Early Childhood Teacher: Kristine Duvoisin Timms & Patricia Richards
Operating hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Allora kindergarten is located at 1 Symmons Street Leongatha. We pride ourselves on being an innovative, inclusive, creative and fun environment where all children feel connected and a sense of belonging. Our highly qualified educators ensure every child learns at their own pace. We foster diversity and ensure all children are treated as individuals.
Our learning environment is rich with open-ended materials from both natural and human made sources. They encourage children to be independent, make their own choices and influence decisions. Children learn best when they feel safe, secure and supported therefore trusting relationships are at the heart of Allora kindergarten. We support each child as a unique individual, with this in mind our educators tailor their teaching and learning around the children’s interests. We aim to deliver programs that address all areas of children’s development including physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development. We build on the individuals strengths, experiences, interests and developmental level of each child. Children are supported and challenged to grow and learn at their own pace.
Our team at Allora embrace and support the diversity of our families and create a welcoming environment for everyone. Our programs are centred on a child-initiated, play approach that encourages exploration, questioning, discovery, creativity and problem solving. Children’s creativity and problem solving skills are enhanced through a variety of open-ended materials and experiences. We have a range of experiences for the children each session, including periods of self-directed free play in a prepared environment, small and whole group activities, meal times, outdoor play, songs, dance, reading, show and tell and other routines.
Our exceptional educators tailor the program throughout the term to the individual needs and interests of the children. Teaching and learning program in the past have included some the following topics to say a few: native animals, reptiles, amphibians, dental health, the human body, building and construction, diversity and weather. As part of our School Readiness Funding we offer yoga, drama workshops and a book gifting program. Children are given six books during the year, the books focus on the theme ‘feelings’. Parents are invited into the kindergarten on a book gifting afternoon to take part in the reading of the book and associated activities.
Our outdoor space is an extensive area containing a large sandpit with a kitchen, cubby house, rotunda, pathed areas the children ride the wobble cars on, a large playground and natural spaces for children to investigate, discover and play in. We have a chook house with three chooks and a worm farm, the children enjoy feeding the chooks and worms. The children grown produce in the veggie patch which is then used in our cooking program.
Expert visitors are invited into the kindergarten to share experiences and topics including drama, yoga, healthy eating, podiatrist, dentist, Reptile Encounters and Kites for Kids to list a few. We are also fortunate to venture outside the kinder on excursions to the Blue Tree Honey Farm and Mossvale Park. All our incursions and excursions come at no additional cost to families. During the year we also celebrate a variety of special days including a footy day, pyjama day, grandparents day, Mother’s and Father’s Day to just say a few.
Our program at Allora is based on acceptance of and respect for each child. Our highly qualified educators provide an inclusive kindergarten where all children regardless of individual differences and abilities feel safe, supported and challenged.
SESSION TIMES 2022
4 Year Old Kinder
|Tuesday||Thursday||Every second Friday|
|9.00am to 3.00pm||9.00am to 3.00pm||9.00am to 3.00pm|
Three Year Old Kinder
Every 2nd Friday
|9:00 to 2:00 pm
9.00am to 2.00 pm
9.00am to 2.00pm