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

145 Mitchell Street
Maidstone VIC 3012

Melways Ref: 336 G12

Phone: 9317 9987
Fax: 9317 0829
Email: north.maidstone.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Nominated Supervisor:  Hao Ngo

Educational Leader:  Hao Ngo

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 – Meeting 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:Hao Ngo (3&4yo)
CO-EDUCATORS:Jenny Lay (4yo), Meuna Hettiarachchi (4yo), Lan My Cao (4yo) &
Saba Ammene (3yo)

 

North Maidstone Kindergarten offers one 4 year old program and one 3 year old program.

2017 Session Times:

4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week

4YO

Tuesday & Thursday:
Wednesday:
9.00am – 2.00pm
11.30am – 4.30pm

 

3 year old kindergarten – 6 hours per week

3YO

Wednesday:
Friday:
8.30am – 11.00am
8.30am – 12.00pm

 

2017 Term Fees:

4YO

$360 per term

3YO

$400 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

North Maidstone Kindergarten acknowledges Traditional owners of the land on which the centre is located and pay tribute to Elders past and present and acknowledge the unique role they play in the life of the region.

We aim to provide your child with exciting and stimulating educational programs. We strongly believe that every child is unique in terms of each individual life experiences, developmental readiness, and historical cultural heritage; and that each child has a valuable contribution to make. We also value children’s creativity and expression of themselves.

At our kindergarten, the children are shown where and how things work at kindergarten. We respect the dignity of each child.

PLAY IS LEARNING – Play is very important for children. Through play young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create. When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand.”
Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, 2009

At North Maidstone Kindergarten, the learning program provided to children is play based – which involves open-ended activities that allow them to explore and learn from their own experiences at their own pace. Activities offered to the children are based on their interests, needs and stage of development. Through these activities, the children learn to play, to socialize, to interact with other peers and adults, to manipulate tools and equipment in an appropriate way. They learn to recognize their own achievement, to celebrate and to share theirs with others. They learn to respect and listen to the opinions of others, different ideas, thoughts and feelings.

We understand the equal value of outdoor and indoor play which allows the children to gain skills, knowledge and positive attitudes to themselves, others and to the environment. Children will develop physical skills and body control in fine motor skills through indoor experiences and in gross motor skills through outdoor experiences. By providing various learning context to the children, we promote communication skills, social skills, interdependence skills as well as responsibility and awareness of environmental and sustainable practices through their relationships with others and the environment.

We recognise that learning is an active process involves children’s engagement. As Early Childhood Professionals, we are intentionally apply integrated teaching and learning approaches: the integration of child-directed play and learning; guided play and learning; and adult-led learning to create a more focused experiential learning environment for the children.

We believe that learning in young children is promoted when families and staff work in a partnership. It is significant that families feel that their needs are met and values respected. We value families’ insight and background information on their children, and we provide families with resources, our supports, our knowledge and our experiences.

 

Rotational Groupings

With rotational groupings, over the course of the week the children get to meet the majority of the four year old children at our Kindergarten, which is of great benefit and assists them to feel more comfortable throughout the year. The more familiar faces at a new kindergarten the better!

The social benefits of rotational groupings cannot be emphasized enough. The children meet and play with new friends and old friends each day and very early in the year, children are able to remember for example, that a particular friend they enjoy the company of may come on a Tuesday and a Wednesday, and others they enjoy playing with may come on a Monday.

Rotational groupings tend to allow children to extend and enjoy friendships with different social dynamics each session, which can often help minimize ‘clickiness’ (children staying with the same small group of friends all year, without branching out).

Grouping our children in the above groups allows us to offer our four year old children three 5 hour sessions per week, which totals 15 hours of high quality kindergarten for each of our children.

 

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 Activity Group

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?