Castlemaine Kindergarten

Castlemaine Kindergarten is committed to providing a quality early childhood educational program that acknowledges and responds to the individual needs and interests of each child, to each family and to the wider community. Each child is treated with individual care and respect.

We encourage open communication between staff and families, and attempt to foster feelings of mutual trust and develop a sense of belonging to the Kinder. We respect the right of each family to privacy and will maintain confidentiality at all times.

We are committed to the inclusion of all children in the Kindergarten program and ensure against discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, language, ability or culture. Our program is based on a sound knowledge of child development and of current early childhood education theories and practice. We provide a stimulating, safe environment in which children can develop in all areas.

Kindergarten is a place where children play and learn. It is a place where life skills and attitudes are developed. Acknowledging that children learn through play, the qualified staff design a program that is developmentally appropriate to the needs and interests of the children, with a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities. The importance of play as the tool for children to learn is recognised and fostered at all times.

Facilities and Services

​The indoor environment:

  • Two spacious, well equipped rooms with direct access to the outside area and the bathroom.
  • Room designs are open, with few fixed activity areas, allowing for very flexible indoor programming.
  • Resources include a well-stocked library of fiction and non-fiction books, role play equipment utilising as much “real” equipment as possible (working stethoscopes, real crockery etc), a comprehensive selection of large and small wooden blocks, paints, arts and craft materials, toy animals, dolls, puzzles, science equipment etc.
  • Separate locker areas adjoining each room.
  • A large, fully equipped kitchen.

The outdoor environment:

  • Large outside area.
  • Extensive gardens comprised of fruit trees, a vegetable patch, herbs, flowers and ornamental trees and shrubs.
  • Three tree-shaded sandpits and a mud-pit.
  • A huge old Goldfields peppercorn tree surrounded by a 'tree house' platform. This tree also shades most of the soft fall area and the largest sandpits.
  • Fixed play equipment includes two swing sets, a wooden pirate ship with 'plank' and 'telescope' and a double story fort.
  • Movable climbing frames, slides, wooden jumping/balance boards, huge foam landing mats and other smaller outside equipment to provide fresh play ideas and interesting challenges for the children.
  • Children's carpentry table stocked with wood offcuts, measuring tapes, nails and real (child sized) hammers.
  • Large undercover verandah area ideal for wet weather outside play.

2020 Enrolments - Kindergarten Tours

To arrange to view the Kindergarten and meet the team, please contact the Kindergarten.​​

Enrolments

Link to important dates and more information

Enquiries: Please contact Y Early Years 
by email at yeym.enrolments@ymca.org.au 
or on (03) 4311 1500.

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Contact Details

Address
7-9 Berkeley Street
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450
Postal Address
PO Box 715
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450
Phone
(03) 5472 1495
Fax
(03) 5472 1595
Email

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Wombat Group (2019)

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 11.30am
Fees: $945 (3 hour program)

Wombat Group (2020)

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 11.30am
Fees: $945 (3 hour program - no fees required until March 2020)

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Kangaroo Group (2019)

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,520 (15 hour program)

Bilby Group (2019)

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,520 (15 hour program)

Bilby Group (2020)

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,540 (15 hour program - no fees required until March 2020)

Kangaroo Group (2020)

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,540 (15 hour program - no fees required until March 2020)

Our staff are enthusiastic, committed and passionate about the education and care of children. Our recruitment process ensures that all staff are not only suitably qualified but aspire to the YMCA values of Honesty, Respect, Caring and Responsibility.  
 
We have an Educational Leader supported by a team comprised of Bachelor, Diploma and/or Certificate 3 Qualified Staff. We also have a team of Early Childhood Advisors who actively support the staff in our kindergartens.