Banks Street Newmarket Community Kindy
Banks Street Newmarket Kindy is a C&K affiliated Community Preschooling Centre providing a high-quality education program for Pre-prep children, 3.5 – 5 years. The kindy offers a fully-equipped, play based learning environment, on the grounds of Newmarket State School. Nestled amongst gardens, it has a shaded outdoor play area, covered deck and air-conditioned indoor space.
Banks Street Newmarket Kindy was established over 20 years ago and is a recognised Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program. The Kindy is an affiliate of C&K and is rated as ‘Exceeding’ for the National Quality Framework.
The Banks Street Newmarket Kindy team provides a safe environment for children to develop their abilities and explore their interests. Children’s understandings, socio emotional skills, self-expression and sense of wonder is expanded upon in their time at kindy. The Kindy prides itself on its commitment to acknowledging all cultures, respecting the environment, and making safe and healthy choices.
A Kindy Day
Banks Street Newmarket Kindy is a single unit centre with 2 groups, each with up to 22 children. Bees Group attends Monday – Wednesday, 8.30am to 2.30pm, and Butterflies Group attends Thursday – Friday, 8.30am to 4:00pm during School terms.
Each day, the teacher and assistant educator provide a flexible routine, encouraging children to initiate play, take responsibility for their activities, and to express themselves to their peers. Focus is placed on developing gross and fine motor skills, sensory development, literacy and numeracy – to assist with transition into Prep.
A lot of enjoyment and learning is had in the process: exploring the veggie patch; decorating the outdoor ‘secret space’; visiting the native bees; cooking in the mud kitchen – and the real kitchen; constructing in the sand pit; dressing up for a performance on the stage; sharing a story, song and dance; even yoga on the mat inside. Group times include opportunities for sharing ideas, making plans and recalling discussions. Quiet time is encouraged to reflect and relax.
The excitement of the day is captured in photos, videos and diaries all shared securely online with Story Park, a platform that keeps families and carers updated on their child’s development.
Banks Street Kindy has a wonderful, supportive team. Their director and Bees group teacher has been with Banks Street Kindy for over 20 years and was awarded the C&K Service Leadership Award in 2017. Their Butterflies teacher joined in 2018 with over 20 years of experience working with children and is a research assistant in the School of Early Childhood at QUT when not at kindy.
The teaching team work collaboratively with each child and their family, to encourage every child’s disposition to learn and observes a strict policy of inclusion regardless of gender, ability or culture.
The Banks Street Kindy team are all advocates for the children and have a passion for education. They share pedagogy practices, keep abreast of new ideas in research, and constantly challenge themselves.
Banks Street Newmarket Kindy is privileged to have a dedicated Artist visit fortnightly. The children explore colour, line, drawing and painting. In each session, various mediums are used to observe, plan, connect and create. Children use the Art Program to express and articulate their thoughts, both verbally and through creation.
The highlight of the Kindy year is the Annual Art Evening where parents and friends view the incredible collaboration by the children. The children showcase their work as Little Artists and it is awe-inspiring to see the children’s art journey.
As a community kindy, there is a lot of focus on family involvement through the year. The Parent Management Committee helps with the day to day running of Banks Street Newmarket Kindy. It is a very social place, and there are many events for everyone to enjoy including the kindy bush walk, parents-only art evening, meals together and play dates. Families are encouraged to assist with the Working Bees, playdates, management and fundraising.
Explore, Stay and Play
Banks Street Newmarket Community Kindy would love to welcome you for a play one day. Families are invited to Banks Street Kindy’s Open Week 3 -7 September, 2018 between 9am – 12noon. Be sure to bring a hat, water bottle and morning tea snack! Enquiries ph: 07 3352 6940
Call: 07 3352 6940 Email: [email protected]
Banks Street Newmarket Community Kindy is located at 15 Banks Street, Newmarket, QLD 4051.