South Castlemaine Kindergarten

South Castlemaine Kindergarten encourages development through active play as we believe young children learn by doing - a play based approach.

We believe kindergarten and learning should be fun and we aim to display this in both our interactions with the children and in the play experiences that are planned. The program is developed according to the individual child's needs, interests and developmental level using the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

We believe in fostering an inclusive program where all children are regarded as equals.  We foster the relationship between parents and staff, supporting and acknowledging each other and the complementary role in the education of the child. As a kindergarten dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our children, we are participating in the Healthy Together Achievement Program. This government program is incorporated into our approach, with enhanced outcomes for health, learning and development.

We aim to teach children about sustainability through reduced water usage, recycling and our worm farm. In 2013 we were proud to be nominated as a Pilot Kindergarten in the SPARK Energy for Change Program. Staff, families and children were all actively involved in reducing our environmental footprint and making energy reduction a daily habit. Our kindergarten continues to work to reduce our energy use without compromising comfort levels, we have extended this with the addition of solar panels in 2015.

We offer many fun ways to learn and our program includes science activities, library borrowing, cooking and the celebration of special events like Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day and festivals. We have visits from services and community members such as the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, local Dentists, Bakers and reciprocal visits with the Library. We go on local walking excursions, and soon will begin visiting the local elderly hospice at Castlemaine Health. 

In 2016, with local stakeholders and DET, we have been part of a reference group to set up an Abecedarian Project here in Castlemaine, which focuses on early language and numeracy development, enriched care giving, and uses Learning Games. We will be incorporating this into our program as of 2016.

Facilities and Services

  • A large, well-lit play room with great visibility and access to outdoor area.  
  • Large well shaded outdoor play area with additional space for running, picking vegetables, a track for bikes, rolling and playing on our beautiful grassy areas.
  • Outdoor play spaces – sand-pit, Balinese hut, 'soft fall' area.
  • Vegetable garden, worm farm and our pet turtle.
  • The Kindergarten had renovations in 2014-15 to update the kitchen and bathroom and add a wheelchair ramp. The yard was also landscaped at this time.

Open Day 2019

Wednesday 22nd May, 2019
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Enrolments 

Please note that for 2018 - Funded Program (4 Yr Old) currently there are Waitlisted places only.

Link to important dates and more information 


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

Philosophy

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Contact Details

Address
9 Etty Street
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450
Postal Address
PO Box 1241
Castlemaine, VIC, 3450
Phone
(03) 5472 2432
Fax
(03) 5472 2313
Email

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2019)

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Fees: $788 (3 hour program)

Group 1 (2020)

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 12.00pm
Fees: $850 (3 hour program - no fees required until March 2020)

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Koalas - Rotating (2019)

Session Times

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

Possums - Rotating (2019)

Session Times

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

Kangaroos - Rotating (2019)

Session Times

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

Wombats - Rotating (2019)

Session Times

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

Koalas - Rotating (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)

Possums - Rotating (2020)

Session Times

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

Kangaroos - Rotating (2020)

Session Times

Tuesday 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)

Wombats - Rotating (2020)

Session Times

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

Amber Smolak

My name is Amber and I am the Director of the South Castlemaine Kindergarten. We have a brilliant team here and we aspire to have an amazing kinder for our community, of which we are already proud. 
 
I have my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of Melbourne, and graduated in 2001.  
 
I believe that children learn best through active play - where they are immersed in what they are doing. I have high expectations for all children and believe that all children are equals. Our programs are based around the children's interests and will help them advance to the next level of development and learning as they are ready. We have a family centred kinder and love having our families involved in the program and being a part of their child's special kinder year.  
 
I aim to have a firm relationship with our community and we have many incursions and excursions to teach the children in an active way about community members. We also keep in close contact with local schools, Long Day Care centres, Maternal and Child Health, Early Intervention and other services for young children. In this way we are able to provide a fun and inspirational program for our children.