Our philosophy

We believe:

  • Children are influenced by their environment
  • Children learn best in an environment that is safe, supportive, attractive and stimulating
  • Children learn best when they know they are liked and accepted
  • Every child is unique, each with their own special abilities, needs, interests and prior experiences
  • Every child should be allowed to learn at a pace and in a way that is best for that individual
  • Providing a program for individuals requires consultation between family and staff and other professionals where necessary
  • Providing a program for individuals is a continuous process that involves observing, recording and analysing children’s behaviour and interests and planning, implementing, evaluating and planning further
  • It is vital to consider the whole child and see all aspects of a child’ s development (physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language) as being important and interrelated
  • Young children learn by doing, using concrete materials
  • Young children learn best from experiences that are relevant and meaningful to them
  • Young children require a play-based approach to learning
  • Children learn best when they have high self-esteem and confidence in themselves and their abilities
  • The family is the first and most important influence in a child’s life, and this special relationship should be valued and promoted
  • Confidentiality should be maintained with regards to information concerning children and families
  • Every person, whether adult or child, should be treated warmly and with respect, and should not be denied information or opportunities because of race, culture, gender, lifestyle or individual ability
  • Children learn by imitating others and require good role models
  • Children learn best from a program that is both age appropriate and individually appropriate.

About TMCK

Tamborine Mountain Community Kindergarten was established in 1981, with the assistance of the Tamborine Mountain branch of Rotary, and local volunteer labour.

Tamborine Mountain Community Kindergarten is a non-profit organisation, providing early childhood pre-prep education for children.

Age eligibility: First preference is given to children who turn 4 by 30 June in the year they are attending kindy and will be eligible to start school the following year. If there are vacancies, places may be offered to children who will turn 4 after 30 June.

The Tamborine Mountain Community Kindergarten is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1981 (Queensland). An elected Management Committee of parents and other interested community members is responsible for managing the Kindergarten. Kindergarten meetings are held once a month on a Wednesday at 7pm and all parents are invited to attend.

Affiliation and Standards

Our affiliated Central Governing Body (CGB) is The Gowrie (Qld) Inc.

We meet National Quality Standards under The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.