Frequently asked questions
What to wear to kinder
Children 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 boots are 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
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.
Session Times & Class Sizes.
You can find our session times here.
Enrolment, Fees & Offers
You can find information about our enrolment fees here.
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.
- Doncaster 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 Helper Roster (Currently on hold due to COVID safety measures)
Teachers and Co-Educators
You can find information about our teachers and co-educators here.
Food and hygiene
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.
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
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
What to bring to kinder (BYO snack)
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.
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.
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.
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.