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What we offer - Mount Barker Kindergarten

We offer a number of programs and services to support your child’s early years learning.

Preschool program

Times

Your child can attend preschool for up to 15 hours per week.

Traditionally we run a Monday-Tuesday group and a Wednesday-Thursday group - please speak with our Director for more flexible options.

Group A

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.30pm 8.30am to 3.30pm 8.30am to 1.30pm
2 Fridays per term

Group B

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.30pm 8.30am to 3.30pm 8.30am to 1.30pm
2 Fridays per term

Fees

The parent contribution is $150 per term. See our enrolment and fees page for more information.

Fees contribute to services along with resources and materials that support each child's learning to ensure the best possible outcomes from learning through play at kindergarten. 

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • hat (-broad-brimmed or legionnaire style)
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack or fruit
  • packed lunch, with cool pack on hot days.

Please write your child’s name on everything they bring.

Please apply sunscreen at home. We will reapply sunscreen, with your consent, in the middle of the day.

Healthy eating

Because the kindergarten encourages healthy eating please avoid the following items as substitutes for healthy snacks:

  • chocolate bars
  • lollies and sugary sweets
  • food containing nuts – our preschool is a nut-free zone.

Communication

Please check your communication pocket every day. Reminders and other notices notices will be displayed around the kindergarten and/or emailed.

Clothes

For safety and wellbeing reasons please avoid bringing your children to kindergarten wearing thongs or tops without sleeves. Please dress your child in clothes that nobody minds getting painted or muddy.

We encourage independence when going to the toilet, so please avoid hard-to-undo belts for your child.

Kindergarten routine

Our timetable is flexible and subject to change depending on the children’s needs.

Parents pack their children’s lunch and around midday we sit as a group to have our lunch. After lunch is relaxation time. Snack and lunch times with friends support children's social skills while they eat, flexible routines mean children are able to eat when hungry. 

Songs, music and movement, social games, stories and discussions are the foundation of our interactive group times.  Early morning small group work provides strong literacy-based focus in targetted areas according to the children's needs and interests. Midday group focuses on well-being and executive function - particularly self-regulation. Packing up is around 2:45pm.  End of day group is a time for social games and turn-taking while ensuring the children's safety across a staggered farewell.

The children initially start their day inside inside as staff greet each child and their family, settle children and chat informally with parents. Inside and outside supported learning through free play happens across most of the day.  If the weather is inclement we make greater use of the large playhouse space.

Please ask a staff member for more detail about our daily routines.  'A day at kindergarten' showing our daily routine is displayed on a noticeboard under the photos of our staff team.

Additional information

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 60KB).

We have more information (PDF 364KB) for when your child starts kindergarten.

Gigglebugs playgroup

On Friday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am during term time, our educators support playgroup for children from birth to 5.

The cost is $2.00 per family.

Playgroup provides wonderful opportunities for children and parents to meet other families from our broader community in a friendly environment to chat, play and learn.  It also offers an extended transition to kindergarten.

For more information please contact us on 8391 0685.

Transition programs

Our pre-entry program provides a transition to kindergarten during Term 4 each year. The times and number of sessions depend on available spaces and staffing.  Our Director will contact you to arrange mutually suitable times once enrolment has been confirmed.