Bacchus Marsh Montessori Preschool

Kindergarten
Child care
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For 45 years, our Montessori kindergarten has been part of the community at Bacchus Marsh.

Established by local families to care for and support their children from as young as 18 months to 4 years old. Only 5 minutes’ walk from Darley Park, our kindergarten is easy to reach and is surrounded by nature – a nurturing space for children to learn, play, and grow.

The Montessori approach

Montessori inspires children towards a lifelong love of learning by following their natural development. Children become confident, responsible, independent learners who trust in their own abilities.

Montessori classrooms provide a specially crafted learning environment based on beauty and order. They enable children to respond to their natural tendency to work. Our new, spacious classrooms are fitted with specialised Montessori equipment and provide children with structured and stimulating environments.

Children engage with activities according to their interests and at their own pace guided by our educators. Learning becomes highly personalised.

Age groups

We offer childcare and kindergarten for children in 3 age groups

Early learners: 18 months to 2.5 years

Children and their parents are introduced to a Montessori environment for 1.5 hours once a week guided by an educator. Children choose individual activities as well as joining others in outside play, group songs and music, developing independence and familiarity with the Montessori approach. It is also a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to experience the Montessori kindergarten environment with their child.

Pre-kindergarten: 2.5 – 3 years

Children under 3 years attend for 3 hours once a week. Children aged over 3 may attend for 3 hours up to 3 times per week. The classroom and activities are similar to kindergarten but modified to be age appropriate. Children choose individual activities with guidance and encouragement from the educator, and take part in group songs, stories and music.

Kindergarten: 4 years+

The kindergarten provides the full range of Montessori activities. Children choose activities that interest them, working independently or with friends. They are encouraged to engage with a range of activities. The educator engages each child individually with a new activity and supports them until they feel confident. Children also go outside for play and participate in group time for stories, discussion and music.

Environment

Children can enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities and equipment at our kindergarten, where they can explore, play, learn and build strong connections with each other and the environment.

Our kindergarten features:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor space
  • Trees and natural shade
  • Herb and vegetable gardening beds
  • Recycling to encourage sustainability and caring for the environment
  • Bluey, the blue-tongued lizard lives on our 4yo kinder and we have fish in our 3yo kinder.
Activities

Our many fun and educational activities encourage children to embrace sustainable practices through our gardening and recycling programs.

Some of our excursions include visits to

● Melbourne Museum

● Werribee Zoo

● Diggers Rest Animal Land

● Darley Park walking excursion

● Music/drumming experience group

We also have incursions from

  • pet handlers to teach the children about responsible pet ownership
  • Western Water to teach the children that water is precious
  • The dental van
  • Bravehearts to talk about personal safety
  • Swimland to teach children about water safety
  • The CFA with their fire truck
Health and wellbeing

We help children develop healthy eating habits early on in life. We encourage them to take an active role in their food preparation through tending to the herb, vegetable and fruit gardens.

  • We grow our own produce in our garden including herbs, vegetables, and fruit
  • We offer progressive snacks to empower children to become independent.
  • We educate children and their families about healthy eating and nutrition
Family and community

We welcome families and carers into our preschool to share in their child’s early learning experience and connect with our little community. Whether assisting with fundraising or having your say through the Parent Advisory Committee, we encourage everyone to get involved.

Children get to know their local community too, with visits to local primary schools and service people (e.g. police, paramedic, nurse, fire and emergency services, etc.)

Languages

We are fortunate to have staff who speak Punjabi and Urdu in addition to English. We can have all forms of communication translated from families who speak languages other than English.

Special services

Our educators are equipped with the skills to provide safe and nurturing environments to all children and are experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability.

Enrolments

Registration forms can be submitted now for 4 year old kindergarten places in 2020 via the Moorabool Shire Council which manages a centralised registration for funded 4 year old kindergarten.

For interest in 3 year old kindergarten places for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020, please complete the Uniting registration form.

For a place in 2020, we send the letters of offer out to families in August including instructions for the next steps of enrolment and orientation dates.

For a place this year, we will be back in contact with you within a few days to discuss your care needs.

For more information or if you’d like to arrange a visit,, please Get in touch or call us on 03 5367 7706

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