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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

    6:30am - 8:30am

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    After School

    3:00pm - 6:00pm

Our kindergarten and outside school hours care services opened on the St Clare’s Primary School site in 2017. By Easter 2019 we will have moved into a brand new, purpose built centre.

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.

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.

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 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 prep.

Our outside school hours care offers before and after school care for children from prep to grade seven. 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.

Julie Walker

Outside School Hours Care Coordinator

I’ve been an early ed coordinator for:
Three years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed coordinator is:
Watching the children grow and develop as unique individuals.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
I love to give positive feedback to parents about their child’s experiences each day.
My favourite way to relax is:
Watching movies, playing Sudoku and reading.

Exploring construction

While our school was being built the children were surrounded by construction every day. It’s no surprise that they became very interested in what was taking place in their own backyard. Their teachers saw this as an opportunity to tap into the children’s natural curiosity and create a unique learning experience.

So they made regular visits to the construction site to watch the progress of the building and make observations about the changes taking place. Our teachers encouraged the children to imagine what the buildings and spaces were for and to predict what might happen next. The children drew what they saw as ‘mini construction plans’ and when they returned to the classroom they recreated their drawings using building blocks. The children loved having the opportunity to closely explore the construction and work on their own creations. Their finished pieces certainly made you pause to think about what our schools would be like if children had a say in the design!

STEM Experiences

In kindergarten the children have been exploring gravity through water play. With their teachers assistance the children have constructed a river of pipes around our sand pit and using trial and error have worked out how to best position the pipes so the water flowed all the way through the pipes. The children have asked their educators questions, such as whether water flows up or down, and worked together to make the water travel through the river as quickly as possible. This activity provided a great opportunity for the children to develop their teamwork and problem solving skills through play.

Yoga

In the afternoons, as the kindergarten children are tiring after a busy morning we often do yoga to help them settle and re-charge their batteries. Each child will find a quiet space to set up their mat and follow their teachers instructions through a meditation session. These sessions help the children develop an awareness of personal space and build the skills to self regulate and calm themselves during times of stress, which they will benefit from for years to come.