BPA Children Services
BPA Children’s Services

Level 1, 459 Ballarat Road, Sunshine, VIC 3020
PO Box: 215, Sunshine, VIC 3020
Telephone: (03) 9312-3689
Fax: (03) 9312-4754
Email: info@bpachildrenservices.com

Contact Details

60A Bishop Street
Yarraville VIC 3013

Melways Ref: 41 H7

Phone: 9314 2265
Fax: 9314 0334
Email: merriwa.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Nominated Supervisor:  Susan Ring

Educational Leader:  Anne Forbes

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 

TEACHERS:Susan Ring (3&4yo) & Angela Chiaravalloti (3&4yo)
CO-EDUCATORS: Karen Murray (4yo), Jody Thornton (3&4yo) & Laura Greenhill (4yo)

 

Merriwa Kindergarten offers two 4 year old groups and two 3 year old groups.

2017 Session Times:

4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week

Geckos

Monday:
Thursday:
Friday:
12.45pm – 4.45pm
11.00am – 4.30pm
8.15am – 1.45pm

Bilbies

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
8.15am – 12.15pm
11.00am – 4.30pm
8.15am – 1.45pm

 

3 year old Kindergarten – 2 groups with 4 hours per week

Possums

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
8.15am – 10.15am
2.30pm – 4.30pm

Joeys

Thursday:
Friday:
8.15am – 10.15am
2.30pm – 4.30pm

 

2017 Term Fees:

4YO

$410 per term

3YO

$345 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

Welcome to Merriwa Kindergarten. We are located next door to Kingsville Primary School in Yarraville.

  • We believe that every child matters and every moment matters
  • We respect the original inhabitants of our land, the Wurundjeri people, and honour and acknowledge them as Australia’s first people.
  • We have high expectations for everyone.  We view children as capable learners, and believe they should be empowered to drive their own learning.
  • We believe all members of the Merriwa community have a responsibility to each other and to our environment – that along with the right to Belong comes the responsibility to treat each other and our environment with respect.
  • We believe that reciprocal partnerships with families are essential, and that collaborating with families provides the best outcomes for children.
  • We believe children have a right to uninterrupted time to experiment, explore and discover; to develop at their own pace.  They have a right to ‘be’.
  • We value and celebrate diversity.
  • We believe the environment is the third teacher, and take pride in creating an environment that is aesthetically pleasing and inspires wonder and exploration.
  • We encourage the promotion and use of natural and recycled materials in the environment and program.
  • We believe children learn best when they and their families are respected and their backgrounds embraced – when they have a sense of Belonging.
  • We know that the development of a healthy self-esteem is essential to the development of all areas of learning
  • We believe intentional teaching is an integral part of the program
  • We believe that learning is an on-going process for children, parents and educators alike.
  • We believe as educators we should constantly reflect critically on our practice.

 

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 Maribyrnong City Council who runs the Central Registration system.

Specific enquiries can be directed to:
Central Registration Officer on 9688 0116 or email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

For further information please visit the Maribyrnong Council website:
http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=10199

Three Year Old Kindergarten

To be eligible for the 3 year old program 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.

Please refer to the BPA 3 year old Policy.

To register your child in 3 year old kindergarten, please collect a form from the kindergarten or Maribyrnong City Council who runs the Central Registration system.

Specific enquiries can be directed to:
Central Registration Officer on 9688 0116 or email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

For further information please visit the Maribyrnong Council website:
http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?