We're excited to announce a new innovative and unique kindergarten offering. Starting from the 2020 school year, our Bracken Ridge Childcare centre is offering both a traditional Long Hours kindergarten program and an Independent/Sessional option.
As far as we know, you can't find this unique combination anywhere else, except for our award winning centre in Toowoomba. It is consistent with our approach to early education --> to provide families with exceptional customer service and flexibility, as well as premium education and care.
Please find information on both options below.
Long Hours Kindergarten
The Long Hours Kindergarten program offers maximum flexibility to best suit the needs of families and your children’s development. The program runs every day and is delivered by a bachelor qualified teacher who implements a Queensland Kindergarten approved educational program between the hours of 8:30am to 3:00pm. Ideally, your child would attend during the program hours, though this is not a requirement as flexibility of hours and days is a benefit of this program.
There are no restrictions or requirements to join this program (other than age), you can choose from 1 to 5 days per week and you can drop off and pick up your child(ren) anytime within our operating hours of 6:15am to 6:15pm. There are also multiple options available from 6 to 11 hour sessions.
The Long Hours Kindergarten room is open year-round except for public holidays and weekends. During the dedicated Queensland school holidays, the Long Hours Kindergarten continues to offer an engaging and exciting teacher-led educational program.
Sessional Kindergarten (5-day Fortnight)
The 'sessional' or 'independent' program is also an approved Queensland Kindergarten program delivered by a bachelor qualified teacher. The difference is that our Sessional Kindergarten program is based on a five-day fortnight (much like a C&K program). You can choose either the beginning or end of the week programs, see sample timetable below. Also, both programs are only available during the 40-week school year.
Educational Difference to Long Hours: The program is based on having the same group of children with the same educators every week. This provides a different teaching environment to Long Hours as children can extend on learning opportunities as a group.
Sessional families are strongly encouraged to adhere to the set drop-off/pick-up times. Children who arrive late may miss out on important learning time, as the session times are shorter.
...with long day care convenience
Before/After Kindy Care:
Unlike a C&K kindergarten, families using our Sessional option also have the flexibility and convenience of care outside of the set hours. If you require care before or after the Sessional Kindergarten set hours you can use our Before/After Kindy care options.
If you require extra bookings outside of your regular long or sessional kindergarten days, then you are welcome to make an additional casual or permanent booking in the Long Hours Kindergarten program, if available.
Also, if you require care during the school holidays you can book into our Kindy holiday program. All Sessional Kindy children who require holiday care will combine in a dedicated room with fully qualified educators.
Unlike a traditional independent kindergarten, you can claim CCS funding. You can also maintain your account on a weekly/fortnightly basis rather than having to pay for an entire term up front. Which also means that for sick days and holidays or other days where you don't require care you can get a discount or swap for another day if possible.
The sample table below shows the early week group (Group 1) alternating every second Wednesday
with the late week group (Group 2):