Aurora School Community Kindergarten provides 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten programs for local hearing children
and deaf children enrolled at the Aurora School. This inclusive program provides a well-supported, safe and
nurturing environment for all children.
Aurora School Community Kindergarten was assessed in September 2014 under the National Quality Standard
Assessment and Rating Program. The Aurora School Community Kindergarten received the highest rating of
“Exceeding the National Quality Standard” in all 7 Quality Areas.
Aurora School Community Kindergarten Philosophy
At Aurora School Community Kindergarten we aim to embrace the whole child. Children are unique and come to kindergarten with different needs and capabilities. We aim to provide an environment that is adaptable and takes into account what children require to engage in meaningful play. We achieve this by observing and assessing children’s individual interests and individual learning styles. We provide a well balanced program incorporating open ended learning activities and the opportunity to play in an inclusive, collaborative and nurturing environment. Children are provided with time and space to actively engage, explore, problem solve and to take risks within a supported environment.
We respect and value children’s communication and aim to empower them with the skills which are essential to build a strong foundation for future learning. We believe in providing an environment that embraces our community through the use of English, Auslan, other languages and visual supports. Our interactions with children, families and colleagues are respectful and valued and are an important part of our reflective practice and future planning in relation to the Early Years Framework.
We endeavour to instil and strengthen children’s sense of belonging and personal self-esteem by providing opportunities that create a foundation for lifelong learning, health and wellbeing.
We believe in every child’s right to learn and participate as a valued member of a community.
Our program nurtures the children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills, allowing them to become independent and a co-operative member of a group. Our staff use the Early Years Learning Framework in partnership with families to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths, and abilities.
Activities are based on play, which is central to the lives of all children; it is a natural behaviour through which children learn most effectively. For play to develop, children need adults who respect, value, resource and facilitate their play.
The Framework conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through the following five outcomes. The Framework provides broad direction for early childhood educators in early childhood settings to facilitate children’s learning.
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators.
We hope to make important links with home and kindergarten.
As a record of your child’s development we will also keep a journal of “learning observations/stories”.
You are welcome to add to this journal with new experiences and learnings that have taken place at home.
A diary reflecting on the ‘happenings’ at kinder, will be on display next to the signing in book.
Aurora School Community Kindergarten’s staff are dedicated to providing the very best services to all children and their families
Both the 3yr old and 4yr old programs are staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators. Both programs are also supported by an additional Early Childhood teacher and Auslan assistant.
All staff have First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training.
Our employment of qualified staff is in accordance with the Children’s Services Regulations 1998.
Aurora School Community Kindergarten (ASCK) has a range of policies that reflect best practice in Early Childhood Education.
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Aurora School Community Kindergarten is part of the Whitehorse Pre- School Association (WPSA), and all community enrolments should be forwarded to WPSA.
Enrolment forms are available at http://www.wpsa.com.au/enrolment.html
How to Enrol
The Whitehorse Pre-School Association maintains a Central Application Scheme for three and four year old pre-schools in the City of Whitehorse. Application forms may be obtained from:
- The 'Form' page of the 'Enrol' section of the WPSA website
- All Whitehorse Kindergartens
- City of Whitehorse Council Offices
- Maternal & Child Health Centres
- Whitehorse Information Centre at Forest Hill Chase
Enrolments are accepted for children at two years of age. Positions are allocated in the year before your child is due to attend pre-school. Enrolment applications close on 30 June each year. You will be contacted by the pre-school some time between July and September of that year regarding your child's position. No guarantee is given to families when applying for pre-school preferences or alternatives.
Submit your enrolment applications to the WPSA Applications Office
Requirements of Enrolment
Your child must be two years of age before applying
Your application will not be processed if it is received before your child is two years of age and may be returned to you
If you are applying for three-year-old pre-school you must also apply for four-year-old pre-school at the same time
You may apply for one year only of three-year-old and four-year-old pre-school
You should select one pre-school preference and up to two alternatives only
You may lodge one application only per child
Enclose with your application your non-refundable application fee of $20 per child.
To be eligible for a year of funded pre-school your child must be four years of age by 30th April in the year they attend four year old pre-school. A guide is listed below to inform you when your child is eligible to attend three and/or four year old pre-school.
Year of Birth 3 Year Old Preschool 4 Year Old Preschool
1 May 2015 - 30 April 2016 2019 2020
1 May 2016- 30 April 2017 2020 2021
1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018 2021 2022
1 May 2018 - 30 April 2019 2022 2023
For further information, please refer to the 'Application Information' document, found on the 'Form' page of the 'Enrol' section of the WPSA website. If you have a question that cannot be answered by the information on this website, please contact the Applications Office (contact details on WPSA website).
Office Hours Monday - Friday 10.00am - 3.00pm
Kim Illarietti - Association Manager
Andrea Liddle - Assistant Association Manager
The Applications Office
Whitehorse Pre-School Association
P.O. Box 1194,
Blackburn North, 3130
Phone: 03 9285 4854
Fax: 03 9285 4855