Starting school is an important milestone in the life of your child and your family. At Queens Park Primary School our Kindergarten centre staff are there to care for and nurture your child. For many children, this may be the first time they are away from Mum and Dad for an extended period. We understand that this is a meaningful and special time. Our aim at the centre is to ensure your child receives the best possible start to their educational journey. At Queens Park Primary School we view these early learning programs as the cornerstones on which the later educational opportunities for your child are developed. The centre is an integral part of the whole school.
Kindergarten school hours
We currently have two Kindergarten groups running Monday-Friday 8.45 am – 2.45 pm. Each group attends for two and a half days per week.
Kindergarten Enrolment Application
Download enrolment form for Kindergarten 2017.
Bringing and picking up your child
Making sure your child is happy and safe is our priority. For this reason, parents, or a responsible person, are to bring their child to the Centre each day and be available to collect them at the end of the day. If you wish your child to be collected by a person other than their guardian, please advise the teacher. Written permission is required if an older sibling is collecting your child.
Healthy food and drink
In the interest of your child’s dental and physical health, no lollies, sweet biscuits or chocolate are allowed in the centre. Children will share a healthy snack at fruit time – this is an important part of our social development teaching. Acceptable foods to send with your child for shared fruit time are:
• Fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, pears, watermelon, etc.
• Dried fruit
• Vegetables/Salads – carrot, celery, tomato, cucumber
• Hard boiled eggs, cold meats
• Cheese, savoury biscuits but not sweet biscuits
A drink of water will follow shared fruit. When packing lunch please ensure food is prepared and packed in a manner that is easy for your child to access. We have a water fountain, but when packing their drink we strongly recommend water. Please notify staff if you child has any food allergies or is not to eat, as we do cooking activities occasionally.
Ordering lunches at the canteen
All children need lunch from their first day at school. Please send a water bottle with your child. The canteen service is available to Kindergarten children, and orders are to be placed into the box located in the classroom. A canteen menu will be sent home in Term 1.
Bags and equipment
Your child will need two bags:
A reasonable sized bag or backpack, sufficient to fit a lunch box, drink container, morning snack, books, hat, spare clothes and schoolwork. This style of bag will help us teach your child about keeping belongings in one place and being responsible for their own property.
A library bag is needed in Term 2, to allow children to borrow books. This bag should be approximately 35cm x 35cm and have a Velcro fastening or drawstring handle to stop books falling out.
Please write your child’s name on everything so that it is visible. They will also need:
• A plastic cup
• A full set of spare clothing in their bag every day including underwear, shirt, shorts or trousers and a jacket or jumper in case of accidents and when children are involved in water play
In addition to the above we do ask parents to purchase a small number of items, such as pencils, felt tip pens, markers etc, to support the centre’s program. These items do not need to be individually labelled with your child’s name as we put them together for everyone to use.
Your child’s birthday
We love birthdays at Queens Park Primary School. We welcome you bringing in a cake or cupcakes and hope you will be able to stay on roster to be part of the celebration.
Your child will love having you visit and be part of their Kindergarten centre, and our parents are welcomed and needed. There are a number of ways you can get involved:
• Assist with parent help roster
• Go with the class on excursions
• Attend parent workshops; attend the school P&C committee meetings
• Volunteering to wash aprons and hand towels
• Share any special skills you have with your child’s class (such as carpentry, weaving, pottery or cooking)
• Save your ice cream, yoghurt and margarine containers for us. Paper, cardboard, milk and orange juice cartons, tissues boxes, plastic bottles, milk bottle tops, old magazines, cereal boxes etc are all welcome
Before assisting in any classrooms parents/carers must complete the Confidential Declaration. This Declaration verifies that parent/carers do not have any circumstances that preclude them from working with or near children.