School brings kindy into fold

Clermont State School principal David Routh welcomes the announcement.
Clermont State School principal David Routh welcomes the announcement.

CLERMONT State School has been announced as one of 28 schools to be selected to have fast tracked kindergartens opening in 2012 by Premier Anna Bligh and Education Minister Geoff Wilson.

The kindergartens, which will be co-located at state schools, are part of the State Government’s $321 million election promise to establish up to 240 extra kindergarten services across the state by 2014.

“These 28 services were originally scheduled to open in 2013 and 2014 but have been brought forward to ensure more Queensland children benefit from a quality early childhood education,” Ms Bligh said.

Clermont State School principal David Routh said he, along with the school community, were delighted by the announcement that a kindergarten service will be co-located at Clermont State School.

“The service will be a refurbishment of existing facilities and will cater for 44 children,” David said.

“Department of Education and Training will manage the construction work of the facility.

“C&K, a well respected, not-for-profit organisation with a proven track record in providing high-quality early childhood education programs in Queensland, will operate the new Clermont community kindergarten service and the majority of new kindergarten services co-located on state school sites.

“C&K will lease the facility from DET and operate the kindergarten as a separate entity on the school site.

“Having the kindergarten co-located with our school offers benefits such as convenient times for pick-ups and drop-offs and allowing for a smoother transition to Prep because children are familiar with the school environment.”

Planning has already commenced for a new building to be constructed on the school site and is scheduled to open in 2012. .

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