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St Francis Xavier Kindergarten

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    Kindergarten

    8:30am - 2:45pm

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    After School

    2:45pm - 6:00pm

Conveniently located at St Francis Xavier Primary School, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. Our children make weekly visits to the school library and regularly get to borrow books from our kindergarten library, which they are given responsibility for caring for and returning, as preparation for school. They also enjoy visits with their buddies, visits to the prep classrooms and 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, where they can run and where they have to walk and where to find the bathrooms. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school and parish community and prepare for school.

At St Francis Xavier Kindergarten, Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) Plus Kindy Support is available for eligible families:

  • whose child is listed on a current Australian Government Health Care Card or Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card
  • whose child identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • who have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year.

This additional support can significantly reduce the daily cost of kindergarten for families. If you think you may be eligible speak to our teams about this when applying.

At St Francis Xavier Kindergarten 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.

Meet Our Staff

Alison Ellis

Kindergarten Teacher Director

I’ve been an early ed teacher:
For a very long time but in kindergarten for four years which I love the most.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Watching children learn and grow through play, especially caring for nature and observing how children use the natural environment in their play including finding bugs and growing our own vegetables.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
That each child is special and will learn and grow at their own pace, don’t rush them let them enjoy being a child.
My favourite way to relax is:
Reading a book and spending time with my family outdoors camping or 4wd driving and I love watching my children participate in school and sport experiences.

Growing 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 experiences the children begin to understand where our food comes from and the importance of caring for our environment.

Exploring our creative side

Dramatic play is a favourite for many of our children during indoor and outdoor time. Throughout the year the children use the dramatic play space to play out different roles including emergency services personnel, mums and dads or school children in uniforms. These experiences provide a great opportunity for children to develop social skills, work together to create something new and develop language skills through storytelling and re-enacting.

Prep visits

Our kindergarten children love visiting St Francis Xavier Primary School and in term four they enjoy visiting the prep classrooms. Each week the children listen to stories and participate in learning rotations with the prep children. Working with different children each week they build many important friendships that create a support network if they are transitioning to St Francis Xavier for prep. These experiences are also an invaluable opportunity to familiarise the children with the classroom environment, which is very different to a kindergarten.