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Welcome to Woodlands Kindergarten

Est. 1976

About 

Woodlands Kindergarten has been providing excellence in sessional kinder for 3 and 4 year olds in Ocean Grove since 1976. If the gumtrees in our leafy playground could talk they would recount many years of wonderful stories.

At Woodlands we recognise the uniqueness of each child and family and the need for children to develop an understanding and respect for themselves and others. Woodlands Kindergarten strives to provide the children with opportunities to imagine, to explore, to create, to express themselves and to develop a love of the learning environment. Woodlands Kindergarten offers a variety of programs: bush and beach kinder, music, sports, brain gym, yoga, cooking, safety awareness, and drama.

Our large private backyard is fully enclosed and away from street access. With a bush feel it includes; chickens, a mud kitchen, cubby house, herb and vegetable garden, bikes, and an undercover area and sand pit enabling us to spend time outdoors all year round.

We welcome all children and their families to join our supportive and inclusive community.
Please feel free to call Woodlands Kindergarten to arrange a visit of our facilities.

Experience

Woodlands Kindergarten children experience lots of fun activities that have an educational and caring purpose.  To see more check out the Activities page.

 

Contact Us

13-15 Wyatt Street
Ocean Grove, VIC, 3226
03 5255 2349
woodlands.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

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Enrolment


All enrolments for 3 and 4 year old kinder classes at Woodlands Preschool are handled by Bethany Kindergarten Services. You can download the handbook about all member Preschools and this includes our enrolment registration form. You can also find out more about the BKS enrolment process directly here.

Enrolments for next year’s classes are being taken now.  Please know you are welcome anytime of the year to stop by to see what we are up to and enquire about your child attending Woodlands Kindergarten - we’d love to meet you! Give us a call on 03 5255 2349 to arrange a visit.

Meet the Team

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Katie Gravener

Teacher - Educational Leader
Diploma of Education
22 years kindergarten teaching experience

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Robyn Reid

Educator
Certificate III Children’s Services
8 years experience working with children

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Rachael Salmen

Educator
Associate Diploma of Social Science in Child Care 20 years experience working with children

 
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Tania Collins

Educator
Diploma of Children’s Services and 15 years experience working with children

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Doreen Currell

Educator
Bachelor Of Arts - Early Childhood, Postgraduate Diploma Early Intervention and 35 years experience working with children

 

Learning Philosophy

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The main objective of kindergarten is “learning through play”. At Woodlands Kindergarten, we aim to facilitate this by offering extended periods of non-interrupted play, both indoors and outdoors. We believe, as educators, that our role is to provide a stimulating and responsive environment where children can be actively engaged, and where positive reinforcement and encouragement make learning possible. 

We implement both the Victorian and National Early Years Frameworks, to ensure all children receive a quality education that is vital for children to learn, develop, and build success. Woodlands Educators acknowledge that the children’s first and most enduring educators are their families and we seek to work in partnership with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for the child.
 
We believe that children are capable, competent contributors and that they are active participants in their own learning. The curriculum is child centred, and projects are often initiated by the children. Staff work together to develop these projects and introduce topics of interest including cultural and environmental issues. Numeracy and literacy are interwoven throughout the curriculum as well as additional programs including, music, bush and beach kinder, music, sports, brain gym, yoga, cooking safety awareness, and drama.

2019 Timetable *

* session times are subject to confirmed enrolment numbers
* children attending the 3 year old program qualify for priority access to the 4 year old program

4 Year Old Program

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Blue Group

Tuesday:  8:30 - 4:00
Thursday: 8:30 - 4:00

Red Group

Monday:       8:30 - 1:30
Wednesday: 8:30 - 1:30
Friday:          8:30 - 1:30

3 Year Old Program

 
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Yellow Group

Monday:       2:00 - 4:15
Wednesday: 2:00 - 4:15