Akuna Kindergarten

Welcome

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Please take to time to look through this site for information regarding our centre and the services we provide.

We are committed to empowering children and families to pursue their life journey with confidence, through the implementation of our values in all activities associated with the kindergarten.

Our core business is the provision of a planned, high quality, challenging, experiential, child-centred education in an environment that is welcoming, positive, relaxed, flexible and responsive to children’s needs and interests and the needs of their families.

The daily program allows for uninterrupted periods of play / organised learning experiences as well as planned group sessions eg music, literacy. Play is an essential aspect of learning for young children and planning for play is central to the development of a curriculum that integrates all areas of a child’s development.

At Akuna kindergarten we:

We believe learning develops from the many experiences that an individual had in their life, it is a life long process and each child learns at their own rate and style. We support parents in the care and education of their children through out many services, support services, community agencies and access to resources.

A positive and happy relationship between home and kindergarten is vital for your child to develop to his/her full potential. When working together for the benefit of your child, we need to communicate with, and support each other. We look forward to initiating and establishing this essential rapport with you and hope that your association with us will be a happy and fulfilling one.

Contact Information

We welcome you and your child to our Kindergarten

Our staff team comprises of a Director and full or part time Teacher/s with qualifications in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Workers and Preschool Support Workers. We all have a strong commitment to social justice and equal opportunity principles.

Director: Brooke Winterfield
Phone: (08) 8725 9146
Fax: (08) 8723 9681
Address: 10 Ramsay Avenue
MOUNT GAMBIER SA 5290
Region: Limestone Coast
E-mail: dl.6510.leaders@schools.sa.edu.au

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Session Times

Sessional Preschool

Children begin sessional preschool twelve months before they begin school and whilst it helps us if you have already decided upon which school your child will attend, it is not essential. Please note, however that children cannot begin preschool before their 4th birthday. It is state government policy that children must be four before starting kindergarten.

Children with identifies special needs may be accepted into kindergarten earlier and/or be offered extra time at kindergarten, if it considered this will benefit the child educationally.

At Akuna Kindergarten, access to preschool is provided over a two week cycle totalling 30 hours per fortnight. We are currently able to offer the following two options for access to preschool at Akuna Kindergarten.


Option One  
One week: Monday / Wednesday 9.00 – 3.00
Following week: Monday/ Wednesday 9.00 – 3.00 and either Tuesday or Thursday 9.00 - 3.00
Option Two  
One week: Tuesday/Thursday 9.00 – 3.00
Following week: Tuesday/Thursday 9.00 - 3.00 and either Monday or Wednesday 9.00 - 3.00

Families will be asked termly to nominate how many hours they wish to access of their entitled 15 hours, keeping in mind that staffing is based on the hours children attend.

Every effort has been made to establish attendance schedules to suit individual family needs. However, preferred choices many not always be possible as group sizes need to remain inside the recommended maximum limits.

 

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Parent Information

The main emphasis of the kindergarten program is to promote learning and teaching in a safe, caring and supportive environment. The curriculum at Akuna Kindergarten is play based, child-centred and emergent, based on children’s individual needs and interests. It is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), Belonging, Being, Becoming.

The daily program allows for uninterrupted periods of play/organised learning experiences as well as planned group sessions e.g. music, literacy. Play is an essential aspect of learning for young children and planning for play is central to the development of a curriculum that integrates all areas of a child’s development.

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Parent Information 136 KB Adobe PDF
General Information 36 KB Adobe PDF
Curriculum 75 KB Adobe PDF
Communication and Parent Participation 42 KB Adobe PDF
Enrolment
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Pre Enrolment Form (to fill-in using Word) 65 KB Microsoft Word
Pre Enrolment Form (to print out a hard-copy) 65 KB Adobe PDF
Policies & Procedures
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Akuna Kindergarten Policies 18 KB Adobe PDF

For more information regarding policies, please visit the DECD Policies and Procedures webpage for Early Childhood Services.

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Playgroup Information

A parent and staff-run playgroup for children from birth to age 5 and parents/carers to participate in a range of social and learning activities operates on Friday mornings from 10.00am until 11.30am. Please contact the centre for further information.

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Planning & Reporting

The Context Statement provides detailed information about our preschool.

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Context Statement (2016) 73 KB Adobe PDF
Annual Report (2015) 302 KB Adobe PDF

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Feedback and complaints

Let us know if you have feedback or a complaint, or if you want to give us a compliment. Feedback is valuable as it helps us shape our services to meet your needs.

Our parent guide to raising a concern or complaint (word 904KB)

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