Kindergarten and Preschool

As your child grows, their educational needs change. As they move closer to school age, we are all faced with the big decision of choosing the best preschool program for their all-important kindergarten/preschool year to prepare them for school.

School-readiness has received a lot of focus among parents recently, and with good reason – more than one in five Australian children are starting school with a developmental vulnerability. And we know that children who start school behind, tend to stay behind.

Mission Australia Early Learning offer preschool and Kindergarten in a number of formats, however our philosophy and approach remains the same.

Our specialist preschool programs are delivered in a range of settings including:

Stand-alone Preschool and Kindergartens

These are centres that only enrol children of preschool age. Our Preschool and Kindergartens operates four terms with preschool holidays in between, and a slightly shorter day, similar to primary schools. Children typically bring their own lunch. Traditional preschools are not eligible for Child Care Subsidy, however attract Government funding in other ways.

Integrated Kindy/Preschool programs

We offer preschool programs within each of our long day care centres. The preschool program is designed specifically and exclusively for the preschool age children, however provides families with the convenience of longer hours and (in most cases) meals included. Our integrated preschool programs are eligible for Child Care Subsidy.

Integrated Funded Kindergarten Program (Victoria Only)

Similar to the integrated preschool program, however this attracts additional Government funding to support the provision of a University Qualified Teacher for 15 hours per week. We offer Funded Kindergarten Programs in most of our Victorian Long Day Care centres. The Funded Kindergarten Program is designed specifically and exclusively for the preschool age children, however provides families with the convenience of longer hours and (in most cases) meals included. Our Funded Kindergarten Program programs are eligible for Child Care Subsidy.

Our programs are delivered by fully qualified teachers who are skilled in maximising learning outcomes for children. Our aim is to ensure that each and every child is fully prepared for school and life beyond.

 

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