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Kindy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

'For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, kindy is important.' Ray Sambo, proud father and grandfather.

Use this information to find the best kindergarten program for your child and your family (some of the links will take you to the Queensland Government website).

If you require further information, call us on the Kindy Hotline on 1800 4 KINDY.

What is kindy?

Kindergarten (kindy) is a part-time educational program for children in the year before school.

Kindy is a safe and supportive place, where little ones will learn, have fun and make new friends.

Kindy helps our little ones get ready to go to school.

Read about approved kindergarten programs External Link, who teaches them and how to identify one.

When can my child start kindy?

In Queensland, children can attend kindy in the year before school.

Read about when your little one can start kindy. External Link

What will my child learn?

At kindy your little one will learn through play.

Read about the kindy learning program and how you can support your little one's learning.

What does kindy cost?

Kindergarten fees vary depending on the service. You can get help to reduce the cost of kindy. Contact your local kindy or long day care centre to find out more about their fees.

Low or no cost kindy is available to eligible families who meet certain criteria. Read about the rebates and financial assistance External Link available.

How can I find a kindy?

Queensland Government-approved kindergarten programs can be delivered in kindy and long day care services.

Look for the kindy tick.

Locate a kindergarten program in your area.

Yarning about kindy

To help spread the kindy message, we spoke to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, educators and community members about the importance of attending kindergarten. Read their stories.

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This page was last reviewed on 02 Sep 2016


Translation is provided by Google for your convenience. The department is not responsible for the accuracy of the translation. Readers should always refer to the English original as the source of information.

The kindy songline


Kindy Songline

The kindy songline is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the importance of kindy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The songline tells the story of a child's time at kindy and how their family and community are an important part of their kindy experience.

Ray Sambo

Give them a good start, give them a great start. Send them to kindy: Ray Sambo

Aunty Honor Cleary

I think it's very important that children to go to kindy. You can't get anywhere without an education: Aunty Honor Cleary

Aunty Wasie Tardent

When they come to kindy they come to one big happy family. They're sharing, caring for each other, solving problems: Aunty Wasie Tardent

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