Community Kindergarten

 

 

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.

 

Educational Program

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.

 

Staff Information

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.

Policies

Aurora School Community Kindergarten (ASCK) has a range of policies that reflect best practice in Early Childhood Education.

Click HERE to view them:

Enrolment Process

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 2013 - 30 April 2014                                 2017                                            2018

  1 May 2014 - 30 April 2015                                 2018                                            2019

  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).

 

Whitehorse Pre-School Association (WPSA)

Applications Office:
Office Hours Monday - Friday  10.00am - 3.00pm

 

Kim Illarietti - Association Manager

Andrea Liddle - Assistant Association Manager

 

 

Address:

The Applications Office
Whitehorse Pre-School Association
P.O. Box 1194,

Blackburn North, 3130

 

Email:  w.p.s.a@bigpond.com

             or

             info@wpsa.com.au

 

 

Phone:  03 9285 4854

 

Fax:      03 9285 4855