Free Kindy for 4-year-olds: Pelican’s Nest welcomes government program

The Queensland government’s free kindy program is offering 15 hours of free kindy to 4-year-olds for the year before they start Prep. Leading early learning centre, Pelican’s Nest, in Pelican Waters, encourages parents to take advantage of this initiative.

“Kindy is crucial for children’s wellbeing and development,” Fabiola Maciel Pelican’s Nest Centre Manager explains. “Children make friends, explore new environments, build confidence, and learn through play. This sets a strong foundation for future learning and success.”

Being on the campus and part of Caloundra City Private School, Pelican’s Nest is ideally located to provide children access to the best facilities for play, exploring and learning. “Our kindy students can borrow books from the school’s award-winning Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Library and enjoy sports and activities in the Raelene Boyle Hall, utilising the school’s facilities.”

Accredited as a Nature Play and Bush Kindy provider, Pelican’s Nest integrates outdoor learning into its early learning curriculum. “Students can explore nature with bushwalks within the school grounds, learn about permaculture and grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the school garden.”

The kindergarten program also sets the foundations for the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills through fun, play-based learning experiences that support building vocabulary, problem-solving, communication, and reflection. These experiences increase children’s understanding of the world around them and prepare them for the school years ahead.

“In preparing our children for school, we are here to support these important little people and to give them the confidence and practice that will enable them to face any challenge and to try new things,” says Fabiola.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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