Ballymore Kindergarten Review
Ballymore Kindergarten has a long tradition of providing exceptional early childhood education with a focus on play-based learning, building positive relationships and ensuring thoughtful, explicit communication with children and parents. Parents and visitors to the centre highly regard the calm and caring atmosphere, the authentic engagement of staff in children’s play and explorations and the collaborative nature of the interactions between all staff members and with the wider community.
Ballymore Kindergarten Parent Fact Sheet
Education Type: Kindergarten program
Days & Hours of Operation: Monday and Tuesday 8:30am to 4:00pm, Wednesday to Friday 8:30am to 2:30pm (during school terms)
Ages of Care: 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 years
Food Provided: No
Nappies Provided: N/A
National Quality Standards (NQS) Rating: Exceeding in all NQS areas
Size of Centre: 1 room
Point of Difference: Bushland setting
Ballymore Kindergarten Program
Ballymore Kindy is affiliated with Lady Gowrie, a leader for over 75 years in early childhood programs. Their program is designed as an integrated, ongoing experience of social interaction and skill development for children.
Ballymore Kindy offers an educational program designed to promote independence and interdependence, communication, creativity, thinking and problem-solving. Play provides children with authentic reasons to apply and extend their knowledge, along with a range of skills, including literacy and numeracy.
Children are encouraged to express their individuality while developing an attitude of respect and caring for other people and the environment.
Children’s experiences at Ballymore Kindergarten are informed and supported by the Federal Government’s “Belonging, Being and Becoming” Early Years learning framework for Australia and the centre has been assessed as ‘Exceeding National Quality Standards’.
A unique, natural bush setting
Located alongside the iconic Ballymore Oval, the heart of rugby in Queensland, Ballymore Kindergarten offers a unique, natural, bush setting for children in inner-city Brisbane.
Children at the centre enjoy a spacious facility and a rich natural outdoor environment in which to explore, play and learn.
The outdoor play areas have been thoughtfully designed to provide a variety of play spaces to maximise children’s interest, creativity and participation, while maintaining safety. The kindy offers an environment that includes large shady trees, natural grass and garden spaces, allowing them to incorporate nature into the children’s play and learning.
The indoor and outdoor spaces are dynamic environments, changing in response to the children’s interests and needs.
- An expansive outdoor play space shaded by beautiful trees
- Opportunities to explore natural elements within the mud pit, sandpit, and rocky creek bed
- Recently developed fort area which invites imaginary play and physical challenges
- Garden spaces throughout the playground to support nature play
- Quality visual art materials and experiences
- A flexible and responsive environment that reflects the children and their interests
‘Exactly what you want your child’s kindy to be. Could not be more pleased.” – 2020 Parent
‘Ballymore is a wonderful kindy with a great focus on play-based learning in a caring, accommodating and flexible environment. The staff there really care about the kids and have a great program to build confidence in a supportive community setting.‘ – 2020 Parent
‘Ballymore Kindy and its staff provide an engaging, holistic and fun filled kindergarten experience. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.‘ – 2020 Parent
Ballymore Kindergarten is located at 185 Butterfield Street in Herston.
To find out more, please visit the Ballymore Kindergarten website.