Educators at St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School believe learning is a lifelong journey and that early childhood is the foundation on which this exciting and important quest begins. St Aidan's Kindergarten acknowledges that parents are a child's first and most important teacher and that collaborative relationships between educators and families are essential for engaging in active learning. As a learning community, we promote an education pedagogy that supports children to learn through play and conversation. We also acknowledge that each young child develops at a different rate and with a different set of dispositions. As such, young children should have a learning environment that is responsive to their individual needs. Due to the fact that children bring with them a pre-existing set of skills, abilities and knowledge bank, what they can do rather than cannot is the starting point in their learning. This process of value adding, through the key concepts of play and conversation, is the fundamental function of Kindergarten at St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School.
The shared vision of the early childhood educators at St Aidan's is to provide the highest quality kindergarten program within a safe, secure and supportive Christian environment. The kindergarten program is based on a pursuit of excellence in early childhood education. St Aidan's aims to develop independence, resilience and a sense of self-identity through the carefully crafted combination of independent play opportunities, teachable moments and specialist lessons.
St Aidan's has an on-going commitment to uphold the 'rights of the child', enabling young children to express their views and opinions freely in a supported environment (UN, 1990) while engaging each young child in meaningful experiences that promote their desire for learning. The kindergarten program at St Aidan's acknowledges that young children are confident, involved, enthusiastic learners who develop a range of skills and processes through a diverse range of learning environments. The staff strive to develop an environment of mutual respect between families, children and school where all learn and grow in an environment of care, empathy and respect. It is the aim of St Aidan's Kindergarten to provide a setting where families and young children are capable of contributing to their learning experiences and creating meaningful relationships.
Options: Full time and Part time
Hours: 9.00am-3.30pm with teacher supervision from 8.15am (Term Time)
Class Size: 22 max (current regulations require a ratio of 1:11 for this age group)
Ages: Kindergarten programs in receipt of funds from the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme must ensure they maximise enrolments of eligible-age children. As St Aidan’s Kindergarten receives this funding, enrolment priority will be given to children who turn four by June 30 in the year they attend Kindergarten. Where vacancies exist, St Aidan’s Kindergarten may offer places to children who turn three by the start of the school year. The St Aidan’s Kindergarten program begins to prepare children for their transition to Prep the following year by supporting all children to further develop their knowledge and understanding in areas such as social skills, self-care, literacy and numeracy.
Child Care Benefit: Whilst St Aidan’s Kindergarten is an approved registered child care and delivers a government approved kindergarten program, we are not Child Care Benefit (CCB) approved. To be eligible for CCB approval, the centre that your child is enrolled in must operate at least 48 weeks per year and be open for at least 40 hours per week. St Aidan’s Kindergarten only operates 38 weeks per year and 32.5 program hours per week. More information regarding kindergarten approved programs is available on the Queensland Government website. Fact sheets relating to approved and registered care are available at www.mychild.gov.au.
Outside School Hours Care
Before School Care: 7.00am-8.15am
After School Care: 3.30pm-6.00pm
Vacation Care: 7.30am-6.00pm
St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care is approved to provide education and care primarily to children over preschool age. At least 60% of children being provided education and care at the service must be over preschool age.
If you have a child enrolled in the St Aidan’s Kindergarten program and require before school care, after school care or vacation care, please contact Palu Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss availability.
Child Care Benefit: St Aidan’s OSHC is an approved CCB (Child Care Benefit) and CCR (Child Care Rebate) child care/OSHC centre. To be eligible for the CCB or the CCR, families must register with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) to receive a parent and child registration number (CRN). These numbers must be supplied to the Service in order to receive your CCB or CCR. To test your eligibility for CCB and CCR contact the Family Assistance office on 13 61 50. It is your responsibility to provide St Aidan's OSHC with the relevant Customer Reference Numbers (CRNs) for the student attending and the linked parent.
The kindergarten class is under the care and guidance of two adults at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is it located?
Set within the grounds of the St Aidan's Junior School, the Kindergarten is colourful and spacious, with creative design features and kindergarten-specific facilities, including natural play areas that invite young children to explore and investigate while providing special spaces for socialisation. Proximity to the Junior and Senior School facilities facilitates cross-age interaction and valuable links with siblings.
What is the uniform?
Girls – St Aidan's brown polo shirt, tartan shorts, kindergarten hat, kindergarten tracksuit, sandshoes/sandals and small St Aidan's backpack.
Boys – St Aidan's brown polo shirt, navy shorts, kindergarten hat, kindergarten tracksuit, sandshoes/sandals and backpack of choice.
What are qualifications of the Kindergarten staff?
Staff in kindergarten are qualified in the early childhood field. Two highly qualified and dedicated early childhood staff; four-year qualified early childhood teacher; full-time assistant (minimum qualification – Certificate III), specialist teachers for Physical Education, Library, Every Day Music and Every Day Languages.
Kindergarten Statement of Fees