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Kindergarten Educational Program

Annie Dennis offers a childcare and integrated Kindergarten educational program that has been developed using the Centre’s philosophy, the National and Victorian Curriculum Frameworks, and our own personal and professional values and beliefs. We view children as strong, capable and competent. While 3 to 5 year olds require and deserve affectionate, nurturing, safe and comforting environments, they are also given more freedom and opportunities to take personal responsibility and gain independence. The children are encouraged to take managed risks and challenge themselves within safe boundaries in order to learn their own strengths and limits, and develop self-regulation. Our daily routine is flexible, based loosely around the necessary times for lunch, snacks and relaxation with most of our day dedicated to free play in our indoor and outdoor environments.

While the general environment remains consistent, the experiences offered each day are diverse and constantly evolve due to new interests, questions, ideas or learning opportunities. Learning areas such as painting, drawing, letter writing, construction, storytelling, games and puzzles, music and movement, and dramatic play provide multiple opportunities for individuals or groups of children to engage, imagine, problem-solve, create and communicate.

Our inclusive outdoor playground fosters a sense of connection to the natural world, and the children are involved in caring for our two guinea pigs, composting, worm farming, and enjoying the beautiful spaces.

Children and families are encouraged to collaborate throughout the process of planning and evaluating in any way they desire, such as giving suggestions, sharing resources, helping to arrange furniture or providing feedback.

Our beautiful inclusive outdoor playgrounds set Annie Dennis apart from many kindergartens. Our 3 to 5 year old kindergarten playground contains a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig at it’s centre, it’s the oldest tree in Northcote. Our other main outdoor playground has a splash pond with water pump, a boat and a quirky cubby under the tree and ample space for the Children to explore freely.

Our resident rascally rabbit Poppy can often be found hopping around the garden, digging in the mud patch or nibbling on the shrubbery. The children are actively involved in the daily care of our kindergarten pets, which helps them to build a love of nature and interconnections with the environment.

Integrated Kindergarten for 4 to 5 year old (Rainbow program) 

Children eligible for a funded kindergarten place are enrolled in a minimum of 3 days per week, a total of 15 hours of funded kindergarten.

Integrated Kindergarten for 3 to 5 year old (Kangaroos program)

Children eligible for a funded kindergarten place are enrolled in a minimum of 3 days per week, a total of 15 hours of funded kindergarten.

Children not eligible for a funded kindergarten place are enrolled in a minimum of 2 days per week, a total of 10 hours of kindergarten.

Kindergarten hours are:

Monday to Friday from 8.30 am-1.30 pm

Integrated Kindergarten for 3 to 4 year old (Grasshoppers program)

More information will be available soon

Fees 

$121 as per the long day care daily fee

Note: Sessional kindergarten and pre-kindergarten educational programs are no longer available.

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