Questions about kindy?

You're not alone - the choice can be overwhelming!
It's important to find the right kindy fit for your child and your family.
These FAQs will help to answer some common questions and concerns.

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 also 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 many things that keeps families coming back.

  • Cathy Whitney has over 30 years teaching experience (including 26 years at Padbury Community Kindy).
  • Jaymee Wiseman also joined the teaching team in 2020 - she holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has taught in a range of settings over her 9 year career.
  • Mrs Liesel Erskine joined PCK in 2023 and has completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Studies at Edgewood College in South Africa. She has 28 years of experience teaching Kindergarten and Pre-primary in a range of educational settings.
  • Our Education Assistants Nicole Mattingley and Lisa Hall have attained Cert III and have many years of experience teaching at our kindy and other quality local schools. And our music and movement specialist - Melissa Hetherington (aka Miss Mel) - is also highly trained and qualified.

Who can I speak to about teaching at Padbury Community Kindy?

Padbury Community Kindergarten is not currently looking for permanent teachers. However, you may contact Bambara Primary School to submit a CV for relief teaching opportunities.

Phone: 6206 2150.

Must we live in a local catchment area to attend?

No! We accept enrolments from all surrounding areas. Enrolment is now open for 2024 students, use 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 2022 our total voluntary family contribution was $240 per child (payable up front or in instalments of $60 per term). This typically 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?

What are your kindy days and times?

When we operate with one class our days and times remain the same each week:

Tuesday: 8.40am - 2.45pm (full day)
Wednesday: 8.40am - 11.30am (half day)
Thursday: 8.40am - 2.45pm (full day)

With two classes we run the following streams:

Monday: 8.40am to 2.45pm (full day)
Wednesday: 11.55am to 2.45am (half day)
Thursday: 8.40am to 2.45pm (full day)

Tuesday: 8.40am to 2.45pm (full day)
Wednesday: 8.40am to 11.30am (half day)
Friday: 8.40am to 2.45pm (full day)

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.


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", early each year 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!

Note: when playing outside hats are compulsory - shoes are not!

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

During normal operations we encourage families to arrange a time to come down and take a look around to make sure PCK is the right fit for you. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our ability to offer tours, however we would love to show you around the kindergarten as appropriate. Please get in touch to discuss viewing options.

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 2021 |

2 Caley Road, Padbury 6025
Phone: (08) 9401 2989
© Padbury Community Kindy 2021