Early Learning

 

Readying Early Learners for Life

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.

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What we Offer

Dynamic play-based curriculum

Our 3-year-old 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’ and we create situations that encourage children to engage in investigation and provide rich learning opportunities including building pre-numeracy and literacy skills. We also have a range of include those in our specialist programs outlined below.

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

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 using their imagination and creativity. Our bush kinder program is optional for our 4-year-old kindergarten children held every Friday at the Urban Forest which runs between Waverley and Dandenong Roads.

Indigenous stories

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. 

 

Find out more

The best way to learn more about our Kindergarten program, hear about our dynamic curriculum and see our experienced and passionate educators in action is to take a tour.

OPEN MORNINGS  

For more information, please contact our Admissions Office on 03 9864 7555 or via email at admissions@lauriston.vic.edu.au

 

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)

As an adjunct to the Kindergarten we have Lauriston’s childcare facility adjoining 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 Sonia Dibble on 03 9864 7621 or email dibbleso@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 

 

KINDERGARTEN AND CHILDCARE FAQs

 

New Kindergarten Facilities Coming Soon

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. 

ELC Village pictured below:

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Blairholme ELC (comprising childcare and Kindergarten) pictured below: 

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