What Our Families are Saying
St Johns Kindy was the best start to schooling life for our two children. We loved being apart of this great community. Our children were able to explore, learn, take risks and grow in their self confidence, all while being in the comfort of a supportive and safe Christian environment. Thank you St Johns Kindy.
St John’s Lutheran Kindergarten has provided a brilliant start to early education for our little boy. The program offers a balance between structure/ routine and variation or child led learning. Activities can often be initiated by the children – of what interests them or what seems to have caught their eye on any particular day. These qualities allow our adventurous little spirit to share his interests with his peers and learn through the activities that are of importance to him. We value the transparency of the program and the vested interest the educators have in ensuring that the kindergarten is compliant with the documentation that governs performance in early education.
Communication with the service and educators is brilliant which allows us to know what the program has offered throughout the day, creating opportunity for reflection and communication around the dinner table at night. We are thankful for the insight provided through observations of how daily learnings relate to educational and developmental stages or milestones – we have learnt a lot as parents as to how little minds work!
We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful little community and know that a start to early education with St John’s Kindergarten will hold our little boy in good stead for a bright future.
It’s more than just a Kindy, it’s like family! As you walk through the gates of St John’s Kindergarten Kingaroy you are instantly greeted with an enriching play environment. It doesn’t take long before your embraced by the warmth of their staff and it feels like home away from home. All three of my daughters have attended this beautiful kindy. It’s been a place where they have felt safe, loved, respected and valued. The heart of this kindy is the children! Every day it provides quality learning experiences through play and exploration, it’s not long before your child starts to embrace a love for learning in this environment. It delivers an abundance of opportunities for individual growth and encourages children to not only explore but extend their ideas and thoughts. It’s a place of belonging, a place of fun and a place of connection! Our family looks back on our St John’s Kindy days with fond memories and love.
Our beautiful boy attended St.John’s Kindy for two and a quarter years. In this time he blossomed. I cannot speak more highly enough of the child led education philosophy that is practised at this Kindy. One day my son came home and told me all about hydrocephalus! The beautiful community environment was another feature of the Kindy that makes it truly special and a privilege to be a part of.
Our son had such a great experience attending SJLS Kindergarten, in the year he was there I notice a huge improvement in his development and confidence; where he willingly contributes to conversations and was able to begin to verbally express himself. What I loved most about the care was the free play and encouragement of children to explore their environment, problem solve, while being creative with what they have.
St John’s Kindy was the most magical, nurturing and inspirational start for our eldest son’s educational journey. Jenny and her team have created this perfectly curated balance between free expression and guided learning; magic and fact; safety and exploration. At St John’s Kindy the children are immersed into a unique range of experiences, from visits to Orana aged care to the unforgettable farm excursion, visits to the school library and music classes and art lessons from community artists. The children’s independence, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and love for learning is nurtured through experiences such as risky play (climbing trees), engaging with loose parts and regular campfires throughout the cooler months. We loved that Jenny taught the children about historical and current global issues and events, for instance the children frequently wrote letters, drew pictures and learned about Kindy’s sponsor child and her life in a developing country, they also supported many charities, such as the Share the Dignity “In the Bag” campaign. St John’s Kindy embraces many beautiful traditions that create happy childhood memories for the children, which have remained with our son and will do so for life. The quality of the staff’s teaching, their wealth of knowledge which they impart to the children, the warm and loving care they provide day in and day out as well as the genuine family relationships that they establish with every family who walk through the Kindy’s gates further reminds us how blessed we were to become a St John’s Kindy family. The memory of toasting marshmallows on the fire and the many stories and songs told by Jenny have fostered a love and curiosity for learning that has followed our son into his schooling journey and will beyond.
Our daughter had an incredible year learning so much. Her teachers’ patience, creativity, love and encouragement for our daughter to explore and challenge her growth both intellectually and physically. We are so grateful for their tireless efforts.
We love this kindy’s seamless blend of play-based, creative learning, and real-world, community minded education. Without even realising it’s happening children are immersed in a classroom that emboldens their individuality, whilst also sparking a life-long love for their community and environment. We’re so glad our children could attend St John’s Kindy!
Excursions have always been a highlight for my kids, and I love the thought that goes into choosing the destination. Exploring the hospital, checking out the inside of a helicopter, ambulance and fire truck and getting a taste of farm life are experiences my kids otherwise would not have had. The kindy is also big on sustainability and since going to St Johns my kids have taught me a thing or two about recycling, composting and growing veggies! The kindy is very community focused, and regularly involves the kids in helping those less fortunate. I love seeing the joy they get from helping others. Would I recommend St Johns kindy? Absolutely!
St. John’s Kindergarten provided both of our children with an incredibly rich Kindy experience. A truly child-centred program which met the needs of our children holistically, engaging their curiosities, supporting their developmental growth and school readiness in an authentically play-based environment. The educators were child responsive and their planning and the environment reflected this. We valued the play and learning opportunities that were offered to the children, particularly those that provided the freedom and opportunity to safely take risks. We highly commend the way in which faith, cultural understanding, environmental and global citizenship were nurtured through the program. Resources were thoughtfully considered and acquired, and a wonderful sense of community was fostered.