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St Ann’s Kindergarten + Outside School Hours Care

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    Kindergarten

    8:30am - 2:45pm

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    Before School

    6:30am - 8:30am

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    After School

    2:45pm - 6:00pm

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    Vacation Care

    6:30am - 6:00pm

Our kindergarten and outside school hours care services opened alongside St Ann’s Primary School in January 2020.

We offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program taught by a university qualified early childhood teacher. As a sessional kindergarten, children attending complete a five-day fortnight, during school hours and school terms. Before and after kindergarten care is also available for all children.

We believe each child is unique and learns differently, so our educators will spend time getting to know your child and family so that we can create engaging learning experiences that capture their interest and help them build new skills.

Throughout the kindergarten year your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. Children enjoy visits to the library, prep classrooms and playgrounds as well as attending school events. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn new skills. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school community and prepare for prep.

Our outside school hours care service offers before and after school care for children from kindergarten to grade six. We offer a flexible, child-initiated program with educators incorporating children’s ideas, cultures and interests when planning each day’s experiences. Our team will drop off and collect children from St Ann’s Primary School each day. Children are offered a healthy breakfast and after school snacks, which they help prepare.

Meet Our Staff

Michelle Lonton

Kindergarten Teacher / Director

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
Eight years and I have worked predominantly in primary schools.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Helping children to develop independence and positive attitudes towards learning, in the year before they start school. It is also great fun to provide children with learning experiences in a play-based setting.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
I get it! I am a mother of three boys. I know kids have good days and bad. I understand that sometimes kids have big emotions for little people. I know that parenting is hard and yet so rewarding at the same time. I am here on this journey with you and your child!
My favourite way to relax is:
To go for a bush walk with my family, go to the gym and read a good book (when I have time)!

Donna Goodwin

Outside School Hours Care Coordinator

I’ve been an early ed coordinator for:
More than 30 years working across long day care centres, kindergartens and outside school hours care (OSHC) services, however, the majority of my years have been working in OSHC. I am excited about working with both kindergarten and school aged children and working with a team to build a strong sense of community at St Ann’s.
My favourite thing about being an early ed coordinator is:
Helping develop children’s self-worth and skills for their life’s journey. I love listening and contributing to the children’s banter and play as we learn and share experiences through their eyes and minds.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Their child’s achievements no matter how big or small. The best thing we can do for our children is work together to achieve greatness. These children are our future so let’s provide an environment that teaches and grows with them so we can watch them succeed.
My favourite way to relax is:
Getting out to the country and living off the grid. I am currently building a shipping container house and hope to set up my property one day as a back to basics bush retreat. I also love loom knitting and latch hooking and love researching my family tree. I am also very keen on researching the history of Ipswich and its Aboriginal heritage.

Mixing paints

Providing children the freedom and opportunity to express themselves creatively is important to the team at St Ann’s Kindergarten. That is why children are always encouraged to create things the way they see it – through their eyes. When the children were exploring self identity they each created a self portrait. The children were encouraged to mix their own paints, experimenting with colour combinations to create what they saw was the perfect paint for their skin, eyes, hair and lips.

Bush kindy

As part of our bush kindy program the children can explore and learn about new natural environments, observe different animals and trees and start to conserve and care for a beautiful natural space. During these expeditions the children always have lots of questions for their teachers about what they are seeing and are able to bring back to the classroom sticks, leaves and flowers for further exploration during craft and other classroom experiences.

Cooking up a storm

During before and after school care children assist in preparing a healthy breakfast and after school snack. When some of the children expressed an interest in cooking the educators assisted them to make muffins at before school care to enjoy as an afternoon snack. Together the children are developing their team work skills, learning to follow a recipe and practicing measurement, while creating a special treat for their friends.