St James Lutheran Kindergarten has been offering quality early childhood education to families in the Redlands since 1973. At St James our role has been to ensure that children cultivate a lifelong love of learning. This means reaching their potential when they leave our service and being prepared for school and later life.
There has been extensive upgrades to the outdoor and indoor environments in recent years, and our emphasis remains the same, in providing high quality standards that surpass guidelines regarding the National Quality Framework, where we were awarded an overall rating of exceeding. To achieve this standard, we uphold our philosophy; that together we gather as a community of learners– children that are unique individuals, yet learning together from each other, need to co-operate and develop respect for self and others. This also emphasises the co-operative nature of teaching and learning, and believing that each child possesses great potential.
We are committed to providing your child a safe and secure environment with a program that nurtures and stimulates curiosity and wonder. It is a learning environment where the teacher is listening, observing and documenting children’s work, while provoking and stimulating thinking through collaboration with peers. Each classroom is busy with children working on various ideas, working independently and in groups with the support and encouragement of their teachers. Children are empowered to think and create through language, arts, music, drama, movement and technology.
Enhancing our teaching is the value we place on catering to the whole child through fostering meaningful relationships with parents, nurturing Christian beliefs and embracing diversity. This play based educational environment aims to provide a solid foundation that values teamwork to empower children’s success.
The staff, a 4 year qualified university trained teacher and a teacher’s assistant, work towards an educational program that is based on best practice and current theories to promote our exceeding rating. They are also engaged in creating an environment that meets the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline, but is also rich in provocations, challenging, values ICT and is based upon children’s ideas.
The culmination of these standards ensures that the whole child and their family is embraced in the foundation of a child’s learning journey, providing school readiness and skills for later life.
St James Kindergarten operates during state school terms. Unit’s 1 and 2 attend Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays from 8.30am – 2.30pm.
Units 3 and 4 attend alternate Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am – 2.30pm.
Offers of placement for the following school year are usually mailed to parents in the weeks following the June/July school holidays. These are offered over a series of rounds. Positions are also offered to parents on the waitlist as they become available during the school year. This can happen as family circumstances change.
For further information regarding our Kindergarten fee schedule click here.