After completing the enrolment process, successful applicants are invited to the end of year information night at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Here you can collect your Information and Enrolment Pack which contains forms that will need to be filled out and returned before kindergarten commences the following year. You will also need to sign up for your preferred orientation day/time at the AGM.
An orientation session is held at the start of the year in the first week of Term 1. Your child will choose a place to hang their bag, get their hat, meet the teachers and play with some of the children in their new kinder group.
Parents/guardians must attend the orientation session and provide their completed Enrolment Form, copies of your child’s Birth Certificate and Immunisation records, and any management plans (asthma, allergies, etc). You will also have a chance to have a short one-on-one discussion with the teacher and meet the other families.
In the first week or so of term, the class is divided into smaller groups and their session lengths are reduced. These shorter sessions help the children to adjust to the kindergarten routine and to become familiar with their surroundings without being overwhelmed. This staggered start also allows us to get to know your child individually, which is an important step toward developing a trusting relationship in which your child can feel safe, secure and happy.
What to bring
Your Enrolment and Orientation Pack (collected at the AGM) will have lots of information about what to bring for the first few session of kinder as you and your child go through the orientation process.
However, as a rule, we recommend you provide the following items for each session:
- A change of clothing
Please pack a spare pair of under wear and socks as well as a change of clothes. During the year we do a lot of messy activities and although smocks are provided a fresh, drier outfit may be needed. Also include a warm layer that can be put on or taken off – you know what Melbourne weather can be like!
- Runners or strap on shoes are best, because the children can run and climb in them and manage them themselves.
- Hat. A sunhat is provided by the kinder. If your child is playing at the park afterwards, you may wish to bring a separate sun hat.
- Bag. Please supply your child with a bag that is easy for them to use. Those re-usable shopping bags are great because they are easy for the children to manage and you can fit a lot into them. Or a backpack that they can carry (and that will carry all of their gear).
- Food and water to drink. Once normal sessions are underway the children will need morning or afternoon tea, and lunch (4yo sessions). A healthy balance of carbohydrates (eg, sandwich or muffin) and fruit/vegetables is recommended.