Poowong Kindergarten

Kindergarten
4
Limited places available. Enrol now.

Conveniently located next to the Poowong Maternal & Child Health Centre, our highly-qualified and experienced educators have been providing personalised learning programs to the preschool children of our community since 1972.

Poowong Kindergarten embraces each child's unique strengths, interests and personalities and strives to develop children's physical, social and emotional learning. We encourage relationship building, communication skills, decision making and resilience.

Environment

Children love interacting with our guinea pigs and worm farm! We instil a sense of respect for the environment in our large outdoor area designed to stimulate play and encourage investigation of nature. We place a strong emphasis on outside activities such a climbing, cycling, and gardening which develops children’s motor skills.

Our kindergarten features:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor space
  • Undercover deck
  • Wheelchair access ramp
  • Sand pit and mud pit
  • Trees, natural shade and shade sail
  • Gardening beds for herbs and vegetables
  • Play area with climbing equipment
  • Swings
  • Bicycle track
  • 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
  • Water tank
Activities

Sustainability and caring for the natural environment are a strong focus of our activities and approach. Children at our centre foster a relationship of respect and stewardship for the environment through key sustainability activities and initiatives. We even have solar panels on the roof of the cubby house!

At our kindergarten:

  • We encourage recycling
  • We recycle water
  • We promote sustainable living and encourage children to develop everyday sustainable practises
  • We maintain a worm farm and encourage composting
  • We take excursions that encourage children to care for the environment around them

People, groups and services within our community we engage with regularly include:

  • Poowong Primary School
  • Local library
  • Local emergency service providers and medical professionals
  • Indigenous community members or groups
  • Farms or farmers
  • Local cafes
  • The Flying Bookworm theatre company

We also participate in community programs and events including the Dairy Expo in Poowong, Let’s Read and Smiles 4 Miles.

Health and wellbeing

Your child’s health and wellbeing is very important to us. We actively promote the importance of healthy lifestyles through a number of programs. Diverse dietary requirements are easily catered for, and we work closely with families to teach them about healthy eating and nutrition.

At Poowong Kindergarten:

  • We grow our own produce in our garden including herbs, vegetables, and fruit
  • We accommodate diverse dietary requirements
  • We practise and emphasise food safety
  • We work sensitively with parents and families from a range of cultural backgrounds to ensure cultural foods meet standard requirements
  • We educate children and their families about healthy eating and nutrition
Family and community

Poowong is a small, tight-knit community. Through a number of programs and local initiatives, our children regularly interact with members of the community which helps develop their sense of belonging and connectedness. We always encourage parents to take an active role in their children’s early learning experience.

Parents can participate when:

  • We celebrate significant cultural festivals and days together
  • We invite them to talk to the children about their job, hobbies or other interesting topics
  • They volunteer their time to provide support and resources for our programs
  • They assist with fundraising
  • We have a Parent Advisory Committee (positions are elected at the annual meeting of our kindergarten parents)

Enrolments

Registration forms can be submitted now for kindergarten places in 2019 and 2020 via the South Gippsland Council which manages a centralised registration for funded 4 year old kindergarten.

Forms should be returned to Council as soon as possible as kindergarten places are allocated in date order of receipt.

For more information, please Get in touch or call us on 03 5659 2367.

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