Thorpdale & District Kindergarten

​Thorpdale and District Kindergarten provides a stimulating and nurturing environment that encourages and fosters children’s individual development. We believe that children learn through play and provide opportunities that will help children to develop knowledge and practice skills. We offer an atmosphere where children are encouraged to become independent learners as they grow and develop. Our program is based on our observations of the children reflecting the Victorian Early years Learning and Development Framework.

Our program offers an inviting environment that promotes a sense of wonder, allowing children to explore, communicate, observe, reflect, create, collaborate, cooperate, problem solve and imagine. We have permanent learning areas, such as blocks, creative arts, dramatic play, puzzles/maths, literacy, and a sensory area. In addition, we offer music, dance and drama to build children’s interest growth and confidence.

We believe that children learn in the context of their families and aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all families are encouraged to participate and contribute to children’s learning experiences. We value parents’ contributions to our program by openly inviting them to engage in hands-on assistance during sessions, inviting families to special days at the kinder as well as offering the opportunity to assist with outside of kinder hours functions and working bees. We also have a Parent Advisory Group which provides support to the educators and organises fundraisers for the kindergarten.

Facilities and Services

  • One large, well-lit play room with great visibility and access to outdoor area.  
  • Large barked play area which is well shaded and provides plenty of opportunity for climbing.
  • Sandpit, a fantastic cubby house, as well as additional space for running, picking fruit and a sensory garden.
  • Vegetable garden, worm farm, fish and a yabby.


Through the Baw Baw Shire Council (link) phone 5624 2540​


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Contact Details

Johnstone Street
Thorpdale, VIC, 3835
Postal Address
PO Box 60
Thorpdale, VIC, 3835
(03) 5634 6361
(03) 5634 6003

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Group 1 (2021)

Session Times

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

3 Year Old Kindergarten

Group 1 - with 4 Year Old session (2021)

Session Times

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

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.