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Give Your Child the Best Start to Their Learning Journey

The Catholic Diocese of Townsville initiated its kindergarten, Mary MacKillop, in 2004. This was under the management of Townsville Catholic Education. They wanted to provide high-quality, accessible and affordable education for Kindergarten children in an environment of lived Catholic values, where children can get the best possible start to their learning journey. 

Sites were established on eight Catholic school sites in Townsville, Charters Towers, Mount Isa and Proserpine. Additionally a ninth site was established in the newly built St Benedict’s Catholic School site at Shaw. One of the greatest benefits of the kindy-school colocation is the continuity of learning. Our kindergartens provide children with opportunities to participate in the life of the Catholic school community. We do this by visiting the library, the local Catholic church, art/science programs, school sporting events, assemblies and special celebrations.

Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland’s newly appointed Executive Director, Carolyn Cousins, said the programs and curriculum have grown exponentially. This is due to the addition of the Outside School Hours Care and Holiday Programs on some sites. “The service has grown and changed over the years to meet the needs of the local community and the families across North Queensland,” she said. “Our partnerships with local Catholic schools enable the Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland centres to deliver quality education to families. They also allow us provide a clear pathway for their child’s educational journey.”

Throughout the Townsville Diocese, Mary MacKillop Childcare North Queensland are proud to offer a range of learning environments. These environments specifically enrich children’s engagement in the kindergarten.

Our experienced teachers implement high quality educational programs in a stimulating, safe and supportive learning environment. This environment provides the best start to your child’s learning journey and transition to school. “We believe children learn through the process of exploration within an educational, inquiry-based curriculum” Carolyn said. 

Enrolments for 2021 are currently being taken for all services. Centres are located at St Anthony’s Kindergarten Deeragun, St Clare’s Kindergarten Burdell, St Benedict’s Kindergarten Shaw, Ryan Kindergarten Kirwan, St Joseph’s Kindergarten North Ward, Columba Kindergarten Charters Towers, St Catherine’s Kindergarten Proserpine, St Joseph’s Kindergarten Mount Isa and St Michael’s Kindergarten Palm Island.

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Set Your Child Up for Success With High-Quality Early Education

Mary MacKillop North Queensland Kindergartens are leading the way in contemporary early education across North and Western Queensland. They design their facilities with the child’s experience in mind. They also offer a stimulating and nurturing environment tailored to foster play and sensory-based learning.

Interim Executive Director Alana Crouch said “MMCNQ Kindergarten programs strive to offer the highest standard of early education and care. It is a process of continuous improvement. Every day our teachers continue to reshape their planning and program to reflect the interests, joys and motivations of the children in their care and cater for the individual learning journeys of each child”. “Experts agree that children who attend a high-quality early childhood program like the ones we offer have better skills in a variety of areas. These include literacy, numeracy and problem solving, just to name a few.”

MMCNQ Kindergartens take the whole child into account.

This is so important because children learn at different paces and in different ways. Plus, it is our job to provide the best environment for naturally developing their social skills. They do this through making friends, sharing, playing and more. And, in general, a lot of learning happens through play and through immersion in natural environments. The children at MMCNQ Kindergartens are allowed to express themselves through art, science, dance and dramatic play every day. In this way, the kindergarten exposes children to many different learning platforms.

MMCNQ Kindergarten programs are led by registered teachers and early childhood professionals. These programs provide the foundation for your child to develop a love of learning and become confident, competent and successful learners, well on their way to positively transitioning to school.

To enquire about enrolment for 2021 at any of the nine Kindergartens across North and Western Queensland, email enrolment@mmcnq.catholic.edu.au