The kindergarten has specific incursions over the year. There is no extra charge for the incursions; the costs associated with these are included in your fees. These incursions relate to program content.
This is a very special day for you and your child. You may like to choose a roster day on or near your child’s birthday. If you wish to send along a cake to help celebrate, we find patty cakes (22 for the group) are easier to share at morning tea. Alternative celebration food can be discussed with the co-director – eg. fruit ice blocks, fruit platter or vegetable sticks and dip, depending on preference of child having the birthday.
Toys from home
We ask parents to ensure that toys are not brought to the centre as they may be broken or lost causing avoidable distress. However, a small familiar toy may be included for relaxation time.
Barefoot in the playground
For most of the year children are asked to remove their shoes when playing outdoors at kindergarten. The main reasons for this are:
Shoes can be a hazard in outdoor play areas. Children need bare feet to grip as they climb and experience all the different surfaces and textures available in our large and interesting playground. If you do need to keep shoes on please ensure they have good grip, eg: joggers.
This kindergarten supports sustainability practices in areas such as recycling, re-using, careful use of water and electricity through solar panels and rainwater tanks, litter-less lunches, worm farms, paper saving, vegetable gardens, using cloth towels and using a multitude of recycled resources with the children. For further information please see Gowrie’s policy on Sustainability.
Students and visitors
At times during the year…
university early childhood education students,
work experience students and
other visitors and volunteers
may visit the centre to observe and interact with the children as arranged with the co-directors. All visitors are required to hold a current Queensland Government issued Blue Card before entering the centre. This includes visiting entertainers and educators.