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Emmaus College Kindergarten

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    8:30am - 2:45pm

Conveniently located at Emmaus College, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. Our children make weekly visits to the school library to borrow books and your child will be given responsibility for caring for and returning these books. They also enjoy visits to the prep classrooms, playgrounds and attending school events including sports carnivals and book week. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn new skills such as how to use the water bubblers. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school and parish community and prepare for school.

Emmaus’ two qualified educators and extensive natural outdoor play areas provide children with a unique learning environment that encourages creativity and exploration. We believe, each child is unique and learns differently, so our educators will spend time getting to know your child and family so we can create engaging learning experiences that capture their interest and help them build new skills.

At Emmaus we offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program taught by university qualified early childhood teachers. As a sessional kindergarten children complete a five-day fortnight, during school hours and school terms.

Meet Our Staff

Paivi-Liisa Hazeltine

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
18 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
watching the growth and development of the children from the moment they start to when they finish.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
your child will achieve at their own pace, with nurturing, guidance and support they can become anything they want.
My favourite way to relax is:
by the water and through quality family time.

Caring for our community

A sense of empathy and concern for others in our community is something our teachers will seek to inspire in your child. The kindergarten children have collected blankets and jumpers to help homeless people in our community get through the winter. In class discussions the children came to understand the idea that some people don’t have a home and started thinking

about all the things homeless people aren’t able to do. This inspired the the children to think about how we could help the homeless, including thinking up out of the box solutions such as putting showers in local parks so people could be clean for bed each night. We were touched by the compassion and understanding our children showed for the people in their community.

"My daughter is so much more confident within herself, has made some beautiful friendships and learnt so much. Miss Paivi and Miss Karen are just wonderful educators and I just couldn't recommend this Kindy enough!"


Visiting the library

Each fortnight we visit the library and the children love sitting with Mrs O’Connell, the librarian as she reads a story and then asks them questions. Mrs O’Connell also prepares some experiences for them which follow on from this story and help with the development of their early literacy skills. Children also have the choice to explore the library independently and choose a book to read or on special occasions visit the theatre room to watch a video.

Creative flare

We believe in creating opportunities for children to explore their creativity during play. The children love making their own paint colours and we love hearing the names they come up with. One of our all-time favourites was ‘Wooden bookshelf brown’. Throughout the year the children add to their jars to make new colours and when one of their favourites runs out, they challenge themselves to re-create it by getting the mixture just right. We enjoy watching the colours evolve as the children’s creative interests and understanding of the mixing process and complementary colours grow.

"My son attends Emmaus Kindy and we have found it fantastic. He has gained so much confidence and independence, it’s wonderful to see how much he’s grown. It’s easy to see how much Miss Paivi and Miss Karen love their job and their passion for educating the children."