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Every day is an opportunity for discovery and growth at Deanside Kindergarten

Co-located with Deanside Primary School our vibrant, state of the art kindergarten provides inclusive, high-quality, play-based preschool programs for three and four year old children in Deanside and surrounds.

We acknowledge that each child’s journey is different and therefore aim to provide children with diverse learning opportunities and environments that support, enhance and challenge them to thrive. Our play-based programs and curriculum are developed in-line with the National Quality Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework principles.

Our close relationship with Deanside Primary School will provide opportunities for seamless transitions to primary school. With shared resources, co-curriculum planning and regular shared activities across the site, the kindergarten will provide all children with access to rich social experiences.

Our staff

Sparkways has an unequivocal commitment to the health and well-being of all children. All our educators are highly qualified and trained in all matters of child safety and hold the rights of the child at the heart of the work they do. Most importantly, we believe children have a right to be safe, recognised, respected and heard.

Our relationship with you

We welcome all members of the community, and recognise that parents are the first and most important teachers in the lives of their children. Working in partnership with families and community and getting to know about children’s family histories, cultures, values, celebrations and rituals are key to the development of our early learning programs.

Through our Early Years Manager, Sparkways, we also provide families with access to our Family Support Facilitators that are employed in our early learning programs to provide families with additional support, referral to other services or just for a chat.

The needs of families, children, staff and the community are continually changing therefore we need ongoing evaluation to ensure our service is responsive to those needs. We strive to provide an excellent service for early childhood education within our community. It is important to share our knowledge and work collaboratively with community organisations, council, professional support services and local schools. We realise the importance of successful transitions between preschool and school and take an active role in preparing for these transitions. We strive to provide an excellent service for early childhood education within our community.

Begin the Adventure at Deanside Kindergarten

Children build on their understanding about the world through their interactions with other children, adults and their environment.

The educational program is guided by:

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. (VEYLDF). Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework For Australia.

The educational program contributes to the following outcomes for each child:

  • Identity – Children will have a strong sense of identity.
  • Community – Children will be connected with and contribute to their world.
  • Wellbeing – Children will have a strong sense of wellbeing.
  • Learning – Children will be confident and involved learners.
  • Communication – Children will be effective communicators.

3YO Group
• Wednesday, 8.45am - 1.45pm

4YO Group
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8.30am - 1.30pm

3YO Group
• Wednesday & Thursday, 8.45am - 1.45pm

4YO Yellow Group
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 8.30am - 1.30pm

4YO Blue Group
• Tuesday & Thursday, 8.30am - 4pm

Your child will be eligible to access free or low-cost kindergarten in any of the following circumstances:

  1. your child is identified by a parent, carer or legal guardian as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  2. your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more)
  3. your child holds, or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:
  4. a Commonwealth Health Care Card
  5. a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
  6. a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card
  7. eligible Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa
  • 3YO Group - $165
  • 4YO Yellow Group - $500

Our curriculum is play based and draws reference from 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.

We respect each child is an individual and develops at his/her own rate. We encourage families to have begun toilet training and will work to support their child’s development to promote a positive outcome.

Children do have toileting accidents on occasion, which are managed sensitively and discretely by educators. We ask each family to keep a complete change of clothes in their child’s bag in case children require changing. They’re also handy for when your child becomes thoroughly immersed in water play outside.

As a sun-safe organisation we provide child-friendly sunscreen, however if your child has sensitive skin please feel free to provide your preferred brand.

Begin the Adventure at Deanside Kindergarten

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