Welcome to Clarendon Kindergarten
Clarendon Kindergarten is a part-time kindergarten set in the beautiful, small, historic, semi-rural township of Clarendon, servicing the communities of both Clarendon and Kangarilla.
With a capacity of 22, we provide lots of time for individual attention with children. This is supported by our 2+ staff members - a Director, ECW, and 0.1 ECW salary (approx.) to provide lunch-care and preschool support.
Children who present with additional needs are referred for extra staff support and appropriate individualized programs devised.
Families in these communities value connections with the land and sustainable living practices, which is reflected in our curriculum.
Services offered include Kindergarten, Pre-Entry and four unfunded Occasional Care places per session (3+ year olds), while numbers allow.
Hence our kindergarten caters for 3-5 year olds in our learning and care program as places allow.
A Community Playgroup is also offered at our site on Monday mornings, which the kindergarten supports and values.
Clarendon Kindergarten provides a safe, happy, challenging environment, in which children learn and grow.
The uniqueness of each child is acknowledged and individual needs are respected.
We are committed to being a quality Early Learning Centre in a beautiful tranquil setting where families, staff and community work together for the caring, development and learning of each and every child.
Our purpose is to focus on learning by providing:
- Engaging, active learning environments, responsive to children’s needs/interests.
- Supporting high standards of care, engagement and achievement
- facilitating child initiated learning so that all learners participate in designing their own programs.
- gathering and reporting evidence of learning to families & inform planning.
We provide a play based program so that the children can, in their own way, time and space, be engaged in learning and developing physical, emotional, social and intellectual skills, competencies and understandings.
- Children learn best through play and inquiry based curriculum that is child initiated
- All children respect themselves, others and the environment
- Educators act as facilitators and strive to develop trusting relationships with all children and their families
- Families are consulted about their child’s care and learning, being the first and most influential teacher of their child
- The culture and values of all families are acknowledged and respected
- All children are supported to develop a positive sense of wellbeing in order to engage with further learning
- Communication between home and kindergarten is important in maintaining positive relationships
Education in Clarendon commenced shortly after 1850.
The first Kindergarten session was in 1975.