MEET THE TEAM
Director / Nominated Supervisor
Teacher for the Kookaburra Group
Dip Early Childhood Education
Teacher for the
Magpie and Lorikeet Groups
Bachelor of Education
WHY CHOOSE US?
Kenmore District Kindergarten lives up to its motto of
"Excellence in Education for all children through play".
Kenmore District Kindergarten:
Runs a Queensland Government Kindergarten Approved Program
Consistently exceeds the National Quality Standards in the Rating Assessment
Any profits made each year goes directly back into the Kindergarten to benefit our children, as we are a not-for-profit organisation
Is run by a Management Committee made up from current parents. A great opportunity for you to be directly involved in the decision-making process that affects your child.
Has stable groups of children coming on the same days with the same Teachers and educators, which provides stability and familiarity.
All Teachers and Educators are very experienced and come with a wealth of knowledge from having children of their own and have been employed at the Kindy for many years.
Each Unit has their own natural beautiful large shady outdoor area for outside play.
Recently renovated spacious classrooms
Developing independence, confidence and resilience
Kenmore District Kindergarten operates as a not-for-profit organisation, this means that any profit that the Kindy makes is directed back into the Centre, for the sole benefit of the children to ensure they have access to the highest standard of education. We are a double unit Centre offering three Kindy groups, each with up to 22 children per group, and an After Care Program Mon to Fri until 5.00pm.
Our Kindy provides a happy environment where each child is valued as an individual. We provide a unique setting with a beautiful outdoor environment for children to experience a play-based education that helps them grow and thrive.
A volunteer committee is elected each year from the parent body and is responsible for the overall management of the Kindy. The Kindergarten Director/ Nominated Supervisor has oversight of the day-to-day operations, with all staff qualified and experienced in early childhood. Our Centre is affiliated with The Gowrie which has been providing the highest standard of early childhood education in Queensland since 1940. Attending Kenmore District Kindergarten is a lovely legacy amongst many families, with multiple generations having attended. Having a child at our kindergarten is to join a community, with lifelong friendships formed amongst children and parents alike.
In 2014 and 2021, Kenmore District Kindy was assessed and rated as overall Exceeding the National Quality Standard by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
The subscription to the Queensland Museum Lending Sections also provides interesting specimens which extend the children’s knowledge and stimulate their interests each fortnight.
Our Kindergarten in conjunction with Kenmore State School run special joint activities which helps the children establish a positive approach to new learning experiences and helps remove some of the anxiety faced when beginning school. This includes our School Transition Program.
The experiences and information gained can be transferred to any new school. Some of the activities that occurred in the tours included:
Visits to the library and Prep classrooms;
Playing on the playground equipment;
Learning to use the ‘big’ toilets and drinking bubblers.
A variety of specialist visits throughout the year to extend the curriculum including:
Weekly Music Program
Bee Expert visit for harvesting and splitting our Native Beehives
Evergreen Children’s Theatre – Rainforest/Reef Experience
Chick Hatching Program
Real Life Australian Animal Show
Bush Kindy Program
Bachelor of Business Accountancy
Educator in the Magpie and Kookaburra Group
Dip Children’s Services in Early Childhood
Educator in the
4-year trained in Early Childhood Education
Dip Early Childhood Education
Additional Educator in the Magpie Group
Dip Children’s Services
CLAUDIA DE LA VEGA
Certificate 3 Early Childhood Education
Visiting music specialist
Bachelor of Creative Industries & GradDip Education
At Kenmore District Kindergarten, we, the staff and managing committee, believe in excellence in education for each child through play.
Learning through play is the most successful way for young children to develop the skills necessary to be
lifelong learners, guiding them along the road to a well-balanced adult life. As stated in the National Early Years Learning Framework, “Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children, they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings.” Using the voices of children, the families, and educators we shape the curriculum through play-based experiences. The collaboration of children and families each year leads to new challenges and learning opportunities for all.
We view children as unique and curious learners who have their own individual way of exploring and
making sense of the world around them. We aim to create a secure and supportive environment that
encourages children to develop a sense of wellbeing, independence, confidence and skills, explore their
interests, learn at their own pace, make connections, be an effective communicator, and become a
contributing and respectful member of the group. We work towards empowering children to question,
engage in critical thinking, problem solve, persevere, accept challenges, and build emotional resilience.
We recognise parents and guardians as children’s first and foremost educators and therefore value their
contribution to our kindergarten. We promote positive partnerships with families through open
communication. We are an inclusive service which recognises and embraces the diversity of everyone in
our kindergarten community. We recognise the Turrbal and Jagera people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we play and learn and we optimise opportunities to connect to Country.
Everyone is encouraged to respect nature and our learning environment. We value sustainability and
model sustainable practices within our program including reuse, reduce and recycle.
We value our links with local schools and our strong connections with our community. We believe in
participation in local events and liaise with services and resources to enrich our program. Through
reciprocal relationships, we highly value our learning community. The kindergarten community work as a
team with mutual respect for each other's knowledge and skills with a shared vision to achieve successful outcomes for all.
We strive for excellence and are fully committed to continuous improvement through reflective practices.
Kenmore District Kindergarten is a purpose-built Centre. In 1957, the Kenmore Progress Association formed what would later become the Kenmore District Kindergarten and Preschool Association. Architect S. Trotter drew up plans and specifications for the original building, which is half of the current building, and the Brisbane City Council was persuaded to lease half an acre of land to us.
In 1958, the first classes began in the Presbyterian Hall, now the Uniting Church Hall on Moggill Road, with 10 children in attendance. In May of that year the children moved into the newly completed premises. By 1960 the numbers had grown and a duplicate of the building had to be constructed. This was completed in 1961.
2007 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Centre and was celebrated with a weekend of festivities including the reunion of past committee members and staff, including our special guest Ian Seale our Founding President.
In 2011, the Committee and Staff of Kenmore District decided to change its Central Governing Body (CGB) from C&K to Gowrie.
The kindergarten celebrated 60 years of operation in 2017, with a special morning tea for past committee members followed by a Family Fun Day with many activities and games for the children.
Throughout its history, the kindergarten has relied on the enthusiastic help of volunteers and generous donations of both time and money. Kenmore District has played an integral part in the history of the area, and we look forward to fulfilling the needs of our community for many years to come.
RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN
Our vision is to visibly recognise and respect the cultures and rights of the First Australians and to build genuine, respectful relationships with all children and families who attend our service. Through developing awareness, knowledge and respect and through working together as a community, including the young children at our service, we can grow, learn and build a deeper understanding of our countries history.
Gowrie is a community-based not-for-profit organisation providing a diverse range of early childhood and family support services. The Brisbane Lady Gowrie Child Centre was established in 1940 and has grown substantially over the years. Gowrie distributes funding available from the Queensland Government to its services, under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme. This funding contributes to approximately 40% of the overall costs of our centre and the Management Committee is responsible for the remaining operational costs. These costs are covered by fees and fundraising, and the committee relies upon the personal commitment of the parents to become involved in these efforts.
Affiliation with the Gowrie means that Kenmore District Kindergarten has reached high standards in the areas of staff qualifications, educational programs, safety, facilities, buildings and grounds. It also means that we have an approved Constitution and that we are community controlled, through a Management Committee elected from the parent body and other interested community members.
An affiliated Kindergarten’s curriculum is supervised by a Gowrie Early Childhood Co-ordinator. Affiliation also gives us access to the resources of the Gowrie Association which include:
Management advice, including seminars for committees
Professional development for teachers and assistants
Support for staff in curriculum development and delivery