Why go to our kindergarten in Capalaba?
Kindergarten is a German word, which translates to ‘children’s garden’ in English. If you look around for a kindergarten in Capalaba, you’ll find Eskay Kids. We also have centres in Springfield and Karana Downs, and all of our kindergartens have the same mission: To give the children in our care the best possible childhood.
Kindergarten, or ‘kindy’, helps ease the transition from home to school for parents and children alike. Kindy originated in 19th century Bavaria as a place for working parents to leave their children. It was a safe environment where the children could learn, interact with different people (other children, teachers), and play.
Eskay Kids’ kindergarten in Capalaba is equipped with both indoor and outdoor classrooms. It’s a common sight to see our children running barefoot through the playground, making figures in the sandpit, or making cubbies. The children are afforded agency which empowers them to make decisions about their day. Children’s voices are respected and their choices are real. Children become good problem solvers, by learning to solve problems. Children become good decision makers, by learning to make decisions. We partner with children, and work with them to support their interests, curiosities, enquiries and questions. Programs across our service are documented using the Floorbook approach (by Claire Warden), and consultation with children is the cornerstone of our practice.
Of course, there’s also excursions. Eskay Kids has begun exploring beyond the fence. We’ve organised our first trips to Bunnings Warehouse, and are in the planning stages of taking our children to “the beyond”. Excursions gives children the opportunity to actively engage with the world and their community around them.
Our kindergartens in Capalaba, Springfield, and Karana Downs don’t have stencils, ‘classroom time’ or anything else that is highly structured and developmentally inappropriate. Eskay appreciates that children are curious and our centres provide a safe place for them to learn, grow, become confident,make friends, and have beautiful, authentic childhoods before that inevitable first day of school.