Mission Statement
Our mission is that the children in our Centre deserve access to quality early education. We strive to provide a caring, fun, safe, inspiring and educational environment for children.


Our Philosophy

Our philosophy represents who we are at Springwood Kindy. It has been developed collaboratively by members of our learning community including children, families and staff.

At Springwood Community Kindergarten we believe that children are capable and resourceful learners with unique skills, talents and abilities. We believe in encouraging children to reach their potential by being active contributors in their learning within a safe, supportive environment. 

 

We recognise and value the importance of play as a fundamental approach to children’s learning. We aim to provide an environment that up supports each child’s positive outcomes through a balance of play and intentional teaching. We believe that learning through active, investigative play that draws on real life experiences will help children to grow and develop self confidence as learners. We provide children opportunities to build and consolidate their skills in key learning areas and support children’s social and emotional well-being in the learning community. We promote a collaborative environment where children learn to share, collaborate, co-operate and build friendships. Each child’s strengths and abilities are valued, respected and nurtured.

At Springwood Community Kindergarten we aim to provide a positive environment where children, families and staff feel welcome and have a sense of value and belonging. We foster a shared commitment to children’s learning that supports and respects parent ideas and family practices. We believe that strong partnerships with parents and communities support children’s learning and parents are engaged in ongoing collaborative decision making. We strive to build successful relationships between families, schools, community agencies and support services to facilitate positive transitions to school for all children.

Educators at Springwood Community Kindergarten honour diversity and the many cultural ways of being, seeing and living. We value and respect each family’s heritage and background and aim to embed the Indigenous perspectives of the Yugembeh people, the traditional owners of the land our kindergarten sits on. We value equity and inclusion and recognise each child’s diverse ways of learning.

At Springwood Community Kindergarten we are committed to protecting our environment. We value environmental education and the importance of sustainability. Our focus on empowering children and families to invest in their future is reflected in our Centre practices and connections with community. 

Staff at Springwood Community Kindergarten have a shared commitment to maintaining a positive, safe and collaborative work environment that supports our passion for early childhood education. Each staff member’s knowledge and skills are valued, respected and supported in an environment that values collaboration and the well-being of all staff. 



Curriculum

The Springwood Community Kindergarten follows the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (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, and interactions.

Kindy Management

Springwood Community Kindergarten is a community dedicated kindergarten affiliated with Lady Gowrie (Qld). Lady Gowrie provide ongoing, comprehensive support to our Management Committee.

Our Centre is an independent not-for-profit Centre operated by a loyal and dedicated team of staff members and a volunteer Management Committee. The annually elected Management Committee consists of parents whose children attend the Centre and oversee the day-to-day and long term strategy of our team. The Committee meets on a  monthly basis and works closely with teaching and administrative staff. Committee members can be contacted at president@springwoodkindy.com.au.

The majority of our income is derived from Government subsidies and attendance fees. Additional funding is sought through grant applications and occasional fundraising.

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.


National Quality Framework - Exceeding

Kindergartens are assessed and rated by the Queensland Office of Early Childhood Education and Care against the 7 quality areas of the National Quality Standards. The Standard is part if the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care established in 2012 to help ensure your child is given the best possible start in life. The Framework is administered by the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority.

Springwood Community Kindergarten receiving an Exceeding rating in all of the 7 quality area.
  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
For more information about the Framework see: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-quality-standard


Kindy Environment

The Kindy is set up 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 quiet play. We have a large covered sandpit, a climbing fort, swing area, digging patch and nature area. The staff encourage the children to discover the natural environment and visiting wildlife.

Our indoor spaces are well equipped with resources that are continually being updated and exhibits are loaned from the Qld Museum to further enhance the children's learning.

We also have our own veggie garden as caring for the environment and sustainability are core elements of the Kindy's program.