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a Word on 2023..

Whilst we fundamentally believe that every family should benefit from an increased kindergarten subsidy, we are obliged to consider the rigid conditions attached to the Government's “Free Kindergarten” policy, and how they will affect the program quality and the financial sustainability of our much loved kindergarten.

We are a not-for profit organisation, managed by a committee of volunteer parents. Our fees cover the fixed and variable costs of running the kindergarten, which includes wages, insurance, utilities, cleaning, and specialist supplies, as well as the many wonderful experiences and incursions that ensure an enriched learning experience for your child. The funding that is offered under the "Free Kindergarten' policy falls well short of covering the costs required to deliver our high quality program. By committing to a fee structure for 2023 allows our staff to focus on our children, while the Committee of Management focuses on the financial viability of the organisation.

 

Summerhill Park Kindergarten, along with our neighbouring Boroondara Kindergartens, will continue advocating for the allowance of gap payments throughout 2023, so we can hopefully receive a kindergarten subsidy that will be passed onto all families. The way it should be.

 

We will likely be restructuring our groups for 2024 to increase hours for both three and four year old groups. If you would like to be part of this discussion, the best seat is at the table at our monthly committee meetings. Please advise your interest to be included.

Our Sessions

Blue

4 Year Old Group

TUESDAY

 8:30am - 4:00pm

THURSDAY

 8:30am - 4:00pm

 $1000 per term

Yellow

4 Year Old Group

 MONDAY

 8:30am - 4:00pm

 WEDNESDAY

 8:30am - 4:00pm

 $1000 per term

Red

3 Year Old Group

FRIDAY

8:30am - 1:30pm

 $450 per term

$200 maintenance levy - refundable against family contribution at kindergarten events

Healthcare card holders and Early Start Kindergarten children will continue to access free kindergarten at SPK (up to 15 hours)

* All kindergarten fees and sessions may change from year to year & should be used as a guide only

Meet our Teacher

Meet our Teachers

SPK employs staff with the appropriate early childhood qualifications and experience to meet regulatory requirements.

Georgie has 20 years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher & the last 10 years has been here at SPK. She is the mother of two secondary school aged girls & has played various roles on kindergarten committees as a parent herself. Georgie enjoys the spontaneity of children as this will often lead the direction of the experiences she provides in the kinder sessions. She is a dedicated teacher who enjoys her work & provides a sense of fun.

Georgie Favaro 
Educator of Yellow Group


 

(DipEd Early Childhood Education)

Megan Bennet
Director / Educator of Yellow Group
 

Christine has 30 years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher, enjoying 23 of those at Summerhill Park Kindergarten. Christine enjoys the children’s creative thinking & loves to provide an open-ended creative program that encourages the children to extend on their individual skills. She enjoys lots of singing with the children to encourage language & concentration skills.

Christine Pritenang
Educator of Red Group

 

(DipEd Early Childhood Education)

Megan is a kindergarten teacher with 16 years’ experience. She has two secondary school aged boys who attended Summerhill Park Kindergarten & Megan was a member of the committee at that time. She has been employed with SPK since 2009.

 

Megan bases her program on encouraging children’s creative expression through open ended experiences, developing healthy relationships & expanding upon the children’s ideas & interests.

Megan Bennett
Educator of Blue Group

 

(Bachelor Early Childhood Studies)

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