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

5 James Street
Strathmore VIC 3041

Melways Ref: 
16 G12

Phone: 9379 4879
Email: st.aidans.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Nominated Supervisor:  Monica Sholakis

Educational Leader:  Monica Sholakis

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

 

About the Centre

TEACHERS:
Monica Sholakis (4yo) & Jennifer Le Roy (3&4yo)
CO-EDUCATORS: Suzanne Moro (3&4yo) & TBA (4yo)

 

St Aidans Preschool offers a rotational 4 year old program and a rotational 3 year old program.
(see below information on rotational groupings)

2017 Session Times:

4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week

Group A

Monday & Tuesday:
Thursday:
8.30am – 1.30pm
11.30am – 4.30pm

Group B

Monday & Wednesday:
Friday:
8.30am – 1.30pm
11.30am – 4.30pm

Group C

Tuesday:
Thursday & Friday:
8.30am – 1.30pm
11.30am – 4.30pm

Group D

Monday & Wednesday:
Thursday:
8.30am – 1.30pm
11.30am – 4.30pm

Group E

Tuesday & Wednesday:
Friday:
8.30am – 1.30pm
11.30am – 4.30pm

 

3 year old Activity Group – 5 hours per week

Group A

Wednesday:
Friday:
2.00pm – 4.30pm
8.30am – 11.00am

Group B

Wednesday:
Thursday:
2.00pm – 4.30pm
8.30am – 11.00am

Group C

Thursday & Friday:8.30am – 11.00am

 

2017 Term Fees:

4YO

$440 per term

3YO

$365 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 kindergarten provides a quality play based program working within both the National and Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks, offering opportunities for the children both indoors and outdoors.

The program is implemented in a play-based environment which will invite all children to experiment, challenge themselves, enjoy, develop relationships, grow together and build positive self-images. The program is developed through observations of all children, and is based on each child’s own individual developmental needs and skills.

We believe in creating a strong link between families and preschool, valuing family participation and contribution. The program is inclusive and sensitive to the needs of all children regardless of social or cultural background, gender and ability.

The preschool environment offers the children an opportunity to build on the skills they will require throughout their lives.

Our Mission Statement at St Aidan’s preschool, we believe:

Children strive in an environment where:

  • Play is recognised and valued as a means of learning
  • They are encouraged to develop positive relationships with adults and other children
  • Their families are actively  involved and their culture is reflected
  • Adults support and extend children’s play to enhance learning
  • There is a focus on languages, relationships and interactions

Families and Parents:

  • Are actively involved in all aspects of the centre
  • Help create the St Aidans community
  • Are partners in their child’s education
  • Expect effective and regular communication

Our Staff:

  • Deserve to be valued for their varied experience and qualifications
  • Continually learn and re-energise through planned learning, development and networking
  • Are a team
  • Are encouraged to be innovative and critically reflect on teaching practice

The community plays an integral role by:

  • Creating links for families to other services
  • Celebrating diversity in all its forms
  • Developing and strengthening social networks

Rotational Groupings

With rotational groupings, over the course of the week the children get to meet the majority of the four year old and three 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 Moonee Valley Council who runs the Central Registration system.

Specific enquiries can be directed to the Kindergarten Field Officer on 9243 8888 or go to
www.mvcc.vic.gov.au and follow the links to the Kindergarten’s page to download a form.


Three Year Old Kindergarten

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

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

Specific enquiries can be directed to the Kindergarten Field Officer on 9243 8888 or go to
www.mvcc.vic.gov.au and follow the links to the Kindergarten’s page to download a form.