Enrolment & fees
Policy & procedure
Watsonia Pre-School provides a sessional kindergarten experience for three, four and five year olds which is stimulating, nurturing, educational and fun. Set in a leafy green oasis in Watsonia, Victoria, Watsonia Pre-School was established in the early 1950's and offers a progressive educational program that inspires and excites young minds, and lays the foundation for future learning. The kindergarten provides two 4/5 year old groups and one 3/4 year old group and has 80 families utilising the centre.
Watsonia Pre-School understands that children take their play very seriously and that play is the way children learn. The kindergarten program acknowledges the uniqueness of each child, incorporates their individual interests and allows them to learn at their own pace. Staff are committed to the happiness, development and education of the individual child and provide a safe and caring yet stimulating and challenging environment for children to explore and learn though play.
Watsonia Pre-School is situated with no roads abutting it. The building is light filled to nurture the spirit of enquiry. Our outdoor area is very spacious with:
Our open spaces allow running, ball games and creative and imaginative play.
Watsonia Pre-School provides a happy, warm, stimulating and secure environment to allow opportunities for children to develop friendships, physical confidence and competence, language, cognitive skills, creativity, independence and self esteem, laying the foundation for future learning.
The daily kindergarten program is based on a routine that can be spontaneously adapted to incorporate children's current individual ideas and interests, development and activity levels. Children are given long periods of uninterrupted time to explore both the indoor and outdoor environment, initiate their own ideas, engage in settled productive play for a period suitable for their development level, and gain satisfaction from doing so.
A sense of belonging is fostered so children feel that they are part of a group in which they can feel relaxed and confident to contribute and be connected to the wider community.
The programs are developed in response to the kindergartens philosophy, current needs and interests of the children, and in consultation with children, staff and parents. The centre uses the Practice Principles for Learning and Development as outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia to provide the support necessary for every child to learn and develop. The program is regularly discussed, evaluated and refined to suit the changing interests and development levels of the children.
Staff share passion and commitment to the field of Early Childhood Education and bring together many years of knowledge and experience.
Outdoor play is highly valued and staff are passionate about the importance of children experiencing and connecting with the natural world first hand.
Watsonia Pre-School is also a Sun Smart Centre All Children are provided with a named hat to be worn in Terms 1 and 4. Sunscreen is to be applied to children by parents.