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Arnolds Creek Kindergarten

Kinder now is free for 3 and 4-year-old children. Read more here.

Arnolds Creek Kindergarten is a modern, purpose-built and sustainably designed kindergarten in the growing Melton community. We offer families high quality and inclusive three and four-year-old kindergarten programs that support each child to realise their potential. We have a strong emphasis on a play based emergent curriculum, which fosters investigation, inquiry, exploration, curiousity and creativity.  We engage in both intentional and spontaneous teaching and learning opportunities, initiated by educators and children. 

Children are supported to resource their own learning, follow their interests and develop a sense of agency within the kindergarten environment.  Play based experiences encourage active participation by the children who develop social, emotional and physical skills; as well as early literacy, numeracy and scientific concepts and knowledge; with educator interactions fostering a culture of high expectations for every child. 

Our curriculum is developed around the principles of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), and the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF): ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’.  It is further influenced by the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of the Child' and the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics’. 

We provide a warm and welcoming environment, which supports the development of trusting relationships between children, families and educators.  This enables children to feel safe, secure and supported within the kindergarten, and achieve a sense of belonging while at Arnolds Creek Kindergarten. 

Highlights of our kindergarten

  • Bright, modern and flexible indoor spaces filled with plenty of natural resources to support children’s learning. 
  • Rooms open onto our expansive natural outdoor environment which is perfect for exploration and fun. Our indigenous garden; vegetable garden; sensory garden; music wall; loose parts area; compost bin; and worm farm offer many opportunities for intentional and spontaneous learning. 
  • We are a SUNSMART service, and our yard features shaded play areas enabling children to play outside safely in all seasons. 
  • We are active participants in the BE YOU program.  “Be You supports educators from early learning services and schools to develop a positive, inclusive and resilient learning community where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health”. 
  • We adhere to the Child Safe Standards, promoting the empowerment of children.  Body Safety Education forms part of our wellbeing, safety and respectful relationships program.  We support children to develop persistence and problem solving skills, resilience, agency, independence, and emotional regulation skills.  We use the ‘Zones of Regulation’ and ‘WE Thinkers’ programs to support learning. 
  • We recognise and value individual and different ways of learning and being.  Individuality is celebrated, each child brings something unique to the group to enhance and strengthen our learning community. 
  • We value the diversity of families, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment that recognises and respects a multi-cultural perspective, and fosters unique partnerships with every family through respectful and reciprocal relationships. 
  • Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) vision is to create an environment that is welcoming to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through connecting with, and building trusting and respectful relationships with our families and community.  We will foster engaging with culture and encourage continuous learning to promote understanding and sharing of knowledge about Country. 
  • Our Sustainability Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to teaching children to live within the capacity of the natural environment by promoting a sense of responsibility, and showing respect for the natural environment, by being active participants in bringing about social change. 
  • Families are encouraged to be involved in our Parent Activity Group (PAG), whose role is to support the continuous improvement of the service, as well as support fundraising and maintenance initiatives. 
  • Parents and educators can share and receive live updates about children’s learning from anywhere via Storypark  (a secure login based ePortfolio). 

    We look forward to welcoming your family to Arnolds Creek Kindergarten. 

"We absolutely love attending kinder at Arnolds Creek Kindergarten.  We are always welcomed so warmly and my son always has the biggest smile on his face.

All the staff are so talented and professional and very experienced, making the kinder a great asset to the community.

The children are always engaged in their play and learning with a great variety of resources and experiences provided for them.  What an exceptional place!!"  - Mel


Facilities and programs

2023 Timetable

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
3 year old group - Wombat 8:30am - 4:00pm
3 year old group - Possum 9:00am - 2:00pm
4 year old group - Banksia 8:45am - 1:45pm 8:45am - 1:45pm 8:45am - 1:45pm
4 year old group - Waratah 8:30am - 4:00pm 8:30am - 4:00pm
4 year old group - Acacia 8:30am - 4:00pm 8:30am - 4:00pm
4 year old group - Callistemon 8:45am - 4:15pm 8:45am - 4:15pm
Multi age group - Emu 8:15am - 3:45pm 8:15am - 3:45pm
Multi age group - Kookaburra 8:15am - 3:45pm 8:15am - 3:45pm