Lakes Entrance Preschool

​At Lakes Entrance Preschool, the teaching team works together to provide support, assistance and encouragement so the children gain the most benefit from their time at preschool. 

We aim to provide a fun and safe learning environment, to provide learning through play, to promote the values of sharing, taking turns, good manners, and respect and awareness of others, and to encourage the children to be as independent as possible.

The Preschool Program

Guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Framework, and implemented by qualified and highly experienced staff, the preschool provides a developmentally appropriate program for all the children.

The Program:

  • Provides children with a range of interesting, developmentally appropriate and educational experiences
  • Fosters children’s independence, self-confidence and self-help skills
  • Is based on the individual needs of all children
  • Provides children a foundation for developing literacy and numeracy skills
  • Promotes children’s co-operation communication skills and relationships with others
  • Encourages children’s investigation and problem solving abilities
  • Includes a Koorie language and art program
  • Includes inclusion support assistants, where possible, for children with additional needs
  • Includes special visitors and incursions which further enhance the program
  • Helps prepare children for school.

Families are encouraged to be involved in their child’s preschool experience, and where possible, in the preschool’s Committee of Management.

Facilities and Services

  • Pre Kindergarten (3 year old) Program.
  • 4 year old (funded) Program.
  • Two large classrooms both with their own playgrounds.
  • Room One's playground has a pirate ship, large sandpit, swings, garden beds and spacious grassed area.
  • Room Two's playground features a large sandpit, cubby house and grassed area.
  • "Uncle Max's Meeting Place" - an area with a dry creek bed and rockery, designed to offer a peaceful place for children to sit and also a space for learning about local Koorie culture.


Link to important dates and more information

Enquiries: Please contact Y Early Years 
by email at 
or on 4311 1500.


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Contact Details

49a Coates Road
Lakes Entrance, Vic, 3909
Postal Address
PO Box 6
Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
(03) 4311 1549

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Swans (2021)

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: Contact us for more information.

Kingfishers (2021)

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Fees: Contact us for more information.

3 Year Old Kindergarten

Group 1 (2021) with 4 year old program

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: Contact us for more information.

Group 2 (2021) with 4 year old program

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Fees: Contact us for more information.

Lynne Murphy

Lynne has worked in Early Childhood Education for over thirty years, including working within a Specialist Children's Services Team, and as a Preschool Advisor and Field Officer. Lynne is passionate about the importance of early education for all and holds a special interest in supporting children with additional needs. Lynne is the Teacher-in-Charge and the Educational Leader.​

"I believe in allowing children to explore. Experiment and discover new learning in an atmosphere that is unhurried, caring and supportive. Each child should be respected for their individuality and our learning program should directly reflect the interests of children."

Sue Richardson

Sue is the qualified Early Childhood Teacher in the Blue Wrens Group. Sue has been at the Lakes Entrance Preschool for over 10 years and is passionate about providing children with the best possible start to Early Education.​

"I believe it is important that children feel safe and happy to come to kinder. That is when they will learn best through a variety of play experiences provided by qualified educators."

Kylie Crawford

Kylie has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for sixteen years and has a Bachelor of Early Childhood. Kylie is the Teacher in the Swans Group.

"I believe I have a responsibility to provide a program that values the importance of play – inside and out. A child's play introduces very important learning skills and experiences which help to establish work habits and values for a lifetime."

Sommer-Lea Collins

Sommer-Lea is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher with a Bachelor of Early Childhood and is the teacher of the Kingfisher Group. Sommer-Lea has been at Lakes Entrance Preschool for over two years in a variety of roles including Kindergarten Inclusion Support, Three Year Old preschool teacher and also as a casual relief teacher.

"I believe each child should be viewed from a holistic approach, ensuring their whole identity, including family and culture, are considered and respected. I believe this helps children feel valued and nurtured, allowing them to have a sense of belonging when their physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing needs are being met."

Carolyn Richardson

Carolyn has an Associate Diploma of Social Science in Child Care and has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for over twenty years. Carolyn's first involvement with the Lakes Entrance Preschool was when her children attended and she became a member of the Committee. Carolyn is the Assistant in the Kingfisher Group.

"I believe that children need to feel they belong, not only to the kindergarten community but to our whole community. Our program is enhanced by my links with a variety of local organisations."

Hayley Cotton

Hayley has worked in Early Childhood Education for over thirty years, twenty five years at Lakes Entrance Preschool. Hayley has Certificate III in Children's Services. Hayley is an Educator the Blue Wrens Group and the Swans Group. Hayley has developed important relationships with staff members and families over the years.

"I enjoy working with both the children and staff in the 3 and 4 year old groups. It is very rewarding watching the children develop, becoming more confident and comfortable in the preschool environment. I enjoy being involved in the children's journey through the preschool year."

Denise Paganella

Denise has worked at the Lakes Entrance Preschool for a number of years as an Additional Assistant and now as an Assistant in the Kingfisher Group. Denise has a Certificate III in Children's Services.​

"I enjoy being a part of a strong, supportive professional team of Early Childhood Educators. Working with children and their families is a role I truly value and I work hard at making a positive difference."