MISSION STATEMENT

The Warwick Community Kindergarten strives to provide a happy, safe and secure environment where all children learn by play. In a natural enviroment with flexible programmes and engaging experiences, childen are encouraged to explore, take risks, accept challenges, learn and grow. We respect, accept and support families, acknowledging culture and diversity and working together to best provide for children in our community.

KINDY ENVIRONMENT

The Kindy is equipped to provide spacious and challenging indoor and outdoor activities. The natural surroundings include a large playground with plenty of grass to run, sand, rocks and mud for children to play in and shaded areas for quite play. Across the two units we have large covered sandpits, various climbing fort structures, swing areas, digging patches, bike tracks and woodlands. The staff encourage the children to discover the natural environment and visiting wildlife.

We also have our own veggie gardens, worm farm, chickens and even do our own compositing, as caring for the natural environment and sustainability are core elements of the Kindy’s program. Parents, children and staff have undertaken a variety of projects to enhance gardens, play spaces and develop WCKindy Sustainable practices.

Our indoor spaces are well equipped with resources continually being purchased for the benefit of our Kindy children.

All facilities are maintained to meet a high standard of safety.

CURRICULUM

The Warwick Community Kindergarten follows the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG) which states:

Throughout the Kindergarten Year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.

Educators at the Warwick Community Kindergarten strive to create spaces and experiences that encourage young people to feel attached, feel appreciated for what they are right now and feel supported in what they might become as effective citizens in a complex future world.

KINDY MANAGEMENT

Warwick Community Kindergarten Association Inc is a community kindergarten affiliated with The Gowrie (Qld). Lady Gowrie provide ongoing, comprehensive support to our Management Committee. The Kindy is an independent, not for profit Kindy operated by a very dedicated group of staff and Management Committee formed from parents of the Kindy. Income is obtained from Government subsidies and attendance fees.

The Centre is licensed by the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care National Regulations.

The Warwick Community Kindergarten has been assesed and rated by the Queensland Office of Early Chidhood Education and Care against the 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standards.

  1. Educational program and practice
  2. Children’s health and safety
  3. Physical environment
  4. Staffing arrangements
  5. Relationships with children
  6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  7. Governance and Leadership

The Warwick Community Kindergarten received an Exceeding rating in all of the 7 quality areas. In our Assessment and Rating summary it was stated: "Your service is to be commended on its achievements in providing quality outcomes for children. The interactions of the educators with each other, the children and their families reflect a positive, comfortable and welcoming sense of community within the service"

The Kindy is committed to active participation in the National Assessment and Rating process and has a current Quality Improvement Plan (available in the front office) as well as regular staff professional development and ongoing critical reflection.

The Kindy is managed by a Management Committee which is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting held in February. The committee meets monthly, working closely with teaching and administrative staff. You can contact committee members via president@warwickkindy.com.au.