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St Kevin’s Kindergarten

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    Kindergarten

    8:30am - 2:45pm

Conveniently located at St Kevin’s Primary School your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. Each Wednesday children visit the school library to borrow books and your child will be given responsibility for caring for and returning these books. Our school visits also include the prep classrooms, playgrounds and attending school events such as sports carnivals and assemblies. 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 school.

Our team are experienced at developing close relationships with local families. We know that each child is unique and learns differently, so our educators will spend time getting to know your child and family so we can create experiences that capture their interest and help them build new skills.

At St Kevin’s 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

Michelle Nelson

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
28 years.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Supporting children through new experiences/challenges and celebrating with children their achievements and pride in their accomplishments.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
Play based programs provide opportunities for young children to learn best as they are active participants. Children need chances to interact with others and opportunities to explore and experiment with real materials. Play whether planned by a teacher or instigated by children encourages these types of experiences, which is why it such an effective tool for teaching children.
My favourite way to relax is:
Spending time with my family (dinner, picnics and special events), walking my dog Jack, exercising with friends.

Watching chicks grow

Observing and nurturing baby chicks, is a highlight each year for our kindergarten children. After eagerly anticipating their arrival the children keep watch over the eggs in the incubator waiting for them to hatch, before caring for the baby chicks feeding them daily and helping to clean their home. Throughout the experience the children record their observations through drawings and learn about the lifecycle of the hatchlings.

Learning Yugambeh

At St Kevin’s the children are taught introductory Yugambeh, our area’s indigenous language. A member of the local indigenous community visits and together we read dreamtime stories and learn nursery rhymes, animal names, how to count to ten in Yugambeh and greet each other with Yugambeh phrases that we have learned.

We have also embedded the use of Yugambeh in our daily program. The children complete an Acknowledgement of Country each morning, practice counting in yugambeh, say grace before meal times in Yugambeh and also play games including animal bingo using Yugambeh. The children also take on an educator role, teaching their parents and carers Yugambeh phrases. For the children this is an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.

"I have been very impressed with the personal attention my child receives at St Kevin’s Kindergarten. Both Mrs Nelson and Mrs Winkleman have gotten to know my child and are supporting her to become more confident and independent."

Kirstie, St Kevin’s Kindergarten

Exploring animal life cycles

In kindergarten the children explore early science concepts including learning about the life cycles of animals and insects. The children read the Hungry Little Caterpillar and have broken down the stages of the life cycle according to the book. The children used their creativity to understand each stage in depth creating caterpillars, cocoons and finally butterflies through craft.

"Our son George attended St Kevin’s Kindergarten and is now progressing well academically and socially in grade two. Our daughter Rose is now in Michelle and Kassey's care at St Kevin's and I am confident every day that she is receiving the very best experience socially, intellectually and spiritually. "

Tracey and Scott

School buddies

During the weekly visit by year five students from St Kevin’s our children buddy up for english experiences. These visits provide an opportunity for the children to read stories together. as well as write and illustrate their own stories. Making friends with older children and building relationships with children attending St Kevins eases the transition from Kindergarten to prep.