Unique Experiences for your Child:
These unique experiences are all included in your fees. Many kindergartens charge extra for special events and excursions.
Victor from PlayBall Glen Eira runs a weekly sports program during terms 2 and 3. This exciting and dynamic program introduces each child to the FUN of sports participation. Playball covers the skills needed to play many sports some of which include tennis, hockey, basketball, soccer, football, netball, baseball and cricket.
OCK Pet program
Providing children with access to animals in an education and care service can help them learn about the life cycle and relationships, and improve communication. Through our ducks, guinea pigs and stick insects we encourage direct contact and special bonds between the animals and children, to help build empathy and respect.
OCK participate in the Victoria Governments Early Childhood Language Program. Through play children learn a second language and expand their knowledge of other cultures. Experts have found there are many benefits to starting to learn additional languages at a young age, including helping your child to think, explore, problem solve and support their pre-reading and pre-writing learning.
If your child already speaks the language being delivered, it can strengthen their self-esteem and cultural identity.
By encouraging diverse language skills at OCK, we believe can build a stronger community and prepare children for a more globalised and connected world. (see the video below)
Our music program is fun and uses song, music and movement to enhance children's communication and social skills. It is run by an early education specialist and is child-centred and relaxed which means all children feel comfortable to observe until they are ready to participate.
During the middle terms, in order to encourage our 4-year old’s developing literacy skills we have a book lending library. Children and educators talk about books, explore themes and each child chooses a book to take home. This program helps prepare your child for school and foster the love of reading.
Strong Family Relationships
Research shows relationships are central to children developing acceptance, self-esteem and higher functioning thinking skills that contribute to positive learning and life outcomes (KidsMatter Early Childhood). The relationship between families and educators is cherished and nurtured at OCK . We foster these connections through the use of parent helpers at kinder and by asking the children to care for animals during the holidays as well as community events and through our Committee of Management.
We also have our special friend ‘Curios George’, who likes to visit our families and asks his friends to share his experiences at kinder.
Your child will also experience a range of special events and experiences including things like:
Sustainability and Reconciliation
Respect for the environment, first nations peoples, and sustainability are integrated into each child's kinder experience. We use our large, natural backyard to educate the children about the environment. Children give their food scraps to the animals or worms, and the compost produced is used on the vegie garden.
Through our reconciliation program, children are introduced to first nations people, their stories and culture.