Five is the magic number

Kindaimanna Community Kindergarten parents and students C-J Smith with son Elijah, Amanda and daughter Jade Shepherdson, Isabelle and mum Miranda Jordan. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d407221
Kindaimanna Community Kindergarten parents and students C-J Smith with son Elijah, Amanda and daughter Jade Shepherdson, Isabelle and mum Miranda Jordan. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d407221

As a community kindergarten, the 37-year-old school is managed by a parent committee, not the Education Department.

The Department supported community kindergartens with a teacher, education assistant and operating grant when they had at least 10 enrolments, Early Childhood Education executive director Garry Hewitt said.

Kindaimanna committee president Amanda Shepherdson said the school relied heavily on this, and its teacher and teacher’s aide had each been there 21 years.

‘Because we’re not linked to a school, all of our funding goes to the children,’ she said.

‘We have incursions and excursions and here only 18 kids are enrolled at any one time’