• 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, Thursday or Friday morning 9am to 12pm.
• Group B—Tuesday and Thursday -9am to 3pm and a 3 hour session on a Friday 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.
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning “
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.
At West Lakes Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centre we use the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being and Becoming to guide our teaching, learning and our curriculum.
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
To ensure a high quality centre, with continuous improvement and consistency, our centre abides with the National Quality Framework that incorporates the legislative framework and the National Quality Standards including the 7 areas:
- 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
At our centre we have a STEM learning focus. This is where we develop knowledge, skills and understanding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and apply that learning in the children’s world.
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.
Children (and adults!) with a growth mindset believe that intelligence and abilities can be developed through effort, persistence, trying different strategies and learning from mistakes.
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.
At West Lakes Kindergarten we support and encourage children to feel proud of their achievements and the effort they put into trying an activity or developing a skill. Children are skilled learners when they think about their own learning. They know that they are “learning how to learn”.
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.
Find Your Local Preschool/Kindergarten
To find your local preschool/kindergarten, please click across to the Department’s webpage, type in your address, click search and find out your local preschool/kindergarten and the catchment area.
To see West Lakes Kindergarten and Early Childhood catchment area, please click on Priority of Access and Catchment.