Banks Street Kindy began as the St Ambrose Community Pre-School and Kindergarten and was located at St Ambrose’s School for 10.5 years. At the end of 2005, commencing in 2006 the Kindergarten was relocated to a classroom within Newmarket State School (NSS) with the intention of moving into a new building within 6 months. In 2011, after many years of fundraising and a BER grant, we moved into our lovely new building and gardens within the grounds of the Newmarket State School.
Since moving into the new building, the Parent Management Committees have undertaken a number of projects which have included:
- Landscaping around and sunshade over the stage area in the garden
- Purchase of an interactive whiteboard and iPad
- Establishment of the children’s edible garden and Butterfly garden
- Introduction of an electronic portfolio, allowing parents access to their child’s learning.
- Adding two air conditioning units to the building.
Banks Street Kindergarten is a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program Provider. For further information visit the www.education.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/.
In May 2015 Banks St Kindy was awarded an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard in the National Quality Framework.
The 2018 Parents Handbook can be downloaded here and provides detailed information on the kindy and how the center operates.
The Centre is managed by a committee made up of parents and meets monthly. This involvement is very rewarding and provides a great opportunity for parents to get to know the staff and other parents – particularly those who have work commitments meaning they do not regularly drop off / pick up their child.
An Annual General Meeting is held in February of each year and the Parent Management Committee is elected. All families are expected to be represented at the Annual General Meeting.