Serrell Street Kindergarten

Kindergarten
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Serrell Street Kindergarten is a beautiful, purpose-built preschool nestled within a leafy street in Malvern East.

We offer age-specific kindergarten programs for 3 and 4 year old children in a nurturing space, fostering independence and encouraging exploration to help build an early love of learning.

Many of our families are Stonnington locals and we also welcome kindergarten enrolment applications from neighbouring suburbs of Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Caulfield, Glen Iris, and Ashburton.

Environment

Children thrive in our natural and unique environment which includes a fairy garden and water pump-fed river bed enclosed in natural rock. Pear trees adorned with woollen covers provide a textured sensory area for children to play in. Light-filled indoor space provides for a range of sheltered activities, complete with a view of outside through the expansive glass wall.

Every element of our space inspires the imagination and offers opportunity for learning and adventure.

Our kindergarten features:

  • Planned and intentional indoor spaces
  • Large outdoor space
  • 2 sandpits
  • Mud pit
  • Trees and natural shade
  • Vegetable and herb gardening beds
  • Shade sail
  • Play area with climbing equipment
  • Swings
  • Cubby house
  • Gross motor play equipment for activities such as climbing, skipping, throwing and catching
  • Worm farm
Activities

We make learning about the world around us and sustainability fun! Children are responsible for looking after the plants, worm farm and vegetable garden, and are encouraged to compost food scraps and recycle paper, plastics and water.

Educational excursions are often focused on nature, conservation, and indigenous environmental culture.

We have had some amazing excursions to:

  • The Melbourne Aquarium
  • The Melbourne Zoo
  • Chesterfield Farm
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Werribee Zoo
  • Local Community Walks
  • Arcare Aged Care Facility

We’ve also participated in great community programs including:

  • The Responsible Pet Program which teaches children how to approach dogs safely. Families visit the kinder with their animals on a regular basis.
  • Wild Action Program featuring native Australian animals
  • Local Government Sustainability Program

And had visits from:

  • Jo the drummer, who teaches about percussion instruments and focuses on beat, pitch and rhythm. This program includes three music sessions with the children.
  • The local dentist, doctor, and vet
  • The Museum

And extra special guests: baby chicks and rabbits.

Health and wellbeing

Learning about their bodies, active living and nutritious food helps children develop healthy habits for life. Our curriculum alongside visits from medical professionals provides children with basic wellness education and teaches them how to be responsible for their own health.

They learn about health and wellbeing by:

  • Eating together to experience the social aspects of healthy eating
  • Observing and trying foods from other cultures
  • Growing produce in the garden (e.g. herbs, vegetables, fruit)
  • Practising food safety
  • Learning about special dietary and cultural food standards
  • Deciding what they want to eat and when (progressive snack time)
Family and community

We celebrate all families at kinder with special visitor days and events. Parents are invited daily to spend time with the children and are encouraged to participate in fundraising, festivals, talk about their jobs, bring in their animals, cook together and read to the children. Fundraising by the Serrell Street

Parent Committee has helped pay for our many wonderful play spaces and equipment.

Parents are welcome to:

  • Celebrate significant cultural events with the children
  • Volunteer their time to provide support and resources for our programs
  • Nominate for the Serrell Street Parent Committee
  • Get together for social events in school holidays and after kinder (organised by the committee)
  • Contribute to the Tree Yarning Project

We regularly engage with:

  • The local primary school (with visits from teachers and excursions to school)
  • Local service people (e.g. police, fire and emergency services, etc.)
  • Wellbeing practitioners
  • Indigenous community members or groups
  • Animal trainers or handlers
  • Farms or farmers

Serrell Street Kindergarten visits the local nursing home each fortnight to spend time with residents, read to them, and sometimes stay for morning tea.

Languages

At Serrell Street Kindergarten there is a lot of diversity among the families and staff, some of whom speak Polish, Greek, Italian and German. Translators are available when needed. Though most communication is written in English, we are sensitive to families’ needs and can provide translated information.

Special services

Our educators are experienced in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability or have experienced challenges and trauma. We also engage with many support services, including:

  • Connections (the Preschool Field Officer service)
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Various Speech Pathologists
  • Various Occupational Therapists

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 May/June 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 9571 8607.

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