In 1964, it was decided that the Kindergarten should establish its own identity. The Brisbane City Council was approached and donated the land in Harty Street, Coorparoo. The building began its life in Toowoomba prior to the turn of the century, before being transported by road to the corner of Cavendish Road and Goring Street, Coorparoo, for a Mister and Mrs Harrison. It served as the Harrison residence for many years, when, after Mrs Harrison’s death, the front section was converted for use as the Coorparoo Clinic. When the property was subsequently acquired by an oil company, the building was purchased by the Kindergarten Trustees for removal to Harty Street. Upon its completion, Mrs Jones Senior, the mother of the then Lord Mayor of Brisbane, (Alderman Clem Jones), officially opened the Kindergarten at its new site. The name – St. Stephen’s Kindergarten – was retained, although there was no longer any association with the St. Stephen’s church.
The Centre became affiliated with the Creche & Kindergarten Association of Queensland in 1967. In 1979, the name was officially changed to the Harty Street Community Kindergarten and Preschool Association. It is now an Incorporated Association.
Harty Street Kindergarten C&K is built on the traditional lands of the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples and we wish to acknowledge them as the Traditional Owners of the land. We are also grateful to the past communities of parents who have contributed to the building, management and operation of our kindergarten.
– Harty Street Management Committee President
Approved Kindergarten Program
Our play-based learning is developed and delivered to ensure that children leave Harty Street Kindergarten C&K prepared for school with a love of learning, as well as socially ready and equipped with newly developed skills useful for life.