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St Helena Preschool

St Helena Preschool is a community-based preschool set in a beautiful rural environment in Eltham North. We offer three and four-year-old programs to families in Nillumbik and Banyule shires. Our team of nurturing and experienced educators deliver high-quality and inclusive kindergarten programs that help each child realise their potential. Educators will partner with you – your child’s most important educator – to develop a play-based learning program that builds on your child’s interests and capabilities. In turn, your child will develop vital social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills. Even more importantly, our educators will ensure your child is safe, secure and happy while in our centre. 

  

Highlights of our kindergarten

  • Exceptional early learning programs that have been rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard set by the government.
     
  • Engaging and flexible indoor and outdoor play spaces filled with plenty of natural resources to support learning. Our outdoor play space features a recently renovated sandpit that offers children endless possibilities for imaginative play. 
     
  • Strong connections with the co-located primary and secondary schools which support children's transition to school. 
     
  • Children can connect with their community and learn in engaging settings outside the centre via our regular excursions, including via regular excursions to the school library and see the school band play. 
     
  • Children participate in a specialised music program—Mini Maestros— in Terms 2 and 3, which builds their confidence, self-reliance and a love of singing, dance and music. 
     
  • Children can build their gross motor skills including hand-eye coordination and ball skills via our fun and educational sports program in Term 4. 
     
  • Busy families love our dental program which includes free dental checkups, plus education about healthy eating for children. 

"I have had two children, attending both three and four-year-old kinder at the St Helena Preschool. We have been super happy with the staff who run the kinder and seeing the progress of the children. The teachers treat the kids like their own, and it will be sad when we do not have any children at the kinder anymore." - James R.

Play is the best way for children to learn. That's why at St Helena Preschool, your child's learning program will incorporate a variety of open-ended and structured play-based learning experiences. Activities will be guided by your child's interests and capabilities, ensuring your child gets the most out of their early learning experience.

Activities will include:

  • language and literature
  • music and movement
  • art and craft
  • dramatic play
  • science and maths  
  • sensory motor activities
  • messy play
  • cooking and healthy eating
  • recycling and sustainability
  • activities to promote physical coordination
  • excursions and incursions. 

These play-based activities will help your child develop important social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills.

All our learning programs are based on the National Early Years Learning Framework “Belonging, Being and Becoming” and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

Our flexible indoor environment enables educators to set-up a variety of play-based experiences that foster children’s imagination, curiosity and exploration.

Our large outdoor learning environment is surrounded by wonderful native trees and offers the perfect place for children to explore, learn and have fun. We have recently developed our natural environment by installing vegetable gardens, strawberry plants, and herbs. Your child will plant seedlings and tend the gardens, discovering the importance of sustainability first hand. Your child will also have access to our array of natural resources and play equipment to support their learning, including:

  • a large sandpit
  • a cubby house
  • a fairy garden
  • swings
  • climbing equipment.  

Your child’s program will be delivered by St Helena Preschool's experienced, passionate and nurturing educators. Our educators are wholly committed to ensuring each child receives the best possible experience at our centre. 

Educators will work in partnership with you – your child’s most important educator – to develop an early learning program that reflects and builds on your child’s interests, curiosities and skills. Educators will also recognise and celebrate your child's unique background and culture, incorporating these into their early learning program. 

If your child has additional needs, our educators will work with you to ensure your child gets the most out of their early learning experience. Our educators can also connect your family with specialist support if required.  

Facilities and programs

Fees and Enrolment

  • Banyule Council manages 3 & 4 year old kindergarten registrations. Registrations must be made online at banyule.vic.gov.au/kindergartens  There is no longer the opportunity to download or print out a registration form.  All registrations are via the online registration form on the Banyule website and kindergarten offers are sent out in mid-July via email  and the parent portal.  Please contact Banyule Council on 9490 4222 if you experience any difficulties registering.
  • 3 & 4 year old kindergarten registrations open 1 March, the year prior to the child attending.  Registrations are date stamped only and not time stamped.
  • Eligibility for 3 year old kindergarten – A child is eligible for 3 year old kindergarten, if they turn 3 years of age by the 30 April the year of attendance.  The child must  turn 3 before they can commence at kindergarten.  As every child is different, we encourage you to carefully consider the year your child commences 3-year-old kindergarten as this may have an impact on the year they commence school.  There is no second year of funded 3 year old kindergarten.
  • Eligibility for 4  year old kindergarten – A child is eligible for 4 year old kindergarten if they turn 4 years of age by the 30 April the year of attendance.
  • Priority of places –  Kindergarten places are allocated according to the Department of Education and Trainings (DET) priority of access and Banyule Councils Kindergarten Central Registration policy
 

2021 Fees

Group Hours Fee (per term)
4 year old 15 $0

2021 Timetable

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
4 year old group - Koala 8:30am - 4:00pm 8:30am - 4:00pm

2022 Timetable

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
4 year old group - Koala 8:30am - 4:00pm 8:30am - 4:00pm
3 year old group 8:30am - 1:30pm