Year: 2020

Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Hero Award - the Y National Staff Awards
Congratulations to Rachel Uaisele our Early Years Director for Gippsland! Rachel won a Hero Award at the Y’s National Staff Awards which took place virtually last Friday. Showing outstanding leadership during a difficult year with many challenges, Rachel demonstrated the Y’s brand traits – of being heroic, creative and nurturing. Read More

Thursday, 19 November 2020
NAIDOC Week at Havilah Road Preschool
Havilah Road Preschool celebrated NAIDOC Week with many engaging activities as part of their program. During the Week, which took place between 8-15 November, children enjoyed creating paper art flags, painting with natural materials and making symbol drawings. Read More

Thursday, 29 October 2020
A year at the Y Ballarat
Our annual Community Impact Report was presented at the AGM yesterday. The Report showcases stories from across our organisation highlighting our range of programs and services and the impact that we have in the lives of young people and communities. Link to it in the full article. Read More

Monday, 7 September 2020
The Y's Stay Safe Tell Someone Program launches
This week, which is National Child Protection Week, the Y’s National Safeguarding Unit launched the Stay Safe, Tell Someone program as part of the organisation’s new approach to keeping children and young people safe. The Y’s vision is to ensure that everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe not just at the Y, but in their families and their communities. Read More

Monday, 10 August 2020
Latest announcement - funded kindergarten
The Y is pleased to support the announcement of the State Government, ensuring families can continue to access quality kindergarten with Term 3 free for all children currently enrolled in a funded program. Read More

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Early Years Services - Stage 3 in Regional Victoria
In line with the State Government’s Stage 3 restrictions coming into effect at 11.59pm on the 5th August 2020, all our long day care and kindergarten services located in Regional Victoria will continue to operate as usual, while implementing current COVIDSafe procedures. Read More

Sunday, 2 August 2020
YMCA Ballarat COVID-19 Update
We are committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and as the situation and response to COVID-19 evolves we are required to make the necessary changes to our programs and services. Read More

Monday, 6 July 2020
The Y takes over management of 36 kindergartens
YMCA Ballarat has been confirmed as the new provider of 36 kindergarten services across Melbourne effective Term 1, 2021.  Read More

Monday, 6 April 2020
Additional funding support for kindergartens
We welcome the State Government’s announcement to support kindergarten next term, with $45 million in extra funding for early years services. This will mean that those children enrolled in a funded program will be able to attend kindergarten in term two for free. Read More

Thursday, 2 April 2020
Childcare Relief Package
The Y is pleased to see new Federal Government incentives to support working families needing childcare or outside school hours care (OSHC) during these unprecedented times. Following today's announcement, we are currently awaiting further information relating to the implementation of these changes and what it means for families, and hope to know more soon. Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020
YMCA Early Years Management Kindergartens - Closure
The health and wellbeing of all participants in our services, our staff and communities is paramount. In line with the direction from the Victorian Government in response to the COVID-19 situation, Early Education Services (Kindergartens) managed by YMCA Early Years Management will be closed as of end of session today – Monday 23rd March, effectively beginning the holidays early. Read More

Saturday, 21 March 2020
The Y Ballarat's Corporate Office closed to public
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are taking additional steps to safeguard our staff and community and to do our part in stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Our Corporate Office Reception in Barkly Square Ballarat will be closed to the public from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice. Please contact us via phone and email. Read More

Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Statement regarding Coronavirus - the Y Ballarat
The Y Ballarat want to reassure our members, families, participants, staff and volunteers that we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and possible impact that this may have on our programs and services in Early Years, Outside School Hours Care, Youth Programs and Recreation. Read More

Thursday, 20 February 2020
Mallacoota Preschool re-opens after bushfires
Mallacoota Preschool, one of four services managed by the Y Ballarat which were impacted by the devastating bushfires, re-opened on Tuesday 19th February to the delight of local families. Read More

Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Playtime about to get even better
Havilah Road Preschool is looking forward to an upgraded inclusive playground. The $85,800 grant from the Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Fund was announced last week by Maree Edwards, State Member for Bendigo West during a visit to the Preschool. City of Greater Bendigo Council is also contributing $30,000 to the project.  Read More

Monday, 10 February 2020
Young minds ready to go!
A year full of discovery and learning got off to a fantastic start at our kindergartens across the State. Nearly 3,000 children came through our doors over the last two weeks – ready for an exciting term. Many of our services including Wycheproof Kindergarten, were amongst the first to offer 3 year old subsidised kindergarten as part of the state-wide roll out. Read More

Tuesday, 4 February 2020
Brand new building for Harcourt Preschool
Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West, joined children and families to announce a new modular two classroom building for Harcourt Preschool, which is anticipated to be ready later in the year. Read More

Year: 2019

Monday, 16 December 2019
Christmas & New Year
Our Corporate Services office in Barkly Square, Ballarat will be closed from 5pm Friday 20th December and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2020. We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive season, and look forward to seeing you again in 2020! Read More

Monday, 9 December 2019
Kinder visitors share visions of future
A number of Y Kindergartens have welcomed some very important visitors to their services recently. With big reforms in Early Childhood Education and some major works at our centres, there have been milestones to celebrate and exciting news to share. Read More

Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Fete connects community
North Bendigo Preschool’s Spring fete made a welcome comeback, after a break of four years. Current, past and future kindergarten families and community members were undeterred by the windy conditions and came together to enjoy family activities and fun to support the Preschool. Read More

Monday, 25 November 2019
YMCA becomes the Y in Australia
The YMCA in Australia is excited to announce it’s officially become the Y, to make clear to Australia that we stand with and for all young people, supported by a new national brand and new logo. It’s the first time in 52 years that the legacy brand’s logo has changed – a milestone in a milestone year for the YMCA globally, which is celebrating its 175th birthday. Read More

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