Belgrave Kinder is tucked away on a quiet side street, close to the heart of Belgrave and only a short walk to the main street shops and transport hub. Our small, friendly kinder community encourages family participation and offers children endless opportunities to learn through play.
Our established kinder is well-equipped with a large range of indoor activities, that change and evolve with our children’s interests. The outdoor space runs over three levels and includes a wide variety of activities including sand play, scooters, a mud pit and one of the best slides in the hills.
We offer 3-year-old and 4-year-old programs, with a maximum enrolment of 21 children per group. Belgrave Kinder does not have rotational session kinder programs, which allows our children to develop a sense of belonging, enjoy a continuity of programming and maintain relationships with staff and friendships with other children.
Our qualified and experienced staff have a reputation for delivering great outcomes for children through a stimulating curriculum based on the objectives of the National Quality Framework (NQF). The National Quality Standards (NQS) form part of the framework, and in 2014 and 2018, Belgrave Kinder achieved an overall rating of “Exceeding National Quality Standards”.
At Belgrave Kindergarten we value:
Play-based learning where children are active participants, who guide their own learning
Teacher-child relationships that support and enhance children’s learning
Sensitivity to individual children
Engaging and enhancing children’s learning through a program that integrates the children’s interests, ideas, strengths and abilities
Family involvement, input and collaboration to develop partnerships between the kinder and home
Quality teaching and learning from highly qualified and experienced staff
Focused interactive teaching and reflective practice to achieve optimum outcomes for children.
Early childhood education – preparing children for life.
“Kindergarten” is German for Children’s Garden – a garden that we envisage as a place to play.
Belgrave Kindergarten’s programs are based on a “learning through play” philosophy, where children actively participate in play, which allows them to discover, question, experience, create and observe.
Between the ages of three and five years, children build on the independence and self-control they have been developing. They learn to take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. At the same time, they become keen observers of the world and experiment with their surroundings to find out what happens when they interact with others.
National Quality Framework
In 2010, a national curriculum framework was implemented in Australia for all early childhood practices – the National Early Years Learning Framework (0-5 years of age). Victoria further developed their own framework to complement this - the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. At Belgrave Kindergarten, our program is developed within the guidelines of both the national and state frameworks.
The National Law, the National Regulations and the National Quality Standard are the key legislative documents that establish the National Quality Framework (NQF). The objectives of the NQF are:
To ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children attending education and care services
To improve educational and developmental outcomes
To promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality services
To establish a system of national integration and shared responsibility throughout the Commonwealth
To improve public knowledge and access to information about the quality of education and care services.
Belgrave Kinder was assessed as “exceeding expectations” level in December 2018.
Belgrave Kindergarten is involved with local festivals and events in the community throughout the year, as well as opening the kindergarten to the community for our own special events.
Each year we have a winter festival to coincide with the Belgrave Lantern Parade, as well as a Spring Festival to coincide with Children's Week.
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land Belgrave Kindergarten is on, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
We also acknowledge with gratitude that we share this land today and with sorrow some of the costs of that sharing. It is our hope that we can move to a place of equity, justice and partnership together.
We are all visitors
to this time, this place.
We are just passing through.
our purpose here
is to observe, to learn,
to grow, to love... and then
we return home.
- Traditional Indigenous Proverb