A learning journey that starts with kindergarten

We believe all children and educators are on a journey of discovery and that learning never ends.

We acknowledge each child and family’s individuality and personal beliefs, respecting the rights of children, families, culture and community.

We believe that children are capable, competent, co-contributors of their own learning and that intentional teaching techniques through open ended play, forms an integral tool to enhance children’s learning and development.

Starting kindergarten is an important milestone in the lives of both you and your child. To be eligible to enrol in a funded kindergarten program, your child must be at least four years old by 30 April of the year they are starting kindergarten. For further information visit education.vic.gov.au.

Both centres offer a range of services to ensure local families have the best in early education and care. This includes long day care for the times your child isn’t attending kindergarten or just because your schedule cannot accommodate certain times of the day.

Bush Kinder – Yarra Junction

Preschool education with nature feel. Held outdoors in the natural environment, in many forms of weather, children are encouraged to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a natural environment. Our Bush Kindergarten program recognises the place the bush holds in our community, Australian traditional stories and the significance of the land in Aboriginal culture. Held in the Bush Block adjacent to our three and four year old preschool, separated by outdoor yard fence. The Bush Kinder program aims to develop children’s risk management skills, social and emotional development, imaginative play, community and environment connection as well as strengthening and supporting our preschool children’s transition to school. Our program enables children to engage in natural outdoor spaces with plants, trees, rocks, mud and water to invite open ended interactions, spontaneity, risk taking and a connection with nature.

FAQs

How do I know if my child is ready to start kindergarten?

We recommend you speak to your maternal and child health nurse about your child’s development.

How old does my child have to be?

Your child must be at least four years old by 30 April of the year they are starting kindergarten.

Are kindergarten teachers qualified?

Absolutely, all our kindergarten teachers have a Bachelor of Education.

Do you operate all year?

Nearly, we are open 50 weeks for the year. Closing only over Christmas/New Year period.

Can I receive the Child Care Benefit?

As a registered Children’s Services provider families are able to have their fees reduced by accessing Commonwealth Child Care Benefit.  Child Care Benefit is available to all eligible parents and the application is based on the family’s gross weekly income.  Consequently, the level of discount will vary from family to family. Child Care Rebate is available to all families. Please note this benefit is only available for 4 year old kinder.

Where is the Bush Kindergarten held?

At this stage we only offer Bush Kindergarten at our Yarra Junction Children’s Centre.

Can I enrol my child anytime?

Absolutely, as long as you child is 4 years old by April of same year.