Mount Martha Preschool offers 3 year old and 4 year old sessional Kinder programs.

We have structured our 4 year old program over three sessions per week in small, child focused groups. With fewer children per group, each child can connect more closely with their peers and become more socially confident and comfortable.

Our schedule continues to put the children’s needs first by ensuring that each group of children engages with the same two teaching staff for their entire program, maintaining consistency and familiarity.

Both our Red and Blue 4 year old group sessions have one consecutive day follow through between sessions to also ensure the consistency and flow of teaching.

Timetable, dates, & fees

Timetable for 2020 classes

4 Year old Kindergarten/Preschool

We offer two groups (Red and Blue). Each taught by a 4-year degree qualified teacher with one qualified assistant educator. Each group has a maximum of 22 children.

3 Year Old Kindergarten/Preschool

We offer one 3-hour per week group. Please note that this group is taught by a 4-year degree qualified teacher and a qualified assistant educator. The group is capped at a maximum of 22 children.

MONDAY

RED GROUP

START 8.30am
FINISH 2.30pm
(6 Hours)

TUESDAY

RED GROUP

START 8.15am
FINISH 12.45pm
(4½ Hours)

BLUE GROUP

START 1.30pm
FINISH 4.30pm
(3 Hours)

WEDNESDAY

BLUE GROUP

START 8.30am
FINISH 2.30pm
(6 Hours)

THURSDAY

RED GROUP

START 8.15am
FINISH 12.45pm
(4½ Hours)

PURPLE GROUP

START 1.30pm
FINISH 4.30pm
(3 Hours)

FRIDAY

BLUE GROUP

START 8.30am
FINISH 2.30pm
(6 Hours)

MONDAY

RED GROUP

START 8.30am
FINISH 2.30pm
(6 Hours)

TUESDAY

RED GROUP

START 8.15am
FINISH 12.45pm
(4½ Hours)

BLUE GROUP

START 1.30pm
FINISH 4.30pm
(3 Hours)

WEDNESDAY

BLUE GROUP

START 8.30am
FINISH 2.30pm
(6 Hours)

THURSDAY

RED GROUP

START 8.15am
FINISH 12.45pm
(4½ Hours)

PURPLE GROUP

START 1.30pm
FINISH 4.30pm
(3 Hours)

FRIDAY

BLUE GROUP

START 8.30am
FINISH 2.30pm
(6 Hours)

Term dates 2019

Term 1 – Tuesday 29 January (school teacher start) – Friday 5 April
Term 2 – Tuesday 23 April – Friday 28 June
Term 3 – Monday 15 July – Friday 20 September
Term 4 – Monday 7 October – Friday 20 December

Fee information for families 2019

4 year old preschool fees for 2019 and 2020 = $470 per term.
Discounts are available for upfront annual payment and for current Health Care Card holders.

3 year old preschool fees for 2019 and 2020 = $380 per term.

Please note: fees are set by the preschool’s committee and are subject to an annual review.

 

DOWNLOAD Fee information for families 2019

How Do I Enrol My Child 

Applications are usually open from March through to June, with late applications accepted after that date.

Families wishing to register their child for either the 3-year-old or 4-year-old program at Mount Martha are required to apply online through the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Kindergarten Central Registration System.

 

Places are still available for the 4-year-old program in 2020. For further information please contact the Central Enrolments Team on 5950 1650 or by email at kindergarten@mornpen.vic.gov.au

 

When Is My Child Eligible to Attend?

Four-Year-Old Kindergarten:
If your child was born during Your child is eligible to attend the 4-year-old program in
May 1 2014 – April 30 2015 2019
May 1 2015 – April 30 2016 2020
May 1 2016 – April 30 2017 2021
May 1 2017 – April 30 2018 2022
May 1 2018 – April 30 2019 2023
Three-Year-Old Kindergarten:

To be eligible to attend 3-year-old kindergarten your child must turn 3 prior to the commencement of the kindergarten year.

 

Children With a Birth Date Between 1 January and 30 April:
Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten or School?

Your child may be able to start kinder or school due to their age, but are they ready to embark on the next 13+ years of education?

Parents of children with birth dates between 1 January and 30 April may have an opportunity to delay their child’s kindergarten enrolment. If your child is in this category, we strongly advise that you speak with teaching staff, prior to enrolment, to have any questions and concerns about your child’s readiness or delayed start answered.

Please note, a second year of kindergarten is not automatic or guaranteed. Children are only eligible if the early childhood teacher has assessed that your child has significant developmental delays in at least two key areas of development. Maturity or a parental desire to postpone the start of primary school are not sufficient in themselves to receive a second funded year of kindergarten.

Choosing a Preschool: Checklist for Parents

Selecting a Preschool can be a big decision. Please use the Quality Checklist below and be confident that with Mt Martha preschool you have made an excellent choice 

Are all staff qualified?

Do teaching staff have a minimum 4-year teaching degree?

Do staff appear professional and enthusiastic?

Do staff engage in ongoing professional learning?

Are staff engaged in high-quality interactions and value relationships with children and families?

Does the preschool have a well-established history in the community?

Does the preschool access the local community and utilise services?

Does the philosophy align with the National/State curriculum?

Does the program combine play and learning?

Are children seen as active learners?

Are children respected, valued and viewed as capable and resourceful?

Are families welcome?

Can the preschool include children with diverse needs successfully?

Is health, hygiene and safety a priority?

Are facilities well maintained?

Is the outdoor environment interesting and challenging?

Is the indoor and outdoor environment valued equally?

Does the preschool a wide variety of learning resources?

Does the preschool value literacy, numeracy and language development?

Does the preschool value children’s ideas and opinions?

Does the preschool see learning in all activities, opportunities and experiences?

Does the preschool a philosophy on behaviour management that focusses on building a child’s capacity rather than discipline?

Are teachers available for regular feedback?

Is the preschool supported by a well-run committee?

Can families be involved in decision making?

Has the service been assessed as “Exceeding” the National Quality Standards?

Is there a comprehensive ‘orientation’ program for children?

Are group sizes small to maximise individualised attention?

Are sessions free of unnecessary interruptions, transitions and staff changes?

Will the same staff be responsible for each of your child’s sessions?