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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Early Learning​

​​​YMCA Whittlesea offers a mix of education, care and recreational programs to suit children of different ages and abilities. Our programs  have indoor and outdoor areas with a variety of experiences and opportunities for children to explore.
 
​YMCA Whittlesea Children's Services programs are based on the foundations of the National Quality Standards. Educators working in our programs are passionate and dedicated members of our team. Our educators are a wealth of knowledge and are a great resource for families.
 
We provide a warm, friendly and stimulating environment which enables our children  to grow in mind, body and spirit.
 
As a community based not for profit organisation we ensure each child is given every opportunity to have a strong foundation, to ensure they are instilled with personal skills enabling them to become positive, strong and capable adult members of the community. We strive for this outcome by working collaboratively with families and the community  to ensure we are providing children with every option possible.​
 

Long Day Care

The YMCA believe learning outcomes for children are more achievable if a collaborative relationship is developed between children, families, educators and the community. ​Children who do well in in the Early Years continue to do well throughout their schooling. This is why YMCA Children's Programs exist - to help children get off to a great start and develop an enthusiasm for learning.
 
Activities and additional programs that are planned for as part of the curriculum include;
• Bush Kinder
• Water Awareness
• Community Walks
• Community Gardens & Sustainability
• Children's Yoga
• Kinder Gym
• Healthy Kids Program
• School Transition Programs
• School Visits
• Buddy/Mentoring Programs
 
Long Day Care is currently offered at:
 
Mill Park Heights Child Care Centre & Kindergarten​

 
Kindergarten

​Kindergarten is an important program for all children to attend, as it provides young children with opportunities to improve skills that are essential for life and helps prepare them for school. We encourage children to have a strong sense of self and to create their own identity. Within our services we provide multiple opportunities for children to feel a sense of belonging to our wider community. We support children to gain a strong sense of wellbeing socially and emotionally as well as building independence.
 
​There is an emphasis on a play orientated approach to learning to suit the developmental level of individual children. The Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for planning an educational program to meet the children’s needs and interests, and assisting the children to develop a desire to learn in the following areas:

• Developing and maintaining relationships
• Maths and problem solving
• Health and wellbeing
• Independence
• Language and literacy
• Community awareness
• Science and technology

Our program is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.
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3 Year Old Kindergarten is currently offered at:
 ​
Galada Kindergarten​
Orchard Road Community and Early Learning Centre 


4 Year Old Kindergarten is currently offered at:
 
Galada Kindergarten
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