ABOUT THE COMMITTEE
Our committee has been run by local parents since 1968. We hope to continue this legacy for many years to come.
Doncaster Kindergarten is a community kindergarten run by a Committee made up of parents
and carers of children who attend the kindergarten.
Each year since 1968, a group of parents have stepped forward to serve on the Committee and
the kindergarten has prospered. Committee members come from all walks of life and there are
many roles which allow parents to use their particular skills.
Many hands make light work!
No matter what skill set you possess, Doncaster Kindergarten welcomes and values your contribution. Whether it's assisting with decision making or helping out with uniform orders, many hands make light work!
"Being a part of the Committee has been a truly rewarding experience, not only am I able to make a direct contribution to my child's kindergarten experience, but as a busy mum it has given me the opportunity to develop new skills and a great outlet to meet some wonderful like-minded people." Kath, Committee Member
Session Times & Class Sizes.You can find our session times here. Class sizes range from 22 to a maximum capacity of 27.
Teachers and Co-EducatorsYou can find information about our teachers and co-educators here.
Enrolment, Fees & Offers"You can find information about our enrolment fees here. Please enrol online with the $25 application fee to join the waiting list. Offers are usually made at the end of May each year, however this may be subject to change. Please contact the enrolment officer for the latest information.
What to wear to kinderChildren learn through play, so please help by sending them along in suitable play clothes. Protective smocks are supplied for painting, however, if your child does get some paint on their clothing, soak the article in cold water. Thongs, crocs and rubber bootsare difficult and dangerous for climbing; long dresses and skirts are also not suitable. Therefore, please avoid sending your child in this type of footwear and clothing. Shoes or sandals with Velcro are strongly encouraged, as your child can be independent. Please avoid shoes with laces unless your child can tie them independently. In summer, shorts are excellent for boys and girls. They are preferable to dresses and jeans that may get wet when playing in the sandpit with water. Sunscreen should be applied to children at home before coming to kindergarten during Sunsmart months, i.e. January to May and August to December. If not applied at home, sunscreen is available in the kindergarten foyer for use before attending the session. Sunhats must be worn during Sunsmart months, i.e. beginning of August until the end of April each year. In winter, always remember to put a shirt or long sleeved tee shirt under the jumper, so children have a layer to take off or put on depending on the weather. Our Kindergarten does have a uniform available for purchase. Uniforms are not mandatory but available for order should you like to purchase items such as hats, polo-shirts and windcheaters.Please refer to the order form for details. Sizes are on display for your reference at the information evening.
What to bring to kinder (BYO snack)Large backpack or carry bag Each child needs to bring a kindergarten bag that is large enough to carry a hat, set of spare clothes, a water bottle, snack box and completed artwork. Please ensure the bag has a wide opening so that painting and artistic works can be carried home with ease. Bags are to be placed in the child’s allocated locker in the kindergarten foyer. Note children’s work will be placed in boxes and alphabetically arranged according to first names. Work can be found within each child’s file in this box. This box is placed on the shelf opposite the kindergarten office. Parents are asked to collect work from the box after each session. Library bag Children in our 4-year old program need a cloth bag (or equivalent) with handles or a drawstring tape, for borrowing books. It must be large enough to carry a full sized picture book, and marked in large letters with child's name. Healthy morning or afternoon tea – Each child in our 3-year old program is asked to bring a small container for snack time, consisting of cut up fruit or vegetables, savoury biscuits and cheese or a healthy sandwich. Each child in our 4-year old program is asked to bring a substantial snack, such as prepared fruit/vegetable, yoghurt, cheese and a healthy sandwich/cracker to each session. These snacks are not for sharing but will be eaten at snack time with other children. We will let you know at your interview whether there are any allergy causing foods that we cannot have at kindergarten. Snack times are a time for your children to develop courtesy, table manners, social skills, independence, responsibility, initiative and choice, and learn about healthy eating. Water bottle A water bottle that your child can manage independently and is labelled with your child’s name is to be placed on the trolley in the kindergarten foyer at the beginning of each session. Sun safe hat Each child must bring a hat to kindergarten. According to the Sunsmart Program and the kindergarten’s Sun Protection Policy, hats are to be worn whenever the sun’s UV levels reach three or higher. In Victoria, UV levels are usually three or higher from mid-August to the end of April. Our staff check the daily local sun protection times to be sure your children are using sun protection when it is required. Hats should be of legionnaire design with shade flap at back or a broad-brimmed hat with a brim of at least ten centimetres that does not blow off easily. Jacket, warm hat, hooded parka Winter coats, warm hats and waterproof clothes are recommended for wet and cold days. We do NOT encourage toys to be brought to kindergarten as they may be damaged or lost and your child will not have them to play with at home or they may hinder a child from exploring kindergarten toys. The 4-year old groups will have the opportunity to share special items from home during “show and tell”. A notice will be sent home to inform you of this. Definitely NO WAR TOYS OR GUNS are to be brought to kindergarten at any time. Please ensure all belongings are labelled.
Food and hygieneDONCASTER KINDERGARTEN IS A NUT SAFE ZONE It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the educator (in writing) of any food allergy that their child may have. This is particularly important for the occasions when a special celebration (e.g. a birthday) is taking place at the kindergarten or when the children are cooking. Every effort will be made to exclude the child from a food allergen. Children in our 3-year old program and our 4-year old program will bring their own healthy snack in a snack box to each session. Children may also have, when appropriate, birthday cake (or an alternative such as icy pole, Natural Confectionery Company lollies, etc.) provided by the parents. Children are encouraged to eat a good breakfast before their morning sessions and will have their lunch at home. All children must have water to drink. No fruit juice, cordial or flavoured milk drinks please. Hand washing will also occur when entering the kindergarten prior to each session commencing and before any activity that involves food handling and after outdoor activities. Children are encouraged to be fully toilet trained when attending the kindergarten. However, in the instance where children need to be changed, the kindergarten has facilities for nappy changes. Children are encouraged not to swap hats, food or drinks. Due to the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2013, it is not possible, in circumstances where a child must stay indoors for medical reasons, for the staff to be able to supervise them when the remainder of the group is doing outside activities. For this reason, such children must either be kept home from kindergarten or collected prior to the commencement of the outdoor play period.
Kindergarten managementDoncaster Kindergarten is run by a Committee of parents, elected each year. The Committee oversees the teaching staff and program, the budget, and takes responsibility for compliance with rules and regulations. The Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Information Night held in November.
Parent participationWe value the special relationship between you and your child – your home is your child’s first learning environment. Research has shown that children are happiest, participate more and learn most effectively when parents take an active interest in their child’s learning. There is a parent helper roster for each group each term. Parents are encouraged to select one or two days per term that suit them to assist at the kindergarten. These times will be available on a roster at the kindergarten foyer. By assisting, you have the opportunity to observe your child in a group setting and to gain greater insight into the Kindergarten program. Your child will enjoy your company and sharing their special kinder experience with you. Additional assistance enables the staff to work more closely with individual children and small groups to offer a richer variety of experiences to all. Parents and families are also very welcome to contribute to the program with any particular skills or interest at any time. In the past, parents have helped with playing instruments, excursions, craft activities, talking to the children about a holiday and even speaking a second language for the children. We understand that each family can contribute at their own level depending on other commitments. However, your input, support and involvement can really make a difference. Working Bees (Currently on hold due to COVID safety measures) Your participation at working bees is vital to the ongoing maintenance and operations of the Kinder. At working bees parents perform general maintenance and cleaning tasks, ensuring the kinder is a clean and safe place for children, staff, parents and the community, as well as assisting us to meet the regulations governing kindergartens. Information regarding times and maintenance required is sent out to families throughout the year.