Our dedicated Kindy teachers are University qualified and registered Early Childhood Teachers with current first aid training and blue cards. Our teachers are extremely passionate, highly experienced and longstanding, stable members of our team who strive to create a warm and loving environment in which your child will flourish.
Co-Director and Early Childhood Teacher
I have been a teacher of young children since I was a teenager. I have taught violin since I was 15 and after graduating with a Bachelor of Music, I went on to teach violin and Early Childhood music at Young Conservatorium, Griffith University for 11 years. During that time, my interest in Early Childhood Education peaked and so I undertook a Bachelor of Education. I have worked in schools and childcare but once I got the opportunity to be part of a Community Kindergarten in Brisbane, I truly found my passion.
After having children of my own, and taking some maternity leave, my family moved up to the Sunshine Coast and I was lucky enough to gain a teaching position at Palmwoods Community Kindy. I have been teaching here in some capacity since 2013 and I am so grateful to be working alongside other passionate educators and families that care so deeply.
Here in this role as Teacher and Co-Director at Palmwoods Kindergarten, I can blend my advocacy for the Arts and Sustainability into my classroom practice. I am very proud of our commitment here at Palmwoods Kindy to Sustainability and Reconciliation with our First Nations people – the Gubbi Gubbi and Kabi Kabi peoples. I believe that fostering a sense of respectful connection in children – to each other, to our land, to our community is absolutely vital to the betterment of our society.
Early Childhood Teacher
I have been working in early childhood education since 2002 and at Palmwoods Kindergarten since 2006, having time off in between to start a family. I have three boys, a husband, a dog and 4 chooks. I love spending time with my family and you can usually find us at the beach, sporting field or somewhere outdoors.
One of my favourite things about working with young children is getting to know their personality and unique individuality, and building relationships with them and their families – it’s from here that I believe a solid foundation of learning truly begins. I love seeing our young people flourish in the time that they are with us!
Early Childhood Teacher
Hi, my name is Amanda and I am the assistant educator in the Explorers group at Kindy – a place that has been my second home for 20 years now!
I love the Sunshine Coast and have spent most of my life here having grown up in Buderim. I have been blessed with three beautiful sons who all attended Palmwoods Kindy and loved it! I feel my strengths are working with children to help them gain confidence, independence and resilience. I enjoy helping them to develop their physical abilities, while having fun and making new friendships at the same time.
Palmwoods Community Kindergarten is a not-for-profit organisation and we wouldn’t be here without the support, skills and resources of local business, community groups, volunteers and our passionate parents. Collectively and individually they provide invaluable assistance with the daily operation of the kindergarten, special works, fundraising and more, and make our Palmwoods Kindy the special place that it is.
We would like to sincerely thank the following businesses and individuals for their continued support:
- Sundale Community Foundation
- The Heritage Bank
- Community Benefit Funds Unit, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, QLD Government
- Anna Gilbert Photography
- We Meat Again
- Custom Wardrobes and Doors
- Little Miss Boho
- Bobby Pins Hair & Beauty
- Little leaves grow
- Palmwoods Pharmacy
- Mojo hair salon
- Salt Trading Co.
- Palmwoods Hardware
- Palmwoods Physio
- The Little Book Nook
- J’s Place
- Peach Island
- MiSAFE Solutions
- Palmwoods Bakery
- Blue Green Girl Creations
- Palmwoods Police
If you or your organisation can help our kindergarten in any way big or small, we would love to hear from you. Thank you.
A child’s first and primary educator is their family. Our Kindy acknowledges parents as partners in a child’s education and we welcome and encourage parent participation.
Our Kindy is owned and operated by a committee of volunteer parents who oversee the kindergarten’s general operations. As a community kindy, you have the opportunity to become actively involved in your child’s early education, share your skills and expertise and build lasting family friendships.
Expression of Interest
We highly recommend that you submit an Expression Of Interest application as early as possible for the year your child is eligible to attend kindergarten. A non-refundable $10 fee is payable to the kindergarten with each submission (bank transfer details are on the application form). Applications can be emailed to email@example.com or given in-person during admin hours.
When an Expression of Interest submission and deposit has been received, your child will be added to their corresponding year. Places are offered according to their position on the waitlist.
Download the Expression of Interest Enrolment form.