Ringwood Uniting Church Kindergarten

Kindergarten
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Ringwood Uniting Church Kindergarten is an uplifting space close to Ringwood Station filled with natural light, hidden playgrounds, and beautiful indoor trees that captivate the imagination and change with the seasons.

Ringwood Uniting Church Kindergarten is a hidden gem conveniently located opposite Ringwood station. Our programs focus strongly on health and wellbeing, respect for others and involvement with our local community. Visitors are pleasantly surprised at what is hidden behind the buildings! Come and see for yourself, you would be most welcome.

Welcome! 2020 OPEN DAY would normally see us field many questions from visitors to our service. Unfortunately, this is not possible with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Educators in our team have created a list of frequently asked questions usually asked by prospective parents looking to enrol.

We are also very happy for you to call us if you feel you have questions of a more specific nature regarding your child.

We have created a virtual tour of our kindergarten FAQ which you can see if you scroll down to the gallery.

Environment

Our Kindergarten is an uplifting and welcoming space both indoors and out.

  • Natural light in each inviting playroom
  • We use soft furnishings in calming colours in our rooms and fairy lights to create inviting but soothing learning spaces
  • Each room has a beautifully created indoor tree to captivate the imagination of the children and to bring the calming touch of an outdoor environment
  • Our outdoor play spaces are tucked away behind the Church, with wrap-around verandahs, a dry/wet creek bed and native plants creating a beautiful, peaceful space in which to learn and explore
  • We have a grassed area perfect for running and playing ball games on
  • We have a range of outdoor equipment and loose parts to promote creative thinking, gross motor skills and interesting play opportunities
  • Trees and large shade sails provide ample shade and the children help with the planting and caring for our garden beds
  • A recently added Indigenous art mural overlooking one of our sandpit areas
  • There are 2 swings sets and 4 sandpits
  • We are securely enclosed, away from the noise of the traffic, whilst being conveniently located opposite the Ringwood railway station and in close proximity to local primary schools, Great Ryrie and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Learning Experiences

Both our indoor and outdoor experiences are planned with intentional teaching goals. We respond to the individual interests and learning needs of the children and these form the basis of our program. Flexibility and responsiveness to the children during sessions are highly valued by our educators to meet the immediate and changing needs of the children.

  • Incursions are planned each year to enrich our programs, such as The Responsible Pet program, dentist talk and check- ups, drama experiences, chicken hatching, rabbit sitting and African drumming. Incursions may vary from year to year
  • Mini Maestros music program is offered for two terms a year
  • Interactions and learning opportunities are encouraged between the different age groups and is well responded to by children and parents
  • We acknowledge our Indigenous heritage throughout our centre and in experiences provided
  • We are proud of our cultural diversity which enriches our learning programs with the involvement of families sharing their culture
  • Literacy and numeracy are all embedded in the programs across all groups through play experiences, intentional focus groups, stories, songs, puzzles, games and other resources
  • Visual supports are highly used in our programs to support all children to understand routines and expectations
  • Library book borrowing
  • Sustainable practices and projects are undertaken to teach the importance of our world and our part in maintaining it
  • We may gather together for learning, songs and stories or we may conduct these experiences in smaller groups.
Health and wellbeing

There is strong emphasis on this from the very first day your child commences. Without a healthy body and mind, learning cannot be at its optimal level.

  • Smiles for Miles program is embedded in our program and service. We are proud of the many awards we have achieved with this program
  • Healthy eating and cooking experiences are frequent in our programs. Parents are welcomed to cook with us also as a way of sharing their culture with us. Cooking teaches children maths, life skills as well as the value in healthy food choices
  • Dental and hearing assessments are conducted annually within sessions
  • Meditation and relaxation are incorporated into our sessions
  • Active play is undertaken every day even in the cooler months. This helps maintain physical health, resilience and mental health
  • We have educators who have undertaken training in trauma-informed practices, mental health first aid and special education.
Family and community

We believe partnerships with families are paramount to achieving best outcomes for children. This is reflected in our philosophy and our practice. We highly value establishing positive communication with and contributions from families. We:

  • Invite regular sharing of information through informal chats, formal meetings, emails and phone calls
  • Support culturally and linguistically diverse families who may require the support of an interpreter or other community services
  • Our parent group meetings are informal and supported with interpreters to include as many of our language groups as possible. Children are welcome to attend with families
  • Participate in a program of friendship between the elderly and the children through the Church
  • Go for walks with the children and parents when possible
  • Participate in community projects with our children and families
  • Work closely with our local schools to support the kindergarten to school transition
  • Organise parent morning or afternoon teas and working bees to promote social connection with the service.
Languages

Families who have English as a second language are supported with translated materials, learning kits to use at home with their children, access to interpreters in person or over the phone.

Visual aides to support language and understanding are used daily in our programs with all children.

Fee information

4-year-old kindergarten

$466 per term

Barrawarn Group - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.15am - 1.15pm

Wadjil Group - Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8.15am - 1.15pm

3-year-old kindergarten

$465 per term for 4 hour session

$592 per term for 8 hour session

Tuesday and/or Friday 9.30am -1.30pm

Enrolments

Registration forms for both 4 year old and 3 year old kindergarten places in 2020 and 2021 must be submitted via the Maroondah Council which manages a centralised registration for funded 4 year old kindergarten and 3 year old kindergarten.

For more information or if you’d like to arrange a visit,, please Get in touch or call us on 03 9870 1707.

Fill out an expression of interest form with Maroondah Council, who manage enrolments on our behalf

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