Our Kindergarten Program for 3-5 Year Olds in Victoria

Aurrum Kids’ Kindergarten Program is tailored to cater to the developmental milestones of each child in their formative years. Embracing a holistic approach to learning, we provide a supportive environment where young minds can flourish and develop essential life skills.

IMG

About Aurrum Kids’ Preschool Program

Our Curriculum

At the heart of Aurrum Kids is our play-based curriculum, structured to ignite the natural curiosity of children and foster a lifelong passion for learning. Each of our childcare centres are rich with vibrant features and engaging activities that encourage children to explore and discover. With our play-based learning curriculum, spacious art rooms, engaging excursions and sensory-rich playground, we go above and beyond to ensure that every child finds joy and enrichment in our Kindergarten Program.

Our Learning Environments

Our architecturally-designed facilities are safe havens that provide a sensory-rich backdrop for learning, with each indoor and outdoor space intentionally crafted to nurture emotional wellbeing. We empower children to be explorers and creators in their environment, guiding their learning journey through a balance of both spontaneous and structured play. Each Aurrum Kids centre blends safety, sensory stimulation and emotional support to foster a welcoming early learning experience.

Our Meals

We know that a balanced diet is crucial for child development and growth. That’s why our Kindergarten Learning Program offers a carefully curated menu to support healthy eating at childcare that caters to the specific nutritional needs of young children. We source fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to prepare meals that are both nutritious and delicious, encouraging healthy eating habits from an early age.

Our Educators

All Kindergarten Programs are run by Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teachers, ensuring that your child is in the best possible hands. The educators at Aurrum Kids are passionate about nurturing young minds and are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment.

mornington

Our Community Engagement

We actively engage young learners with the world outside our door through incursions and excursions. These activities are diverse, encompassing everything from cooking classes and yoga sessions to local library visits and bush walks. Our School Readiness program is another community-focused aspect of our Kindergarten Program that helps to facilitate a smooth transition into formal education. Through our partnerships, we provide children with opportunities to visit local schools where they can interact with older peers, become familiar with the school setting, and build confidence.

Typical Routine*

6:30am – Centre opens – Family Grouping 
7:45am – Move to room – Small Group Activities provided 
8:00am – 9:00am –Small Group activities 
9:00am – Welcome Group time
9:15am – Progressive Morning Tea/ Indoor Program – Curriculum 
10:00am- Morning Group time (literacy focus) 
10:30am -11:15am – Indoor Program – Curriculum Implementation/Observations
11:15am – Midday Mat time (Musical/Movement focus) 
11:45am- 12:30pm – Progressive Lunch time  
12:30pm – 2:45pm – Indoor/Outdoor Program – Curriculum Implementation/Observations 
2:45- Afternoon Group time (Show and Tell)
3:00pm – Progressive Afternoon Tea 
3:30pm – 5pm – Indoor/Outdoor Program – Curriculum Implementation/Observations 
5:00pm – Family Grouping  
6:30pm – Centre Closes

*Please note this is just an example of what a typical day could look like.

Our Centres

Aurrum Kids Ballarat

Aurrum Kids Ballarat

Aurrum Kids Ballarat, conveniently located in the suburb of Wendouree, offers a modern and expansive setting bathed in natural light, providing a perfect backdrop for your child’s Kindergarten Program.

Mornington

Aurrum Kids Mornington Peninsula

Situated in one of Victoria’s most stunning areas, Aurrum Kids Mornington Peninsula provides a tranquil and stimulating space for children to learn, play and discover through our Kindergarten Program.

Child Care Mornington Peninsula

Get Funded Kindergarten in Victoria

Explore the possibilities with our government-funded Kindergarten Programs in Victoria, designed to give every child a wonderful start in their educational journey at Aurrum Kids.

Frequently asked questions

What are the qualifications and experience of the staff who work in your Kindergarten Program?

The educators at Aurrum Kids’ Kinder  Programs are carefully selected for their qualifications, experience, and passion for early childhood education. The educators running our Kindergarten Program hold Bachelor qualifications. They are also assisted by passionate team members who are either Certificate 3 or Diploma qualified. In addition to their qualifications, each team member undergoes continuous professional development to ensure they are equipped with the latest and best practices in nurturing and educating young minds.

How is kindergarten different from daycare?

Kindergarten and childcare serve different needs, though they may overlap in some services. Kindergarten Learning Programs are specifically designed to prepare children for the educational journey ahead, focusing on structured learning and developmentally appropriate curriculum that introduce key concepts and skills needed for school. It typically caters to children aged 3-5 and operates on a schedule similar to schools. Childcare , on the other hand, provides care for children in a safe environment and can cater to a broader age range. It often offers more flexible hours to accommodate the varying schedules of parents and may focus more on play and care than on education.

What do kids learn in kindergarten?

In Kindergarten, the learning experience is comprehensive and play-based. Kinder Programs typically target the following skills:

Literacy and Numeracy:

    • Introduction to the alphabet and basic phonics.
    • Recognition of numbers, understanding of basic mathematical concepts.
    • Familiarity with shapes and patterns.

Social Skills:

    • Sharing and cooperative play.
    • Taking turns and participating in group activities.
    • Building friendships and understanding social cues.

Emotional Development:

    • Identifying and expressing emotions appropriately.
    • Developing empathy and concern for others.

Cognitive Skills:

    • Critical thinking and problem-solving.
    • Asking questions and exploring for answers.
    • Memory retention and following multi-step instructions.

Creative Expression:

    • Engaging in art projects to develop fine motor skills.
    • Participating in music and dance to foster rhythm and body awareness.
    • Imaginative play and storytelling to encourage creativity and self-expression.

Is preschool the same as kindergarten?

Kindergarten in Victoria refers to a government-funded educational program typically for children aged four to five years old, which recently has been extended to include three-year-old children. Students then progress to Foundation or Prep when they begin their first year of primary school.

‘Kindergarten’ and ‘preschool’ are often used interchangeably in Victoria. However, the terminology can vary between different states in Australia, with each having its own structure for early childhood education and the transition into the primary school system.