Heyfield Kindergarten

Kindergarten
45+

Established in 1969, Heyfield Kindergarten provides education and care services for children aged 4 and above in a beautiful rural setting

Our kindergarten offers a natural sanctuary that remains in touch with its environment, with flexible session times to support the needs of local families.

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

Environment

Heyfield Kindergarten allows your child to learn and grow while immersing themselves within the lush country landscape. Safe, well-shaded play areas encourage children to be social and physically active and are complemented by natural features and home-grown produce that make learning about sustainability fun.

Our kindergarten features:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor space
  • Sandpit
  • Mud pit
  • Trees and natural shade
  • Vegetables and herb gardening beds
  • Pergola
  • Shade sail
  • Play area with climbing equipment
  • Swings
  • Recycling area to encourage sustainability and caring for the environment
  • Cubby house
  • Gross motor play equipment
  • Worm farm
  • Water tank
Activities

Children enjoy play-based activities that integrate lessons on sustainable living and environmentally conscious practices. Many of these activities occur outside or on excursions in the community, and allow the children to learn valuable skills by getting practically involved with their natural surroundings.

Some of them include:

  • Practising recycling rainwater and materials
  • Tending to the worm farm
  • Composting
  • Craft and construction using recycled materials
  • Maintaining the vegetable garden
  • Cooking and eating home grown produce

Visitors, guest speakers and incursions:

  • Museum Victoria Discovery Program
  • Gippsland Art Gallery
  • Flying Bookworm Performance
  • David the music man
  • Dog Safety Program
  • Wellington Shire Sustainability Officer

Excursions offer learning and adventure. Some of the places we visit include:

  • Maffra Gymnastics Centre
  • Maffra River Park Excursion
  • Gippsland Art Gallery and Fauna Park Excursion
  • Morwell Traffic School
Health and wellbeing

We strive to implement everyday activities that will teach your child the value of making healthy choices. Children learn about basic nutrition, the importance of exercise, cooking and food safety through a variety of fun and practical tasks.

Some of these include:

  • Growing our own produce in our garden
  • Family cooking classes using home-grown produce
  • Food safety classes
  • Play-based exercise
Family and community

Heyfield Kindergarten welcomes all families to participate in your child’s early learning experience by joining us on excursions, volunteering your time, helping with fundraising events, harvesting the garden, and joining our parent advisory committee. Families are vital to establishing connections with community organisations and resources that can be used to broaden your child’s understanding of the world.

Families are invited to participate in:

  • Celebrating significant cultural festivals and days together
  • Talking to the children about their job, hobbies or other interesting topics
  • Volunteering their time to provide support and resources for our programs
  • Fundraising
  • Our parent advisory committee. Positions are elected at the annual meeting of our kindergarten parents

People, community groups or services we engage with include:

  • Local primary school
  • Local library
  • Local service people (e.g. police, paramedic, nurse, fire and emergency services, etc.)
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Local bakery
  • Wellbeing practitioners
  • Indigenous community members or groups
  • Animal trainers or handlers
  • Farms or farmers
  • Heyfield Men’s Shed
  • Maffra Rotary Club
  • Heyfield Lions Club
  • Heyfield Resource Centre

We also participate in community activities and programs such as:

  • Smiles 4 Miles
  • Sun Smart
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 or with children who have experienced challenges and trauma.

Enrolment

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 5148 2633.

Fill out an expression of interest form to find out more

Register your interest