“We are passionate about our play-based learning program. Play is a learning strategy for all children and one in which they learn through doing and at their own pace.”
Chelmer-Graceville Kindergarten provides a warm and nurturing environment founded on a deep respect for individuality and our families’ life experiences and values - our families are our greatest learning assets. We believe that families and carers play a critical role in optimising and enhancing learning. We are therefore committed to connecting with families through open and responsive communication and building positive partnerships with co-operative decision making.
We value the uniqueness and individuality of each child and their family by creating an inspiring learning environment where children thrive and where their ideas, interests and questions are explored, valued and responded to. We want children to feel empowered to experiment, explore, hypothesise, take risks, create, imagine and wonder.
We believe in the importance and power of play. Our educators are passionate about our learn-through-play program and we are open to your child's ideas. We see children as inquisitive, active learners and we understand play is the ideal vehicle for fostering an inquiry approach to learning. As educators, we provide children with ample time, space and quality resources to support and enhance their learning.
We embrace reconciliation and raising awareness and knowledge of indigenous Australians, diversity, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Our learning community provides an environment rich in experiences where nature and natural beauty are respected and admired.
We foster a team approach where our staff are valued as individuals, and each come with their own strengths and personal qualities to build an engaging learning environment. As educators we respect and advocate for the rights of children. We are committed to continuous improvement through professional development, reflective practices and feedback from our children, families and community.
Conveniently located opposite Graceville State School, our kindergarten has been designed to provide generous spaces for children to play, whether inside or outside in our large natural play area.
Our well recognised teaching and learning guidelines, C&K Building waterfalls curriculum, ensure we provide quality play-based education and care.
Every day is a little different, so your child can express their creativity and inquisitiveness at their own pace, make friends and learn how to interact socially. Your child will have the opportunity to create, discover and explore in a safe and rewarding environment of 3½ to 5½ year olds.
We are licensed for 44 children per week in two groups, each offering different hours to meet the needs of our community. Each group has a registered degree qualified early childhood teacher and qualified teaching assistants. Each child will be carefully supported and monitored throughout the year with regular opportunities to discuss progress.
We provide a high educator to child ratio, above the national requirements, and extensive early childhood educational resources that all contribute to a positive and rewarding learning environment.
Finally, as a not-for-profit community kindergarten guided by a management committee made up of family volunteers, your talents certainly have a place here. Please feel free to offer these and if they can be incorporated into our program it will make it an even more enriching experience for our children.