarten programs can be delivered in kindy and long day care services.

Look for the kindy tick.

Locate a kindergarten program in your area​.

Yarning about kindy

To help spread the kindy message, we spoke to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, educators and community members about the importance of attending kindergarten. Read their stories​​​​​​​.

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08 August 2018
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