Mt Gravatt Community Kindergarten is a community based non-profit organisation providing early childhood education for young children.
It is affiliated with Lady Gowrie, a leader in early childhood programs for over 70 years. This means that everything including staff, educational programs and equipment are of an approved high standard. The Gowrie provides management advice and educational consultancy, and facilitates funding the kindy receives from State Government grants.
The centre is operated by a management committee which is elected annually from the current parent body. The committee is responsible for employing staff, payment of wages, fundraising, collecting fees, purchasing and maintaining equipment, buildings and grounds. Parents can help by attending the monthly meetings and by actively participating in the centre's maintenance rosters, social events and fundraising activities. The committee operates under a constitution, a copy of which, is available in the office.
At Mt Gravatt our teaching programs and practice aligns with the Queensland Kindergarten Early Learning Guidelines. These guidelines are informed by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia and embraces the inclusive vision that "all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life".
Our staff are experienced and dedicated professionals who have a strong knowledge of early childhood curriculums and are experienced and strong advocates for early childhood. They all bring different interests and experiences to their roles and work as a team to provide the centre, individualised and informed programs for each child in our kindergarten.
At Mt Gravatt we have two teachers/directors and two assistants who work across each week. Our 2020 teaching team is:
Group A Co-Director | Teacher: Gina Ryan
Group B Co-Director | Teacher: Sue Reynolds
Group A Teacher Assistant: Katrina Neighbour
Group B Teacher Assistant: Heather McMillan
An administration assistant is available to assist staff, parents and the committee with the day-to-day running of the centre.
Environment and facilities
At Mt Gravatt our unique forest setting provides many opportunities for natural play experiences, challenges and learning opportunities. The children are encouraged to explore and interact within, to care for and to discover our natural sustainable environment. Within our grounds we have a variety of natural plant life and wildlife that provide opportunities for contact and conversation about caring for our natural world. We are lucky enough to be visited by koalas, native birds and insects who all live harmoniously within our environment.
Our playroom and open verandah are an extension of our peaceful outdoor environment. We offer a diverse range of equipment and resources to engage and extend children's interest and learning opportunities.
At Mt Gravatt Community Kindergarten our families are proactive members of our learning community engaging within the program and acknowledged as strong partners in children's learning. Our parents are involved as members of the management committee engaged in the running and maintenance of our beautiful centre.
Opening hours and term dates
In 2020 kindy operating hours are:
Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am to 3.30pm
Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays from 8.45am to 2.45pm
Term 1 will end on Friday 3 April.
Term 2: Monday 20 April to Friday 26 June
Term 3: Monday 13 July to Friday 18 September
Term 4: Tuesday 6 October to Friday 11 December
Playgroup is held every other Wednesday from 9am to 11am. This is for families on the 2021 waiting list.
We are a community not-for-profit kindergarten and our management committee sets the fees each year to cover the cost of running our centre. The current fees are stated here; for more detailed information, please contact our office.