St Andrew's Uniting Care Kindergarten

Kindergarten
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St Andrews Uniting Care Kindergarten cares for, nurtures and educates preschoolers in their lead up to school.

Our purpose-built kindergarten is located in the heart of the community next to Warragul Uniting Church. We strongly encourage children to follow their interests and absorb life experiences through a wide range of developmental activities and meaningful playtime in our large outdoor area.

Environment

Recently upgraded, our outdoor environment features a slide with tunnel underneath, a digging patch, sandpit storage boxes and decking plus small play zones to stimulate quiet/small group play. We place a strong emphasis on outside activities such as climbing, ball sports, and gardening which improves children’s key developmental skills including coordination, balance, posture, strength, and endurance.

Our kindergarten features:

● Planned and intentional indoor spaces

● A large outdoor space

● Play areas with climbing equipment

● A sand pit

● A worm farm

● A water tank

● A cubby house which has won a sustainability award! The water run-off is collected and stored in a water tank for sandpit play.

Activities

We teach children the importance of community and sustainable inner city living, fostering teamwork and waste-not-want-not values. Through a number of programs and activities at our centre, children develop everyday sustainable practices useful both at home and for their future.

At our kindergarten:

● We encourage recycling – at meal times we provide 3 receptacles with picture labels of worms for food scraps, the recycle logo for packaging that can be recycled and a rubbish bin for waste.

● We recycle water with our award-winning nubby house

● We promote sustainable living and encourage children to develop everyday sustainable practices

● We have a worm farm and encourage composting

We frequently take children on excursions to acquaint them with the tight-knit local community. Our outings include visits to:

● The local fire station

● Melbourne Museum

● Establishing and building links via KESO with Indigenous community members

● Community walks on a regular basis

We also have exciting programs and incursions that we run in-house including:

● Responsible pet ownership

● Shows like Wiggerley Worm Dance Company, Mr Ants and Polligog Puppets

Health and wellbeing

We know the importance of teaching healthy eating habits to children from a young age. Encouraging healthy bodies and minds, we empower children to make nourishing, nutritious choices through education and active involvement in food preparation.

At our centre:

● We accommodate diverse dietary requirements

● We work with parents and families from a range of cultural backgrounds to ensure cultural foods meet food standard requirements

● We educate children and their families about healthy eating and nutrition

Family and community

Community is at the heart of everything we do! We welcome families to visit the kindergarten any time their child is attending and encourage them and the local community to take an active role in our students’ early learning development. Through various initiatives, parents and community members can participate in everything from fundraising and social events to having their say through the Parent Advisory Committee.

Parents participate in many ways:

● We celebrate significant cultural festivals and days together

● They assist with fundraising

● We have Parent Advisory Committee meetings (positions are elected at the annual kindergarten information night)

We engage with many different people, groups and services within our community regularly including:

● The local primary school

● Local service emergency service providers and health professionals

● Wellbeing practitioners

● Animal trainers and handlers

● Farms and farmers

Languages

English is our primary language for written and spoken communication with parents and families.

Special services

Our educators are widely experienced, both in Victoria and overseas, in working with children who live with a range of physical and intellectual disability or have experienced challenges and trauma. Our experiences and qualified team are fully equipped with the skills to provide safe and nurturing environments to all children.

Enrolments

Registration forms can be submitted now for both 4 year old and 3 year old kindergarten places in 2019 and 2020 via the Baw Baw Shire Council which manages a centralised registration for funded 4 year old kindergarten and 3 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 or if you’d like to arrange a visit,, please Get in touch or call us on 03 5623 2425.

Fill out an expression of interest form with Baw Baw Shire Council, who manage enrolments on our behalf

Register your interest