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St Clare’s Kindergarten + Outside School Hours Care

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    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.

"A huge thank you to all of the staff at St Claire's Kindergarten for the ongoing professionalism and service provided to us parents and the children. A special thanks to Miss Ava and Miss Rachael for being such kind and compassionate teachers, especially when things have been difficult. I will never forget the care and time that Ava provided me last year when our son was struggling to begin kindy."

Stephanie and Daniel

Nurturing a love for reading 

Opportunities for enjoying books are purposefully built into many parts of our day. Our kindergarten class enjoys reading and discussing books together with their teacher, talking about the characters and developments in their favourite stories. Sometimes the children take these stories into the playground as a prompt for their own dramatic play. We also create environments for the children to enjoy books by themselves, or in smaller groups. In this way children have the opportunity to engage with books and reading in the way that reflects their own development and individuality.

Growing veggies together 

Our community vegetable garden is a focus point for children and their families. Parents, grandparents, and even siblings all get their hands dirty as we select fruits and vegetables to plant, prepare the soil and then nurture our garden throughout the seasons, before finally harvesting our crops to enjoy together. 

Through these experiences the children begin to understand where our food comes from and the responsibilities, we all share for our environment. Working together with their friends and families, the children grow socially, experiencing the benefits that come from being connected to a broader community. 

Meet Our Staff

Ava Smith

Kindergarten teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
More than 20 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
I love noticing the wonderful growth young children achieve during their time at kindy. Knowing I have been a part of their learning journey and shared a friendship with them, is something I cherish the most. Guiding children in their play experiences, supporting them in their learning and watching them form new friendships is all part of the things I love about being a kindy teacher.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
How important they are in their child’s life. Children are learning from you every day.
My favourite way to relax is:
Spending time with family and friends. Going for walks in Toohey Forest and enjoying summer holidays at the beach.