Dunolly Kindergarten

Dunolly Kindergarten is a place where children play and learn. Our caring and dedicated Educators strive to create a quality early childhood program for all children. Educators recognise the importance of play in each child's learning journey and provide a balance of child and adult directed play and learning.

Educators are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to create an educational program that acknowledges individual children's ideas, interests, strengths and abilities.

We believe that early childhood is when life skills and attitudes are formed and developed. We also believe that children are capable, competent and creative learners and show remarkable potential in their own right. We value a 'sense of community' in our program and have strong links with local schools, sporting groups, playgroups, the Dunolly Community Garden and local services.

Facilities and Services

  • Expansive outdoor play area.
  • Several raised vegetable garden wicking beds - which are very water efficient.
  • Many different types of fruit trees and an indigenous food forest.
  • Hen house and worm farm.
  • Large indoor play area.
  • ‘Bush alcove’ featuring an Australian bushland mural
  • Bush Kinder program.

Open Day

Thursday 14th June, 2018​
9.00am - 10.00am

Enrolments

Link to important dates and more information

Enquiries: Please contact Y Early Years 
by email at yeym.enrolments@ymca.org.au 
or on 5329 2810.​

Philosophy

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Contact Details

Address
Maude Street
Dunolly, VIC, 3472
Postal Address
PO Box 105
Dunolly, VIC, 3472
Phone
(03) 5468 1334
Fax
(03) 5468 1009
Email

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2018)

Session Times

Monday 8.45am - 1.45pm
Tuesday 8.45am - 1.45pm
Thursday 8.45am - 1.45pm
Fees: $1,450 (15 hour program)

Group 1 (2019)

Session Times

Monday 8.45am - 1.45pm
Tuesday 8.45am - 1.45pm
Thursday 8.45am - 1.45pm
Fees: $1,520 (15 hour program - no fees required until March 2019)

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2018)

Session Times

Tuesday 8.45am - 1.45am (with funded group)
Fees: $900 (5 hour program)

Group 2 (2018)

Session Times

Thursday 8.45am - 1.45pm (with funded group)
Fees: $900 (5 hour program)

Group 1 (2019)

Session Times

Tuesday 8.45am - 1.45pm (with funded group)
Fees: $945 (5 hour program - no fees required until March 2019)

Group 2 (2019)

Session Times

Thursday 8.45am - 1.45pm (with funded group)
Fees: $945 (5 hour program - no fees required until March 2019)

Cat Forster

I am the 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten Teacher at Dunolly Kindergarten. I completed a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at Swinburne University and will complete a Masters in Teaching in October 2017. I have worked in education settings since 2006, and have filled many different roles in Melbourne and Central Victorian early childhood settings and primary schools. I have a background in Permaculture and enjoy teaching environmental education, linking outdoor learning to the Early Years Learning Framework, our national curriculum framework.

I believe that all children are individual, with differing capabilities, strengths and abilities. Using 21st Century pedagogical perspectives, I implement curriculum outcomes that allow each child to develop into autonomous, confident learners.

Desley McClelland

I started my Early Childhood career in 1990 at a childcare centre in Melbourne. Over the years, l have been lucky to work with some wonderful and dedicated Early Childhood educators who have shared their skills, wisdom and knowledge with me.  
 
My career has taken me to Queensland, the Northern Territory and back to Maryborough, where l have worked in a variety of roles as Assistant, Room Leader and Services Manager.  I believe that giving children and people a sense of self-worth and encouragement will help them go forward in life. Working with young children and their families is a role l truly value - I want to be able to make a difference in their lives and assist them with positive outcomes.

Inverloch and District Preschool

Inverloch and District Pre-School is located in the beautiful coastal town of Inverloch, in the Bass Coast Shire and services families within Inverloch and the surrounding district.
 
The Kindergarten has a long history of providing quality programs to the children and families. We are managed by the YMCA of Ballarat Kindergarten Cluster and a voluntary committee. The committee is mainly comprised of parents and families of current children who attend the centre, as well as some community representatives, whose focus is on fundraising for the Pre-School.
 
We offer sessional kindergarten programs for children, catering for the diverse needs of families. Our kindergarten programs for Three-Year-Old children are two and a half hours per week and our Government funded Four-Year-Old programs provide fifteen hours per week. Our educational programs are play-based and focus on children’s strengths, needs and interests. The learning experiences provided for children are set up in beautiful and inviting ways. Equal importance is placed on both the inside and outside learning environments.
 
We build strong respectful partnerships with children and families and we have close ties with the local community. We have a strong partnership with the Inverloch Primary School which assists in children’s successful transition to school.
 
Our friendly educators are passionate about providing high quality programs for children and keeping up to date with current Early Childhood theory and practice. They work within relevant Government requirements, such as the Early Years Learning Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Standards.
 
We also acknowledge that we work on the traditional lands of the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, of the Kulin nation.
 
We welcome you to our kindergarten!
  

Facilities and Services

  • Two kindergarten rooms, with inviting natural play spaces.
  • Recently landscaped gardens with a lot of shaded areas.
  • A fairy garden, wishing well, cubby house, stages, a circular bike track, sandpit, running riverbed, digging patch with a handpump attached to a water tank.
  • A vegetable garden, with compost bin and raised herb planter boxes, to use in our cooking program.

 

Enrolments

Link to important dates and more enrolment information

Enquiries: Please contact Y Kindergarten Cluster by email at ykcm.enrolments@ymca.org.au
or on 5329 2810.

 

Philosophy

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Contact Details

Address
2 Edgar Street
Inverloch, VIC, 3996
Postal Address
PO Box 42
Inverloch, VIC, 3996
Phone
(03) 5674 1282
Fax
Email

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Koala Group

Session Times

Monday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Echidna Group

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Kangaroo Group

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Wombat Group

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 11.30am
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Possum Group

Session Times

Thursday 9.00am - 11.30am
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Emu Group

Session Times

Thursday 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

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.