Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House

Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House is a purpose-built service with three learning spaces available for children from 3 to 5 years. In addition we also offer before and after school care for students from Mount Crosby State School and Karalee State School. We run a Queensland Approved Kindergarten Program for our 4- to 5-year-olds.

“Our programs are play based aimed with knowledge that children learn best when provided with opportunities and environments to freely engage with the world around them in pursuit of their own interests and curiosities.  The classroom environments are full of innovative and original activities that allow children time and space to explore and learn.  Early Childhood Services are a platform in which children can practice the skills required for their futures such as friendships, exploring and understanding emotions and ultimately discovering their own footprint within the broader community.”

Kaitlyn Phillips, Karalee Kindergarten and School House Service Director

 

What Parents are Saying…

“Feedback about the centre as a whole: We’ve experienced a lot of centres with all the constant moving around for work and this is by far the best experience we’ve had. We love that there is regular feedback on how our kids are doing and there is always so much for them to do during their days. It was important to us that we found care that both our kids could spend time together if they wanted even though they are in separate class levels. They are well cared for, safe and happy while they are there and that’s all we could ask for. Thank-you for all you do.”

— Rhiannon Abberton

 

“The first impression I got from the kindy and the people who work there was wonderful. The way it is set up, all the new and fun learning toys. Lots of outdoor activities and plenty of shade. It was nice to meet everyone with their enthusiasm and happy faces. Liam liked it straight away and felt comfortable there. I was happy to leave him there, the way he felt. I’m sure our stay at your kindy will be a great one.”

— Karen Bass

 

“The transition for Adelyn has been so smooth. It’s been fantastic that Adelyn gets excited to go to kindy & most times comes home happy about the fun day she has had. I trust in her instincts and to go by her alone knowing how her educators must be great because she is always talking about them. Gives me confidence in knowing that each day I send her she is ok.

I think all the learning materials on hand are an added bonus, Adelyn gets bored very easily and I love knowing that she has plenty to explore. I will definitely continue to recommend you guys for as long as the way things are going continues.”

— Shannie Phillips

Our Team

Julie-Watts
Julie Watts
Operations Manager
Kaitlyn Phillips
Kaitlyn Phillips
Service Director

Facilities

Pre Kindy (3 years – 4 years)

At Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House our Pre Kindy programs cater for children 3-4 years, where we welcome up to 22 children per day with 2 permanently employed Educators.

The service will be flexible with age groupings to meet the needs of our children, our families and the community.

Remaining flexible with age grouping allows for children of the same family to be together or children who are friends to remain together while settling.

Experiences

Within this age group our educators are planning activities that develop the integrations of two brain hemispheres, fine hand co-ordination, sense of direction, awareness of time and many other really important areas of development.

So often we hear parents say “When will they learn their colours, their numbers and letters” and although this is somewhat important they ARE NOT the markers for a child’s ongoing success and later learning. What we mean is a child may be able to recite the alphabet but unable to sit for a story or problem solve with peers.

Our service looks at children holistically across many areas of development some that cannot be seen nor measured nor sent home on a piece of paper but please note we are always thinking planning and evaluating all that we do.

In our Pre Kindy group we will be

  • Running
  • Playing ball
  • Drawing
  • Painting and some days it will be messy.
  • Water play
  • Listening to story / music
  • Playdough and clay

Climbing……. parents look away if you have to….! But small risky play is vital and if we deny children of risk taking in Early Childhood they will take greater risks as adolescents and these risks will have far graver consequences. So please allow us to be at the top of the fort…

Kindergarten (4 years – 5 years)

Our Kindergarten program at Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House is our Approved Kindergarten program led by our Early Childhood Teacher.

The room is licenced for 22 children with 1 Teacher and 1 Educator. This room is designated for children who will be 4 years old by the 30th of June and then moving to Prep the following year.

Let’s get ready for Prep …….not really at Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House!! What??? What is being ready anyway? It will be so different for each child and each family. So often parents rely on markers such as knowing colours and letters as being school ready and that could not be further than the truth.

Prep teachers often tell us that if a child can look after their own belongings at school they will be eternally grateful…. But that doesn’t sound as glamorous at the end of the day does it…. “Oh...by the way your Billy put his pencil in the pencil holder today” said NO Teacher ever…..but at Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House those life skills are just as important as learning our colours.

Our Kindergarten program is based on the Queensland Curriculum Guidelines and a copy can be found at

www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/kindergarten/curriculum

Experiences

We look at children holistically and our programs are play centered – (hence our name) Block play, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, dress ups, dancing, stories and singing are just a few things your child will enjoy.

Fun environments ensure that children learn best. When children are pressured to rote learn, recite and spend long periods of being directed and lectured by adults learning actually becomes far more difficult. When it happens naturally driven by children interests it has greater meaning and therefore retained more easily.

Getting ready for Prep is:

  • Using language to communicate ideas and feelings.
  • Co-operating with peers without hitting /pushing and biting.
  • Adjust to separating from their primary caregiver
  • Working independently
  • Expressing ideas and thoughts though the arts
  • Developing language for problem solving i.e. Words like “lets negotiate”
  • Mastering fine and gross motor skills – I cannot write if I don’t know where my body is in time and space.
Schoolies (Prep - Year 6)

Our Schoolies space has been specifically designed to respect the schoolies children when coming to Karalee Kindergarten and Schoolie House for before or after school care. With their own designated room, with large storage space the children can create their own space within our service and feel like they belong. We have 2 bus drivers and 2 bus supervisors who will run our buses to the local schools to transport the children safely.

In our Schoolies group we will be

  • Support the children in the morning to be ready for school
  • Assist with homework in the afternoons
  • Offer age-appropriate activities that engage the children

Exploring our large outdoor space with a basketball, netball and handball courts, rock wall, monkey bars and swings.

Fee Schedule

(Subject to change without prior notice)

Group Name Age Daily Fee
Before School & After School Care (Mt Crosby State School & Karalee State School) Prep to Year 6 $20 per Morning Session (6:15am - 9am)
$28 per Afternoon Session (3pm - 6:15pm)
$45 for both sessions on same day
Vacation Care (including incursions & excursions) Prep to Year 6 $82 per 9, 10 or 12 Hour Session
Pre Kindy & Kindergarten 3yrs - 5yrs $75 per 6 Hour Session (9am - 3pm)
$105 per 9, 10 or 12 Hour Session

What you need to bring

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Wide Brim Hat

Your first sun smart hat is supplied by us
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Water Bottle

To keep children hydrated throughout the day
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Footwear

So little feet get used to wearing shoes
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Linen & Blankets

Bring your own linen & blankets
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Spare Clothes

For after water play or lunch time adventures
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A Bag

To put everything into morning and afternoon

Upcoming Events

Jan

Queensland School Year Commences

January 24, 2022

Queensland School Year Commences

Jan

Australia Day BBQ at the Centre

January 25, 2022

Australia Day BBQ at the Centre

Jan

Australia Day (Centre Closed)

January 26, 2022

Australia Day (Centre Closed)

Feb

Chinese New Year: Year of the Tiger

February 1, 2022

Chinese New Year: Year of the Tiger

Feb

Read aloud day

February 2, 2022

Read aloud day – bring your favourite book

Feb

Waitangi Day: New Zealand

February 6, 2022

Waitangi Day: New Zealand

Feb

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2022

Valentine’s Day

Mar

Clean Up Australia Day

March 6, 2022

Clean Up Australia Day

Mar

Clean up Australia Day Excursion

March 7, 2022

Clean up Australia Day Excursion

Mar

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2022

International Women’s Day

Mar

St Patricks Day

March 17, 2022

St Patricks Day

Mar

World Storytelling Day – making our own stories

March 20, 2022

World Storytelling Day – making our own stories

Mar

Harmony Day

March 21, 2022

Harmony Day

Mar

World Water Day – water play day

March 22, 2022

World Water Day – water play day

Apr

School Holiday Program Begins

April 2, 2022

School Holiday Program Begins

Apr

Nature Play Week – nature walk excursions

April 6, 2022

6th - 16th - Nature Play Week – nature walk excursions

Apr

Easter Bonnet Parade/Morning Tea for families

April 14, 2022

Easter Bonnet Parade/Morning Tea for families

Apr

Good Friday (Centre Closed)

April 15, 2022

Good Friday (Centre Closed)

Apr

Easter Monday (Centre Closed)

April 18, 2022

Easter Monday (Centre Closed)

Apr

QLD Term 2 Commences

April 19, 2022

QLD Term 2 Commences

Apr

ANZAC Day (Centre Closed)

April 25, 2022

ANZAC Day (Centre Closed)

May

Labour Day (Centre Closed)

May 2, 2022

Labour Day (Centre Closed)

May

Mother’s Day Morning Tea

May 6, 2022

Mother’s Day Morning Tea

May

Mother’s Day

May 8, 2022

Mother’s Day

May

Ipswich Show Holiday (Centre Closed)

May 13, 2022

Ipswich Show Holiday (Centre Closed)

May

Outdoor Classroom Day

May 20, 2022

Outdoor Classroom Day

May

Simultaneous Storytime “The Family Tree”

May 25, 2022

Simultaneous Storytime “The Family Tree”

Jun

International Children’s Day

June 1, 2022

International Children’s Day

Jun

World Ocean Day

June 8, 2022

World Ocean Day

Jun

Red Nose Day

June 24, 2022

Red Nose Day

Jun

School Holiday Program Begins

June 25, 2022

School Holiday Program Begins

Jul

NAIDOC Week

July 3, 2022

3rd - 10th - NAIDOC Week

Jul

QLD Term 3 Begins

July 11, 2022

QLD Term 3 Begins

Jul

National Pyjama Day

July 23, 2022

National Pyjama Day – Wear your favourite PJ’s

Aug

Dental Health Week – Dental visit excursion

August 1, 2022

Dental Health Week – Dental visit excursion

Aug

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

August 4, 2022

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Aug

Jeans for Genes Day – Come in Jeans

August 5, 2022

Jeans for Genes Day – Come in Jeans

Aug

International Friendship Day

August 7, 2022

International Friendship Day

Aug

Ekka Show Holiday (Centre Open)

August 10, 2022

Ekka Show Holiday (Centre Open)

Aug

National Science Week

August 13, 2022

13th - 21st - National Science Week

Aug

Red Nose Day

August 15, 2022

Red Nose Day

Aug

National Children’s Book Week – dress up week

August 20, 2022

20th - 26th - National Children’s Book Week – dress up week

Sep

Father’s Day afternoon tea

September 2, 2022

Father’s Day afternoon tea

Sep

Australian National flag Day

September 3, 2022

Australian National flag Day

Sep

Father’s Day

September 4, 2022

Father’s Day

Sep

National Child protection week

September 5, 2022

National Child protection week – visit from the Karana Downs Police Station

Sep

Early Childhood Educators Day

September 7, 2022

Early Childhood Educators Day

Sep

RUOK? Day

September 8, 2022

RUOK? Day

Sep

School Holiday Program Begins

September 17, 2022

School Holiday Program Begins

Sep

Talk like a pirate day – pirate dress up day

September 19, 2022

Talk like a pirate day – pirate dress up day

Oct

Queens Birthday (Centre Closed)

October 3, 2022

Queens Birthday (Centre Closed)

Oct

Term 4 begins

October 4, 2022

Term 4 begins

Oct

World space week

October 4, 2022

4th - 10th - World space week

Oct

Children’s week

October 23, 2022

23rd - 29th - Children’s week

Oct

Day for Daniel

October 28, 2022

Day for Daniel – dress in red

Nov

Outdoor classroom day

November 4, 2022

Outdoor classroom day

Nov

National recycling week

November 8, 2022

8th - 14th - National recycling week

Nov

Remembrance Day

November 11, 2022

Remembrance Day

Nov

World Kindness Day

November 13, 2022

World Kindness Day

Dec

School Holiday Program begins

December 10, 2022

School Holiday Program begins

Dec

TBA - Children’s Christmas celebration

December 1, 2022

TBA - Children’s Christmas celebration

Dec

TBA – Kindergarten Graduation Celebration

December 1, 2022

TBA – Kindergarten Graduation Celebration

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