South Kingsville Pre School offers quality kindergarten programs for 3-5 year old children. We are a family oriented, non-profit centre and have served the local community for over 40 years.

Housed within the vibrant South Kingsville Community Centre, our friendly kindergarten provides a secure learning environment for your child, which is enriched by our dedicated and caring staff.

Play is a vital part of a child’s growth and development. Through play children learn to express themselves, experiment, create and make sense of their world.

Play is the foundation of both our three and four year old programs. Our educators carefully nurture each child’s individuality, creativity, sense of worth and independence. Programs are developed by careful observation of the children and are tailored to meet individual needs. Most importantly, we want your child to gain a passion for life and learning, and to have fun!

What it will feel like to send your child to our kinder

South Kingsville Pre School is a unique place of learning and discovery. The overwhelming essence of our pre school is warmth and connection – where the child is the centre of everything we do.

We have created a safe place for children to feel free to learn and discover.

Our play based curriculum stimulates energy and fun while our physical lay out (of one large room) generates a sense of connection, community and openness. Children – and parents – feel this connection the minute they step through the door. We believe that creating this environment not only helps children to learn and grow but also gives parents confidence. We take care of your child like our own.

At South Kingsville we put immense thought and planning into the curriculum and strive to challenge ourselves to learn and adopt best practice. We ourselves are role modelling what we ask our children to do.

The staff are carefully chosen for their values and cultural fit in order to create a strong, supportive team that lies at the heart of this learning community. We take personal time out together to work on making the team strong and ensuring we are aligned to our purpose and philosophy. This means the staff are energised, supported, safe and connected – allowing us to put all our energy into teaching the children.

At the end of the day our job is to nurture and support your child. We know we are the first step in a long life of education, learning and growth and we take this responsibility incredibly seriously. We know our job is to set your children off into the world with a love of learning – and the resilience, strength and wonder they need to become who they are.

Our philosophy

Our Purpose (Why we do what we do)

Our purpose is to create a safe, secure, fun and trusting environment that nurtures our children – allowing them to explore, discover & fulfil their potential. We instil in our children the confidence, resilience, skills and self belief to journey out into their expanding world.

Our Educational Philosophy (How we educate)

We exist as educators, guides and leaders to shape our children’s learning experiences around connection, inclusion, fun and risk taking in order to help them discover their potential and shape the world around them.

Our Principles

  • We believe in the educational and developmental power of play based and emergent curriculum – that fosters fun, creativity and free thinking.
  • We believe in developing the whole child – and nurturing the child’s well-being through an independent mind, a healthy body and a connection to the natural world.
  • We believe in empowering children to be safe, happy and allowing all children to participate equally.
  • We believe in the critical role of working with families for the development and growth of the child.
  • We believe in the core principles of respect and care – for self, those around you (embracing differences) and the world.
  • We believe in the educational power of allowing children to take controlled risks in order to learn, grow and discover their potential.
  • We believe in building a connection to the land, recognising and valuing our shared history, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into our curriculum and to actively embrace and share the message of reconciliation.

Child Safe Statement

South Kingsville Preschool is committed to child safety. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children as well as staff and volunteers. South Kingsville Preschool is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability and /or vulnerable children, allowing these children to participate equally.

We have zero tolerance of child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. Please refer to our child Safe Policy for further information.

Our facilities

Our kindergarten is a cheerful, up-to-date space and nestled in a serene garden environment.

In 2022, South Kingsville Preschool was awarded a Building Victoria grant to expand and enhance both our indoor and outdoor areas.

Outside, we have shade sails, mature trees, and a pergola over the sandpit, ensuring there’s plenty of shade. Our outdoor space provides ample room for energetic play, with cozy nooks nestled within the lush garden. We’ve created spaces for digging, climbing, a pretend creek with a water pump, a circle for gatherings, a mud kitchen, and more. We’re big on teaching kids to care for their surroundings and value sustainability. We grow our own herbs, fruits, and vegetables, which we use in cooking activities. We even have a worm farm, water tanks, and we teach the children about the importance of recycling.

Indoors, our room is warm and inviting, filled with natural light. Our furniture has been thoughtfully designed to allow children to move around freely and safely as they explore various play areas. Some spaces are designed for active play, while others, like the reading corner, offer a quiet retreat. We decorate the room with the children’s artwork to create a joyful and comfortable environment where kids feel secure, happy, and quickly become part of our close-knit community.

We’re lucky to have an excellent occasional childcare service right next door, which many parents find convenient for younger siblings or as an addition to our kindergarten programs.

In the same building, you’ll also find a Maternal and Child Health Service, playgroups, and a host of other activities for children. It’s like a one-stop shop for all your family’s needs!