Questions about kindy?

You're not alone - the choice can be overwhelming! These FAQs answer some common questions and concerns, to help you find the perfect kindy fit for your child and your family.



Questions about kindy?

You're not alone - the choice can be overwhelming! These FAQs answer some common questions and concerns, to help you find the perfect kindy fit for your child and your family.

How do community and school-based kindergartens differ?


  • All Australian kindergartens teach the same national curriculum – community kindergartens provide an alternative, play-based approach to this important early education.
  • Community kindy schedules and activities aren’t dictated by the needs (and sirens!) of the wider school, allowing more freedom and flexibility for child-led learning.
  • The operation of community kindy is managed by a voluntary parent committee, working in partnership with teaching staff to ensure exceptional experiences for all.
  • Community kindergartens are typically located in stand-alone facilities, purpose-built for children of kindergarten age.


Will attending community kindy disadvantage my child when they start primary school?


Absolutely not! In fact, the play-based approach adopted by community kindergartens in WA is proven to prepare children for smooth entry into school. And to nurture brains with ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’ (Lester & Russell, 2008, p. 9). Did you know that Maggie Dent is a strong advocate for community kindy and play-based learning too? (Check out our “Play-Based Learning” page to find out more). Padbury Community Kindy also maintains close working relationships with all of the local primary schools, to ensure consistency of learning and ease the transition for our students into primary school once their Kindy year is complete.




Are the teaching staff qualified?


The quality of the teaching staff at Padbury Community Kindy is one of the things that keeps families coming back. Our Kindergarten Teacher – Cathy Whitney has a over 30 years teaching experience (including 26 years at Padbury Community Kindy). Our Education Assistants have all attained Cert III and have plenty of experience teaching at our kindy and other quality local schools. And our music and movement specialist – Siobhan Jones – is also highly trained and qualified.

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Do I have to live in a local catchment area to attend?

No! We accept enrolments from all surrounding areas. Enrolment is now open for 2019 students, click the link below to find out more.




Does community kindergarten cost more than school-based kindy?


No. Voluntary kindergarten contributions are set by the Department of Education, so they are the same for all kindergartens. As a community organisation we keep any additional contributions to a minimum. In 2018 our total family contribution was $240 per child (payable up front or in instalments of $60 per term). This covers all activities – there are no additional charges throughout the year.



How are community kindergartens funded in Western Australia?

Padbury Community Kindy is partly funded by the Department of Education – covering teacher salaries and some of the operating costs. The remaining funds come from family contributions, fundraising and community grants.




What are the term dates for 2018?


Term 1: Tues 30th Jan – Fri 13th Apr
Term 2: Mon 30th Apr – Fri 6th Jul
Term 3: Mon 23rd Jul – Fri 28th Sep
Term 4: Mon 15th Oct – Thurs 20th Dec



What are your kindy days & times?


We run the same days every week:
Tuesday: 8.40am – 2.45pm
Wednesday: 8.40am – 11.30am
Thursday: 8.40am – 2.45pm




Is before and after school care available?


Yes! Taking care of your children in the gap between kindy and work can place a lot of pressure on working families. Children attending Padbury Community Kindy have access to Hillarys Out Of School Care Inc (HOOSCI). Check out their website for more information.

VISIT: HILLARYS OUT OF SCHOOL CARE INC


Do kindy children wear a uniform?


No! Our students have no uniform – something that appeals to many of our families. For families that prefer to have the routine of a “uniform”, during Term 1 the parent committee organises a screen printing session to print our logo onto t-shirts and jumpers that families provide. This provides those children with an informal uniform, and helps to advertise the kindy when they are out and about! (PS – when playing outside, hats are compulsory, shoes are not).



Can we take a tour of the kindy before we enrol?


Of course! We encourage families to come down and take a look around to make sure PCK is the right fit for you. Please contact the kindy to arrange a suitable time. Our Padbury Picnic Club events are another great way to experience the kindy and meet other local families. Simply BYO a picnic lunch, hat, water bottle and a sense of fun. Picnic Club is held from 11.45am on the first Wednesday of every month during term time.

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How do community and school-based kindergartens differ?


  • All Australian kindergartens teach the same national curriculum – community kindergartens provide an alternative, play-based approach to this important early education.
  • Community kindy schedules and activities aren’t dictated by the needs (and sirens!) of the wider school, allowing more freedom and flexibility for child-led learning.
  • The operation of community kindy is managed by a voluntary parent committee, working in partnership with teaching staff to ensure exceptional experiences for all.
  • Community kindergartens are typically located in stand-alone facilities, purpose-built for children of kindergarten age.


Do I have to live in a local catchment area to attend?

No! We accept enrolments from all surrounding areas. Enrolment is now open for 2019 students, click the link below to find out more.



Does community kindergarten cost more than school-based kindy?

No. Voluntary kindergarten contributions are set by the Department of Education, and are the same for all kindergartens. As a community organisation we try to keep any additional contributions and donations to a minimum.


How qualified are teaching staff at community kindergartens?

The quality of the teaching staff at Padbury Community Kindy is one of the things that keeps families coming back. Our Kindergarten Teacher – Cathy Whitney has a over 30 years teaching experience (including 26 at PCK). And our Education Assistants have all attained Cert III and have plenty of experience teaching at our kindy and other quality local schools. Siobhan Jones – our music and movement specialist – is also highly trained and qualified.




Do kindy children wear a uniform?

No! Our students have no uniform – something that appeals to many of our families! When playing outside, hats are compulsory, shoes are not.



What are your kindy days & times?

We open the same days every week:
Tuesday: 8.40am – 2.45pm
Wednesday: 8.40am – 11.30am
Thursday: 8.40am – 2.45pm



How are community kindergartens funded in Western Australia?

Padbury Community Kindy is partly funded by the Department of Education – covering teacher salaries and some of the operating costs. The remaining funds come from family contributions, fundraising and community grants.



What are the term dates for 2018?

Term 1: Tues 30th Jan – Fri 13th Apr
Term 2: Mon 30th Apr – Fri 6th Jul
Term 3: Mon 23rd Jul – Fri 28th Sep
Term 4: Mon 15th Oct – Thurs 20th Dec



Can we take a tour of the kindy before we enrol?

Of course! We encourage families to come down and take a look around to make sure PCK is the right fit for you. Please contact the kindy to arrange a suitable time. Our Padbury Picnic Club events are another great way to experience the kindy and meet other local families. Simply BYO a picnic lunch, hat, water bottle and a sense of fun. Picnic Club is held from 11.45am on the first Wednesday of every month during term time.



More questions?


“Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves.”Jean Piaget
“Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves.”Jean Piaget

2 Caley Road, Padbury 6025 | Phone: (08) 9401 2989 | © Padbury Community Kindy 2018


2 Caley Road, Padbury 6025 | Phone: (08) 9401 2989
© Padbury Community Kindy 2018