St Andrews Kindergarten (Ararat)

The kindergarten program at St. Andrews offers a journey of discovery, full of exciting challenges. The enthusiastic staff are committed to respecting and valuing each individual child, encouraging them to question, investigate, discuss, experiment, and above all, have fun. Children are seen as competent, strong, capable, curious, and full of resources and through this belief are encouraged to discover amazing possibilities within themselves

The Kindergarten provides a nurturing and caring environment in which the children are supported and encouraged in their learning. The children's idea's thoughts, questions, efforts, energy and activities are valued, which become a fountain of strength for their life.

We aim to provide an environment in which children can work as individuals, as valued members of the group and with adults to grow, develop, explore, experience, enjoy and  achieve where each learn from the other and together experience the joy of discovery. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in many aspects of the program.

The emergent curriculum builds on the interests of the children and emerges in the process of each activity or project, interests and is flexible. Programming is a 'living document' and is documented in our daily journals and also documented on our program wall each session as both child initiated and planned learning takes place.

We have permanent learning spaces which are open for interpretation on a daily basis, but offer the child the opportunity to build skills with a strong emphasis on play. The environment is designed to cover all areas of social, emotional, language, motor strength and cognitive development.

The children are encouraged and supported to express themselves through their "Hundred Languages". These languages include drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, literature, song, dance, music and much, much more!

Facilities and Services


For families new in 2020 (child attending this year) 
Download: Enrolment Form
Please download and complete the enrolment form and return to: 
YMCA Early Years Management, PO Box 321, Ballarat, Vic 3353 or via email:

2021 Enrolments
All families need to enrol for places in both the 3 year old and 4 year old programs for 2021. Even if your child is currently in the 3 year old program you will need to complete the online enrolment form. This is due to the inclusion of the funded 3 year old progarm at our kindergarten.

Link to important dates and more information for 2021 Enrolments

Enquiries: Please contact the YMCA Early Years Management 
team by email at 
or on (03) 4311 1500.


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Contact Details

275 Barkly St
Ararat, VIC, 3377
Postal Address
275 Barkly St
Ararat, VIC, 3377
(03) 5352 2621

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2020)

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,600 (15 hour program - no fees required until March 2020)

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Group 1 (2020)

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $800 (5 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.