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Every day is an opportunity for discovery and growth at Mernda Villages Kindergarten

Mernda Villages Kindergarten is located on Mernda Village Drive, we are located right next to the Mernda Primary School and we have St. Josephs Primary School is just up the road. We have a great relationship with both of these school which helps our children transition between kindergarten to primary school.

Mernda Villages Kindergarten value and embrace the differences between each child. We ensure that our play and interest based program caters for each child’s differences. We value all families’ culture and encourage families to share this within our program.

At Mernda Villages Kindergarten we are committed to providing a welcoming, positive and inclusive environment for all children and families. We value each child as individual and support them to feel safe and secure with a strong sense of belonging. We understand the vital contribution of play to early childhood development and the importance of interest-based learning.

Children’s interests and strengths are recognised and their thinking extended through our play based ‘hands on’ learning program, where educators teach intentionally to develop children’s skills, understandings and positive dispositions for learning. We respect the uniqueness of our families, acknowledge them as their child’s first teacher and foster supportive, collaborative relationships. We strive for positive learning outcomes for all children and promote a sense of connection to the Kinder and community.

Mernda Villages Kindergarten team is strong in mind and in spirit. The team have a close relationship and support each other both professionally and personally. Our Early Childhood Teaching team have an incredible 120 years of teaching years between them. Plus our amazing educators which is in excess of 150 years of experience.

The team bring a uniqueness to the centre, our differing interests and abilities ensure that the children are learning about many different things, including gardening, sustainability, cooking, numeracy, science, literacy and IT.

Begin the Adventure at Mernda Villages Kindergarten

  • We provide an environment that is fun, engaging, interesting and challenging
  • We offer a play-based curriculum that reflects the children’s interests, strengths, needs and understandings
  • We view children as capable and competent active participants in their own learning; therefore being responsive to children’s ideas and co-constructing knowledge, providing children with choices, input into decisions, time and strategies
  • We respect and acknowledge the Wurundjeri Clan as the traditional custodians of the land where the kindergarten is located
  • We learn about Aboriginal Cultures and share these with children and families
  • We ensure that our practices are supported by the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics
  • We acknowledge parents/guardians as the child’s first teacher
  • We recognise and respect individual parenting styles

Joey Group
• Monday, 9.15am - 11.45am & Friday, 9.15am - 11.45am

Koala Group
• Tuesday, 9.15am - 11.45am & Thursday, 9.15am - 11.45am

Wallaby Group
• Wednesday, 9.15am - 2.15pm

Bibly Group
• Monday & Wednesday, 8.30am - 4pm

Echidna Group
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am -2pm

Rosella Group
• Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9am -2pm

Kangaroo Group
• Tuesday & Thursday, 8.30am - 4pm

Wombat Group
• Tuesday & Friday, 8.30am - 4pm

Emu Group
• Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9.15am - 2.15pm

Joey Group
• Monday & Wednesday, 9.15am - 2.15pm

Koala Group
• Tuesday & Thursday, 9.15am - 2.15pm

Wallaby Group
• Tuesday & Friday, 8:30am - 1:30pm

Bilby Group
• Monday & Wednesday, 8.30am - 4pm

Echidna Group
• Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am -2pm

Rosella Group
• Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9am -2pm

Kangaroo Group
• Tuesday & Thursday, 8.30am - 4pm

Emu Group
• Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9.15am - 2.15pm

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 Joey Group - $165
  • 3YO Kookaburra Group - $165
  • 3YO Koala Group - $165
  • 3YO Possum Group - $165 (pending)
  • 3YO Wallaby Group - $165
  • 4YO Bilby Group - $500
  • 4YO Echidna Group - $500
  • 4YO Emu Group - $500
  • 4YO Kangaroo Group - $500
  • 4YO Rosella Group - $500
  • 4YO Wombat Group - $500

Educators at Mernda Villages Kindergarten work closely with families regarding children’s skills and readiness for transition to school. Each family is provided with a Transition Statement during Term 4, which is an overview of your child’s development, interests, strengths and suggestions to help with transition. A copy of this is forwarded to your child’s school, with your permission.

We have strong connections with local schools and work to ensure a smooth transition for each of the children in our care. When possible we visit Mernda Primary School and St. Josephs Primary School to begin the connection with older students.

We provide a play-based curriculum, all our activities are based on the interest and the development of the children. We believe that children will learn through play.

An example of this is when children are playing in our home corner they are learning about true life experiences, they are beginning to understand and learning about sharing toys and equipment, they are extending their play skills and they will move from solitary play to onlooker play to parallel and associative play, then to co-operative play. They begin to develop body awareness and self-help skills i.e. with dress-ups.

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 Mernda Villages Kindergarten

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