Our Program and Approach
At KU Birnbial Kindergarten, childhood is celebrated. When they play and explore, children's imagination and curiosity is sparked – they enjoy learning, and are inspired to continue learning more.
We encourage children to laugh, think, question and learn. Their sense of self and confidence grow as they make connections with each other, and build warm, trusting relationships with our team.
Our play-based program is developed and implemented by our University trained Early Childhood Teachers and qualified educator teams, under the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Framework.
Drawing from their specialist knowledge of early childhood philosophies and practices, our staff create learning experiences that stimulate and enrich children’s minds throughout every developmental stage.
Our learning environment, first and foremost, facilitates children’s agency. We aim to work with our families to facilitate inclusion, respectful interactions, sustainable practices, learning and the wellbeing of all children.
Our three and four year old sessional Kindergarten programs support children in becoming confident and engaged learners who take a lead in their learning journey with their educators.
By incorporating the diversity and values of the local community into our kindergarten, we create welcoming and inclusive places for children to learn and grow.
We Focus On
In addition to the high-quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU services are also encouraged to develop an area of focus.
At KU Birnbial, we focus on encouraging children to be active learners.
We incorporate this into our program through involving the children in the learning processes with intentionality through inquiry-based learning and making decisions about our learning environments.
We feel that the children benefit from this because it provides the opportunity for children to collaborate, research, investigate, record and revisit their learning.
KU Birnbial opened in February 2023 and will be independently assessed by the Department of Education and Training Victoria under the National Quality Standards.
Each KU service is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families, not within four walls. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children - whatever our setting.
KU Birnbial Kindergarten situated in Birnbial Family Centre which offers families access to a range of services such as Maternal Child & Health and a Toy Library. The kindergarten is located next to Ngarri Primary School.
Our playground is our outdoor learning environment and includes natural elements such as sand, grass, water, mud, leaves and twigs and kitchen gardens. Wherever possible we avoid using lots of fixed, plastic equipment in our playground. Instead we provide an ever-changing array of challenging and interesting activities and equipment, explored by children and educators together. These activities help with the development of children’s gross motor skills, enhancing their overall health and wellbeing as they discover their strengths and abilities and feel inspired to create, imagine and play.
|4 yo group A||8:30am - 4:00pm||8:30am - 4:00pm|
|4 yo group B||9:00am - 2:00pm||9:00am - 2:00pm||9:00am - 2:00pm|
|4 yo group C||8:30am - 4:00pm||8:30am - 4:00pm|
|3 yo group D||9:00am - 2:00pm||9:00am - 2:00pm||9:00am - 2:00pm|
|3 yo group E||9:00am - 4:30pm||9:00am - 4:30pm|