In line with the Victorian kindergarten program, St Scholastica's Kindergarten offers both 3 and 4 year old programs to assist with developing social, mental and physical skills in preparation for school. Kindergarten is not compulsory in Victoria but most children attend at least the second year (four-year-old kindergarten).
Your child is eligible for a funded year of kindergarten if they are four years of age by 30 April of that year.
In addition to our programs, we offer before and aftercare options to suit your child's needs.
Applications for enrolment are handled by the Whitehorse Pre-School Association Central Enrolment System.
The form is available from the kindergarten or directly from the W.P.S.A. Central Enrolment Officer.
The form and the application fee of $20.00 is to be forwarded directly to the W.P.S.A Central Enrolment Officer, the address is on the form.
To contact the Whitehorse Pre-School Association:
Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 3.00pm
Phone: 03 9285 4854
Address: The Applications Office
Whitehorse Pre-School Association PO Box 1194
Blackburn North VIC 3130
Application for enrolment closes on 30th June in the preceding year, however applications will be accepted until programs are full.
Each child is allocated a school buddy and they participate together in activities, Christian celebrations and reading.
The buddy program is a wonderful opportunity for our children to develop friendships and bonds with the primary children, as well as gaining familiarity with the school environment and layout. This makes transition into Prep seamless, and provides the best possible start to their school lives.
In addition, we have regular visits to the school library, where the children can borrow books.
3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
Monday & Tuesday 9:00am to 3:00pm
4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm
BEFORE & AFTERCARE
Before care 8:00am to 9:00am
Aftercare 3:00pm to 5:00pm
IMPORTANCE OF PLAY & OUR PROGRAM
The most important goal of our early childhood program is to help
children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging
children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help the children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We are teaching them how to learn. We should not underestimate the importance of play in the early childhood setting. Play provides the foundation for academic learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters and numbers. Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our curriculum. Play is the work of early childhood. In traditional classrooms the curriculum is initiated by the educator. Each unit has a theme and activities are planned and prepared in advance. Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interest and passions as well as the educator’s. To plan an emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility and patience. Rather than starting with a lesson plan which requires a “hook” to get children interested, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interests. This is not to say that the educator has no input, in fact educators may well have a general topic they think is important for children to study and they may purposely include certain materials or experiences related to it as a starting point. Once educators see an interest “emerging” they brainstorm ways to study the topic in depth.
Our curriculum is driven by the ideas, excitement, information and questions from the children themselves. Ideas can be supported and extended by providing equipment, books, craft supplies, and experiences through which the children can learn more about their natural interests and curiosities. Our educators co-explore alongside the children and observe and encourage their discoveries. Topics may last a day, a week, a month or more – as long as the children are interested in pursuing the ideas.
Our educators are guided by the ‘The Early Years Learning Framework’ and the ‘Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework 0-8’. Both frameworks promote a vision for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.