Welcome to Dover Kindergarten
Our vision for the Dover Kindergarten is to provide a quality education program for all children who attend our services that will meet the needs of the children, their families and the wider community through the commitment of excellence in programming and teaching.
|Phone:||(08) 8296 9841|
South Brighton 5048 (opposite Dover Square)
Children may attend up to 15 hours per week in their eligible kindergarten year (one year prior to their eligible school start date). Dover Kindergarten offers 13 hours one week and 17 hours the next, with a total of 30 hours over the fortnight. Aboriginal and children under the Guardianship of the Minister may commence at 3 years of age.
Staff are on duty from 8:15-3:45 weekdays. Wednesday afternoon is set aside for administration and staff meetings.
|Red Group Sessions:||8:30am - 3:00pm||Monday and Tuesday|
|8:30am to 12:30pm||Wednesdays of weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
(and 11 in term 1)
|Blue Group Sessions:||8:30am - 3:00pm||Thursday and Friday|
|8:30am to 12:30pm||Wednesdays of weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
(please note there are only 9 weeks in term 4)
Dover Kindergarten is a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) Preschool which implements local management procedures involving consultation and review of policies and practices with parent/caregivers and our local community.
|Pre school||Preschool children who are eligible for kindergarten may attend up to 15 hours of kindergarten per week for the year prior to their eligible school start.
Fees are $200.00 per term. There is the opportunity for families to pay $700.00 by the last day of term 1 in order to gain a $100.00 discount for the year.
Kindergarten fees are set by our Governing Council and in addition to some Government funding go towards the cost of running the centre. This includes our cleaner, gardener, ETSA, Gas and the purchasing of all materials and equipment as well as assist in funding extra staff as required.
We aim to create an environment in which children will have happy, safe and stimulating learning experiences to develop their confidence, independence, knowledge and skills.
The children learn through all the interactions, experiences and routines that are part of each child's day. There are opportunities for children to have extended periods of time to participate in planned activities or work on individual projects as well as time to participate in group sessions such as music, language, science, stories, etc.
The children's curriculum is planned according to Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Our program includes children's social and self development, arts and creativity, communication and language, design and technology, diversity, health and physical development and understanding of our world.
Our program is displayed on the "Follow our Learning Journey" noticeboard next to the pigeonholes and kindergarten entrance doors.
Each week we plan a variety of "play based" experiences to interest and challenge children so that they will learn skills to question, predict and experiment to develop their understanding and problem solving skills.
The Dover Kindergarten Governing Council and staff have a number of policies to be used as a reference point.
These policies include a Sun Care Policy, Nutrition, Emergency procedures and Health Care. They are available on request.
For more information regarding policies, please visit the DECD Policies and Procedures webpage for Early Childhood Services.
What to bring to kindergarten
- A NAMED bag to store belongings and items created at kindergarten (please put your child's name on it or a key ring to help your child identify their bag)
- A snack to have during the session which reflects a healthy diet. Please choose from the following as a guide; fruit (fresh or dried) vegetables, sandwiches, cheese
- The kindergarten provides filtered water for the children to drink.
- A NAMED sun hat—our policy is effective from Sept 1st to April 30th and states: "No Hat, No Outside Play" (Refer to our Sun Care Policy).
Parental Involvement at Kindergarten
Parents have a unique knowledge and understanding of their child.
The centre welcomes and encourages active participation in our kindergarten program and other areas including the Governing Council so that we can all provide a quality learning experience for the children.
Dover Kindergarten Playgroup
A safe, secure playgroup for young families to come and use our kindergarten facilities.
- Held on Wednesdays 1:00pm to 2:30pm
- Session fees are now a gold coin donation.
- Our Playgroup is currently run by parent volunteers.
A great opportunity for children and parents/care providers to enjoy "play based" learning activities and get to meet other young families.
- Tea and coffee available
- Change facilities for babies, etc
- Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children.
ALL FAMILIES WELCOME
Our Occasional Care Program
Session Times: 1 session per fortnight (when enrolments are low you may have 1 session per week)
|Wednesday||a.m.||8:30am - 11:15pm|
|Wednesday||p.m.||12:00pm - 2:45pm|
|Thursday||a.m.||8:30am - 11:15pm|
|Thursday||p.m.||12:00pm - 2:45pm|
|Friday||a.m.||8:30am - 11:15pm|
|Friday||p.m.||12:00pm - 2:45pm|
Occasional Care Coordinator
Occasional Care Information
Provides "now and then" care to enable parents, caregivers to participate in activities, keep appointments or have a break from their children on an occasional basis.
Each week we have 8 places available per session, with 2 emergency care places for extenuating circumstances.
As our numbers are high, a priority of access applies:-
- Children not enrolled in any other early years service eg Kindergarten, Long day care.
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Children
- Children with at least one parent not in the paid workforce
- Children from low income families
- Children and or parents with a special need (e.g.: disability or extraordinary family circumstances)
- Siblings that are already enrolled in the Kindergarten Service
Occasional Care Charges
As set by the Government. The maximum cost is $5 per session to be paid on the day. Concessions are available to Pension card holders etc.
Planning & Reporting
The Context Statement provides detailed information about our preschool.
|Download||File Size||File Type|
|Context Statement (2017)||151 KB||Adobe PDF|
|QIP Action Plan (2018)||3,761 KB||Adobe PDF|
|2017 Annual Report||657 KB||Adobe PDF|
NOTE: All downloads open in the same browser window
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.
Raising a complaint with DECD (PDF 915KB)