356 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup, VIC 3981
At Koo Wee Rup Preschool, we run 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten programs. Our programs are stimulating and inspirational, fostering curiosity, creativity and a love of learning. We believe that children should be encouraged to express themselves creatively in a variety of ways, including open ended and natural materials.
Koo Wee Rup Preschool strives to provide an inviting, supportive and rich learning environment for every child and family.
Our curriculum incorporates how to care for and respect the natural environment. We teach and model reusing, recycling and water conservation in our activities.
Our curriculum supports social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative learning. We celebrate multiculturalism and include a variety of cultural events throughout the year.
Excursions are a key part of Koo Wee Rup Preschool’s curriculum. Venturing out into the local area allows children to explore the world around them, and feel a part of a community.
At Koo Wee Rup Preschool, we are very conscious of keeping our staff and children safe in the sun; therefore, we are official participants in the SunSmart program.
Partnering with Koo Wee Rup Primary School and St John the Baptist Primary School, the children have the opportunity to visit and interact with students.
Koo Wee Rup Preschool has been the heart of the community for nearly seventy years. A well established, welcoming early learning environment with rich community history, a wealth of experience and stories to tell. We were built on rich swamp land and acknowledge in our practice the cultural heritage and the importance of the migrant and early settler contribution to the local agricultural community. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and appreciate that our name “Koo Wee Rup” comes from the aboriginal word meaning “Blackfish Swimming”
Koo Wee Rup Preschool is a place where we all belong and can feel confident and safe to be ourselves. It quickly becomes a favourite place to go. Children, families, educators and valued community connections should feel safe, secure and informed as they become part of a supportive community. We all work together to encourage, motivate, and ensure everyone feels included and has the opportunity to have input in decisions that affect them. Having respect for each other’s knowledge, skills and background ensures everyone is heard, valued, included and invited to participate and share aspects of their culture, interests, hopes and dreams. We value, embrace and are responsive to the diverse needs of our families and community and endeavour to embed aspects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
All children have the right to education. We believe that all children are important, special and capable learners who have rights, deserve respect and have valuable skills to contribute. We work hard to meet the needs of all children, we are setting them up for the rest of their learning life and want them to leave kinder feeling resilient, ready for school and confident to take on the world.
Throughout the preschool year educators, children and families work alongside one another to support children’s emerging independence, self help skills, confidence and motivation to participate, take risks and show kindness, inclusion, empathy and respect for others. We provide a stimulating, engaging and nurturing environment for children to safely test out their ideas, practice motor and social skills and learn through play and a range of intentional teaching practices. We believe children learn in a holistic way by exploring, investigating and interacting with each other and the world around them. They are given increased environmental responsibilities and opportunities to problem solve, share their ideas and interests, explore with imagination and learn through uninterrupted, open-ended play.
We believe developing knowledge of each child is paramount to support and guide their individual development and create positive learning outcomes. We achieve this by creating quality, respectful relationships with children, families, co-workers and the broader community. Educators observe, document and reflect on all aspects of the program and practice in order to build on individual children’s strengths. Our educators are professional, adaptable, supportive, passionate and motivated. We believe in setting high expectations for all children, educators and management whilst remaining practical, reliable and responsive to children and their families.
Term 1: 28 January – 1 April
Term 2: 19 April – 25 June
Term 3: 12 July – 17 September
Term 4: 4 October – 17 December
8:30am – 11:30am Fridays
8:30am – 4:00pm Mondays
8:30am – 4:00pm Thursdays
8:30am – 2:00pm Tuesdays
8:30am – 2:00pm Wednesdays
12:30pm – 4:30pm Fridays
3 year old kindergarten $25.50 per term
4 year old kindergarten $0 per term