Enrol at Winchelsea’s Helen M Kininmonth Kindergarten

Published on 07 June 2022

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From painting, pasting and sensory play, to storytelling, singing and science – there’s a diverse program for children to enjoy at Helen M Kininmonth Kindergarten in Winchelsea.

Enrolments for the Surf Coast Shire Council-run kindergarten for 2023 are now open, with families able to apply for state government funded three-year-old and four-year-old kinder programs.

“Our kindergarten program is play and nature-based, with an element of intentional teaching about topics of importance,” Helen M Kininmonth Kindergarten teacher Kristie Walters said.

“Our program provides creative learning opportunities such as painting, pasting, collage, construction, sensory play, loose part creations, along with storytelling, singing and dancing, group discussions, games, literacy, numeracy and science. Care and effort is taken to provide materials in an inviting way to support their learning.”

Local families with kinder-aged children can call 5267 2061 to book a tour of the centre, or can view a virtual tour via surfcoast.vic.gov.au/kinder2023.

Ms Walters has more than 20 years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher. Seeing the inquisitiveness of children has been a highlight of her career.

“I love the way they work out how and why things work, and teaching them about concepts that they are interested in. Children have amazing ideas and perspectives and they learn something new every single day,” she said. “I enjoy supporting them on this learning journey and sharing it with their families. I love that every day is different and unique.”

Surf Coast Shire Council also runs Anglesea Kindergarten, Jan Juc Pre-School, Kurrambee Myaring Kindergarten in Torquay, Lorne Kindergarten and Torquay Kindergarten.

Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Libby Stapleton said children can access one year of Victorian Government-funded three-year-old kindergarten before moving into four-year-old kinder.

“There are so many benefits to completing two years of kinder, including better cognitive and social skills when starting school and more developed social and emotional outcomes when they’re older,” the Mayor said.

“We’re fortunate on the Surf Coast to have so many fabulous kinder programs available, including Helen M Kininmonth Kinder. I encourage families to make the most of them, whether that’s three-year-old, four-year-old, or both.”

Enrolments for Council-run kindergartens are now open. For more information and to apply, visit surfcoast.vic.gov.au/kinder2023.

Families are encouraged to apply before Friday 10 June 2022, when first-round enrolments close. The application form will remain open for second and third round offers.

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