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St Kevin’s Kindergarten

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    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 language

At St Kevin’s the children are taught introductory Yugambeh language, our area’s indigenous dialect. A member of the local indigenous community visits and together we read dreamtime stories, learn nursery rhymes, learn animal, insect and bush names, learn how to count in Yugambeh and greet each other with Yugambeh phrases. We look at how we are connected to Kombumerri country and have a great time playing traditional Indigenous games.

We have also embedded the use of Yugambeh language in our daily program. The children begin the day in a yarning circle and greet one another with Baugull Bujera or Jingeri (good morning or welcome). To support the children’s language development, our educators use both English and Yugambeh language in other activities such as counting, reading stories, and singing. The children also take on an educator role, teaching their parents and carers Yugambeh language phrases. For the children this is an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.

"St Kevin’s Kindergarten is special place where kids can dream and learn and play. The indoor outdoor environment provides a beautiful setting and this little kindy is big on nurturing the needs of each child and celebrating their personalities so that they are confident little Prep kids. We are very grateful for all that has been provided."


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.

"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

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.