Kindergarten Program

Bambara means Forest or Country, so it’s the perfect name for our Bush Kindy. It’s all about exploring natural environments, which is so beneficial to children.

The Benefits of Bush Kindy

Behind Stretton Early Years and Kindergarten is a big bush area, just waiting to be explored. Our Educators will deliver part of our regular Kindergarten program offsite, amongst the natural environment located behind our centre.

Because the children will be walking offsite, Bush Kindy is considered a Kindergarten Excursion.

Some of the activities children will enjoy may include:

Rock Skipping: Skipping/skimming stones in the creek.

Sneaky secret agent mission: Bug discovery. Children will create mini search parties and seek out bugs and insects.

Identify native plants and trees amongst the bushland: Children will be able to recognise a range of native plants and trees that grow around Stretton Early Years and Kindergarten.

Nature scavenger hunt: There are so many ‘natural treasures’ to be found, like leaves, stones, flowers and bark.

Become a master grass whistler: Learning to whistle using a blade of grass is so much fun!

Plant and tree leaf collection book: Children will collect and collate the leaves we discover to help them remember which leaves belong to which plant or tree.

Nature art: Nature inspires creativity and it’s the ideal backdrop for beautiful nature-inspired artwork.

Look for shapes in the clouds: This is where creativity and imagination take flight! Seeing a shape formed amongst the clouds and describing it to classmates and Educators builds awareness and confidence.

And more!
Each activity is carefully designed for Bush Kindy to contribute toward improving children’s learning, health and wellbeing.

Incursions/Excursions

Your child will love our numerous free learning programs throughout the year.

Our highly trained Educators are committed to making everyday fun, exciting and rewarding for the children.

As part of our Early Years and Kindergarten Educational Program, children are invited to participate in a range of excursions and incursions.

Excursions include a visit to Ipswich Light Gallery and the Library, as well as a Woolworths Tour.

Incursions include Henny Penny Hatching, multi-cultural shows, Ocean Life and Dentist Talks.

In Kindergarten, children will have access to the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program - a digital, play-based program which includes a series of interactive applications, introducing young children to languages other than English in an early learning setting, to encourage language learning in later years.

The ELLA Program has been developed in consultation with experts in languages, early childhood and technology and is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Foundation.

Children will also participate in Read It Again – KindergartenQ!, in consultation with Stretton State College. Fostering children’s language and literacy and to support children in their transition from Kindergarten to Prep. Read It Again is designed to strengthen children’s early foundations in four key areas of language and literacy: vocabulary, narrative, phonological awareness and print knowledge.

All these extra-curricular programs are available at no extra cost at Stretton Early Years and Kindergarten.

At Stretton Early Years and Kindergarten, our Kindergarten children participate in a School Transition Program, preparing each child for a smooth transition to Prep. This includes:

Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program
The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program is an exciting digital, play-based program which includes a series of interactive applications. The program introduces young children to languages other than English and new cultural experiences in an early learning setting, opening up a world of cultural possibilities and encouraging language learning in later years.

The ELLA Program has been developed in consultation with experts in languages, early childhood and technology and is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Foundation.

The ELLA journey includes seven play-based apps called The Polyglots (a polyglot is someone who is multilingual) that focus on different topics. These apps were developed by language and early childhood professionals. They’re fun to use and they also deliver on learning outcomes.

Each child chooses which ELLA apps and games they play on Centre iPads for a total of 15 minutes every day.

This learning is then complemented by their daily program, including additional language and cultural experiences.

Lunchbox Preparation
A distinct change for children at school is learning to eat from their lunch boxes and having the autonomy to select and ration their food for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Towards the end of the year, the children bring in their lunch boxes that they’ll be using for school. Then, we pre-pack their lunch boxes with all their meals. With Educator guidance, we then give them the opportunity to choose what they’d like to eat for their morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. This skill will help them feel comfortable with the change during their first year of Prep.
Read it Again Program
Read It Again – KindergartenQ! is a supplemental resource for Educators to foster children’s language and literacy and to support children in their transition from Kindergarten to Prep. Read It Again is designed to strengthen children’s early foundations in four key areas of language and literacy: vocabulary, narrative, phonological awareness and print knowledge.
Rest Period
As a long day care and Kindergarten service, we are legally required to provide a rest period for the children. However, our Outdoor Educator provides activities for the children who don’t want/need a rest. We encourage the children to participate in these activities with our Outdoor Educator to help them adjust to no longer having a nap. For the children who do still require a rest, we encourage mindfulness through meditation activities in a peaceful environment.
Lockers
The children will place all their belongings in lockers situated outside their room. It’s just a small change that gives them a little more independence and helps them to become accustomed to how they’ll store their belongings at school.
Transition Statements
A Transition Statement is prepared by your child’s Kindergarten Teacher at the end of the Kindergarten year. It’s a set of short learning summaries about your child’s progress in each learning and development area. Including the level of support your child requires in familiar and/or new situations.

This document is then forwarded to your child’s chosen school. It helps your child’s new school to understand where your child is at developmentally and socially, and how Teachers can best support them during their first school year. Parents and children are also encouraged to contribute to this document.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Portal Permission Form will be given to you to sign before generating the Transition Statement.

Stretton State College Prep Transition
Stretton Early Years and Kindergarten is situated within an Educational Precinct, along with Stretton State College and other local schools. This provides the opportunity to develop close relationships with local schools to gain further insight into how we can help each child make a smooth transition into Prep.

During Term 4, the Kindergarten children will participate in a series of excursions to Stretton State College, Junior Campus. They’ll take a look inside a school classroom, experience what it’s like inside a school and participate in activities. Your child doesn’t have to be going to Stretton State College to attend this transition. Children who are attending Stretton State College will also have access to the School’s own Pre-Prep Transition Program from September, as well as a Tour/Talk for parents.

Graduation
At the end of the year, we hold a Graduation Ceremony for the Kindergarten children. This is a very big moment for the children as it helps them to close the Kindergarten chapter and start to mentally prepare for their first year in Prep.

The children will generally perform a song and are then changed into a graduation cap and gown, ready to be presented with their certificate. It’s a lovely occasion for the children and families, and we encourage everyone to attend.

More details are given about this ceremony closer to the date.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
You’re able to meet with your child’s Kindergarten Teacher at any time throughout the year to discuss any concerns.

Towards the end of the year, we’ll organise interviews with you to discuss your child’s progress, development, achievements and school readiness. This includes going through school readiness questions. These will be organised after Transition Statements have been created. You’ll receive a permission form and you’re encouraged to provide feedback.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night
At the start of the year, we host a Kindergarten Information night for parents and carers. This is generally held on a weeknight after hours. It’s your opportunity to meet other families enrolled in our Kindergarten Program and the Teachers and Educators in our Kindergarten Rooms, to gain an understanding of our Kindergarten Program and ask questions.

Our Kindergarten Rooms are charged at a lower rate than the other rooms to help make it affordable and accessible to parents. Government funding helps us provide appropriate resources, skilled Teachers and a lower rate for our families.

Our Kindergarten Program starts at 8:30am until 4pm each day in our Bilbies Kindergarten Room and 9:00am until 4:30pm in our Kookaburras Kindergarten Room. It’s important for your child to attend during these hours, so they’re able to get the most out of the program. In order for Stretton Early Years and Kindergarten to receive Government funding for your child, we require your permission (we provide a form for you to sign). We also require your child to attend the Program for a minimum of 15 hours per week. This will provide us with funding from the Government to be able to put towards resources for your child (e.g. smartboards, iPads, ELLA programs, learning resources, incursions & excursions).