ACADEMICS

Kindergarten

We have a co-educational kindy

We believe that young children learn best through play and we facilitate this through open ended periods of time where the children are able to engage in a variety of different activities. These activities are based on observations of what the children are interested in and what skills they need to further develop.
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The St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School co-educational Kindergarten program is based on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines which ensures that we are constantly meeting the children’s developmental and learning needs. Children engage in a range of early literacy and numeracy activities through intentional teaching opportunities, hands-on experience and play. Educators plan and identify opportunities to challenge, support and extend students in both small and large groups as well as individually. 

An important focus of our Kindergarten program is developing social and independence skills, and learning to operate as part of a group. These are all important skills that help the students as they move onto a more formal schooling experience.

Our Kindergarten program evolves during the week, based on interests of the children, and can be viewed on our noticeboard retrospectively. This will illustrate what we have been learning at Kindy and the different activities we have been enjoying that arise from the children’s interest.

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At St Aidan's, our Kindy to Year 3 students have a specialist language and specialist music lesson every day. We nurture each student's personal aspirations in a vibrant learner-centred community and empower them to reach their full potential.

At St Aidan’s, we embed specialist lessons in Languages, Music, Library and Physical Education into our daily program. Students are taught by qualified language, music, library and P.E. teachers,  who also teach these subjects in the Junior and Senior School.

Our Mission

St Aidan's Kindergarten acknowledges that parents are a child's first and most important teacher and that collaborative relationships between educators and families are essential. We support learning through play and conversation. We also acknowledge that each young child develops at a different rate and with a different set of dispositions. As such, young children should have a learning environment that is responsive to their individual needs.

Educators in our Kindergarten believe learning is a lifelong journey and that early childhood is the foundation on which this exciting and important quest begins. Central to our high quality educational program is creating a nurturing, engaging, supportive and inclusive environment.

Educators

  • We believe educators should be highly qualified and work in the best interests of the children in their care.
  • We believe educators should facilitate, guide, support, observe, teach and challenge children throughout their time at Kindergarten.
  • We believe educators should be purposeful in creating unique learning opportunities for the children in their care.

Children

  • We believe that individuals learn at their own pace and require ongoing opportunities to engage in a range of experiences to learn and grow.
  • We believe that young children must feel safe, secure and respected in their learning environment and that the development of positive relationships is fundamental.
  • We value the diversity each family brings to our Kindergarten community and acknowledge the role families play in the life of each child.
  • We are considerate and sensitive to the knowledge that parents and carers have of their child and work in partnership with families to create strong connections.

Curriculum

  • We believe that learning experiences should be authentic and engaging.
  • We believe that children learn best when they are supported, happy and secure.
  • We believe that young children benefit from a range of teaching and learning styles.
  • We believe that all children have the right to be active participants in a high-quality program.

Relationships

  • We believe that relationships should be built upon trust and mutual respect and are essential for learning and fundamental to children’s growth and well-being.
  • We value respectful and equitable relationships with all children and support students to develop collaborative relationships with peers.

Communication

  • We believe that communication is fundamental to our work at St Aidan’s Kindergarten.
  • Regular communication between educators and families is important to further developing positive relationships and ensures the child’s developmental needs a constantly met.

Community

  • We believe there are positive outcomes for children and families when there is a strong community focus.
  • St Aidan’s Kindergarten is connected to the wider St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School community and this promotes active participation of all school members in our program and learning experiences.
  • We acknowledge and are committed to the exploration of our Indigenous cultural history.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many children are in the class?  

There is a maximum of 22 in the Kindy class. Current regulations require a ratio of 1:11 for this age group.

What age can my child be? 

Enrolment priority is given to children who turn 4 (four) by June 30 in the year they attend Kindergarten. 

Where is the Kindy located?

The Kindy is located within the grounds of the St Aidan's Junior School. The Kindergarten is colourful and spacious, with creative design features and kindergarten-specific facilities, including natural play areas that invite young children to explore and investigate. 

What qualifications do the teachers have?

Staff in the kindergarten are qualified early childhood teachers. 

Is St Aidan's Kindergarten part of the Queensland Government's Free Kindy scheme? 

St Aidan's Kindergarten is a government-approved kindergarten program. From 1 January 2024, all eligible-aged children can attend St Aidan's Kindergarten for free* under the Government's new Free Kindy scheme. 

*The kindergarten program is free for up to 15 hours each week. For more information regarding eligibility, see the Queensland Government's website