- Here at Gatton Kindergarten we value interactive play and engage in diverse experiences to develop the whole child.
- In empowering children to be competent and capable thinkers, enquires and effective communicators to express their knowledge, creativity, skills and understanding.
- The learning environment is determined by children’s individual interests and needs and input from educators and families.
- We believe children are self-directed learners, risk takers, decision makers and problem solvers.
- We develop positive partnerships with the local community.
“Excellence in Early Childhood Through Play”
To provide a caring, motivating and safe environment for families, where children
can engage in interactive play and learning that supports their growth and development.
- Encourage children and families in a sense of community, co-operation and collaboration.
- Provide children with a diverse, interactive play environment that recognizes individual needs and interests.
- Ensure children have ownership of their educational program by involving them in partnerships to plan and document their own learning.
- Encourage parents to become actively involved in their child’s learning by sharing the learning journey with the child and teacher.
- Cater for the needs of all families by providing early childhood programs that meets the needs of the community.
- We offer a structured and routine through experimental play program.
- Education-based Facility.
- Creative and learning environment inside and out.
- Natural playground and resources.
- Collaborative Partnerships with Families
- Sunsmart Centre
- Community Involvement eg Annual Bike-a-thon and fete, Fun Visits from our local Emergency Personnel.
- We are Approved Care Services – eg CCS eligible
"This kindergarten is such a beautiful place! My daughter looks forward each and every week to her kindy days where she has already learnt so much, plays with new friends and loves to explore the beautiful surroundings in the outdoor playground. I love seeing the bonds already created between her and her teachers, with all staff been so helpful and caring ready to listen to you and your child's needs makes me feel at ease when I drive out the gate each morning, which is a must for this mum! This kindergarten has become a part of our family with our second daughter now here we absolutely love it. "
- Melissa Kruger
Frame Work & Curriculum
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG) supports kindergarten teachers’ professional practice in a range of contexts across Queensland. The guideline is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) and embraces the inclusive vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”
The Early Years Learning Framework describes a vision for children’s learning, characterized by:
Belonging recognizing that knowing where and with whom you belong is integral to human existence, providing a basis for children’s interdependence and relationships with others.
Being recognizing and valuing the “here and now” in children's lives, and viewing childhood as more than simplypreparation for adulthood or for the future.
Becoming recognizing the rapid and significant learning and development that occurs in the early years, and the capability and potential of all children.
While the EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten Year. In Queensland, the Kindergarten Year is the year before the Preparatory Year of schooling. Throughout the Kindergarten Year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions. The guideline recognizes that parents are children’s first educators and values the vital role parents, carers and family members play in children’s lives and their ongoing learning. The term “families”, throughout the guidelines, recognizes the range of people who take on parenting roles and build close and supportive relationships with children in their home environments.