Bulimba Community Kindergarten is located on Oxford Street beside the library and Bulimba State School playgrounds. Bulimba Kindergarten has two units providing quality educational programmes to
88 children each week.
Bulimba Community Kindergarten is proudly affiliated with The Gowrie, Queensland. As a leader for over 70 years in early childhood programs, The Gowrie are particularly known for their innovative and flexible practices, integrated service provision, meaningful partnerships with parents and evidence based practice. The Gowrie continues to be recognised in the broader community and the Government sector as a provider of high quality services for both children and families. The Gowrie pride themselves in communicating new ideas and supporting the National Quality Framework and have a reputation for excellence in early childhood education and care. We are very proud to be part of the Lady Gowrie family and benefit from their knowlege, support and expertise.
At Bulimba Community Kindergarten we respect and value children, families, community, the environment and our staff. Please find a copy of Our Philosophy here.
National Quality Framework
The National Quality Framework is a new integrated national approach to the regulation and quality assessment processes for long day care, family day care, outside school hours care, Pre-Prep and kindergarten services. In both 2012 and 2018 we were assessed against the National Quality Standards (NQS) which evaluates services in seven quality areas as well as providing an overall service assessment. We are proud to announce that our service was rated overall at 'Exceeding National Quality Standard' following both assessments. For more information on the National Quality Framework visit the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Our staff are an experienced team of dedicated professionals who bring much expertise and creativity to their roles. They are all committed Early Childhood specialists who welcome and enjoy working with children and families. The staff work as a team each offering different ideas and interests to enhance children’s learning at our centre.
Our Kindergarten welcomes families and understands that teaching young children is about an active partnership between parents and staff. We encourage parent participation in many areas including management committees, parents on roster, working bees, parent information evenings and family social occasions. Each year new parents are always encouraged to become actively involved in our kindergarten community. Being involved in a community centre is such a rewarding experience and a chance to become involved in your local community.
Here at Bulimba kindy we operate play based programs that cater to each individual child. Our program is designed around child initiated experiences that are developmentally appropriate and are underscored by the philosophy of Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.
Environment and Facilities
Our buildings and playground are designed to suit the hands on learning experiences so important for young children. We provide indoor and outdoor environments that stimulate and encourage children to explore and investigate their world and facilitate their learning.
Every part of the day is a learning experience for your child and food times are no exception. We ask that children be provided with healthy food so that their bodies gain essential nutrients for growth and health. For more information and lunch box ideas please visit the Nutrition Australia website .
Reconciliation Action Plan
Bulimba Community Kindergarten recognises that children’s connection to their community is essential to their sense of belonging, and that kindergarten plays a key role in cultivating relationships within the wider community. Over the past two years, the kindergarten Co-directors and Management Committee has identified the need for the kindergarten to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families living in the local area— and that this relationship building is a priority for our service.
Bulimba Community Kindergarten now has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Children attend either one of our 6 day per fortnight programs between 8.45 am – 2:45 pm or a 4 day fortnight program that runs from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. The centre operates Monday to Friday during the school term.
Term Dates :
Term One, 2020 : 28 January 2020 to 3 April 2020 inc
Term Two, 2020 : 20 April 2020 to 26 June 2020 inc
Term Three, 2020 : 13 July 2020 to 18 September 2020 inc
Term Four, 2020 : 6 October 2020 to 11 December 2020 inc
A copy of our 2020 Groups 1 & 4 Calendar can be found here.
A copy of our 2020 Groups 2 & 3 Calendar can be found here.
We are a Community not for profit Kindergarten and the Management Committee sets the fees each year to cover the costs of running the centre. Please contact us for details of our current year's fee structure.
A copy of our 2020 Statement of Fees can be found here.
We operate four pre-prep groups (22 children each), in two units. Children in pre-prep must turn four by June 30 in the year they attend. Please see the Wait List table for our table of eligible dates.
Group 1 : Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8.45 am to 2:45 pm
Group 2 : Monday & Tuesday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Group 3 : Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8.45 am to 2:45 pm
Group 4 : Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm