Glassford Kindergarten

Kindergarten
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Glassford Kindergarten provides local 3 and 4 year olds with quality early learning education and care in the lead up to school.

Positioned on a quiet street close to Dicky Bill Farm and Mafeking Hill Reserve, children learn, play and develop new skills in a pleasant, nurturing environment.

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

Environment

Children develop confidence and make friends in our vibrant kindergarten environment. They learn about relationships, caring for the environment, how to share and play together, and discover the wonderful world around them with hands-on experiences that nurture their sense of adventure and creativity.

Our kindergarten features:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor spaces
  • Sandpit
  • Trees and natural shade
  • Herb and vegetable gardening beds
  • New pergola and covered play area
  • Shade sail
  • Play area with climbing equipment
  • Swings
  • Recycling area to encourage sustainability and caring for the environment
  • Cubby house
  • Gross motor play equipment for activities such as climbing, skipping, throwing and catching
  • Worm farm
  • Water tank
Activities

Fun excursions and incursions get children excited about sustainability, art, reading, history and music. By offering a wide range of activities, children can explore their passions, make wild discoveries, and meet people from all parts of the community.

Visitors, guest speakers, excursions and incursions, include:

  • Wellington Shire visits to teach children about recycling, check our worm farms and work with children to plant veggies and herbs in the garden
  • A leadership program with the Boisdale School grade 6 students
  • Maffra Rotary Club present picture storybooks each year
  • The Living Safely With Dogs program
  • Membership and visits to the Gippsland Art Gallery
  • Entertainers providing music, puppet shows, and storytelling
  • Museum of Victoria Dinosaurs and Fossils
  • The Bug Blitz program
  • Visits from the local Librarian for storytelling and reading
  • Fire engine visit
  • The Maffra gymnastics club
  • A local dairy farm
Health and wellbeing

Children learn about responsibility and sustainability by growing their own fruit and vegetables in our kindergarten garden. We teach them about where food comes from, basic nutrition, and how to stay healthy with fresh produce and plenty of exercise. We also:

  • Accommodate diverse dietary requirements
  • Practise and emphasise food safety
  • Offer progressive snack and lunchtime to empower children to ask for what they want and when
  • Educate families about healthy eating and nutrition
Family and community

Join in on the fun! Parents and families are encouraged to get involved with activities and excursions at Glassford Kindergarten. Children delight in having their family members participate in events or simply volunteering their time to help out in the garden, read to them, or talk to the other students about their job or hobbies.

Some of the other opportunities available to families include:

  • Celebrating significant cultural festivals and days together
  • Assisting with fundraising
  • Joining the Parent Advisory Committee

Children also connect with their local community with visits to the local primary school and library, museums and our local services such as police, paramedics, nursing, fire and emergency services.

We also actively participate in community programs and events, including Smiles 4 Miles and the Maffra Mardi Gras.

Special services

Our educators have the skills to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children. They are experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability as well as those 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 5147 2394.

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