We have been providing 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten to the children of the Eltham community for 60 years. Our programs are delivered by nurturing and qualified educators in a bright, welcoming and inspiring playroom, and two beautiful outdoor play areas.
Our programs balance a warm sense of community, joyful learning, independent thinking and creativity in a sustainable, natural environment.
Our playgrounds are large and leafy with lots of shade, providing numerous areas for your child to explore, discover and be creative. Special features include a bike track, a large covered sandpit with deck, a bridge and river (fed by our own tank water) and our ever popular fire engine.
We value the outdoor environment and believe that children benefit from experiencing seasonal changes, opportunities for physical development and play in a garden. We are conscious of keeping our staff and children safe in the sun and are official participants in the SunSmart program.
Excursions, incursions and community interaction are a regular part of the program at Eltham Preschool. Venturing out into the local area allows children to explore the world around them, and feel a part of a community.
Children in the 4 year old program attend Bush Kinder each week, at a nature site in our local community. Whatever the weather, children spend periods of unstructured time playing, exploring and learning. Bush Kinder recognises the place the bush has in Australia and the significance of the land in aboriginal culture.
Eltham Preschool has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards. Our experienced, qualified and skilled educators strive for excellence and continually seek to improve in all aspects of our work.
We are proud to provide a multicultural curriculum, which includes celebrating a variety of cultural events and holidays throughout the year. Families are welcomed and encouraged to share their values, skills and traditions to enrich our children’s learning.
We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of this land. We continue the vision of a community who in 1956 established our preschool for future generations, as part of the Eltham War Memorial children’s centre complex. We are a community of children, parents and educators who want something special for their children and themselves.
Child Centred Practice
Early childhood is a unique and critical period to be honoured and treasured. We acknowledge the right of every child to learn, to feel positive about who they are and to become a valued member of our kindergarten community.
We consider children to be capable, curious and active contributors to their own learning. Our approach is holistic, supporting children to develop social skills, self-confidence, resilience and positive dispositions to learning.
Our programs are flexible and enquiry based with a balance between guided play and child directed opportunities to nurture children’s theories, planning and creative expression.
Eltham Preschool is a place where children, parents and educators can feel a sense of belonging to our caring community and friendships are grown. We celebrate diversity and embrace each child’s individuality within an environment of respect and trust. Parents and educators, aim to build strong partnerships to manage the centre effectively, through a process of consultation and collaboration.
Our commitment to education for sustainability
Eltham Preschool has a very strong commitment to the environment and education for sustainability. The aim of education for sustainability is to promote a sense of responsibility, respect, empowerment, active participation, enquiry and social change to make a positive difference.
Our curriculum focuses on:
Education for sustainability has strengthened our relationships with the children, families and community. It has also given us a reputation of being a leader in early childhood education for sustainability.
Term 1: 28th January – 27th March
Term 2: 14th April – 26th June
Term 3: 13th July – 18th September
Term 4: 5th October – 18th December
9:15am – 12:15pm Mondays
9:15am – 12:15pm Wednesdays
8:30am – 2:30pm Tuesdays
8:30am – 2:30pm Thursdays
9:15am – 12:15pm Fridays
3 year old kinder: $450.00 per term
4 year old kinder: $515.00 per term