Due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold our Kindergarten Open Days in May. We know that many families rely on our Open Days to help them to choose a kindergarten. We have been working on new and innovative ways to continue to interact and provide families with the best support possible to choose a kindergarten for 2021.
Our website has recently been updated to include 360-degree virtual tours of each of the 32 kindergartens in Wyndham City’s Central registration Scheme. Families can now see the inside of each of the kindergarten rooms as well as the playground from the comfort of their own home.
We also understand that our Open Days provide families with an opportunity to interact with our educators and ask questions.
Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions at our past year’s Open Days:
Commonly Asked Questions
What does a day at kindergarten look like?
We offer children an indoor/outdoor program that allows children to choose either indoor or outdoor play throughout the session. We also provide a progressive morning and afternoon tea. We have group times for stories, music, movement and drama, and a period of rest which give children the chance to slow down, choose some quieter activities, or small group activities. Programs can look different across services and individual teachers. Both 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten programs are delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher along with qualified co-educators (Diploma and/or Certificate 3 trained).
Do you know who the Educators will be for the (specific) group etc?
Kindergartens will not know who the educators are until the end of the year. Both the Early Education and Care Services Team and our external providers look at the needs of the families, the community, the kindergarten, and the staff available when deciding who will be teaching in what group and where.
How many hours per week does my child come to kindergarten?
All families accessing a 4-year-old kindergarten program, have access to 15 hours per week, which is equivalent to 600 hours per year.
Wyndham City managed 3-year-old kindergarten programs are either 3 hours per week or 5 hours per week, depending on the service and group.
Can my child attend more days in 4-year-old kindergarten?
No, kindergarten is funded for 15 hours per week.
Do you provide before or after kindergarten care?
Wyndham City managed services do not offer before or after kindergarten care. If you have difficulty with fitting drop off and pick times with work, we would suggest you try to pick the hours of the groups that best suits you and your family. Once kindergarten starts you can get to know other families who attend the centre, and this may provide you with an opportunity to share travel and care options.
Look at what would suit your family and child’s needs, as to which group’s hours may suit you best.
My child is still not toilet trained and still wearing nappies; can they still come to kindergarten?
Yes, of course they can still attend; we have change facilities and are happy to support the learning of using the toilet.
My child does not speak English, will they learn it at Kindergarten?
We have lots of children that do not yet speak English, but they usually pick it up quickly. They often start understanding what is being said and with confidence, they may start communicating using English. We recommend you keep speaking your main language at home to ensure that a strong connection to your culture is supported.
What is the difference between childcare and kindergarten?
Although they both offer high quality programs, kindergarten programs do not incorporate childcare services and are only accessible during your child’s chosen session time. Childcare centres primarily focus on offering childcare services to accommodate parents.
What is your Philosophy?
- We focus on and are led by children’s Interests and use play based learning.
- We believe strongly in initiating and maintaining community connections. This include walks into the community to parks and shops, inclusion of older generation, reconciliation and indigenous connections, connections to maternal, child and health and the library.
- We look at the whole child and the family’s culture, strengthening bonds between family and community and allowing children to develop at their own pace and encourage their interests and meet their educational needs.
Is there a way to see what the kindergartens look like online?
Yes. Our website has recently been updated to include 360-degree virtual tours of each of our Kindergartens. You will be able to see what the inside of the kindergarten rooms looks like, as well as the outdoor learning space.
We understand that you may have questions that have not been answered above.
To cater for this, we will be holding two Live Question and Answer Sessions online, where families can find out further information, chat with a variety of current educators or with an enrolment team member about 2021 registrations.
LIVE Question & Answer Session will be on Wednesday 10th June 5:30pm – 6:30pm and Tuesday 16th June 10am – 11am
Note to families regarding joining sessions
To Join* event, click the link and join via the web.
When you connect, you will be asked to enter a name, and then will be in a waiting room until you are accepted into the session by a Wyndham City Staff member.
**These events will be run with MS Teams. If you don’t currently have this on your device, once you click on one of the links it will ask you to install on your device. Please proceed to install to be able to access event.
2021 Round 1 Closing Date
To further help support families, we have extended the closing date for 2021 Round 1 registrations to Tuesday 30 June 2020. Pease click here to apply.