10 Willis Street
St Albans VIC 3021
Melways Ref: 26 B3
Phone: 9366 8632
Fax: 9366 8633
Nominated Supervisor: Christie Lee Smith
Educational Leader: Carolynn Gill
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 – 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
Willis Street Kindergarten offers rotational 4 year old programs.
2018 Session Times:
4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week
(see below information on rotational groupings)
|Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:||9.00am – 2.00pm|
|Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:||9.00am – 2.00pm|
|Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday:||9.00am – 2.00pm|
|Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:||9.00am – 2.00pm|
2018 Term Fees:
$380 per term
BPA Children’s Services sets annual fees based on the shortfall between Government funding and the operating costs of the centre.
As per State Government Policy, Concession Card Holders are entitled to 15 hours 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.
At Willis Street Kindergarten we view children as unique, capable and inquisitive.
Our flexible program provides inclusive opportunities for children to engage and learn to play freely both indoors and outdoors.
We believe that children engage best within the program when they are given sufficient time for playing.
The children are given opportunities to explore, problem solve and engage within sustainable practices.
We strive to promote a children’s sense of agency. When children’s agency is promoted in the program they are able to make choices and decisions which impacts their play and allows it to become more meaningful. Through educator interactions we promote children’s independence and resilience within the program.
We value the children’s voice within our program, the children guide and direct their learning and the program through strengths and interests.
We inspire children’s creativity and expression within the program, we focus on the process not essentially on an end product.
We believe our program is an extension of the home. Our kindergarten families are welcomed within the program to spend time with their child. Willis Street Kindergarten respects parent interactions within our culturally diverse community. This is a great opportunity for families to engage in conversations with educators and to spend time participating and observing the program and routine.
We appreciate there are many understandings of world views and use this knowledge to promote equity and respect for all. Willis Street Kindergarten has a parent advisory group that work in collaboration with educators in fundraising for new resources, incursions and excursions.
Our curriculum reflects both the National Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, to ensure your child receives a high quality early learning experience.
At Willis Street Kindergarten your child will learn from a range of intentional teaching approaches. Our passionate, experienced educators are committed to being responsive to the children by scaffolding learning, modelling and demonstrating tasks, encouraging, supporting and co-constructing learning.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or to download a form click on the following link: Brimbank City Council – Preschool Registration
Three Year Old Kindergarten
This centre does not currently offer a 3 year old program.