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We value trusting, positive, collaborative and inclusive relationships between children, staff, families and the community. We endeavour to be a kindergarten where everyone feels welcome and that they belong.
At Burnside Kindergarten we ALL believe that Belonging, Becoming and Being are important
- Belonging Knowing where and with whom you belong. Family and community.
- Becoming Reflect on the changes that occur in the early years
- Being Recognising the significance of the here and now
We also believe that whilst at Burnside Kindergarten all children, families and educators should feel safe, secure, supported and respected.
In relation to children we believe that each child has the right to be an individual, has the right to play, the right to learn at their own pace and in their own way and every child should have a sense of inclusion. They should feel important and valued for themselves.
We believe family’s, parents and educators should work in partnership to create the best possible outcomes for all children. Families are encouraged and supported to engage with the service to create a sense of belonging and inclusion.
Our program provides children with the opportunity to learn through play and our educators adhere to the National and State Frameworks.
Our Spaces / Environment
Our Kindergarten features:
- Large outdoor play space
- Interactive yard
- Vegetable gardens
- Large shaded areas to play under
- Mud play area
- Resident rabbit 'Snowy'
- Large sandpit
- Bike track
- A large swing to join your friends
Begin the Adventure at Burnside Kindergarten
- We Implement a child centred, play based program
- Provide a flexible program that provides for different learning styles
- Encourage each child to reach their full potential
- Encourage children to respond to and create learning environments
- Develop awareness, respect and responsibility for surroundings
- Introduce children to a wide range of experiences
- Use indoor and outdoor environments to support and promote learning and growth.
In addition, the following is included:
- Excursions to local school
- Story park for families to track their children’s development.
- Local community visits
2023 Timetable for 3 Year Olds
• Monday & Wednesday, 9am - 2pm
• Thursday & Friday, 9.15am - 2.15pm
• Tuesday & Thursday, 8.45am - 1.45pm
2023 Timetable for 4 Year Olds
• Monday & Wednesday, 8.30am - 4pm
• Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9am - 2pm
• Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9.15am - 2.15pm
The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a high quality kindergarten program in the two years before they start school. This helps to ensure all Victorian children get the best start in life.
From 2023, the Victorian Government is making kindergarten programs free for three and four-year-old children – saving you and your family up to $2,500 per year for their program. Free Kinder is a critical component of the Victorian Government’s Best Start, Best Life reform.
How will I know what my child is learning about?
We communicate with families via a number of ways and actively seek their input into our curriculum. We utilise Story park to share learning and stay connected, documentation panels in our hallways that showcase learning and opportunities for informal and formal discussions daily.
What will my child learn at kindergarten?
Our curriculum is play based and draws reference form socio-cultural theories of learning and teaching.
Play requires skilled educators to be intentional in all aspects of their practices and we have built a curriculum around key focus points that reflect the National Early Years Learning Frameworks. Our curriculum is influenced by individual children’s learning styles, interests, families and intentionally planned experiences.