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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 attend school events including sports carnivals and book week. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and 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.

While our kindergarten program runs from 8:30am – 2:45pm, extended hours of care are available for families until 6:00pm. Speak to our team of educators to find out more.

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

Melissa Kemp

Kindergarten Teacher Director

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
Nine years and in the education industry for 18 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Watching the children learn and grow and the look on their faces when they accomplish a task they previously thought was impossible.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
All the children are unique individuals that come to us with their own strengths. It is our job to celebrate their strengths and to make learning an adventure they wish to explore for years to come.
My favourite way to relax is:
Spending time with my family and dogs. I also love to read and will read every day to help me relax.

Nursery rhymes have become a prominent part of our kindergarten as a result of the children’s love for stories. Each week we read a different nursery rhyme and use it as inspiration for the experiences at kindy. After reading Jack and the Beanstalk the children were full of questions about how beans really grow, as such we have planted our own bean plants and the children are eagerly caring for and observing them to see just how tall they might grow. While after reading the Gingerbread Man the children have turned their kitchen into a gingerbread bakery making biscuits for everyone at kindy. They have also been challenged to use their creative and retell the story through drawings.

"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.

Growing our own vegetables

In our outdoor play environment children foster a connection to the natural world building their own vegetable gardens. The children select a range of fruits and vegetables to plant in the garden and care for throughout the year. At different times they harvest their crop and make delicious snacks to share as a group. Through these experience the children begin to understand where our food comes from and the importance of caring for our environment.

"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."