At kinder we aim to provide an environment to maximise learning and development via play. Your child will be given opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively all while having fun! We guide a child through these processes of learning, planning our program upon individual observations of children, assessing their needs and strengths and then formulating appropriate individual goals and strategies linked to learning outcomes.
These individual goals are coupled together with the group’s long-term goals to produce a program that meets both the whole group’s needs as well as the individuals within it. Program plans and reflections are displayed for your information each week and forwarded to families via email so that information relating to the preschool program can be share
We foster INDEPENDENCE by helping children to take responsibility for their own learning. This promotes their self-esteem and a sense of control. The level of independence encouraged will depend on the child’s age and stage of development. However, all children will be challenged and stimulated to do many things themselves. Examples of this include helping with packing away, encouragement to think through and complete tasks independently, and using trial and error and problem-solving skills to work through any problems they may come across when completing their tasks.
We highly value COMMUNICATION. This is a vital skill to develop in early childhood for successful social engagement and later literacy success. We encourage children to talk to us and to each other. We do this by presenting ourselves as role models, greeting each child as they arrive, talking to the children about what they are doing and holding conversations in which the child is the leader of the conversation, yet also an active listener. Our aim is that children will feel comfortable and secure in communicating their concerns and worries to us. We present a caring, accepting environment where the child can naturally express their emotions verbally while at the same time respecting the rights of others.
We also encourage children to communicate with each other. We support the children in learning how to express their needs to their peers. This increases the child’s independence and develops confidence in their own communication skills.
We believe PLAYis a vital component of effective learning. Children explore and experiment using materials and their new ideas through open ended as well as group activities. Play enhances social interactions and the development of social skills – learning how to share, interact with others and take turns. It promotes physical development and body coordination and develops fine and gross motor skills. Children try lots of different behaviours in their play, and these behaviours can later be useful in solving problems. Play aids in a child’s creativity. Children use objects in their play in a non-standard way.
The children are invited to select an activity and work at their own pace, with help from staff if they need it. Indoor activities may include painting, pasting, clay/dough, puzzles, blocks, and construction, books, sensory activities and dramatic play area. In our lovely large playground, the children can play in our sandpit, digging patch, climbing equipment, water play in various forms, swings, zoom slide, carpentry and props for dramatic play.
Surrey Hills Pre-School is one of the few Kinder's in the area that is able to walk to parkland to do a Bush Kinder program.
Our Children walk with their educators into the kinder adjacent South Surrey Parklands to: discover and explore free of commercial toys; learn respect for our environment; and gain knowledge of our country’s Indigenous heritage. The children can get up close to local fauna and flora that isn't always possible within the preschool grounds.
Pre-School Blue & Red Groups
(4 to 5-year old)
On Wednesdays throughout Term 2&3 our Pre-school groups enjoy a weekly Bush Kinder Program.
Kinder Yellow & Green Groups
(3 to 4 year old)
Throughout the year our Yellow & Green groups go on Bush Walks with their educators. The Bush Walks are less frequent and much shorter than the Full Bush Kinder program we facilitate for the Pre-School groups. The Bush Walks are to begin familiarising the children with South Surrey Parklands and teaching to keep safe while in a Bush Kinder session. Our Bush Walk's not only ensure the children are ready for the full Bush Kinder Program, when they move up into our Pre-School program, they also benefit from the wonderful experiences nature has to offer.
Please refer to our Bush Kinder policies located on our policies page for further insight into this program.
One of the privileges of working with children is helping to guide them through developing life skills.
Our educators believe one of these life skills is to help children recognize how their body gives them clues about how they are feeling emotionally.
And then to give them strategies to help them to be calm and peaceful.
Sessions of talking about tight and then loose and floppy muscles, breathing, stretching and imagery.
This year we have engaged with Hello Yoga for Kids, a Yoga teacher comes in weekly and runs yoga sessions for our Pre-School groups.
About Hello Yoga For Kids
Through sun salutations, visualization, yoga poses,
partner work, & fun games, our classes uncover many tools
& techniques to achieve focus, empowerment, resilience,
body awareness, & self-confidence.
Kids will learn how to discover calm, energy, balance & strength,
& learn to love themselves, better connect & communicate with
those around them, and truly discover what it feels like to simply ‘be’.
By the end of our time together your child will have a yoga toolbox
full of postures, mindfulness, visualization, and breathing techniques
that they can forever dip into and benefit from.
At Surrey Hills Preschool, we aim to imbed the practice of acknowledgement and respect for Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, recognising them as the Traditional Owners and original custodians of this land, and recognise that the city of Bundoora and Surrey Hills preschool resides on Aboriginal land.
Each morning we invite the children to lead our Acknowledgment to Country.
“Here is the land
Here is the water
Here is the sky
Here are my friends
And here am I.
We would like to thank the Wurundjeri people for the land on which we learn and play.
Hands up, hands down, we are on Wurundjeri ground”
Our Community, Committee and Educators are passionate about acknowledging Australian First Nations People; at committee meetings, AGM's, Parent Information nights and events we ensure we Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of our land by Acknowledgement of Country.
We support our Educators to do Professional Development courses on Indigenous Perspectives and continuously look for ways to further imbed in our educational program.
Acknowledgement Of Country on our website here
Art has a major role in the development of children. Art activities provide opportunities in developing and refining gross and fine motor skills. Art also aids the child’s social development. As children are egocentric, they need opportunities to share, take turns and listen to each other, all which art provides. A child can make a personal statement through art and it can also help them non-verbally express their emotions and feelings. For those that find communicating verbally challenging, art can provide that expressive side of them without the need to verbally communicate.
Sustainability is front of mind in everything we do at our Kinder. We know we must lead by example for the children to learn everyday habits to help our planet and respect their environment.
We have a dedicated Sustainability Officer on our committee who assists the Educators to implement sustainable practices.
Some recent initiatives by the committee are
In our everyday practice and program we practice what we preach and use sustainable practices such as
We take great pride in our Special Music Program for all groups. For both the three and four-year-old this takes the form of a specialist music teacher joining us in third term for weekly music sessions. The children are divided into two smaller groups to provide more meaningful and appropriate lessons. Our kindergarten places a large emphasis on music as part of the everyday program; listening skills are developed through music, and concepts such as pitch, tempo, and beat are taught. Singing is not just at music time. We regularly sing to children and use singing during transition times which supports smooth and more purposeful methods of moving the children from one part of the day to another
During 2022, Surrey Hills Pre-School centre surveyed current families and future families about the current Kinder timetable offering as part of our commitment to continuously reflect on our offering and ensuring our communities needs are met.
Our Future Timetables sub-committee analysed the results of the survey and while some families love shorter hours offered by our kinder, some found they are needing a later pick up time for various reasons. Our sub committee then researched other kinder offerings in the area, consulted with our teachers philosophy around Early Childhood Education and with some wonderful collaboration we were excited to pilot an ‘After Hours Care’ program in 2023.
We feel being able to offer this to one of our 4 year old groups is a good balance that encompass our teachers philosophy as well as the changing needs of our community.
Our After Care Program is designed for families who need a later pick up time from our Kinder sessions, please note this is not part of our Core Kinder Program and any child who does not attend will not be disadvantaged in their learning and development.
The After Care Program will be facilitated by a teacher and educator and families can choose the following: