ABOUT US

 A warm welcome from Farm Road Pre-school 

The Farm Road Pre-school was established in 1971 and is an important part of our local community. The Kindergarten building and grounds are owned by the City of Kingston, but the kindergarten is managed by a parent Committee of Management. As a not-for-profit community-based pre-school our primary objective is to provide the best quality care and education for children and families.

 

We are extremely proud of the wonderful facilities and resources that we provide to local families. We are the envy of many with our extensive and beautiful play-ground. The cost of this major renovation was completely paid for by the Pre-school and was achieved by many years of fund-raising and hard work by parent committees and families.

 

We have a highly committed experienced and cohesive teaching team who work together to provide the highest quality program. Our service and program have been rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standards by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority.

 

Farm Road Pre-school acknowledges that our centre is located on the traditional lands of the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation.

our philosophy

Belonging, being and becoming

 

We provide an inclusive environment where all children are welcomed, and feel safe, valued and respected for who they are. 

 

Play is the foundation of our programs.  Play provides children with the opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, resilience, cognitive development (including maths, science, language, literacy), wellbeing, physical development, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking - all the skills they need to prepare them for school and success throughout life.  

 

Educators build on each individual child’s knowledge & interests to enhance and broaden their learning experience. We acknowledge the fact that parents are their child’s first educators. We aim to develop positive and respectful relationships between children, families and staff. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the kindergarten program.  Sustainability and cultural inclusion are embedded across the program.

 

Our Teachers

All of our teachers at Farm Road Pre-School have extensive experience in the early childhood sector and have been at our centre for many years.

Our staff are dedicated, and love working with young children and their families to ensure a positive kinder experience.

DEBBIE HORNER

Director / Nominated Supervisor / Educational Leader

4 Year Old Teacher - Wallabies

Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching

Diploma of Children's Services

I have worked in the early childhood sector for 25 years in different roles across diverse settings and love teaching young children, making learning fun and supporting children and their families through the preschool years.

The curriculum I implement is play-based and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach where children are seen as capable, confident and co-constructive learners. The program and routines are flexible and cater to children’s interests, needs and strengths. Children are given time to develop at their individual pace, fostering curiosity and engagement in their natural environment.

 

My passion is creating an inviting and happy environment for children to build their independence, communication, social skills, self-esteem and resilience through safe risk taking.

 

It is so rewarding to make a difference as a Kindergarten Teacher. I feel honoured to have been appointed to my position at Farm Road Preschool and am excited to lead the team of educators and make your child’s year a special time.

 

I look forward to meeting all our new families, building relationships and starting your children on a pathway for a love of learning. I value collaboration with families and welcome family involvement and active participation.

In my spare time I enjoy bush walking, spending time with family and friends, making memories with my children, reading and going to the beach.

METAXIA KATAKOUZINOS

3 Year Old Teacher - Bilbies

Bachelor of Education

Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)

One of the greatest rewards of being a Kindergarten teacher is having the opportunity to share this special time in a child’s life. It is a time of immense growth, learning through play, developing friendships and independence. Every day brings something new. It is rewarding to witness children explore and learn from the world around them and to watch their learning and creativity come alive.

 

I believe my role is to nurture each child’s individuality and to support their active engagement in learning. It gives me great joy to get to know each child, to watch them grow, learn and achieve their goals.  I am committed to providing a happy, stimulating and safe learning environment where children are able to share joy, feel nurtured, secure and respected.

NARELLE PARTRIDGE

4 Year Old Co-educator - Wallabies

Diploma of Children's Services

I will ensure that each child feels safe and welcome at our Preschool and in turn offer opportunities to play, have fun and discover new things. This will also help to build their self- confidence and individuality through exploring their environment while developing new friendships and life- long skills.

It is my greatest joy to watch the development of all children throughout the years.

CHERIE WONDER

4 Year Old Co-educator - Wallabies, After Kinder Care

Diploma of Children's Services

Being a preschool educator is a role that I enjoy but take very seriously and find that I am constantly learning new things every day.


I truly believe that children should be happy and comfortable in their preschool environment which allows them to be freely open to learning, building friendships, develop self-confidence and able to interact with staff and volunteers. 

LINDA BROUWER

3 Year Old Educator - Bilbies

Certificate III in Childcare Equivalence

LOUISE RAE

4 Year Old Co-educator - Wallabies

Diploma of Children's Services

CATHERINE INGHAM

Business Manager

Bachelor of Commerce, CPA

I am a qualified accountant with many years of experience in the retail industry.

My own two children attended the Pre-School, and I volunteered on the Committee of Management during that time. I truly believe that volunteering is one of the best ways you can show your children that you care about their education and the community.

I love my job - I get to use my accounting skills, work with the best team you could ever possibly hope for, and see the world through the eyes of 3 and 4 year olds!

OUR COMMITTEE

Farm Road Pre-school is managed by an elected Committee of Management. All committee members are volunteers who have children currently attending Farm Road Pre-school. The committee is responsible for all of the operations of the kinder from managing staff, OHS, enrolments and everything in between.

 

The committee are here to represent the parents and ensure the kindergarten is high quality, compliant, financially viable and meets the needs of families.

 

OUR POLICIES

Below are links to the Farm Road Pre-school policies. Additionally, the policy folder is located in the preschool foyer and is available for your perusal at anytime. If you require any information please call the kinder on 9584 2328.

 

Bush Kinder Policies

 

2019 building works

A newly renovated Farm Road Pre-school for 2020

From July 2019 to December 2019 the City of Kingston renovated Farm Road Pre-school. The renovation included the following improvements:

  • A larger indoor learning space to increase the capacity of the kindergarten;

  • Improved functionality and fit out (new flooring, improved acoustics, improved security, disability access);

  • Upgraded and extended children’s bathroom; and

  • Upgraded office facilities.

The renovation of the Kindergarten was made possible by a grant of $345,750 from the Victorian State Government and a contribution of $115,250 from Council.

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