BRACKEN RIDGE KINDERGARTEN

Do you have a
4-year-old on the brink of their kindy adventures?

Our community kindergarten is the perfect place to nurture your child’s confidence, development, and school readiness in 2025

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The Bracken Ridge Difference

Highly Qualified Support

Our teaching staff includes two highly qualified teachers and two educators, supported by an Administration Manager. Our team boasts over 26 years of combined experience and continuously participates in professional development, ensuring your child receives the highest quality education and care from experienced and dedicated professionals.

Long and Short days

Our long and short day options means longer days and more flexibiity for parents, providing a safe and nurturing environment for your child while accommodating your schedule. This allows working parents to manage their time effectively, knowing their child is well cared for.

Library Excursions

By taking advantage of our proximity to the Bracken Ridge Library, we can offer regular excursions that enrich our curriculum. These visits allow children to engage in reading activities and borrow books, fostering a love for literature and enhancing their literacy skills. Our library excursions provide a unique and valuable addition to our educational program, encouraging lifelong learning and curiosity.

your child's journey starts here

2025 Kindy Program

In 2025, it is anticipated that we will be offering a short day program and a long day program (subject to Lady Gowrie calendar and our enrolment requirements). The kindergarten operates over four terms per year which align with the Queensland State School calendar.

Green Group

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday's
9am-2pm

Gold Group

Thursday & Friday's
8:30am-4pm

The environment is so lovely and nurturing, the teachers are very experienced and impart skills, and school readiness in a caring and gentle way and the facilities are beautiful and encourage open ended play. Definitely check out this community kindy for yourself.

Steph Allen

Bracken Ridge Mum - 2023

So happy we found this beautiful kindy. Such a supportive and kind environment, they are helping us prepare our little one for school so well. We are pretty new to Bracken Ridge and the kindy has also helped us connect with the community. Highly recommend

Megan McNeill

Bracken Ridge Mum - 2023

It has been a great experience for us in this Kindergarten. The Teachers and the staffs are very supportive of the children as well as of the families. They take care of each and every thing you have concerns for your child. They provide a wonderful ambience of play, activities from which your child can learn through play. We are very happy to be part of this amazing Kindergarten

Abhik Roy

Bracken Ridge Dad - 2021

My twins attended a private preschool and then we were accepted to BRK. I was hesitant about a community program but the play, the friends, the teachers are so fantastic. My boys absolutely love their kindy and we never experienced this kind of joy and community in our last private daycare. As a working parent it feels good to know your kids are happy, safe and love attending.

Dave van Dijk

Bracken Ridge Dad - 2023

teaching with heart & purpose

Our Passionate Teachers

Our teaching staff consist of two teachers and two educators. They are supported by an Administration Manager. Our teaching staff hold Early Childhood qualifications and participate in professional development each year.  Each staff member holds a current First Aid and CPR qualification together with a Blue Card Positive Notice (Blue Card) for Child Related Employment.

Liz Kerswell

Liz Kerswell

nominated supervisor & director

Liz Kerswell is our nominated centre supervisor and director while  also the leading teacher for our Gold Group. She highly values the importance of relationships & sees it as the key to supporting children’s optimal development.

Liz’s everyday inspiration comes from attachment theory and neurodevelopmental approaches to help support children’s emotional well-being and social development.  As an early childhood educator she is passionate about the value of children’s play for play’s sake and has  a keen interest in “play work” exploring risky play, loose parts play, and the range of opportunities that present outdoors. 

As one of our treasured teachers she aims to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere with careful design of the environment to maximise children’s engagement and learning.

Education

Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)
B. Music/B. of Education (Secondary)

Experience

2009-2014 Primary Teacher

2015- Present Early Childhood
16 Years Teaching Experience

Joined

January 2022

Deb Alexander

Deb Alexander

Educational Leader & Early Childhood Educator

Deb is our Green Group Teacher & is originally from New Zealand. She has been living and working  on the north side of Brisbane for over 21 years with her husband and 2 daughters. 

She is an experienced Early Childhood Teacher, and have been running play sessions for Family Day Educators, taught in community kindergartens and long day care.

Miss Deb believes in the importance of establishing positive  relationships with both children and families. When children feel safe and secure, they can learn and grow. She wants to provide an environment that fosters curiosity and wonder, sparks joy and encourages independence, along with opportunities to develop social-emotional skills in a supportive, collaborative space.

Education

Bachelor of Arts (Education)
Diploma of Teaching
Diploma of Children’s Services.

Experience

11 years Prep in New Zealand

Early Childhood Educator

Joined

January 2024

Est 1976

Redefining preschool education by offering a holistic approach that goes beyond traditional learning.

We are a community-run, not-for-profit kindergarten offering an approved kindergarten program Our dedicated team of qualified early childhood teachers, supported by an Administration Manager, boasts over 26 years of combined experience and holds the highest qualifications in the field. 

Our kindergarten was set up in 1976 and has been nurturing and educating pre-school age children in the local community for over 40 years.  Since 2011 we have been affiliated with The Gowrie (QLD) Inc. as our Central Governing Body.

Bracken Ridge Kindergarten Association is located on Turrbal Country and acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this land and this nation. We are proud to support the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.