The State Government provides funding for one year of kindergarten for all 4 to 5 year old children.
We have a State Funded Kindergarten Program which operates within our All Day Care service. The children participate in activities specifically designed to introduce, reinforce and stimulate skills and concepts for school readiness. The curriculum is based on a play oriented approach, as play is the young child's way of learning. In this way children can direct their own play, learning through their ability to touch, manipulate and experiment with materials and through their interactions with others.
Educators focus on children's individual interests and needs, supporting children to develop a strong sense of self, belonging and autonomy. The Centre recognises that the child's day should not be dominated or dictated by transitions and that children have real choices of when and where they play, when they eat and who they play with.
We have a diverse and inclusive community working closely with the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre. We seek to create an environment in which children learn to appreciate, respect and understand human diversity.
The learning environment offered will take into account each child's learning journey. We strive to develop a program in which the children can explore and learn about the world in which they live in a safe and secure environment. We do this by providing the children with opportunities for experiential learning were ever possible, using our close links with the University and the local community.
The Centre acknowledges that families are children's first and most influential educators (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009).
Children benefit most when there is a trusting and mutually supportive partnership between the Centre and the families. Positive partnerships are crucial to the child's wellbeing, development and progress. We recognise that your time is limited; the Centre does value your participation.
- Parents participate in the day to day activities of their child by sharing with educators their experiences, culture and needs.
- Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Kindergarten program by:
- Sharing their hobbies, skills and interests
- Share their work expertise
- Reading a book
- Sharing ideas or suggestions, and;
- Spending time with the children in the room.
Programs offered in the Kindergarten room
- Library bag activity: During Terms 2-4 the Kindergarten room runs a weekly Library program. Children choose a story book to read with their families at home.
- Creative Movement class every Wednesday morning during term time with our very special dance teacher Star Bright.
- We offer excursions and incursions to develop and foster children's connection with our local community throughout the year. Experiential learning at its best!
Our Kindergarten program is offered to all children who attend our All Day Care program the year before they start school.
The Kindergarten subsidy paid to the Centre (for those children who qualify) by the State Government supports in part us being able to employ an appropriately qualified Kindergarten Teacher full-time. The Teacher is employed over and above the stated requirements for child:staff ratio in the Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011)
To be eligible, a child should be at least 4 years of age on or before April 30 in the year of attendance. If you know that your child (though eligible) will not be attending school the following year, it is essential you inform us immediately. A second year of kindergarten cannot be guaranteed for your child.
The Kindergarten program is only offered to children attending the All Day Care Service.