At Laurimar Kindergarten we have an ongoing commitment to children’s developing social and emotional wellbeing that encourages the positive growth of the whole child. We believe that learning comes from spontaneous, open ended and thoughtful interactions with children.
We respect the cultures, languages and traditions of our families and believe in working in partnership with them. Laurimar Kindergarten has built strong connections among the community, including local schools and allied health services. Our kindergarten is valued by families, staff and community alike.
Laurimar Kindergarten advocates play as the most appropriate method for teaching children. Our play-based programs are developed on a sound knowledge of child development and a strong belief that children have a natural curiosity which enables them to learn through exploration of their environment. We know that children are active learners who have unlimited potential to direct their own learning when provided with a rich environment which promotes opportunities for learning through various provocations. We believe that our programs should be based on a combination of child-initiated learning, adult enriched learning, children’s interests, the local community and intentional teaching.
It is our belief that all children are unique and should be given opportunity to reach their potential. As educators we work collaboratively to facilitate each child’s learning journey by providing a stimulating environment where adults are able to scaffold the already existing knowledge of the child.
We provide a warm, nurturing, fun and safe environment with an ongoing commitment to children’s developing social and emotional wellbeing that encourages the positive growth of the whole child.
Laurimar Kindergarten aims to involve all parents in the development of programs which are inclusive to the needs of not only the children at our centre but also their families and the wider community. Our Kindergarten community is inclusive and is based on acceptance and respect for the diversity of each child and their family regardless of ability, gender, race, language, culture or economic status.
We follow the guiding principles of the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework, encompassing the values of Belonging, Being and Becoming.
Natural outdoor playground
- Children can play amongst trees and native grasses to explore our gardens
- Spacious playground and space for sensory play in sandpits and mud kitchen
- Climbing frames and obstacles to challenge developing motor skills
- Shaded areas and undercover spaces allow for indoor/outdoor play in most weather conditions
Our indoor environment
- Kinder rooms have flexible floor plans to reflect children’s interests and provide engaging experiences
- Thoughtful play-based programs include creative arts, literacy and numeracy activities, pretend play and science experiences
Begin the Adventure at Laurimar Kindergarten
- Storypark app to share your child’s learning journey
- Cooking experiences
- Incursions based on child’s interest and their learning
- Strong focus on sustainability
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 and we are thrilled to be a part of this initiative.
2024 Timetable for 3 Year Olds
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8.30am - 1.30pm
• Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9.15am - 2.15pm
2024 Timetable for 4 Year Olds
Red Gum Group
• Monday & Wednesday, 8.30am - 4pm
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am - 2pm
Lilly Pilly Group
• Tuesday & Thursday, 8.15am - 3.45pm
What will my child learn at kindergarten?
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.
Should my child be toilet trained to attend?
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.
Do I need to pack sunscreen?
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.