KU Birnbial Kindergarten

Birnbial Family Centre, 84 Holyoake Parade
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  • Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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.

Our Quality

KU Birnbial opened in February 2023 and will be independently assessed by the Department of Education and Training Victoria under the National Quality Standards.

Our Environment

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.

2023 Timetable

Group Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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

Other Features

University Qualified Educators
Experienced Staff
Hat and Sunscreen
Designed Centre
Allied Health
Transition to School
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
photo of Deanna Song

Deanna Song


Deanna is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 5 years’ experience working with young children. She has been working at KU Birnbial Kindergarten since it first opened in February 2023.

Deanna is passionate about supporting children to move beyond preconceived expectations by following children’s innate curiosity as she firmly believes that children are capable learners.

Our Team

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high-quality program.

Our team speak a diverse range of languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malay, Chinese, Cantonese, Gujarati, Urdu and Punjabi.

The term fees for 2024 at KU Birnbial Kindergarten are:

Fee Amount
Four-year-old Kindergarten (15 hours per week) FREE
Three-year-old Kindergarten (5 to 15 hours per week) FREE

The Victorian Government has recently announced changes to kindergarten funding under the Best Start, Best Life reform, which provides support to access two years of high-quality kindergarten programs for all Victorian children. This is a beneficial injection of funding into the early years and one which KU welcomes.

From 2024, the Victorian government will be providing Free Kinder funding, based on $2,563 per eligible 3 and 4 year old child attending a kindergarten program within a sessional kindergarten. This funding has been applied by KU to ensure kindergarten fees in 2024 are at no cost to families.

Free Kinder funding is for children who are 3 and 4 years old in the two years before attending formal schooling and can only be accessed in one service. This could either be in a sessional kindergarten or long day care service.

The Victorian Department of Education and Training requires parents to sign the declaration form at the time of enrolment. Your eligibility for VIC Free Kinder funding is conditional upon signing this form.