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Welcome to Barriburn Preschool


This philosophy outlines Barriburn Preschool’s values and beliefs about early childhood teaching and learning.

The community collaborates to achieve common goals, guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework (VEYDLF).

Barriburn Preschool has an established reputation in the City of Whitehorse, with its huge playground, large established trees and garden, and a friendly, caring and relaxed atmosphere. The preschool prides itself on being a small and inclusive community, with one group of children in the 3-4-year old Platypus group, and one group of children in the 4-5-year-old Dolphins group.

Our experienced Staff provide excellent continuity as the children progress from one group to the next. The staff are passionate about – and advocates for – early childhood education. They are committed to ongoing professional learning and work together as a supportive and cohesive team. We provide an environment that is safe and supportive, with a rich and diverse range of experiences that promote children’s learning and development.

Our play-based learning programs are responsive to each child, are meaningful, and build on their interests, cultures, strengths and knowledge. Literacy and numeracy, safety, health and hygiene are included in our planning. We actively engage in sustainability, through gardening, re-using, recycling, and composting.

Barriburn Preschool promotes warm, trusting and reciprocal relationships, where all members of the community are included and valued. Many backgrounds and cultures are represented at the preschool; this promotes wellbeing and harmony, and facilitates learning about the world.

The children like

“Playing outside in the big playground”

“Planting and gardening”

“Soccer and being the coach”

“Painting and play dough”

“Playing with our friends”


“The fairy wings and drawing”

“Home corner”

“Blocks and cars”


Finger Painting

A sensory activity which involves co-ordination of both arms and hands.

Children can be involved in “messy play” with the support of an adult.

Great for language development and for LOTE children. We talk about colours, mixing colours, patterns, and prints.

The children’s words to describe it are “slimy”, “smooth”, “lumpy”, “tickly”, “jelly”.

It encourages interacting with other children – talking, laughing (“green hands”, “blue hands”, “alien hands”), which gives them a good sense of Wellbeing.

Friendship Seat!

The Lions Club of South Vermont and The Men’s Shed of Vermont made us a Friendship Seat

If you feel lonely or sad you can sit on the seat and someone will come and sit with you or talk to you or play with you.

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Feeder schools include: Vermont, Livingstone, St James, Weeden Heights, Camelot Rise, Holy Saviour and St Timothy’s Primary Schools

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