Pre Prep

Gaythorne Community Kindergarten has been serving the local community for over 20 years. We offer a caring and secure home-like environment with staff that provide high quality education and care.

Our Pre Prep curriculum aims to offer a learning environment that will enhance and give meaning to your child's new relationship with the world. To nurture our future generations of thinkers, play remains an essential part of the Gaythorne Kindergarten experience. 
 Our quality early childhood program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and the C&K Building Waterfalls 2 curriculums. Building Waterfalls 2 provides a framework for children’s learning and development around the 4 currents of thought which are Connecting, Enlarging, Listening and Exploring.

Centre and Staff Values

The staff at Gaythorne Community Kindergarten hold a belief that:

  • Children learn best when they are engaged in play-based, rich and flexible learning environments that provide for the uniqueness of the individual.
  • We support these concepts through our flexible child-centred experiences which are co-constructed by children, parents and teachers.
  • Children become life-long learners when they are encouraged to express ideas, make choices, explore, solve problems, negotiate and develop a curiosity for learning.
  • Our inclusive approach supports children to develop at their own pace in the social, emotional, intellectual and physical domains, and to become active members of our community of learners.
  • It is essential to actively demonstrate respect and encourage individuality of all children, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with disabilities or additional needs.
  • We actively promote environmental awareness and encourage children and families to protect the environment through modelling and education. We strive to cultivate a lifelong respect of environmental awareness and care.

Pre Prep Unit Operations

Group Days

  • Group A: Monday, Tuesday, Alternate Wednesday
  • Group B: Alternate Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Session Times

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 2:30pm across the school term

Age Group

  • Children aged 3.5 to 4.5 years (your child must turn 4 by 30th June the year they attend Pre Prep)

Teacher / Child Ratio

  • Maximum of 22 children per group with a university four year Early Childhood trained Teacher, and an Early Childhood trained Assistant

Pre-Prep Fees

  • $35 per day, operating on a 5 day fortnight
  • $35 Resource and Activity levy per term
  • $45 Working Bee levy per term

The Daily Routine

Our Kindy day starts at 8.30 am when we open the doors and welcome our friends.

A typical day at Gaythorne starts with us gathering to sing to the Good Morning Song and then  saying  goodbye to our families.

We then have our Morning Meeting where we talk about

Days of the Week,

Months of the Year,

The weather and seasons.

and  discuss interest areas and plan our day.

During the day we have chunks of time for;

Indoor play – free play and intentional teaching

Outdoor play – free play and intentional teaching

Language and literacy

Music and movement  

2 meal times – Morning Tea and Lunch

Yoga and Relaxation

Rest time

Our day concludes at 2.30pm each day