Rooms for 3-6 Year Olds
Kinder Room (32 months-4 years)
Our 32 month-4 year old Kinder room can have 32 children per day, and follows a one educator to 4 children ratio for those under 3 years of age and a one educator to 11 children ratio for those over 3 years of age. Even though the children are now in kinder, they are still exposed to all of the benefits of being in the child care centre environment such as catered meals and the opportunity to mix with children of all ages. There is no minimum time requirement that a child needs to attend 3 year old kinder.
Our program focuses on growing self-confidence, self-esteem, skill development and independence. The kinder team provides children with interesting and engaging activities which are designed to enhance understanding and learning in all areas. Outdoors, children have access to sustainable experiences as well as areas to run, explore and engage in quiet, solitary play. Educators provide many small and whole group experiences, both indoors and out, to encourage cooperation and build on social skills such as turn taking and sharing.
There are core daily routine times for meals and sleep, but children still have the opportunity to rest when they are tired. Kinder educators can help families with all stages of toilet training.
You can view a video of the Kinder Room here
Pre-School Room (4-6 years)
Our 4-5 year old Pre-School room can have 32 children per day, and follows a one educator to 11 children ratio. We provide a comprehensive 4-year-old kindergarten and school readiness program which runs between 8:30am - 4:30pm daily. The program is led by our two kindergarten teachers who both have university degrees in early childhood education. Children must attend a 4 year old funded kindergarten for at least 15 hours per week which can be achieved at Milestone over 2 full days.
This is the final room at Milestone before children leave for school. There are core daily routine times for meals and generally children no longer require a sleep. If they wish to rest, they will always have the opportunity. Each child is observed and planned for to prepare them for school. Our program is interactive and exploratory, incorporating many ‘real life’ play experiences. Our first priority is to instill a love and appreciation for meaningful learning, thus helping children reach their full potential. It is through this child-oriented play based curriculum that children gain a range of important school readiness skills.
Our kinder teachers help families with the process of moving onto primary school. Formal teacher interviews are available at any time at the family's request, to discuss development in the year prior to school. At the end of the year, children celebrate with a kinder graduation ceremony. Further information about our 4 year old kindergarten program can be found here: Pre-School Program
Some of the areas that we focus on are:
- Educational Program, e.g. literacy, numeracy, science, technology
- Independence, e.g. getting the children to put their own belongings in their bags, self-serving themselves meals, using “real-life” objects in play
- Social Interactions, e.g. helping the children solve problems during social interactions so they can negotiate their way out in the playground
- School Readiness, e.g. lunch box days, providing scissors, sticky tape etc.
- Life Skills, e.g. cooking experiences, sustainability, community connections
- Incursions, e.g. responsible pet ownership, water safety, first aid
- Health Checks, e.g. 6-monthly dental visits, 4-year-old hearing checks
& Special Events
4 Y.O Kinder Program