Located beside the Port Melbourne Uniting Church, our kindergarten offers programs for children to enjoy fun and adventurous learning activities.
Our kinder has been educating and caring for the children of the Port Phillip community since 1955.
Our educators are passionate about nurturing your child’s self-esteem, sense of belonging and wellbeing to help them thrive.
We welcome children of all abilities and have two educators from the Port Phillip Specialist School who are part of our teaching team.
Our educators offer an inclusive environment and can support children who live with physical and intellectual disabilities.
- Chloe, little learner
Building your child’s connection to the environment will encourage their sense of adventure and physical growth. Our large outdoor space will capture your child’s imagination. From our fairy garden to our herb and vegetable patches, your child will enjoy fun learning adventures at our kindergarten.
Your child will learn valuable skills such as recycling, composting and gardening to develop everyday sustainable practices. Our excursions to community-based organisations will help your child foster relationships with the environment and the people around them. We also encourage our families to support the local church community garden.
We encourage you to participate in your child’s early learning experience. You can do this by:
To help your child connect with their community, we engage with local groups, services and programs, including:
Our educators speak English and French. We can have all forms of communication translated for families who speak languages other than English.
Early Childhood Teacher
Hi, I’m Siyi (or Jo) and I’m the Early Childhood Teacher at Port Melbourne Uniting Kindergarten. I’ve worked across different children’s services for two years in Lead Teacher and Assistant Educational Leader roles. I have a Master of Teaching in Early Childhood from the University of Melbourne. I’m motivated for all children to have a memorable and meaningful early learning experience.
At Port Melbourne Kinder, we’re a group of passionate and professional teachers and educators where children are our number one priority. We respect children’s agency and believe that all children are confident and capable leaners who bring their own thoughts and knowledge to us. Our Emergent Curriculum focuses on children’s interests and play-based learning. Through our environmental programs, children are encouraged to form empathy towards all living things through an enjoyment of nature.
Our educators are trained in various programs to support the mental health of your child and are skilled in working with children who have experienced challenges and trauma. We also offer mental health support for families if you find yourself in need of assistance.
Children are involved in caring for our vegetable garden to help them develop healthy living practices early in life. Our cooking classes teach children about nutrition and food safety, while introducing them to foods from different cultures.
As a child safe organisation, our educators undergo regular working with children’s and police checks. We are focussed on delivering learning and development in a safe and supportive environment, so you can trust that your child is in good hands.