With its expansive outdoor area featuring natural landscaping and vegetable gardens, Rupert Street Child Care & Kindergarten is an oasis of fun and laughter.
Caring for and educating children of our community since 1959, we are conveniently located in the inner-city suburb of Collingwood. Our multi-lingual educators are fluent in Thai, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Spanish and Tagalog (Filipino).
Children enjoy playing and learning in our large outdoor area while surrounded by natural light and materials, plants and pets including our pet turtle. Here they can play with friends, learn new skills and grow herbs, fruit and vegetables.
Our early learning centre features:
● Planned and intentional indoor spaces
● Large outdoor space
● A new sandpit and jungle area
● Mud pit
● Trees and natural shade
● Raised gardening beds for vegetables and herbs
● Play area with climbing equipment
● Gross motor play equipment for activities such as climbing, skipping, throwing and catching
● Worm farm
● A water tank
● A pet turtle
We nurture your child's development and growth through our many daily educational activities. Children can get involved in learning about sustainability, culture, community and health - important lessons for life.
We encourage their participation in activities such as:
● Every day sustainable practises
● Composting food scraps in the worm garden
Connecting with our community with excursions to:
● Collingwood College
● FKA Children's Services
Exploring the world around us through educational entertainment such as:
● Farm Animals
● African Drumming
● Wild Action Show
● Musical Performances
● Library visits
We also participate in the Smiles 4 Miles program that encourages and promotes good oral health habits and healthy eating among children.
Children learn how to take care of their bodies and minds at Rupert Street. We provide healthy and nourishing food to fuel growing bodies and emphasise the importance of healthy eating and nutrition. Our cook prepares culturally and dietary-appropriate food on site with locally grown ingredients - some from our own garden!
It takes a village to raise a child so we encourage parents and carers to be active in their child’s learning by contributing to program development and events. We also engage the wider community in events that celebrate cultural diversity and connect with schools, libraries and museums to enrich your child’s development.
Parents and carers can get involved by:
● Talking to the children about their job, hobbies or other interesting topics
● Volunteer their time to provide support and resources for our programs
● Assisting with fundraising
● Sharing resources from their homeland or recipes, food, etc.
● Attending social events
We also regularly engage with:
● Wellbeing practitioners
● Farms or farmers
● Cohealth Collingwood, who provide support services such as Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, etc.
Where possible, we cater for our diverse community. Our educators speak a variety of languages including Vietnamese, Spanish, Thai, Mandarin, Hungarian, Italian and Hindi.
We can have all forms of communication translated for families who speak languages other than English.
Our educators are highly trained and experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability or who have experienced challenges and trauma.
For interest in kindergarten or child care 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 9419 1094.
Fill out an expression of interest form to find out moreRegister your interest