The Gowrie (QLD) is the Central Governing Body (CGB) for Lady Gowrie Affiliated Community Kindergartens and supports each service in their provision of an Approved Kindergarten Program. For over 80 years, The Gowrie’s focus has been Queensland children and families, and the benefits quality kindergarten programs bring to our community.
The Gowrie believes that childhood is a unique time of life, to be valued and enjoyed in its own right. This is the time where foundations are laid for future health, learning and wellbeing.
Acacia Ridge Early Years Centre and Kindergarten
Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten
Montessori Children's House Auchenflower
Bardon Community Kindy Inc
Beaudesert Early Years Centre & Kindergarten
Bracken Ridge Kindergarten
Bulimba Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Caboolture East Community Kindergarten
Cannon Hill Community Kindergarten
Chelmer Station Community Kindergarten
Wagner Road Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Collingwood Park Community Kindergarten
Corinda Christian Kindergarten
Dayboro Community Kindergarten
Eatons Hill Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Fernvale Community Kindergarten
Willmore Kindergarten and Preschool
Gan Gani Kindergarten
Fig Tree Pocket
Lady Gowrie Love Street Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Marchant Park Community Kindergarten
Holland Park Kindergarten
Jimboomba Community Kindergarten
Kedron Heights Community Kindergarten
Kenmore Park Preschool and Kindergarten
Kenmore District Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Mango Hill Community Kindergarten
Manly Community Kindergarten
Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre
Mt Gravatt Community Kindergarten Inc
Lady Gowrie Murrumba Downs Community Kindergarten
Norman Park Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Red Hill Community Kindergarten
Bay Island Early Learning & Care
Lady Gowrie St Thomas’s RiverviewCommunity Kindergarten
Emily Foord Memorial Kindergarten
Stafford Heights Kindergarten
South Pine Community Kindergarten
Sunnybank Community Pre-School & Kindergarten Assoc
Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten
Upper Mount Gravatt
Wynnum General Gordon Community Preschool & Kindergarten Association Inc.
Yeronga Hyde Road Kindergarten
South Kolan Community Kindergarten
Cairns Early Years Centre Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie South Cairns Community Kindergarten
Dalby Beck Street Kindergarten Assoc. Inc.
Lady Gowrie Balonne Community Kindergarten
Vera Lacaze Memorial Community Kindergarten
Borilla Community Kindergarten (Emerald)
Emerald Preschool & Community Kindergarten
Granville Community Kindergarten & Pre-School
Lady Gowrie Maryborough Community Kindergarten
Condy Park Preschool & Kindergarten
Tinana Preschool & Kindergarten Assoc Inc
Kookaburra Creek Kindergarten
Tannum Sands Kindergarten
Birralee Kindergarten & Community Pre-school Assoc Inc.
Broadbeach Waters Kindergarten
Burleigh Heads Community Kindergarten
Twin Towns Kindergarten
Mermaid Waters Community Kindergarten
Tamborine Mountain Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Pioneer Valley Community Kindergarten
Pioneer Community Kindergarten
Proserpine Public Community Kindergarten
Sarina and District Community Kindergarten
Mundubbera Kindergarten Association Incorporated
Lady Gowrie Blackwater Community Kindergarten
Gidgee Kids Kindergarten
Beerwah & District Kindergarten
Buderim Community Kindergarten
Coolum Beach Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Cooroy Community Kindergarten
Lady Gowrie Currimundi Community Kindergarten
The Range Community Kindergarten
Memorial Park Community Kindergarten Assn Inc
Alexandra-Mooloolaba Community Kindergarten
Brookes Street Nambour Community Kindergarten
Nambour Community Pre-School & Kindergarten Assoc Inc
Peregian Beach Community Kindergarten
Headstart Kindergarten & Pre-School Inc
Lady Gowrie Headstart Kindergarten – Vincent
Yeppoon and District Kindergarten (Queen Street)
Yeppoon & District Kindergarten Assoc Inc (Tucker Street)
FREE kindergarten is starting in Queensland from 1 January 2024 and all Lady Gowrie Kindergartens are eligible.
There is no need for a separate application for the fee reduction; if eligible, your child will automatically receive Free Kindy at our Lady Gowrie Kindergarten centres from 2024.
For further information, you may visit the official Queensland Government website, or contact us directly for more personalised guidance.
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We value our kindergarten children growing up with the understanding, skills and dispositions to be caring people and effective learners, able to contribute to their world and to enjoy rich and successful relationships with others.
As parents know, children are active and competent learners. That’s why your child’s early learning, especially at kindy level, is our priority. In our Community Kindergarten programs, we focus on expanding your child’s knowledge and skills and providing for their interests.
We create a safe, welcoming and stimulating learning environment for your child that:
Your child must be at least 4 years of age by 30 June in the year in which they are enrolled to participate in the Queensland Government’s free kindergarten program.
Please use the calculator here to determine when your child is eligible for Kindergarten in Qld.
Most Lady Gowrie Kindergartens operate programs for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks per year but this may vary based on local community needs. In every Kindergarten, a qualified and experienced Early Childhood Teacher delivers the program.
The majority of Lady Gowrie Kindergartens offer two Kindergarten programs a week with a maximum of 22 children participating in each.
Many services offer programs for six hours a day, for example from 8.45am to 2.45pm, five days a fortnight during each school term. However opening hours can vary and should be discussed with your local Lady Gowrie Kindergarten.
High quality education programs such as Kindergartens have been shown to increase children’s life chances.
Research tells us that early childhood education and care programs such our community Kindergartens, experienced at age 3-4 years, most consistently and powerfully predicts both social and academic attainment at the start of school and a child’s progress throughout the first year.
In contrast, the absence of a group-based early childhood education and care experience at this time most consistently predicts poor performance and poor progress.
Early education programs like Kindergartens not only support the development of early literacy and numeracy but also facilitate the learning of routines that are a prerequisite for successful school participation and attainment.
All Lady Gowrie Kindergartens are approved by the State Government to deliver the Kindergarten program.
Lady Gowrie Kindergartens are also regulated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and State Government, and assessed and rated against the 58 elements of the National Quality Standard.
The National Quality Standard was introduced in 2012 and applies to all early childhood education and care services in Australia. In this first year, all Lady Gowrie Kindergartens assessed were rated as ‘exceeding the National Quality Standard’.
Lady Gowrie Kindergartens continue to achieve this very high standard of early childhood education and care.
Lady Gowrie Kindergartens base their education program on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline developed by the Queensland Studies Authority.
The Queensland Studies Authority is an independent statutory body responsible for the State’s Kindergarten to year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment, reporting, testing, accreditation and certification services for state and non-state schools.
Importantly, the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline recognises that parents are children’s first educators, and values the vital role parents, carers and family members play in children’s lives and their ongoing learning.
This view is also shared by Lady Gowrie Kindergartens.
In our partnership with families, Lady Gowrie Kindergartens:
We encourage parents and carers to be actively involved in their child’s learning throughout their time at a Lady Gowrie Kindergarten. This includes:
“My daughter attended a Lady Gowrie Affiliated Kindergarten Program. The teachers and staff helped us all to navigate the unique transitions of early childhood – celebrating with her and with our family at every milestone. While it was sad for her to leave ‘Lowry Gowrie’ she was ready. Now she’s started Prep and she’s confident, prepared and excited about school!”
“In my experience, Lady Gowrie Kindergartens encourage young children to express themselves and to create warm, trusting relationships with others. As a result my son has made lasting friendships from his kindy year. He also developed the confidence and literacy and numeracy skills that made the transition to school that much easier.”
For more information, please contact The Gowrie on (1300 945 405), find your nearest location or visit and talk to the helpful staff at your local Lady Gowrie Affiliated Community Kindergarten.
We are a not for-profit organisation providing high quality childcare and Kindergarten programs, with a strong heritage in early childhood education in Queensland and Australia.
The Brisbane Lady Gowrie Childcare Centre was established in 1940 as a demonstration centre for excellence in early childhood education and care. We continue to be Qld’s leading provider of Community Kindergarten and Long Day Care services and uphold the highest standards in childcare.
Lady Gowrie QLD acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which our Kindergarten and childcare services are placed, and pay our respects to the elders, past and present, who have raised children, taught them about the world around them and bestowed on them the gift of culture and language.
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