Coolum Beach Community Kindergarten (Jones Parade Kindy)
A NUTURING & SUPPORTIVE START TO YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING JOURNEY
Some days it might look like a space shuttle launch pad, others an archaeological dig site or an underwater sea kingdom, but every day Coolum Beach Community Kindergarten is a warm, home-like place where children are discovering the delight of learning and preparing for a successful transition to school. With an exploration and play-based educational approach and a caring and nurturing atmosphere, “Jones Parade Kindy” – as it is known by generations of Coolum-ites – has been a much-loved part of the community for over 30 years. Since the gates first opened in 1982, there have been only a handful of staff – testament to the passion and commitment of those who operate the centre.
There are only 22 children in the centre at one time, and all of the children are in their pre-prep year. Children attend either the Possum group (Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesdays) or the Koala group (Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesdays), and are eligible for kindy if they turn four by June 30th of the year they attend. Our day starts at 8:30am and finishes at 2:30pm. We follow school terms and holidays and offer the stability that comes from having your child in a class group with the same friends and teachers at all times.
Coolum Beach Community Kindergarten was recently rated as “exceeding” the National Quality Standard by the Queensland Government. We are a not-for-profit kindy, affiliated with The Gowrie Qld and an Approved Kindergarten Program Provider under the Queensland Government Kindergarten Funding Scheme.
EXPERIENCED & PASSIONATE STAFF
Our Director, Lyndal Fletcher, has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) as well as 22 years of experience in Early Childhood teaching. She and our qualified Kindergarten Educator, Wendy Owen, are passionate about early childhood and the community-based kindergarten model. Our staff members regularly participate in professional development courses, ensuring their knowledge continues to meet the changing community needs.
A NATURAL & INSPIRING LOCATION
Located in central Coolum, our centre is tucked next to the Cassia Wildlife Corridor, offering a safe and natural bush environment. The parkland adjacent to the kindy is host to an abundance of Coolum’s flora and fauna. Our kindy is set among shady trees, with a spacious outdoor play area that provides a perfect natural learning environment for young children.
ENROLMENTS & ENQUIRIES
Feel free to drop in for a chat any weekday between 2:40pm – 3:00pm or Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.coolumkindy.com for more information. We look forward to welcoming your family at Coolum Beach Community Kindergarten!
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