Kindergarten ELC

Kindergarten ELC

Welcome to Waverley Christian College Kindergarten. We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education. Kindergarten is the first year of formal education in which children are preparing to begin school. During this year, child Kindergarten is a play-based environment where children learn at their own pace and are able to engage with activities of interest to them. There are also focused group times and lessons each day.

As a Christian Kindergarten, we are guided by Biblical principles and put God at the centre of each aspect of the program. Children take part in daily prayer times, Bible lessons and are encouraged to practice Christian values in their day-to-day interactions with one another.

Waverley Christian College Kindergarten is also closely connected with the College and adheres to the school philosophy and values. We provide many opportunities for the Kindergarten children to familiarize themselves with the school environment in an effort to ease the transition to Prep.

Kindergarten Philosophy

At Waverley Christian College Kindergarten we are dedicated to working with families and children to develop Christ-like character as we explore God’s world together.

We believe that children learn best through working with hands-on experiences based on real life engagement and explored through play-based activities. In response to this, educators use our kinder program to promote students to be independent, creative thinkers who have a passion for learning and develop a strong connection with their Creator God.

We believe that the most important principles in life are loving God and loving others. These are the foundational values of Waverley Christian College and govern all that we seek to be and do as we work and learn together. In dependence on the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will endeavour to be a school community that reflects His life and values.

Our College holds seven core values, and these are expressed at kinder in the following ways:

FAITH

RESPECT

EXCELLENCE

LOVE

INTEGRITY

COMMUNITY

WISDOM

Session Times

Monday

Possums Group

8:30am - 11.30am

Monday

Koalas Group

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Tuesday

Possums Group

8:30am - 3:00pm

Wednesday

Koalas Group

8:30am - 3:00pm

Thursday

Possums Group

8:30am - 3:00pm

Friday

Koalas Group

8:30am - 3:00pm


Drop off / Pick up Procedures

On arrival at Kindergarten you must sign your child in. It is important you record the current time, your name, and the name of the person collecting the child at the end of the day. Please ensure you record this information in the row corresponding to your child’s name, not the next row available on the list.

Please supervise your children during arrival and departure times. Playground use is not permitted before or after Kindergarten. This is due to safety and supervision requirements and applies to both Kindergarten children as well as their siblings.

What to Bring

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING

SUNSCREEN

Staff apply a generic 30+ sunscreen to all children during the months of September to April. If you would prefer a specific brand of sunscreen, this will need to be supplied from home. This will be kept at Kindergarten and applied by staff.

REST BAG

All students will need to bring a rest bag to kindergarten in Terms 1 and 2. This should be a bag the child can easily open and pack up independently and should contain:

MEDICATION

If you require medication to be administered to your child during a Kindergarten session (eg, antibiotics or eczema cream), this must be provided to the Kindergarten in its original container with label. Please see the teacher at drop-off time as you will be required to fill out paperwork before medication can be administered. All medication must be given to staff and cannot be kept in children’s bags.

What Not to Bring

TOYS: There are plenty of materials, games and equipment within the kinder program for your child to engage with. We encourage families to consider whether toys from home are necessary or appropriate to be brought to kinder.

PARTY FAVOURS: (cupcakes, balloons, knick knacks, etc.): We do celebrate birthdays at Kindergarten but ask that you do not bring anything to share with the class. This includes both food and non-edible items. This is done to prevent a tendency and expectation for presents to escalate over the course of the year, becoming unreasonable for parents and students.

Excursions

You will be notified in advance of any upcoming excursions. We will require parent helpers for these events and will notify you of how and when to volunteer for these roles. All parent helpers (both on excursions or staying at Kindergarten) are required to complete the College induction form, including uploading a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC).

More information will be provided before each excursion, though children are generally asked to bring:

Storypark

Storypark is where you will access your child’s learning portfolio. You will be able to comment on posts, provide feedback to staff or engage with other families in group posts. Throughout the year, staff will take photographs and observations of the children and share these with you via Storypark.

Storypark is also used as a tool for sharing planned programs, announcements and class reminders, so we encourage you to check this site regularly.

Storypark is a learning community, providing you with the opportunity to share the Kindergarten journey with grandparents, friends and even relatives overseas! Parents are able to comment on posts, provide feedback to staff or engage with other parents in group posts. Parents are also encouraged to create their own posts from home and share them with Kindergarten. This feedback will allow us to plan programs and tailor activities to meet the needs of your child.

Families can access Storypark via an email link sent out in Term 1 of your Kindergarten year.

Communication

Regular communication with families is an important aspect of Kindergarten and there are several ways we do this throughout the year:

STORYPARK

This is your portfolio and will contain Learning Stories which outline your child’s development according to the Early Years Learning Framework throughout the year

CONVERSATIONS

We are always happy to have a chat with you. If you have a quick question or need to let us know something for the day, please feel free to come and see us briefly at drop off or pick up time

EMAIL

If you would like to discuss something with the teacher in more detail, please send us an email and we will organise a time to meet and discuss your questions or concerns in more detail

Koala Group Teacher - Mrs Alyce Picone picone.a@wcc.vic.edu.au

Possum Group Teacher - Miss Sarah Wheatland wheatland.s@cc.vic.edu.au

When not to Attend Kindergarten

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

If your child becomes unwell, please keep them at home for the wellbeing of the other children. If they have an infectious disease (eg. gastro or chicken pox), they will be subject to a government mandated exclusion period. This usually means they are not able to return to Kindergarten until they have no more symptoms. For more  information on specific diseases and their exclusion periods, see the Victorian Government requirements here:

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/school- exclusion/school-exclusion-table

HOW TO NOTIFY US THAT YOUR CHILD IS UNWELL

If your child will not be attending Kindergarten, or will be late for a session, please notify Primary School Absences before the beginning of the session so that the teacher can be informed.

You will need to provide the following information:

You can notify the school in any of the following ways:

Please note that Kindergarten operates on many of the College curriculum days. Please familiarise yourself with the Kindergarten calendar and contact your teacher if you are unsure.