BPA Children Services
BPA Children’s Services

Level 1, 459 Ballarat Road
Sunshine VIC 3020

Phone: (03) 9312-3689
Fax: (03) 9312-4754
Email: info@bpachildrenservices.com

Contact Details

15 Epalock Crescent
St Albans VIC 3021

Melways Ref: 26 B5

Phone: 9367 1562
Fax: 9366 3670
Email: epalock.crescent.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Nominated Supervisors:  Rachelle Kemp & Adriana Gordon

Educational Leader:  Kylie Golz & Adriana Gordon

ACECQA National Quality Standard (NQS) Rating:
QA1:  Educational program and practice – Exceeding NQS
QA2:  Children’s health and safety – Meeting NQS
QA3:  Physical environment – Exceeding NQS
QA4:  Staffing arrangements – Exceeding NQS
QA5:  Relationships with children – Exceeding NQS
QA6:  Collaborative partnerships with families and communities – Exceeding NQS
QA7:  Leadership and service management – Exceeding NQS
Overall rating:  Exceeding NQS 

 

About the Centre

Epalock Crescent Kindergarten offers two 4 year old groups and a 3 year old group.

2018 Session Times:

4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week

Quolls

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
8.15am – 12.15pm
8.15am – 1.45pm
11.15am – 4.45pm

Bandicoots

Monday:
Thursday:
Friday:
12.45pm – 4.45pm
11.15am – 4.45pm
9.15am – 2.45pm

 

3 year old Activity Group – 5 hours per week

Possums

Wednesday & Thursday:8.15am – 10.45am

 

2018 Term Fees:

4YO

$380 per term

3YO

$385 per term

BPA Children’s Services sets annual fees based on the shortfall between Government funding and the operating costs of the centre.

Fee Subsidy for Low Income Families:

As per State Government Policy, Concession Card Holders are entitled to 15 hrs per week of free kindergarten in the four year old program only. The concession card must be sighted by a member of BPA Children’s Services staff when requested. Failure to show a valid concession card will result in full fees being charged. There is no subsidy for three year old programs.

 

Centre Philosophy

Our centre is located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and we wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.  We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

We believe that a sense of belonging is crucial for all families and children, so that children are able to develop along their learning journey. We respect each child as an individual, embracing their cultural background and welcome their contributions and those of their families.  We’re committed to respecting the environment and developing sustainable practices at our centre.  We believe in the value of both the indoor and outdoor environments and therefore run an indoor/outdoor curriculum. We believe that all children should be treated fairly, regardless of gender, religion, ability or cultural background.  Our program supports children’s social and emotional development to promote positive well being.  We believe that children should be given time and space to engage in the program without being hurried – to revisit and consolidate learning and knowledge.

We have high expectations of children as capable on-going learners, and believe they should be supported to reach their full potential. We believe in the need to provide challenges for children and will support them to take risks, both physically and cognitively.  We believe in the need for educators to be responsive to children, extending and scaffolding their play, as well as building on their needs and their interests. We observe children, assess and document their learning and plan experiences and environments in order to allow children to develop their sense of identity and community, their well being, learning and communication skills. We provide a play-based program, which is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. Our program emerges from the interests of the children, and has a balance of child-initiated experiences and intentional teaching.

At Epalock Crescent Kindergarten, we have respectful relationships within the team and value each team member’s wealth of knowledge that they bring to the centre. We are committed to reflecting on their practices, and to remaining up-to-date in their professional development and knowledge.

We collaborate with other services, such as Early Intervention, Preschool Field Officers and Maternal & Child Health Nurses to support the needs of children and their families.  We believe strongly in the need to maintain relationships with local schools to support children’s transition to school.

 

Registration

Four Year Old Kindergarten

To be eligible for four year old kindergarten a child must turn four years of age on or before 30th of April in the year of attendance.

To register your child in 4 year old kindergarten, please collect a form from the kindergarten or Brimbank City Council who runs the Central Registration system.

Specific enquiries can be directed to:
Preschool Central Registration Administration Officer on 9249 4490 or preschool@brimbank.vic.gov.au
or to download a form click on the following link: Brimbank City Council – Preschool Registration

Three Year Old Kindergarten

To be eligible for 3 year old kindergarten a child must turn three years of age on or before 30th April in the year of attendance.

Children CANNOT commence before they turn three years of age.

THOSE CHILDREN OFFERED A PLACE BUT TURN THREE AFTER THE START OF TERM 1 (AND PRIOR TO 30TH APRIL) MAY HOLD A PLACE FOR THAT CHILD BY PAYING THE TERM 1 FEES IN FULL.

To register your child in 3 year old kindergarten, please collect a form from the kindergarten or BPA Children’s Services who operates the Registration System for 3 Year Old Kindergarten at this service.

Enquiries can be directed to Raylee Waters on 9312 3689 or enrol@bpachildrenservices.com

To download an Expression of Interest or Registration form please refer to the 3 Year Old Registration Forms tab to the right of screen.