Early Learning

‘Childhood is perhaps the most powerful period of our lives. Our experiences form the foundation of what we become, the core of our being – the ability to learn, our sense of ourselves in relation to the world of nature, of people, of things. It is a time for powerful experiences that forever fuels the scientist, the poet, the artist and the imagination within. It is a time that most of us draw on forever for moments of warmth and security.’ Jim Greenman, Early Childhood Educator

About Lauriston Kindergarten

Play and laughter feature strongly in our three-year-old and four-year-old Kindergarten programs, which are grounded in the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Your child will enjoy many and varied learning experiences from the creative arts (music, movement, drama, visual arts) as well as from our Indigenous and numeracy/literacy programs. 

Our large outdoor environment is a beautiful natural space encouraging creative expression through climbing, block building, gardening, exploration and contemplation.

Children are naturally curious, eager to learn and love to communicate. Through interaction with people, materials and real-life events, our passionate educators help each child develop those foundational physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills alongside pre-numeracy and literacy skills.

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

Programs & Hours

We currently have two dedicated Kindergarten houses at Michael House (3-year-old Kindergarten) and Niall House (4-year-old Kindergarten). We also offer a childcare/ELC service at Sutherland House.

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We offer a number of innovative programs such as our unique Bush Kinder every Friday, an Indigenous program and our Artist in Residence.

Bush Kinder Program

Current research is overwhelming in the benefits of nature play for children. Nature is a perfectly balanced play space for children, where they can problem-solve, become independent and acquire leadership skills while having uninterrupted periods of time to pursue games of imagination and creativity.

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Artist in Residence Program

‘Creativity is intelligence having fun.’ Albert Einstein

Every year we are very fortunate to have an artist in residence in our Kindergarten funded by the Lauriston Arts Association (LAA).

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Listening Deeply – Our Indigenous Program

Embedding indigenous perspectives into our Kindergarten curriculum is an important way of giving our children an identity within their own culture.

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Kindergarten/Childcare Hours

Michael House (3-year-old Kindergarten)

  • Two days – Tuesday and Thursday 
  • Three days – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Hours of operation 8.45am–3.00pm.
  • Children must turn 3 years by 31 January in the year of entry.

Niall House (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

Sutherland House (childcare)

Lauriston’s childcare facility operates 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 Sonia Dibble on 03 9864 7621 or email dibbleso@lauriston.vic.edu.au

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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 

Building Project – ELC/Kindergarten

In April 2020, Michael House and Sutherland House (childcare) will move into a new temporary ELC Village next to the oval. Niall House will remain where it is.

Much thought has gone into the design of this home to make it a welcoming and creative learning space.

In February 2022, there will be much excitement as Kindergarten and Sutherland House move to their new permanent home, Blairholme ELC, with its re-imagined learning spaces and an extensive play and wonder area. 

ELC Village pictured below:

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Blairholme ELC (comprising childcare and Kindergarten) pictured below: 

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