About our Kindergarten Programs
Play and laughter feature strongly in our three-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten programs grounded in the Reggio Emilia philosophy. These vital early learning experiences are provided in a supportive atmosphere where children feel loved, respected and valued.
Lauriston Girls' School's Kindergarten program is delivered across two dedicated Houses - Michael House for three-year-olds and Niall House for four-year-olds. Sutherland house is located adjacent to the school and caters for children aged six weeks to five years. All are welcoming places with large indoor and outdoor areas to explore.
Michael House three-year-old Kindergarten - options for attendance:
- Two days - Tuesday and Thursday
- Three days - Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Hours of operation are 9am – 3pm. Children must turn 3 years by 31 January in the year of entry.
Niall House Four-year-old Kindergarten – options for attendance:
- Four days - Monday to Thursday
Hours of operation are 9am – 3pm. Children must turn 4 years by 30 April in the year of entry.
Sutherland House. Catering for children from six weeks to five years.
Sutherland House was established in 1991, and currently caters for 48 children on a daily basis. The children at Sutherland House are grouped into four different age groups which provide stability, security and stimulation for all children enrolled. Sutherland House supplies breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for all children. The centre is open from Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm. It is closed on public holidays and for three weeks over the Christmas period. For enquiries, please contact Sutherland House directly on 9864 7621 or email@example.com
To help meet the needs of busy families, Lauriston’s kindergarten day programs can be combined with out-of-school-hours’ care.
Focus and Philosophy
Children are curious, eager to learn and love to communicate. Through interaction with people, materials and events in their world, children develop physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills.
Lauriston Girls' School's Kindergarten is designed to help children learn from and embrace their natural curiosity. Students enjoy an integrated, play-centred program which offers each child the opportunity and the time to play, to discover and explore. They are also encouraged to question and predict, to wonder, to imagine and to dream.
The emphasis is on student-initiated learning. Projects often grow from innocent but enquiring questions such as 'What is a Shadow?', 'What lies under the water?' and 'How do we say thank you?'
An example of this is the recent 'Building a Better World' exhibition. The entire Kindergarten community rallied together to highlight issues affecting the modern world. This ranged from examining the health of our oceans to launching a petition to save the Orang-utans. The project stemmed from an in-class discussion about how people could make a difference and resulted in a school-wide drive to sign the petition. The project also included a curated exhibition open to parents and the wider public.
This questioning of their surrounding environment is actively encouraged and Kindergarten staff work to build on the natural curiosity inherent in this age group. Students are guided through activities that aim to provide answers. This interaction with people, materials and events helps children develop physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills alongside pre-numeracy and literacy skills.