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At Jamboree Community Kindergarten

The centre operates during school terms. The children enjoy the stability of the same group each day, with both members of the teaching team interacting with the children for a full day every day.

Jamboree Community offers places to 3.5 to 5.5 year olds due to government funding policy.

We operate a five day fortnight attendance program. This means that children attend the centre for two days in one week and for three days the next.

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Our history

Our association was formed in December 1990 to establish and manage a community Kindergarten and Preschool Centre in the Centenary Suburbs. The formation of the association was precipitated by the decision of the Uniting Church to close their Kindergarten at Jindalee after about 20 years of operation.

Many families were affected by the closure and parents were very disappointed and frustrated by the decision. We felt that this community could not afford to lose one of the few facilities existing in the area. The only other kindergarten in the area, the Centenary Christian Kindergarten, had long waiting lists and at the time, offered only half-day programs. This meant that the only alternatives available to the affected families involved travelling out of the Centenary Suburbs to kindergartens in the neighbouring districts or placing children in local child care centres. Many parents did not find these alternatives at all attractive and we strongly believed that this facility ought to be available to our children in the Centenary area. We decided to start our own Community Kindergarten. Mrs Rosemary Lacey was our founding Director. A management committee was elected and its immediate aim was to establish and open a Kindergarten in 1991 to maintain continuity of kindergarten facilities in our area. We leased the Jindalee Uniting Church Hall on a month-to-month basis until the sale of the Church in December 1992. During 1991 and 1992, we negotiated with the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Department of Education for land and early in 1993 the BCC offered us a 5-year lease on land in Beanland St Jamboree Heights. During 1994, the 5-year lease was converted to 20-year lease.

The dedication, energy and enthusiasm of the McConchie-Williamson, Kozij, Leemon, Jacovides, Lacey, Guy, Roberts, Moses and Plunkett families ensured the successful establishment of the Association and building of the centre in Jamboree Heights. Ms Christine Watson (BCC Councillor Jamboree Ward), Mr Jim Soorley (Lord Mayor of Brisbane), Ms Susie O'Hagan (BCC Community Services Development Officer) and Mr Peter Pyke (State Member for Mt Ommaney) gave generous support and encouragement to our efforts. Since the day of our foundation, the Apex Club of Jindalee has funded and supported many projects at our centre, especially in the upgrading and establishment of playground facilities.

Our centre was designed without charge by Ms Gayle Plunkett (Architect) of Sumner Park and built by Mr Eric Kozij of Kozij Constructions Pty Ltd (Mt Ommaney) at cost with generous support of local business and community members. The landscape plans for the site were designed by David Kearney & Associates of Karana Downs and donated to the Association by Ms Heather Conroy, our Early Education Consultant at the Creche & Kindergarten Association of Queensland. The Apex Club of Jindalee donated and built our wonderful sandpit. Our climbing structure was funded and built in a joint effort between the Association and the Sumner Rotary Club in 1994.

Our name "Jamboree" means meeting place. We chose this name because the area we planned to serve corresponded fairly well to Jamboree Ward in the Brisbane City Council. The line of happy children under the big bright sun is our logo. We use it on stationary, publications and clothing for children at the centre. Our logo was designed and donated to the Association by Mr Les Hannaway of Eye Catching Ads (Sumner Park).

We are proud to be a C&K Centre

Jamboree Community Kindergarten became fully affiliated with the Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland (C&K) in 1993. Affiliation with C&K means that our centre has reached high standards in the areas of staff qualifications, educational programs, safety, facilities, buildings and grounds.

As well as assuring us access to government subsidies towards wages costs, affiliation with C&K enables us to apply for subsidies and grants and provides us with access to the extensive resources and support of C&K.

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