• 15 hours of Preschool, for the year before children start school.
• 2 full days – 9am to 3pm and one 3 hour session.
• Group A—Monday and Wednesday 9am to 3pm and a 3 hour session on a Tuesday and Thursday (9am to 12pm).
• Group B—Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 3pm and a 3 hour session on a Monday or Wednesday morning (9am to 12pm).
DfE Speech and Language Program
• Children participate in the Kindergarten program and receive a high level of specialised support for children with severe specific speech and/or language impairments
• Children are selected via application and a DfE panel decision.
• Group A—Monday and Wednesday- 9am to 3pm and a 3 hour session on a Tuesday morning 9am to 12pm.
A high quality early years educational program. Each child receives 15 hours of preschool per week for the year before they start school. The Kindergarten follows the school terms and holidays.
DfE Speech and Language Program
The DfE Speech and Language Programs provide a high level of specialised support for children with severe specific speech and/or language impairments.
Specialist support for children with additional needs, available by referral to DfE Support Services, through the kindergarten.
Early entry for children with additional needs. availability dependant on vacancies.
Stay and Play
Orientation Visits – Stay and Play sessions for children and their parents at the end of Term 4 each year.
Kindergarten is a great opportunity for children to have the time to play, learn, make friends and enjoy developing and learning, in a wide range of areas including:
- Social and emotional skills
- Physical abilities and general wellbeing
- Literacy, language and communication skills
- Numeracy and scientific skills
- General knowledge and a love of learning
- Environmental awareness and responsibility
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly in play children learn how to learn”, O Fred Donaldson.
Working in partnership with families and our educators, we foster children’s learning and development through providing a wide range of activities and experiences that include the following 5 learning outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
National Quality Standards
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
Learning in STEM
We support children to experience and learn about STEM-related knowledge, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking skills, and the ability to work together and think about their world.
This is when you believe you learn anything; grow in areas of challenge, and work hard to solve any problem. A positive tendency to believe that you can grow. We support the children to build their confidence, resilience, persistence, to be organised and develop their getting along skills.
The educators at West Lakes Kindergarten use the language of learning with the children and show, support, encourage and provide the time and the opportunities for children to practice and develop their new skills.
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