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 4 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 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, relaxation and kindergarten sessions, 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. We utilise our outdoor yards to develop a sense of connection to the natural world, and the children are involved in caring for our two guinea pigs, tending the veggie patch, 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 outdoor space sets Annie Dennis apart from many kindergartens, and contains a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig, the oldest tree in Northcote. 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 interconnectedness with the environment.
Children are enrolled in three sessions per week, a total of 15 hours, within their enrolled childcare days.
Integrated Kindergarten Sessions
Monday 8.30 am-1.30 pm
Tuesday 8.30 am-1.30 pm
Wednesday 8.30 am-1.30 pm
Thursday 8.30 am-1.30 pm
Friday 8.30 am-1.30 pm
$121 as per the long day care daily fee
Note: In 2020 Annie Dennis Childcare Centre is moving to a fully integrated kindergarten program – offering both integrated kinder and integrated pre-kinder education programs. Sessional kindergarten and pre-kinder education programs are no longer be available.