Welcome to Kalaya Children's Centre

Kalaya children's Centre logoKalaya Children's Centre is an integrated Department of Education & Children's Services (DECD) site with an Aboriginal focus.

Services include sessional kindergarten, long day care, pre-entry and an off site occasional care program.

Kalaya was opened in 1975 and moved to our current location on the corner of Webb Street and Spring Street Queenstown, however the values and history of the centre remain an integral part of our Centre.

Kalaya's vision includes being recognised as a nurturing centre of excellence that is culturally responsive, provides quality education and care which enables a holistic approach to children's learning, wellbeing and development.

Kalaya provides a culturally responsive and quality play based curriculum that is welcoming and inclusive of all family backgrounds.

In 2007 the children at Kalaya were involved in developing a Kaurna Counting Book and CD titled Kaurna Warraarra Woonbawonbandi which has realised success throughout Australia and beyond.

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The positive response to the release of this publication prompted the 2010 Kalaya Management Committee to liaise with the Kaurna Warra Pintyandi and the Port Adelaide Enfield Council to develop two new books titled Kuranye Kaurnaarra (colours in Kaurna) and Nunno Kaurnaarra (body parts in Kaurna).

Kalaya Children's Centre has access to special needs services including speech pathology, psychology, bilingual support, behaviour management and other services in response to individual needs.

We have a superb layout with spacious outdoor areas with many native trees and plants, large lawn, bike paths to ride around, a rocky waterfall leading into the sandpit, gardens to explore, a vegetable garden, play platforms and a Wiltja.

Explore our website to find out more about what we can offer for your child/ren's preschool education needs. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further information or to arrange a time to come visit our centre.

Contact Information

Director: Lynette Callaghan
Phone: (08) 8447 6519
Fax: (08) 8447 6036
Address: 50 Webb Street
Region: Western Adelaide
E-mail: Dl.5622.leaders@schools.sa.edu.au

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Feedback and complaints

Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment. Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs.

Our parent guide to raising a concern or complaint (word 904KB)

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Session Times

Children in South Australia are entitled to five sessions of Preschool a week. Their Preschool year is the twelve months prior to starting school. Aboriginal Children and Children under the Guardianship of the Minister (GOMS) are eligible to start Preschool at 3 years of age.

For any enquiries regarding bookings for Preschool, Child care or Offsite Occasional Care please email Kalaya Children's Centre at info@kalayacc.sa.edu.au

Morning Sessions 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday to Thursday
Afternoon Sessions: 1.00pm – 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday
Lunch Time: 12.00am – 1:00pm.
Child Care: 7.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

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Parent Information

Our program focuses on providing learning experiences to foster the development of lifelong learning in life skills and competencies. Our Centre follows the National Early Learning Framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming.

The focus is on five Learning Outcomes:

We foster, nurture and enhance your child's positive self awareness to ensure they have successful learning experiences in all areas of the curriculum.

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Parent Handbook 636 KB Adobe PDF

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What’s Happening?

A range of programs, services and events are available at Kalaya Children’s Centre. These include:


Playgroup for children aged 0-4
10am – 12pm in the Community Room
Mondays during school term

Corka Kids Dance Program

Come and try this recreational dance program run by Michelle from Dance Inc. 1:00-1:45 (4 year olds) and 1:45-2:30 (3 year olds) in the Community Room 5 week program running Tuesdays 9th Feb 2016 – 8th March 2016

Circle of Security Program

The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.
1:30pm – 3pm in the Community Room (CRECHE available)
8 week program running Wednesdays 17th Feb – 8th April 2016

Artist in Residence Program

Learn traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art methods alongside your children with renowned local artist Sam Gollan. 10am-1pm (Kuranye, Tooketja, Muna & Parto Rooms) Fridays during school term


Here at Kalaya we aim to provide a holistic approach to children's learning, wellbeing and development. We strongly value the importance of keeping our children healthy and offer a number of programs to support families to meet their children’s health needs. These include: Termly Ear Screens by Watto Purrunna Health Service, 6-monthly dental screens by SA Dental and 6-monthly immunisation clinics (supported by Port Adelaide Enfield Council).


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The Inclusive Preschool Program

The Inclusive Preschool Program (IPP) has the specific intention of providing health, speech and language support to Aboriginal children with Conductive Fluctuating Hearing Loss.

Our aim is to support families to access service providers, including advice, transport and support strategies for in the home. We also support the centre to provide equitable learning environments that are acoustically appropriate and promote the speech and language development for the children.

The IPP operates in accordance with the uniqueness of Kalaya. Our role includes; early speech screening of preschool children, provision and implementation of speech and language programs, curriculum planning and resource development with on-site staff, auditory and listening skills activity groups and hearing screenings.

A DECD Speech Pathologist supports all children within the IPP and also provides assessments and intervention for children on an individual needs basis.

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Occasional Care

While we do not offer Occasional Care our staff can assist you with other local options for child care.

Kalaya Children's Centre Bus

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Reports and Policies

The Context Statement provides detailed information about our preschool.

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Kalaya Children's Centre Context Statement 48.84KB Adobe PDF
Kalaya Children's Centre Annual Report 174.51KB Adobe PDF
Kalaya Children's Centre Bus Driver J&P 32 KB Adobe PDF

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