For children turning 4 by April 30. Our integrated kindergarten and long daycare program provides an educational program for children in the year prior to school entry. Qualified early childhood teachers and educators work to engage each child in effective learning, promoting communication, thinking, positive relationships, identity and wellbeing. Our curriculum is guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning or/and the National Early Years Learning Frameworks and the National Quality Framework.
The kindergarten program is integrated into the long daycare program so children remain in the same room with the same educators for the full day. The programs operate from 7.30am to 6.00pm with the kindergarten program running from 9.30am to 2.30pm over three days.
We offer rotational kindergarten groups over three days. This means that children attend kindergarten for 15 hours per week, spread across three days. If daycare is also required on other days, your child will attend the Over 3s room.
The kindergarten program runs during schools terms. The long daycare program operates all year, except for a two-week closure period over the Christmas and New Year period.
- A place where children further develop their social skills and gain a sense of belonging to a broader, diverse community.
- A place that encourages independent thinking.
- A place where children are involved in meaningful learning experiences that encourage active inquiry and investigation.
The centre operates from 7.30am to 6.00pm. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a light late snack is provided.
Our staff develop strong collaborative partnerships with families in diverse ways that actively support parents as the first teachers of their children. Our volunteer board and sub-committees are parents of the children attending. They dedicate their time and expertise to making our centre welcoming, caring, stimulating and positive.
All educators participate in professional development sessions throughout the year to strengthen their existing skills and knowledge. Each educator has:
• Diploma of Children’s Services or
• Certificate III Children’s Services or equivalent
• Working with Children Checks
• Level 2 First Aid
• CPR training
• Anaphylaxis training
Some of our staff have been employed at KCCC for lengthy periods providing children and families with stability, consistency and quality education and care. Our newest additional team members are welcomed to our staffing group bringing fresh ideas, knowledge and experience to our service.