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Inverloch and District Preschool

Kylie Strickland 

Past President, Inverloch and District Preschool 

Kylie Strickland was the President of the Inverloch and Dis​trict Preschool at the time of the Preschool’s transition to Y Early Years Management.

Why did Inverloch and District Preschool consider Early Years Management?

The Inverloch and District Preschool was experiencing difficulties in filling its kinder committee positions each year, as these positions were seen as being too time consuming and business focused. Most parents did not want the responsibility of what seemed like a fulltime role. Kinder committees had a legal and staffing responsibility that was quite daunting to many parents.  

Feedback at the time suggested that pare​nt​s were interested in helping out, but not running our kindergarten and it was decided that we’d look at various Early Years Management options. Early Years Management was attractive because it removed the stress and business knowledge required of running a kindergarten, leaving committee members to focus on fundraising and social events.

Why did you choose Y Early Years Management?​

The Kinder Committee looked at a number of Early Years Management options. The Y Early Years Management was not the first that we looked at, but after reviewing several options we liked the Y for a number of reasons.

The main reason for choosing the Y Early Years was that we could see that our kinder was able to maintain its own identity and our kinder committee was able to maintain control over what was happening in our centre.  

Also, what was particularly attractive to our committee at the time was that the Y immediately took over the responsibility of running the business which meant that our parents no longer had accountability for staffing or ensuring the kinder met changing government regulations.  

What challenges did you face before joining the Early Years?

Our biggest challenge was filling committee positions each term. The regular change of committee members meant that knowledge and experience was lost each year and staff unfortunately felt that they had the task of continuously teaching new parents about the committee. 

How did you find the transition process?

The transition process was easy. There was a lot of support and guidance from the Y to ensure the transition phase was smooth for everyone involved. 

Becoming part of the Y Early Years before the AGM helped us recruit for committee positions early and far more easily than in previous years. 

Although I have not been on the committee since joining the Y Early Years, the feedback from those involved throughout the following year suggests that things were much easier for staff and committee members.  

Has the role of the President and committee members changed since joining the Early Years​?

The role of the Kinder Committee has moved from a management role to a fundraising role, which parents have been delighted to take on. Transitioning to the Y Early Years​ has meant that parents are now able to enjoy their time as a kinder parent. There is far less stress and friction between everyone involved including the committee, staff and parents.

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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.



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.



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Contact Details

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

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.