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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.

Children can come to preschool as part of either group once you’ve discussed this with the director.

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 $120 per term. See our enrolment and fees page for more information.

Fees contribute to water, electricity, phone, security, consumables, furniture and some staff costs.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • hat
  • 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 fruit at snack time:

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

Communication

Please check the communication pocket every day. Reminder notices will be displayed around the kindergarten or the entry gate.

Clothes

For safety reasons please avoid bringing your children to kindergarten wearing thongs. Please dress your child in clothes that nobody minds getting paint or mud on.

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 times are flexible and we have areas for children to have their snacks with friends. We encourage children to finish snacks before 11:00am, and then no later than around 2:15pm. Packing up is around 2:45pm.

Inside and outside play happens at any time, depending on the weather, and group time is in the middle and end of the session.

Please ask a staff member for more detail about our daily routines.

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

Parents run the playgroup for children from birth to 5. It is held Monday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am except public holidays. 

For more information please contact us on 8391 0685.

Transition programs

Our pre-entry program provides a transition to kindergarten. Talk to us for more details.

Times

This is reviewed every year and depends on available spaces and staffing.