Glen Iris Kinder 4 Room
4 - 5 years
Our 4-5 year old Kinder room can have 27 children per day, and follows a one educator to 11 children ratio. Our Kinder 4 room has a full kindergarten program with a bachelor qualified kindergarten teacher. This includes a comprehensive school readiness program. Our kindergarten teacher is assisted by a qualified early childhood educator. Our kindergarten program runs all day from Monday to Friday. Children must attend a 4 year old funded kindergarten at least 15 hours per week which can be achieved at Glen Iris over 2 full days.
Each child is observed and planned for, and their needs addressed, to prepare children for school. The pre-school teacher will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Family/Educator interviews will take place twice a year, to discuss development in the year prior to school.
Our kinder program prepares each child for the move to school, in a manner which is non-threatening, and educational. We believe that learning and playing are one. Play is a process of development (intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically) in everything a child does. This is a process whereby a child’s curiosity is fulfilled by use of fantasy, imagination, independence and sensory exploration.
Our play based curriculum is interactive and exploratory involving interaction with a rich variety of sensory materials such as mud, sand & paint, and equipment such as puzzles, lego & music. We also incorporate as many ‘real life’, meaningful play experiences as possible ( threading, home corner etc). As educators, our first priority is to instill a love & appreciation for meaningful learning, thus helping to ensure children reach their full potential in later years. It is through this child-oriented play based curriculum that children gain a range of social, emotional, cognitive, lingual and physical skills.
By providing small group activities such as home corner and block corner, we believe this gives children the opportunity to work on social and problem-solving skills like working out an issue between two or more children, turn taking, sharing etc.
Throughout the year, we provide numerous learning experiences that will assist children in the transition to school, such as:
- Responsible Pet Ownership incursion
- Lunch Box Days in term four where children bring lunch boxes to kinder & are familiarised on how to open wrappers, peel fruit, punch through straws etc.
- Regular cooking experiences
- ‘Letter of the Week’ show and tell
- Events and celebrations on our yearly calendar of events
- Gardening and growing fruits, vegetables and herbs
- Community projects
- An end-of-year graduation ceremony