About Us


Mentone Pre School is a community owned kindergarten offering three and four year old programs in Bayside Melbourne, within walking distance to public transport (Mentone train station and bus stops) and the Mentone shopping precinct.

 

Mission statement: At Mentone Pre School we believe that every child is capable, unique and innately inquisitive about their world.  The children are at the heart of everything we do.

 
OUR PHILOSOPHY

 

At Mentone Pre School we believe that every child is capable, unique and innately inquisitive about their world.

We believe all children have the right to explore their world and learn through play.  We encourage play that is child directed, intentional and meaningful, to promote a sense of self-worth, agency and satisfaction.

 

We value a learning environment that is underpinned by the building of respectful, reciprocal and inclusive relationships. We strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family within the preschool by actively seeking family and community engagement.  Embracing and celebrating diversity is vital to the connections and partnerships we develop and nurture.

 

The role of our teachers and educators is to facilitate experiences of discovery for children and to enhance their learning through intentional teaching.  As educators, we are committed to developing collaborative and reflective practices to support ongoing professional learning and continuous improvement to our pedagogy.

 

Appreciation of our biological world, sustainable practices and environmental awareness is imbedded in our program.  Our outdoor learning environment and “Bush Kinder” program reflect these beliefs, ensuring that opportunities for the exploration of our natural environment are provided in the children’s daily experiences.

 

Our preschool philosophy is a reflection of the Victorian and National Quality Framework.  It is imbedded in our principles and practices, to ensure the provision of a meaningful discovery based preschool program for children and their families.

 

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we play, work and meet.

 

OUR ENVIRONMENT

 

Groups

Age Group

No of Children

Dolphins

3 Year Old

22 children

Sea Stars

4 Year Old

28 children

Penguins

4 Year Old

22 children

 

OUR PROGRAM 

Kindergarten is a wonderful place for children to interact and learn from one another. It provides countless opportunities to discover, think, plan and play. Each child is encouraged to explore the wide range of educational experiences available through a program developed on the basis of the teacher’s knowledge of the children as individuals. 


This knowledge is gained through ongoing observations and the teacher’s interaction with each child. The focus is on enhancing their strengths and recognises that all children are different and should be allowed to develop at their own pace to reach their individual potential.

 

Aims of the Program

The aims of our program are as follows:

  • To provide an enjoyable, cooperative and safe environment where children feel valued and supported
  • For each child’s unique worth to be valued and his or her self-esteem strengthened
  • For each child to develop confidence in his or her own ability to function as a member of a caring and loving group
  • For each child to be aware of, and express appropriately, his or her own needs, feelings and ideas and to recognise these rights in others
  • For each child to be encouraged to develop a sense of independence and responsibility
  • For parents to be welcomed into the kindergarten and their unique relationship with their child to be recognised and valued
  • To encourage parents to participate in the Pre-School programme
  • To communicate with parents on an ongoing basis about their child’s development
  • To have the children and the kindergarten community value and respect differences of culture, gender and ability
  • For the children to be given the opportunity to develop their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language skills
  • To foster an enjoyment of discovery and learning about the world

Educational Program

  • Play dough and clay using hands, rollers, cutters, natural materials, buttons, etc.
  • Using puzzles to enhance spatial awareness
  • Building with wooden blocks and construction sets for the development of concepts of size, volume & space
  • Painting with endless shades of colour, using a wide variety of tools
  • Printing using stamps, sponges, balloons, corks, buttons, etc.
  • Creating with boxes, streamers, confetti, using paste, sticky-tape, staples to join materials
  • Paper tearing & cutting with scissors
  • Threading & sewing
  • Drawing using crayons, felt-tip pens, oil pastels, chalk & pencils and a variety of paper types and sizes
  • Books: big books and conventional books, picture books and story books – to look at, read together and talk about
  • Puppets and storytelling to enhance imagination, memory and communication skills
  • Dramatic play: home area, office, hospital, dress-ups etc and/or shops, restaurant, etc.
  • Sand and water play
  • Running, climbing, balancing on the outdoor equipment. Throwing, catching balls and bean bags
  • Group times: singing, games, finger-plays, rhymes, discussing, using musical instruments and movement activities with the teacher and other children
  • Mother's Day, Grandparents’ days, Fathers’ sessions, relevant festivities and celebrations
  • Incursions & excursions: as appropriate and relevant to program.

 

ROUTINES

Each day the children are asked to bring dried fruit, fresh fruit or vegetables to have at snack time. These should be packed in a small lunch box labelled with the child’s name. Four year old's will also need a sandwich for lunch. Each year we review our food policy in light of information received regarding specific food allergies - a list will be provided. Parents are asked to adhere to the allowable food list that is part of the nutritional policy and can be found in the policy book in the foyer.

 

Nuts, biscuits, cakes, lollies, chocolate, health bars etc are not allowed.

 

Please remember that some children have life threatening allergies and that foods such as nuts should not to be brought into the building for consumption by any child attending or adult or child visiting the Pre-School.

 

Water is the only drink available; fruit juice is served on special occasions.

 

On your child’s birthday their group will celebrate with songs, a special birthday ‘cake’ for them to blow out the candles and they will even receive a little gift.  You are politely asked to not bring anything for the children to have at the end of the session, as in previous years it became more about what everyone would get and not about the birthday child!  

 

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