Our Kinder Programs

Our 3-4 yr old Wombat Group

Session Time 2021 & Venue
Tuesday 8:30am - 12:30pm Ripponlea Kindergarten

Session Time 2022 & Venue

Wednesday 8:00am - 1:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten

Our 3-4 year olds meet once a week to explore the indoor and outdoor space at our kindergarten guided by our qualified educators.


Our 4-5 yr old Koala Group

Session Times 2021 & Venue
Monday 8:30am - 4:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten

Session Times 2022 & Venue
Monday 8:30am - 4:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten

Children in our 4-5yo Koala group spend 2 longer days in the indoor and outdoor space at the kindergarten. They also participate in a weekly specialist program (e.g. music, movement, sports) conducted by experts in their fields.


Our 4-5 yr old Possum Group (inc. Bush Kinder)

Session Times 2021 & Venue
Tuesday 12:50pm - 3:50pm Bush Kinder at Rippon Lea Estate
Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten
Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten


Session Times 2022 & Venue

Wednesday 12:50pm - 3:50pm Bush Kinder at Rippon Lea Estate
Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten
Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm Ripponlea Kindergarten


Children in our 4-5yo Possum group participate once a week in our bush kinder program at Rippon Lea Estate where they can explore the natural surrounds. Their other 2 weekly sessions are spent in the indoor and outdoor space at the kindergarten.


Weekly plan

Our weekly plan is displayed on the outside noticeboard. Here you can see some of the activities the children have been engaged in, and also how we plan based on their interests and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

We also use an online communication platform - Kindyhub. This is a secure web-based software that enables us as educators to enhance communication with parents, highlighting children's learning outcomes. Program goals are also set here, and implementation of both teaching and learning are recorded via reports and photographs.

Parent Helper Roster

A roster sheet is placed at the sign-in area to request help from parents during our morning session. This is a nice way to observe your child playing in the kinder environment.

Student's siblings are welcome during this time, as long as you are mindful that they are your responsibility. We love to see families come into the kinder to help out. Don't fret about remembering what needs to be done, as there is a list in the kitchen explaining parent helper duties, and staff will direct and assist you.

Please remember that when you are on duty, you must sign the "visitor's book".

It has been lovely getting to know you and your children. Please speak with either of us if you have any concerns, questions or comments.

Sally Horigan and Melissa Buordalone

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