A kinder day at Windermere
Five year old Maali knows she has her own “special locker” to place her personal items in when she arrives at Windermere's kindergarten in Frankston.
She looks forward to her day because “there is lots to do.”
At the beginning of the morning sessions the children “come and sit on the mat and we talk about stuff,” says Maali. This group interaction time may include discussions, reading stories, sharing ideas, singing and group games.
However, plenty of time is allocated for hands on learning through play. Morning is “making stuff” time according to Maali. The children have the opportunity to undertake various small group projects and hands on art and craft activities.
“We make things like drawing and self portraits,” she says. They also teach you to “mix colours.”
The children have fruit at morning tea time. “I like the bananas best. They are the quickest to eat,” says Maali.
The children have access to both the indoor and outside play areas during the day. There is a variety of toys provided which encourage imaginative play, fine and gross motor skills and problem solving. Today Maali loves the new toy ponies and is making a Christmas themed train.
“There are lots of toys here,” says Maali. “I like to play games with them and my friends.”
She adores the swing and the chance to be active outside. “We play. We run. We wear a hat outside,” she says.
At lunchtime during term 4 the children eat from their own lunchboxes. This assists with school readiness and learning new skills. The afternoon session also includes an extended play session.
“It’s really fun here,” she says.
Located at Windermere’s Early Learning Centre in Frankston, Windermere's sessional Kindergarten offers a structured learning program run in a convenient long day care setting.