About us

Our philosophy

Kangaroo Ground Pre-school strongly values the development of secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with children, families and the wider community. We believe that children are capable and competent learners; we respect the child’s right to make decisions, take risks and actively construct their learning.  We strive to encourage a sense of connectedness to the natural environment and to enhance environmental responsibility through sustainable practices.

In our work with children

  • We value each child’s active participation within the program. Children are encouraged and supported to explore, solve problems, communicate, think, create and construct.
  • We provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes respectful relationships with peers and adults, we support the children on their journey of belonging and development of resilience.
  • We value the here and now or ‘being’ of childhood. We support the children’s interests and skills as they arise daily with props, ideas and opportunities for extension.

In our partnership with families

  • We acknowledge the family unit as the children’s first teacher.
  • We respect the diverse histories, cultures, language, traditions, child rearing practices and lifestyle choices of families at our pre-school.
  • We strive to provide a service that is flexible and supportive of the needs of the families in our community.
  • We provide opportunities for families to be involved in the running of the pre-school, including the Committee of Management, working bees, parent help, social gatherings and the suggestion box.

In our role as educators

  • We provide a flexible program that supports the child as a holistic being.
  • We support learning through intentional teaching practices and, both incidental and planned, experiences.
  • We strive to work as a team and support each other’s ideas, interests and experiences. We value a collaborative and co-operative working environment.
  • We value the self-reflection process and professional learning to benefit the program.
  • We engage with the children and share in their discoveries, delights and development.

In our relationships with the community

  • We value a meaningful relationship with the wider community, including local schools. We provide opportunities for school children, both primary and secondary, to visit the pre-school and opportunities for our children to access local schools and their facilities.
  • We connect families with supporting agencies in the wider community.
  • We acknowledge the diversity of our community; we seek to develop meaningful connections with the local community so children and families feel connected through a sense of belonging.

Our program

Kangaroo Ground Pre-school is rated as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard.

Our play-based curriculum encourages children to explore, solve problems, communicate, think, create and construct. We develop learning programs that are responsive to the children’s interests and understandings, that celebrate their differences and similarities, and build on their capabilities, strengths, interests and knowledge. As curious and enthusiastic participants in learning, and by using play to investigate their world, children begin to discover that learning can be both enjoyable and meaningful.

We strive to develop a sense of trust and confidence in the children that their needs will be met in an accepting and safe environment, promoting a sense of wellbeing which leads to confidence and resilience. We encourage children to share ideas, thoughts, questions and feelings, and provide opportunities for them to experience the sounds of spoken language and to share the enjoyment of language in a variety of ways.

Our program encourages children to experience wonder and interest in their environment. We value and promote recycling, and provide opportunities for the children to care for and nurture the natural environment at pre-school.

We encourage our children to appreciate the many qualities and similarities we all have, to accept and be respectful of differences and to value the individual’s right of choice.

Our team

We are very lucky to have a wonderful team of educators working with us for 2018, have you met them all?

Kangaroos

Tracey
I live locally and have three young children of my own here at Kangaroo Ground. I love the inquisitive minds of young people and believe that children are capable and competent individuals. During the day at Kinder I try to say YES as often as possible as I believe that the children should steer the direction of their learning. Outside of Kinder I enjoy gardening, cooking, camping and relaxing! During 2018 I hope to take pottery classes and make sourdough from scratch. I’d also really love to finish a book without pictures!

Jane
My role at KG Kindergarten is as co-educator with the four-year-old group. I love working with children, they are always fun and never cease to amaze me. I have an Associate Diploma in Recreation Leadership with which I worked in After School Care and Holiday programs (many years ago). I also have a certificate 3 in Children’s services. I have worked in Kindergarten for seven years, previous to KG I was at Yarraleen in Bulleen. I have lived in Kangaroo Ground for 20 years and have two children, both fully grown. I enjoy playing netball and love to travel. This year I would love to get to Central Australia.

Kathy
I work with the four-year-old group. I like working with children because every day is different and you never quite know what you’re going to get. I am currently working towards my diploma; ideally, I will be finished at the end of the year. I live in Greensborough and I have three children. I’ve worked in Kinders for many years, but have also spent time on Committee of Managements while I was a stay at home Mum. I have also worked in the insurance Industry. I’m celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary this year and will spend it in Tasmania.

Joeys

Marita
I have lived around the Kangaroo Ground area for many years. My four children, now grown-ups, have grown up around here and went to KG Primary School. My two grand daughters are five and one year old. I am also the co-ordinator of the KGPS Out of School Hours Care Program (OSHC). I have worked with children for many years and I still learn from them all the time. My main objective when working with children and their families is to build strong relationships. I see it as important to work with children’s strengths and help them develop skills needed for lifelong learning. When I am not at work I enjoy gardening, reading, cycling and bushwalking.

Jane G-C
My role is co-educator in the three-year-old group. I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for many years as an educator, then supporting children with additional needs and now as a co-educator. I strongly believe in supporting children’s development by building on their strengths and interests.  I love sharing each child’s excitement when discovering new things and sharing in their satisfaction when they achieve new skills. I live in the Templestowe area with my husband and two children. At home I enjoy growing and eating organic fruits and vegetables, reading mystery novels to relax, and we may tackle a small renovation this year.