Jumbo Kindergarten Program
The 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten program at Jumbo Early Education is planned and delivered by our passionate and qualified kindergarten teachers, Rachael van Dijk & Joan Lim. The kindergarten curriculum is planned and implemented utilising reflective practice and we receive funding from the Victorian Government to help enrich the program even more. The kindergarten team also includes several brilliant kindergarten assistants each with their own set of skills and personal flair. The Kindergarten is overseen by the Educational Leader, Tahnaya and Director, Kirsty who is also kindergarten and primary school teachers themselves.
Due to Jumbo being an inner-city education and care service the children are taken on regular outings throughout the week, including visits in and around the local community including many of the local parks, local cafes, the South Melbourne Market, tram rides to the adventure playground at Birrarung Marr, Port Melbourne beach and the DFO shops, just to name a few. Jumbo’s regular outings are an integral part of the kindergarten’s units of inquiry that act as the foundation for all the incredible enriched learning that takes part within our kindergarten program.
Jumbo provides young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. Our highly qualified and caring family of educators utilise The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and Belonging Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
As Jumbo offers a boutique style kindergarten experience there are opportunities for special friendships to be formed with peers and families within the community.
You can stay up to date with your child’s learning and development via Storypark with the educator’s regularly uploading learning stories and pictures, as well as the day’s individual learning portfolios and the Weekly Bulletin every Friday.
Going to kindergarten is an amazing time in your child’s life. So many important learning and developmental milestones await them as they prepare for their school years. The long day care option at Jumbo offers early morning and late afternoon Family Grouping as an extension of the kindergarten program. During these times the kindergarten children are able to interact and play with the children from the nursery and toddler rooms. This precious time has a multitude of benefits, including social and emotional development, relationship building with educators throughout the service, modelling sharing and turn-taking while also being a role model to the younger children. This in turn can help boost children’s confidence and self-esteem while also playing an important role in your child’s sense of belonging.