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Welcome to Upwey Preschool
Our innovative and independent preschool is located within The Sherbrooke Family and Children’s Centre in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Our modern building is complemented by a large outdoor learning environment which has been professionally landscaped to reflect our unique and indigenous surroundings.
The educational program offered at Upwey Kindergarten follows the Early Years Learning and Development Framework which identifies the five outcomes for all children:
- 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
Our Kindergarten program aims to ensure the development of the ‘whole child’. That is, we are concerned with the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child within our care.
Many basic skills and concepts are developed in our kindergarten environment within a play-based and child-centred program model. Children are actively engaged in the program and have input into the activities and experiences offered. We have a flexible program that moves with the needs and interests of the children in our group and we are inclusive of all children and families. Experiences are planned with the Early Years Learning Framework in mind and aim to provide children with a learning environment catering to their sense of identity, community, wellbeing, learning and development of communication skills.
We aim to ensure that the first educational experiences of the children within our care are positive and enjoyable. Our program helps foster a healthy self-concept and sense of self-worth in every child. In addition we provide opportunities for children to learn to socialise, develop respect for one another and assume responsibility for their own actions.