Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland Kindergartens are located on Catholic School sites across the Diocese.
One of the greatest benefits of the kindy-school co-location is the continuity of learning. Our Kindergartens provide children with opportunities to participate in the life of the Catholic school community by visiting the library, the local Catholic church, art/science programs, school sporting events, assemblies and special celebrations.
Throughout the Townsville Diocese, we are proud to offer a diverse range of learning environments that specifically enrich children's engagement in the kindergarten. Our experienced teachers implement high quality educational programs in a stimulating, safe and supportive learning environment that provides, the best start to your child’s learning journey and transition to school.
The Kindergarten Program
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline has been developed by the Queensland Studies Authority and aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework Australia (EYLF). The Kindergarten Learning Guideline aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten year, as well as provide early education teachers with support and professional practice in a range of contexts.
The guideline describes a set of five learning and development areas that relate to the five broad learning outcomes identified in the EYLF:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
At Catholic Kindergartens, we acknowledge the right children have to experience the joy of childhood and reach their full learning potential in preparation for school. Our Kindergarten program encompasses the inclusive vision that all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life in a supportive learning environment.
Our experienced teachers deliver programs that include essential literacy and numeracy concepts that build solid foundations for successful life-long learning and readiness for school. A strong focus on the Kindergarten curriculum is also placed on children developing their independence and resilience, building positive relationships with others, promoting their own health and wellbeing and communicating effectively. These programs provide a balance of intentional teaching and child-initiated learning through inquiry-based discovery and purposeful play environments whereby children are given ownership of their learning.
Commencing in 2024 all eligible children will receive 15 hours of Free Kindergarten at any MMNCQ Approved Kindergarten Programs. With 14 Long Day Care and Sessional Kindergartens to choose from you can find the right environment for your child to thrive.
Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)