What is a Community Kindergarten?
Community kindergartens offer an alternative to on-site state school based kindergartens. Community kindergartens operate from purpose built facilities and playgrounds that are usually leased from local government. Teachers are appointed by the Department of Education and the kindergartens are managed by parent committees in co-operation with teachers and local community. Children must turn four years of age by June 30 to start kindergarten at the beginning of that school year. Community kindergartens facilitate a smooth transition to formal schooling.
Community Kindergartens offer play based learning
Through play, children learn:
- to develop language and communication skills
- about themselves and their relationship with others,
- to care and respect others,
- to express themselves through music, art and dramatic play,
- to develop their physical gross motor skills,
- pre-writing skills
- fine motor skills,
- pre-reading skills,
- mathematical skills,
- problem solving,
- creative thinking,
- how to use their initiative,
- about the world they live in,
- how to build Positive Relationships,
- about Care & Respect,
- expression through Art, Music & Drama,
- motor skills & Initiative,
- a sense of belonging.