Kindergarten Program, two rooms with 20 places for 3-5 year olds:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 5.30pm
Childcare: Ring o Rosie and Spring Star Rooms, two rooms with 20 places for under 3 year olds:
Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
Working towards a better planet, we use biodegradable bamboo nappies and wipes, which take only 2 years as opposed to 500 years of normal nappies to decompose. Bamboo fabric can be 100% biodegraded in soil by microorganisms and sunlight. The decomposition process does not cause any pollution to the environment.
All our meals are provided by the centre and are organic, biodynamic and vegetarian. We have gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan options.
The programs are a rich combination of indoor and outdoor domestic/farm-like activities and free play woven together with intentional teaching or planned activities. In Ring-o-Rosie the program centres around a strong rhythm that includes indoor and outdoor play, meal times, singing, story time, simple art and crafts and sleep. We keep it calm and simple for our littlest ones.
In Spring Star children are learning quickly to run and climb and are given the opportunity to exercise their developing gross motor skills on excursions and through a greater variety of activities that may include baking, painting, gardening, crafts and longer stories and singing circle times.
In our Peppercorn and Fig Tree Kindergartens the program includes excursions further from the centre, more complicated verses, finger plays, stories, cooking, paper art, beeswax and clay work and longer time in free-play. Children acquire the basic foundations for all the social sciences, language, creative thinking, mathematics, music, arts, problem-solving and negotiation etc. in a play-based curriculum with educators dedicated to ongoing learning.
Our two kindergartens are mixed age groups of 3-5 year old children.
The mixed aged group more closely resemble a family which complements our centre philosophy that attempts to create a more homelike
environment for the children.
Our program is designed to meet each child where they are at developmentally as an individual. While the program for the two age groups is essentially
the same, children participate in the program according to their interests, needs and skill level and consequently have a different learning experience.
The role of the teacher is to be aware of the children in their care and have appropriate expectations, thus programming experiences or activities to meet children’s individual differences.