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 are not dictated by the needs (and sirens!) of the wider school, allowing more freedom and flexibility for child-led learning.
  • Community Kindergartens incorporate lots of play-based learning and developmentally appropriate programs.
  • The operation of a 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.
  • Community Kindergartens adhere to the National Quality Standard Framework and ensure an adult ratio of 1-10. Our class sizes will never be more than 20 children per class.

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. It also nurtures brains with ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’ (Lester & Russell, 2008, p. 9). We follow the same National Australian Kindergarten Curriculum as all school based Kindergartens and focus on delivering this curriculum in a fun, hands-on, play-based way.  

Did you know that Maggie Dent is a strong advocate for Community Kindergartens and play-based learning too? 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.  

We frequently have repeat families return to our Kindy, often juggling two drop offs just to give their next child the opportunity to experience PCK. Feedback from families is positive in how their child has transitioned into Pre-Primary. They find that as the classes get mixed up each year their child is not disadvantaged with having not participated in the school-based Kindergarten. Many families love their experience and remain lifelong friends with the families they meet at PCK.

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.

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. We have families travel from North beach to Clarkson, and a range of areas in between.


Does community kindergarten cost more than school-based kindy?

No. Voluntary contributions are set by the Department of Education, so they are the same for all Kindergartens ($60).  

As a community organisation we keep any additional contributions to a minimum.  

In 2024 our total voluntary contribution and additional charges was $260 per child for the year. This typically covers all activities - there are no additional charges throughout the year, ie. incursions etc.

Are the teaching staff qualified?

Our staff are Education Department Staff. The quality of the teaching staff at Padbury Community Kindy is one of the many things that keeps families coming back.

  • Jaymee Wiseman joined the teaching team in 2020 - she holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has taught in a range of settings over her career.  
  • Angela Plummer has a Master in Teaching (Early Childhood) and has been working in the Community Kindy sector for the past four years. 
  • Our Education Assistants, Nicole Mattingley and Lisa Hall, have attained a Cert III and have many years of experience teaching at our Kindy and other quality local schools.  
  • Our Performing Arts Specialist -  Melissa Hetherington (aka Miss Mel) - is also highly trained and qualified.

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 days and times do you operate?

We offer a 2 and a half day per week program.
Currently our groupings are as follows;  

Red group 

  • Monday (8:40am-2:45pm)  
  • Wednesday (11:55am-2:45pm)  
  • Thursday (8:40am-2:45pm)  

Blue group 

  • Tuesday (8:40am-2:45pm)  
  • Wednesday (8:40am-11:30am) 
  • Friday (8:40am-2:45pm)  

These days and times are subject to change.

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), located at Bambara Primary School across the road from PCK. 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", each year the Parent Management Committee organises screen printing the PCK logo tshirts for families to purchase. 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! 

What are the term dates?

Semester 1
Term 1 Wednesday 31 January to Thursday 28 March
Break Friday 29 March to Sunday 14 April
Term 2 Monday 15 April to Friday 28 June
Break Saturday 29 June to Sunday 14 July
Semester 2
Term 3 Monday 15 July to Friday 20 September
Break Saturday 21 September to Sunday 6 October
Term 4 Monday 7 October to Thursday 12 December

More questions?

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