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St Clare’s Kindergarten + Outside School Hours Care

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    Kindergarten

    8:30am - 2:45pm

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    Before School

    6:00am - 8:30am

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    After School

    2:45pm - 6:00pm

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    Vacation Care

    6:00am - 6:00pm

Our kindergarten and outside school hours care services opened on the St Clare’s Primary School site in 2017. In 2019 we moved into our brand new, purpose-built community hub at the front of St Clare’s.

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

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 events including the school sports carnival and the Book Week parade. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn new skills – even 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 prep.

Our outside school hours care offers before and after school care for children from kindergarten to grade six. We offer a flexible and 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 Clare’s Primary School each day. Children are offered a healthy breakfast and after school snacks, which they help prepare.

Meet Our Staff

Melissa Kemp

Kindergarten Teacher

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.

Graham Elliot

Outside School Hours Care Coordinator

I’ve been an early ed coordinator:
Since January 2020.
My favourite thing about being an early ed coordinator is:
Continuing to learn new things about early education and care and I also really enjoy having such a friendly and caring team here at St Clare’s.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
I have been working in OSHC for over 12 years now, but I am always looking to keep learning. I am a geek at heart and love getting out and running around with the children and encouraging them to have fun. OSHC is a home away from home and I want everyone to feel safe and welcomed at St Clare’s.
My favourite way to relax is:
Kicking back on my weekend watching sport either live or on TV and spending time with friends playing games.

Exploring wildlife

The children at St Clare’s are lucky to have frequent visits from wildlife. One week the same group of birds visited the kindergarten children each day during outdoor play. They became curious about these birds and decided they wanted to find out more. With the support of their teacher the children found an online directory of birds and using the birds’ colour, size and call they identified it. A group of children then decided to put their creativity to the test drawing their own bird, based on the images they had found. This was a wonderful opportunity to build on the children’s natural curiosity to explore and encourage them to express themselves creatively.

Creating natural habitats

After reading a story about wild African animals a group of kindergarten children decided to build their own Serengeti. After sorting the animals they found in their kindergarten, in to those that belong in Africa and those that don’t, the children started building a habitat for them. Gathering sticks they created huts to shade the animals and they also built a watering hole for the animals to drink from and play in.

Come fly with us

In outside school hours care the children were curious about the many things in our world that can fly. They launched an investigation compiling a list including rockets, hot air balloons and aeroplanes. Their educators then encouraged them to put their creativity to the test and work together to replicate just some of these flying objects using loose parts. Taking it a step further the children decided to test the flying capacity of their aircraft and discuss the mathematics and science reasons why the design of some aircraft allowed them to fly more efficiently.

School library visits

Each week we visit the library and the children love meeting the librarian and sitting together to read a story. During these visits the children also have the opportunity to explore the library independently and choose a book to read themselves. They also learn the importance of respecting our resources, being careful when they are selecting and reading books and making sure they return them to their correct spot, according to the alphabet, so the next child can find them.

These visits are a great opportunity for the children to see how they are part of a bigger community and they love making friends with people at ‘big school’ along the way. This is one of a range of prep transition activities which enable us to introduce the children to the school environment in fun, confidence-building ways. By introducing them slowly to the school environment we help the children fully embrace the experience free from nerves or anxiety.

Our craft shop

During COVID-19 shopping was a hot topic of conversation here at St Clare’s Outside School Hours Care. Subsequently, the children brought shopping into their dramatic play space, working together to create a shop in after school care. A group of girls have extended on this working together to design and hand make pom poms out of string and wool to stock in their arts shop.