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Contact Details

10A Southwold Street
St Albans VIC 3021

Phone (Room 1):  9366 1523
Phone (Room 2):  9367 6121
Email: southwold.st.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Nominated Supervisor:  Jaclyn Birch

Educational Leader: Reannon Thomson

National Quality Standard (NQS) Rating:
Educational program and practice – Exceeding NQS
QA2:  Children’s health and safety – Exceeding 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 – Meeting NQS
Overall rating:  Exceeding NQS 

2023 Session Times

4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week

Monday:  8.15am – 12.15pm
Thursday:  8.15am – 1.45pm
Friday:  8.15am – 1.45pm

Monday:  12.45pm – 4.45pm
Tuesday:  8.15am – 1.45pm
Wednesday:  8.15am – 1.45pm

Monday:  8.30am – 1.30pm
Wednesday:  8.30am – 1.30pm
Friday:  8.30am – 1.30pm

3 year old kindergarten – 10 hours per week

Tuesday:  8.30am – 1.30pm
Thursday:  8.30am – 1.30pm

2023 Term Fees

4 year old kindergarten – FREE
3 year old kindergarten – FREE

Centre Philosophy

At Southwold Street Kindergarten we have a strong awareness of the wider community and the importance of belonging, which is reflected in our learning environment.  We embrace diversity and believe in the preservation of family culture, languages and traditions.  We acknowledge and respect the land of the Wurundjeri people who are part of the Kulin Nation on whose land we are privileged to be situated.  We pay tribute to the elders past and present.

In accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, educators are committed to the right of all children to feel safe and be safe at all times.  We comply with the Victorian Government’s Child Safe Standards, including:

–   Promoting the safety of all children and their families.

–   Promoting the safety of children with a disability.

–   Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children.

–   Promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We as educators, have respectful relationships and value each educator’s wealth of knowledge, commitment and dedication as professionals.  All Educators at this centre adopt a professional approach in regards to confidentiality, respect and ethical conduct at all times.  Educators are provided with ongoing professional development to ensure we continue to provide a quality service.

Children are individuals who learn at their own pace; they are competent, confident and capable learners with enquiring minds for knowledge.  We plan for each individual child and for the collective kindergarten group with tailored programs underpinned by our centre philosophy, the EYLF and the VEYLDF.  We support a play-based learning environment which fosters and promotes children as confident and competent learners.  Children are encouraged to explore, engage and be stimulated by their kindergarten environment.

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) support’s and guides our practice and philosophy at Southwold Street Kindergarten.  These outcomes aim for children to become involved and confident learners, to have a strong sense of identity and wellbeing, to be effective communicators, and feel connected to their world; a holistic approach to enhance children’s learning.

An emergent program is used alongside the permanent program, and modified in accordance to the children’s strengths, interests and abilities.  An emergent program encourages educators to communicate with children through sustained shared thinking and intentional teaching which actively promotes children’s learning.  Our educational program places equal importance on indoor and outdoor play spaces and experiences to support children’s learning.  Here at Southwold Street Kindergarten, we ensure interaction with the natural world occurs across all our learning environments.  Through these wonderful interactions children can be curious and adventurous and learn about their impact and place within the world around them.

We welcome and respect parents/families interactions and acknowledge that children come to our service with existing knowledge.  Southwold Street Kindergarten recognises that families play an important role as their child’s first teacher.  We value the active participation of families in their children’s program and encourage families to share their skills and expertise through spending time at the kindergarten.  Our kindergarten actively collaborates with the local community and inter-disciplinary services, such as the Preschool Field Officer and Maternal & Child Health Nurse.  We believe in the importance of collaboration and professional partnership with our local schools to support transition to school.

3YO & 4YO Registration

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

To register your child in 3 year old or 4 year old kindergarten, please contact Brimbank City Council below: