Three year old program

Boy climbingOur current 3 year old program has a group taught by Shelley Reither, assisted by Sue Ouyang & Emriya Demirel with 30 children.

Being younger than the 4 year old kinder children, and needing more assistance, the 3 year old program tends to have all the children either inside or outside together.  However, this may change from year to year, depending on the particular children and what their needs and interests are.

In 2020,  at the start of the Kinder year, we incorporated the indoor/outdoor program for the 3 year old children.  This gives the children the opportunity to move freely around their learning environment.  Our program provides learning experiences indoors and outdoors, taking on the play based learning approach.  This also allows the child to find a space where they feel a sense of belonging, whether being inside or outside.

The teachers provide the children with a program which includes, but is not limited to, “group mat time”, free play, books and songs, social mealtimes, and group games and activities. Each year the curriculum includes incursions (e.g. Henny Penny chicken hatchings, Drama Workshop and/or Dental Health Incursion ), special events (e.g. Easter, Eid, Holi) and social family gatherings (e.g. Mother’s Day Pamper Night, Father’s Day pizza night End of year Barbeque). Unfortunately because of Covid-19 this year, 2020-2021, many of these activities have been canceled due to risk and health & safety to all.

Our outdoor areas provide environments that offer challenges and opportunities for healthy active play, whilst also learning to assess and take appropriate risks.

In 2020, we introduced Bush Kinder to the 3 year old’s.  Bush Kinder is a wonderful place where the children can explore a variety of areas outside to harbour the respect and interdependence between people and nature by using their senses to explore the natural environment.

One important fact to note is that learning the alphabet and to read is not part of the Early Childhood Curriculum.  These are part of the Primary School Curriculum and children will be taught these once they get to school.

Five hours per week is offered for 3 year olds, with a maximum of 30 children per group.

There will be at least one teacher and two assistants in all sessions at all times. Our teacher-student ratio is 1:10.

Parent Participation

We welcome and encourage parents to attend and participate. The kinder parent participation roster usually commences a few weeks after Term 1 commences, allowing children to settle in before parents stay.

It is an opportunity to participate in your child’s and the whole group’s play and learning. We may ask you to assist and/or supervise specific learning experiences. When you are here you are most welcome to stay for the whole session, or as long as you are able.

Please note that if younger siblings accompany you on kinder duty it is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian to fully supervise your children whilst within the kinder grounds.

Volunteering at the kinder is a great way of being involved with your child’s kindergarten experience.

Unfortunately because of Covid-19 this year, 2021, the Parent Participation program has been cancelled due to risk and health and safety for all.

Enrolment process

Enrolments for the 3 year old group open in May of the year prior to your child commencing kindergarten.

MEYM is still accepting enrollments for the 2021 program – however you may be placed on a waitlist due to enrollment numbers for this program.

Enrolments for 2022 will open in May 2021.

It is advisable to get your child’s enrolment in as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Find out more about the enrolments process.

Age requirement

Children turning 3 after Term 1 commences cannot attend the kindergarten program until on or after their third birthday.

When to enrol your child

Teachers are often asked whether they would recommend 3 year old kindergarten for a child who turns 3 close to April.

First term always commences in late January/early February, which means that children who do not turn 3 until after kinder starts, or closer to the end of April, will have missed most of, if not all of Term 1, which can be an important settling in period.

All children are different however, and where some children would have no problems fitting into 3 year old kinder, others may struggle. You need to look at your child and the reasons why you want them to attend. A child who has an outgoing personality and separates easily from their parents would most likely be ready to attend. A quiet and shy child who still clings to their parents may not be emotionally ready and waiting another year may be recommended.

Another factor to consider is when do you want your child to start primary school? Do you want them being one of the oldest or youngest in their class? Unfortunately there is no clear-cut answer to this question.

Session times for 2020 & 2021

Green group – Tuesdays & Thursdays  2.00pm – 4.30pm

There will be at least one teacher and two assistants in all sessions at all times. Our teacher-student ratio is 1:10.

Term dates for 2021

Term 1: Thursday 28th January – Thursday 1st April
Term 2: Monday 19th April – Friday 25th June
Term 3: Monday 12th July – Friday 17th September
Term 4: Monday 4th October – Thursday 16th December

Public Holidays in 2021

Labour Day: Monday 8th March
Good Friday: Friday 2nd April
Easter Monday: Monday 5th April
ANZAC Day: Saturday 25th April
Queen’s Birthday: Monday 14th June
AFL Grand Final Friday: TBA
Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday 2nd November

Session times for 2022

Green group –

Tuesdays: 8.30am – 11.00am

Thursdays:  2.00pm – 4.30pm

 

Fees

$340 per term

2021- Unfortunately the 3 year old program is not government subsidised like the 4 year old program and therefore fees are comparatively higher. There are also no discounts for Pensioner or Health Care Card holders.

2022 – a fee subsidy is available to eligible families in the 3yo program and valid concession cards will be accepted.

What your child should bring to kinder

Your child should bring a bag that contains a snack, a water bottle, a full change of clothes, and a hat. Hats are compulsory for Terms 1 and 4, in compliance with our SUNSMART policy. In the colder months, your child will require a jacket for outside playtime. Please ensure all clothing and hats are clearly marked with your child’s name.

What food your child should bring to kinder

All children are required to bring a snack and a drink (water bottle) for afternoon tea.

For afternoon tea we have a progressive snack routine, meaning children can choose when to have their snack during a particular period of time during the session. We have a permanent snack table that children can sit at to eat their snack. This caters to the children’s’ individual needs as well as encouraging their self help skills.

Food Policies

Our kinder promotes healthy eating, regular meals/snacks, and encourages children to drink plenty of water. Parents are required to provide all food for their child to consume at kindergarten.

We are a nut-free kinder. We ask that nuts and all foods containing nuts or traces of nuts are not sent to kinder for snacks and lunches due to the high risk these foods can pose for children susceptible to allergic reactions.

We also ask that all ‘fun food’ is kept at home for the time appropriate for your family, which includes muesli bars, chips, twisties, lollies, chocolates, rollups, fruit leather, etc. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact the kindergarten.

Kinder uniforms

Our kinder has logo-printed t-shirts, long sleeve tops and jumpers for purchase, but it is optional whether your child wears them. However, the uniform is quite handy if you do not want your child’s regular clothes paint, glue or grass stained! There are also bucket and Legionnaire’s hats available.

Uniforms can be purchased directly from the kinder in a variety of ways: at the AGM/Information Session held in the November before your child starts at the kinder, at Orientations sessions at the beginning of the kinder year, through the teachers at the end of a session, or from a parent Advisory Group (PAG) member  via an order form once your child is attending the kinder.

The uniform proceeds are used by the PAG to fund purchases to benefit your child’s kinder experience.