East Sale Kindergarten

Kindergarten
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Located on the historic RAAF Base, East Sale Kindergarten has been educating and nurturing the children of the East Sale community since 1970.

We offer age-appropriate learning and care programs supporting busy family schedules, with 4 year old kindergarten offered four days a week and 3 year old kindergarten offered on Fridays.

Children enrolling in our service in 2019 are eligible for the Victorian Government drought kindergarten fee subsidy.

Environment

Our spacious and engaging outdoor spaces provides boundless opportunities for play-based activities that encourage the physical and social development of children. Extensive natural features assist in building their connection with the environment, planting the seed of environmental awareness and sustainability.

Our kindergarten features:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor space
  • Sandpit
  • Mud pit
  • Trees and natural shade
  • Gardening beds
  • Pergola
  • Shade sail
  • Play area and climbing equipment
  • Swings
  • Bicycle track
  • Recycling area to encourage sustainability
  • Cubby house
  • Gross motor play equipment for activities such as climbing, skipping, throwing and catching
  • Worm farm
  • Water tank
  • Extensive natural surfaces
  • Slides
  • Fruit orchard
  • Compost
  • Rocky creek bed with water pump
  • Aviary birds
  • Large wooden ship and aeroplane
Activities

Children engage in fun learning activities that promote caring - for themselves, the environment, and the local community. Promoting positive social behaviours is often done in collaboration with community leaders, and children are exposed to an exciting diversity of cultures, people, and activities in preparation for later adventures.

We participate in:

  • Recycling of materials and water
  • TerraCycle and REDcycle recycling programs
  • Composting, worm farming and other activities that promote sustainable living
  • Excursions to local parks to explore the natural environment
  • Excursions to local libraries, museums, and primary schools
  • Healthy cooking
  • The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program

People, groups or services we engage within our community include:

  • Local primary schools for support group meetings and to assist transitions
  • Wellington Shire Council Sustainability Officer to learn about rubbish and recycling, and gardening and worm farming.
  • Sale Library
  • Gippsland Art Gallery
  • Local service people such as police, ambulance officers, and nurses
  • Excursion to RAAF Base (Flight School, Search & Rescue and Fire Station)
  • Central Gippsland Health
  • Indigenous community members
  • Museum Victoria
  • Wild Action Zoo
  • Early childhood educators and entertainers Jack & Molly
  • School performance tours
  • Family farm
  • Maffra Gymnastics Club
Health and wellbeing

Our focus is on empowering children to make healthy choices by offering engaging lessons on nutrition, food safety, and cooking. Families are encouraged to participate in activities that promote lifelong healthy eating habits and sustainable living.

Healthy practices include:

  • Growing our own produce in our garden
  • Accommodating diverse dietary requirements
  • Food safety
  • Offering progressive snack and lunchtime to empower children to ask for what they want and when
  • Cooking education classes for children and their families
Family and community

We love it when families get involved in their child’s learning experience, so we encourage them to participate in cultural enrichment activities, volunteer programs, and guest-speaking. Working together, we can reinforce positive behaviours and emphasise the importance of community to your child.

Families are invited to participate in:

  • Celebrating significant cultural festivals and days together
  • Talking about their jobs, hobbies, or other interesting topics
  • Fundraising and volunteering
  • Our parent advisory committee
  • East Sale Kindergarten’s ‘Family Group’

Community programs we participate in:

  • KidsMatter Early Childhood Program
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
  • Smiles4Miles
  • TerraCycle and REDcycle recycling programs
Languages

Our staff speak English and Italian. We can translate important information for families who speak languages other than English if needed.

Special services

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

Enrolments

For interest in a kindergarten place 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 5146 6723.

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