Waverley Meadows Preschool is a member of Monash City Council’s Central Enrolment System. Monash City Council maintains a selection criteria including preference for Monash City Council residents.
To apply for a place at our preschool, please complete the enrolment form via the Monash City Council’s online Parent Portal.
Applications close 30th June in the year prior (applications for 2022 close Wednesday 30th June 2021).
Families will receive an offer from the City of Monash after the 30th June. Upon acceptance with the Council, families will receive further enrolment information from Waverley Meadows Preschool.
Children not yet three:
Children are able to start three year old preschool if three before 30th April in the year that they attend. Please however note, Government regulations state children can only commence attending after their third birthday.
Our four year old timetable is a rotational timetable - children will attend three of the four sessions per week
There are two three year old groups, one which attends six hours per week and the other up to ten hours per week.
We are excited to provide our timetable for 2022 below!
Our Kindergarten program, staff and the facilities have been rated as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard and we are proud to have achieved such a high standard. Our staff are always looking for ways to improve and build on the already dynamic program and opportunities which are offered to the children and families of Waverley Meadows.
A comprehensive program is prepared by the staff, according to the children’s ideas and needs at the time. Provocations are set up for a ‘hands on’ experience to provide the opportunity for the children to further develop their social, emotional, physical and cognitive abilities. Developmental goals and individual planning cycles will be set for the group as a whole as well as for the individual child. Some goals may be worked towards throughout the whole year; while others may be in place for a term or only a couple of weeks before they are achieved. Observations of the children at play and their interactions with others will also be taken; these form the basis of the Program Planning Cycle.
We believe that children learn through active participation in a stimulating and challenging environment, which fosters self-organisation and conflict resolution. Consequently, children need direct experiences and direct manipulation of objects. The learning program at Waverley Meadows Preschool is structured within the parameters of the Victorian Government prescribed ‘Early Years Learning and Development’ Framework (VEYLDF).
As each child experiences more ways of dealing with their world, there needs to be ample opportunity to learn through play. Children need time to explore and manipulate the environment at their own rate and time to be themselves.
We place an emphasis on the process the child uses and goes through while engaging with provocations rather than the production of a product. Each child needs to be pleased with what they have achieved for themselves, not what an adult has made for them.
Don’t be alarmed if your child does not come home with lots of “work” each day. It doesn’t mean that he/she has done nothing at Kinder, rather that he/she has been learning and developing skills at provocations which have no visible products to take home.
Important skills your child learns while at preschool:
An understanding and respect for themselves and others
Confidence in self-expression of their feelings and ideas
Independence and responsibility for themselves and their actions as individuals and as part of the group
Self-motivation and problem solving skills
Creativity and imagination in thought and expression
Understanding and use of verbal and non-verbal language as a means of communication
Sensory awareness, and progression in physical skills and manipulation
Possums Three Year Old Program
Our exciting three year old Possums program is specifically designed for young learners. Attending for ten hours per week from 2022 (five hours on a Wednesday and five hours on a Friday), children are eligible to register if they have turned or are due to turn 3 by the 30th of April in the year of attendance. Please note, Government regulations state that a child turning three after the Kinder year has started, will be unable to commence until on or after their third birthday. This may mean, in some cases they won’t be eligible to start until Term 2. If your child falls into this category, please contact us to discuss your child’s readiness for starting Kinder.
The Possums program has an additional optional three hours per week as a part of our M.A.G.I.C. Group. M.A.G.I.C. Group is a mixed age group made up of both Possums group children and Tawny Frogmouth (4YO) children.
Tawny Frogmouth Four Year Old Program
The four year old Tawny Frogmouth group attends three sessions per week for a total of 15 hours. A rotational model (attending three out of the four sessions) was introduced to accommodate an increase in enrolments. Our preschool gives group preference to those children who have attended our three year old program/s and/or have siblings attending the preschool.
Update to our fees for 2021
The Victorian State Government has announced additional funding for Kindergarten in 2021. Waverley Meadows Preschool Committee of Management has opted into this program meaning we are able to offer the Free Kindergarten (15 hours per week) Scheme to all children in the Four Year Old Kindergarten program in 2021.
In addition to this, the government has provided a fee subsidy for eligible Three Year Old Kindergarten programs. This subsidy ($400 per term) reduces the amount of fees parents will have to pay in 2021.
Please note, that the M.A.G.I.C. Group is an unfunded program, therefore attracts a fee of $200 per term.