Four year old program

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Our current 4 year old program has two groups:
4 Purple, which meets for three (3) five-hour sessions, and
4 Yellow, which consists of two (2) seven and a half hour days.

Our “long day” 4 year old program was developed in response to parent feedback and community needs.

4 Purple is taught by  Shelley ReitherSharon Kearns, and Emriya Demirel and 4 Yellow is taught by Marni SilverwoodSue Ouyang and Shreya Bhandari.

How our children learn and play

The 4 year old classes use an indoor/outdoor program whereby children can choose to be inside or outside, or move between both areas.  This incorporates all styles of learning and allows the children to make their own choices in their learning and areas of interest on any given day.

It also 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, Aboriginal Incursion & Museum Victoria), special events (e.g. Chinese New Year, 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.

The children will also participate in our ‘Bush Kinder’ program. Using the enclosed vacant land beside and behind the kindergarten, our 4 year olds make regular visits to play and explore in 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.

The 4 year old kinder program offers 15 hours per week, with a maximum of 30 children per group.

There will be at least one teacher and two assistants in all session 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, 2020-2021, many of this program has been cancelled due to risk and health & safety.

Enrolment process

Enrolments for the 4 year old groups open in March of the year prior to your child commencing kindergarten.

Enrolments for 2021 are currently full and a waitlist is in place.

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

Children who are attending our 3 year old program are required to fill out an enrolment form for the 4 year old program and apply through the Central Enrolment Scheme run by Moreland City Council. Places are not guaranteed but are determined by meeting relevant criteria.

Age requirement

Each child must turn 4 by the 30th of April in the year of attendance and must be toilet trained except in the case of a relevant medical condition.

Session times for 2020-2021

Group 4 Yellow Group 4 Purple
Monday 8.30am – 4.00pm Tuesday 8.30am – 1.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm Thursday 8.30am – 1.30pm
    Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm

Part of 4 year old kinder is to prepare the children for school. One of the ways to do this is by making sure they get up and out on time in the mornings; this is why each group has early morning sessions.

There will be at least one teacher and two assistants in all sessions 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

4YO – Yellow Group: Mondays & Wednesdays  – 8.30am – 4.00pm

4YO – Purple Group: Tuesdays: 11.30am – 4.30pm, Thursdays & Fridays : 8.30am – 1.30pm

 

Fees

$400 per term

A fee subsidy is available to eligible families. Find out more about how to apply or whether you are eligible. The kinder also has copies of this brochure at the sign in area.

The state government pays the kinder a subsidy to contribute to the cost of kindergarten for eligible families. You MUST provide a copy of a CURRENT card/visa in order to attract the fee subsidy. As this expires you also must provide an updated copy in order to continue to receive the fee subsidy. 

What your child should bring to kinder

Your child should bring a bag that contains their lunch and/or 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 for morning or afternoon tea, and the 4 year old children are also required to bring a packed lunch for their longer sessions.

For morning and afternoon teas 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. For lunch, the children sit down together as a group, usually around midday.

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) Committee members 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.