Kindergarten

Early Learning at Lauriston Girls' School

Readying Early Learners for Life

Location

The Lauriston Kindergarten program creates confident, lifelong learners by delivering dynamic 3- and 4-year-old curriculums via a team of well-trained, passionate and attentive educators.

Vital early learning experiences are provided in a supportive atmosphere where children feel loved, respected and valued.

“Through their interaction with people, materials and real-life situations, we help each child to establish their foundational physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills to ready them for school.”

When your child becomes a part of our Kindergarten community, we seek to know them, to understand them, to connect with them, to reveal their ideas, to challenge their thinking, and develop their sense of identity.

Importantly, we work closely with you to ensure your child is ready for and will thrive in the school environment.

What we Offer

Dynamic play-based curriculum

Our 3-and 4-year-old early learner programs are grounded in the play-based theories of Reggio Emilia. The philosophies of the Schools of Reggio Emilia view the environment as ‘the third teacher’ thus we create situations that encourage children to engage in investigation and provide rich learning opportunities.

Along with the vital work of developing pre-numeracy and literacy capabilities, we have planned programs to develop skills in STEM, the creative arts and celebrate culture within our curriculum, to broaden the children’s understanding of themselves and their place in the world. 

Specialist classes are offered in both kinder years and include Music, Drama, Physical Education and Bush Kinder. It’s a broad program, enhanced by its connection to a wider School where our Kindergarten students learn in and enjoy a dedicated STEM lab, gym, pool, music, and drama facilities.

STEM in early childhood

The STEM learning activities which are integrated into our curriculum help children to create and innovate with confidence. The proactive involvement of educators and the planning of activities to stimulate curiosity in STEM concepts is crucial to higher-level thinking and problem-solving.

Creative arts

The process of creating art has many positive effects on a child’s wellbeing and increases their sense of wonder and curiosity. Our arts program, which includes an immersive artist in residence, promotes confidence, exploration, collaboration, problem-solving and creativity. It expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them to provide different skills for their self-expression and communication.

Bush Kinder

Unstructured play in nature is where children can creatively explore their environment, develop their language skills, learn how to negotiate through interactions with other children and regulate their own emotions. 

This is why we are passionate about our optional bush kinder program for our 4-year-old kindergarten children held every Friday at the Urban Forest which runs between Waverley and Dandenong Roads.

As a perfectly balanced play space, nature enables children to take calculated risks, problem-solve and become independent, while enjoying uninterrupted time to pursue games of imagination and creativity. 

Learn more about the benefits of play.

Celebrating cultural diversity

The early childhood curriculum places emphasis on the need for educators to build cultural competence and explore identity in its many forms. We are also both fortunate and privileged to be able to welcome Murrindindi the Elder of the Wurundjeri clan from the Healesville area into the Kindergarten for one week each year sharing stories and the history of his culture, giving them an authentic and meaningful experience. 

Kindergarten and Childcare Programs & Hours

3-year-old Kindergarten

  • Three days – 3 options available
  • Hours of operation 8.45am–3.00pm.
  • Children must turn 3 years by 31 January in the year of entry.

4-year-old Kindergarten

  • Four days – Monday to Thursday
  • Hours of operation 8.45am–3.00pm
  • Children must turn 4 years by 30 April in the year of entry
  • Bush Kinder program offered on Friday (limited places)

Childcare (Sutherland House)

A childcare facility adjoins the Kindergarten operating from 7.30am–6.00pm and is eligible for government childcare subsidies. The children are grouped into four different age groups, which provide stability, security and stimulation for all children enrolled.

Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided for all children. Sutherland House is closed on public holidays and for three weeks over the Christmas period.

For enquiries and admissions, please contact Sarah Boardman on 03 9864 7621 or email boardmansa@lauriston.vic.edu.au

Team Kids (Before & After Care)

To help meet the needs of busy families, parents can combine their Kindergarten program with our Before & After Care provider, Team Kids

  • Before School Hours: 7.00am–9.00am
  • After School Hours: 3.00pm–6.00pm
  • Holiday Program Hours: 7.00am–6.00pm

New Kindergarten facilities

To reflect the importance of the early learning years in laying the foundation for the future, we have a building project underway which will re-imagine the learning and play spaces to ensure your children’s learning is supported by the very latest facilities. 

Future Blairholme ELC (comprising childcare and Kindergarten) pictured below: