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Year: 2019

 
Thursday, 2 May 2019
From tree to table
Each week at Californian Gully Kindergarten, children enthusiastically participate in tending their veggie patches and trees, and caring for their chickens and worm farms.Then they enjoy the fruits of their labour in delicious recipes cooked on site. Pizza topped with garden ripened tomatoes, hand made ravioli with home grown herbs and freshly picked apples in crumble, have all been on the menu. Read More

 
Sunday, 7 April 2019
Kinder's Anzac Day Care Packages
In the lead up to ANZAC Day, children, families and staff at Havilah Road Preschool have been busy preparing care packages to be sent to Defence Force personnel deployed in operations overseas. Read More

 
Monday, 11 March 2019
Warragul Preschool receives a boost thanks to Funding
Harriet Shing, Member for the Eastern Victoria Region visited our Warragul Community Preschool to announce School Readiness Funding on the 28th February. Read More

 
Friday, 22 February 2019
Ballarat offices are moving!
The YMCA office in Ballarat will be moving to new premises on the 4th March, 2019. The new location at Barkly Square, 25 -39 Barkly Street, will be open on Tuesday 5th March. Please note that during the move the offices will be closed on Monday 4th March, but we can be reached via phone and email during this time. Read the full article for more details. Read More

Year: 2018

 
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Healthy living at South Castlemaine recognised
South Castlemaine Kindergarten was thrilled to achieve their Healthy Achievement Program accreditation, after successfully completing the last of six benchmarks in this State Government initiative. Read More

 
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Language Program at Havilah Road Preschool
Children in the four year old program at Havilah Road Preschool will be participating in Karen language classes next year, following the success of the Preschool’s grant application for the Learning Languages in Kindergarten Program.  Read More

 
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Ballarat Show Day holiday
YMCA's Y Central Office in Ballarat, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Friday 9th November in recognition of the Ballarat public holiday. Read More

 
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Thank you to our Early Childhood Educators!
Wednesday 5th September is Early Childhood Educators Day. Join us in saying thank you to your kindergarten teacher or educator for the amazing work they do with energy and passion to make a difference to the children in our services, every day. Read More

 
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Grants enhance inclusive environments
Seventeen grant applications submitted to the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program have been successful and have resulted in $115,000 of new equipment for YMCA managed kindergartens. Read More

 
Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Mirboo North Kindergarten's new outdoor classroom
Mirboo North Kindergarten’s children, staff and families were very excited to see the first stage of their new Learning Stone Area completed. The children are now able to use the outdoor classroom for sharing meals, having discussions and connecting. Additionally, the area brings more natural elements and interest to the yard. Read More

 
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Artwork connects children to wildlife, habitats and community
Californian Gully Kindergarten was able to commission some stunning artwork in their playground by local artist, Andrew Scott, after their application for a grant was successful. Read More

 
Friday, 20 April 2018
YMCAs of Ballarat and Grampians announce merger
After a six month collaborative journey, a historic decision has been made to merge YMCA Grampians and YMCA Ballarat. This is the first proactive YMCA merger in recent history, supported unanimously by both Associations' Boards.  Read More

Year: 2017

 
Monday, 11 December 2017
YMCA Ballarat’s central office closed over Christmas & New Year
The YMCA Ballarat office at 7 Lyons Street Nth, will be closed from December 22nd and will re-open on the 2nd January 2017. YMCA Ballarat's management and staff would like to thank our customers, kindergarten families, partners and all those with whom we work, for your support during 2017. We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive season, spent connecting with friends and family.  Read More

 
Monday, 4 December 2017
YMCA Staff Member of the Year
Pauline Whyte, from Grace Berglund Kindergarten (managed by YMCA Ballarat) was announced as the winner of the prestigious 2017 Staff Member of the Year! This award received 10 nominations from YMCAs across Australia from fields including Management, Children's Services, Youth Services and Finance. Read More

 
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Talented artist at Red Cliffs Kindergarten
Red Cliffs Kindergarten staff member Paula Walker, recently received the honour of having her original artwork included as the front cover for the Reconciliation Action Plan for Mildura Rural City Council.  Read More

 
Monday, 6 November 2017
Ballarat Show Day holiday
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Friday 10th November in recognition of the Ballarat public holiday. Read More

 
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Lucas Kindergarten - on track for 2018 opening!
It’s only just over four months until Lucas Kindergarten opens its doors to the class of 2018! Enrolments are open for the 3 and 4 year old programs at the state-of-the-art Kindergarten which is managed by YMCA Ballarat. YMCA staff recently visited the new Lucas Community Hub site. Read More

 
Monday, 7 August 2017
Inspiring children through nature
Children and families from Californian Gully Kindergarten headed outside to green their outdoor learning environment and connect with nature for Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day in July. Read More

 
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
YMCA Australia and Boy George Call for Young Voices to be Heard
In a ground-breaking musical moment 40 years in the making, YMCA Australia has today reclaimed the Village People’s global hit of the same name, partnering with Boy George to re-create the iconic tune. Through the re-interpretation of the iconic song, the YMCA aims to shine a light on the issues that Australia’s youth are facing today. The song aims to provide a message of hope to young people across Australia, and ultimately, aims to encourage young people to speak up and have their voices heard. Read More

 
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Queen's Birthday Holiday
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Monday 12th June in recognition of the Queen's Birthday public holiday. Read More

 
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Californian Gully Kindergarten given the green thumbs up!
The Kindergarten recently received a Community Grant to support their Environmental and Sustainability Program and extend educational opportunities for the children. Read More

 
Monday, 5 June 2017
PD Day promotes continuous learning
A packed day covering topics from Children’s Mental Health through to how to create adventurous learning environments, was attended by over 100 YMCA Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, Additional Assistants and Relief Staff from 24 Early Childhood services across the region. Read More

 
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Fun and games at Mirboo North
Last month, children from Mirboo North Kindergarten arrived at Grandridge Lodge Aged Care facility with a range of toys and games to share and play with the residents. The regular visiting time is valued by both groups, with the children building relationships and learning from the older generation while bringing joy and smiles to all at the facility.  Read More

 
Monday, 8 May 2017
Three cheers for volunteers!
This week is National Volunteer Week and we thank all our amazing volunteers who make what we do possible! Read More

 
Friday, 21 April 2017
Work for the Y!
We currently have casual positions for Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants in many of our Kindergarten communities across the State. We’re looking for casual staff to cover planned and unplanned absences by staff at our services. Read More

 
Friday, 21 April 2017
Anzac Day Public Holiday
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Tuesday 25th April in recognition of the Anzac Day public holiday. Read More

 
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Easter Public Holidays
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Friday 14th April (Good Friday) and on Monday 17th April in recognition of the Easter public holidays. Read More

 
Friday, 7 April 2017
Fresh food with learning at Kids Farmers Market
Grace Berglund Kindergarten recently had a stall at the first ever “Kids’ Farmers Market”. It is believed that it is the only kids farmers market to take place in Victoria or Australia. Held at Warragul Primary School, the market attracted plenty of keen customers and provided the children with many unique learning experiences Read More

 
Thursday, 30 March 2017
YMCA Ballarat appoints CEO for a Day
As part of National Youth Week, YMCA Ballarat will have a new CEO on Friday. Carli Mitchell, Nominated Supervisor at the OSHC Program at Ballarat Specialist School is trying out the role for a day. Read More

 
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Labour Day Holiday
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Monday 13th March in recognition of the public holiday. Read More

 
Friday, 3 March 2017
YMCA Ballarat to provide Kindergarten at Lucas
YMCA Ballarat is excited to announce that we will be the Kindergarten provider at the brand new Lucas Community Hub, opening January 2018! As a leading provider of Kindergarten services in regional Victoria, we are pleased to partner with the City of Ballarat to bring this community vision to life and have this new Kindergarten join us.  Read More

 
Monday, 23 January 2017
Australia Day Holiday
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Thursday 26th January in recognition of the public holiday. Read More

Year: 2016

 
Monday, 19 December 2016
Celebrating a great year at Kinder!
As the Kinder year draws to a close, our Kindergartens have been getting into the festive spirit, with parties, concerts and a few surprise visits from Santa.  Read More

 
Friday, 9 December 2016
Ballarat YMCA central office closed over Christmas & New Year
The YMCA Ballarat office at 7 Lyons Street Nth, will be closed from December 24th and will re-open on the 3rd January 2017. YMCA Ballarat's management and staff would like to thank our customers, kindergarten families, partners and all those with whom we work, for your support during 2016. We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive season, spent connecting with friends and family.  Read More

 
Monday, 21 November 2016
25 years of kindergarten
Grace Berglund Kindergarten celebrated a quarter of a century recently with a good number of past students and families revisiting the Kinder and fondly remembering their time there. Read More

 
Friday, 30 September 2016
Natural playscape for creative activity
For a couple of years Newstead Preschool has wanted to re-vamp their front yard, and bring it in line with current research and educational theories about how children learn best. Now with some new funds it looks like it is going to happen soon.  Read More

 
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Grand Final Eve holiday
Ballarat YMCA's Y Central Office, 7 Lyons Street North, will be closed on Friday 30th September in recognition of the public holiday. Read More

 
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Premier meets dairy families at Willow Grove Kindergarten
The Premier, Daniel Andrews visited Willow Grove Kindergarten to speak with local dairy farming families about the Dairy Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. The subsidy is part of the $6.7million Dairy Response Package implemented to support farmers. Read More

 
Thursday, 8 September 2016
YMCA Ballarat's Community Father of the Year 2016
Steven Harris, was named as the Ballarat YMCA Community Father of the Year - an award all about celebrating the important role of fathers in our community. Read More

 
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Children inspired by Games
The Olympic spirit was truly alive at South Castlemaine Kindergarten, where children welcomed and listened intently to a former Commonwealth Games competitor before participating in their own Olympics activities. Read More