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.

REBECCA SMITH

Director / Nominated Supervisor / Educational Leader

4 Year Old Teacher - Wallabies

Bachelor of Education

Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Early childhood is a very special time in a child’s life. It is a time to be treasured and as a Kindergarten teacher I feel very privileged to be able to play a small part, for a short amount of time in the educational journey of individual children. Learning begins at birth and parents are their children’s first teachers. That is why I believe that building strong relationships with parents is very important. At Farm Road Pre-school we aim to create an environment where every single child feels safe, nurtured, stimulated and valued. 

Kindergarten is a very special place where children learn through play. I believe that play is a very powerful and effective way for young children to learn. Skilled early childhood teachers and educators can see opportunities to extend children’s learning by combining a mix of teacher led experiences and by also following children’s interests. Learning can often be spontaneous and should always be intentional.

At Farm Road Pre-school I lead a team of exceptional women who are dedicated, highly skilled and passionate about the importance of early childhood education. We all believe that Kindergarten is not just “preparation for school,” but “preparation for life.”

Outside of kinder I love escaping to the country, gardening, cooking, reading, walking, spending time with my grown-up family and friends, going to the footy and learning French – (you’re never too old to learn something new.)

Farm Road Pre-school is a very special place – come and see for yourself.​

JEANETTE DEMCHYSHYN

3 Year Old Teacher - Bilbies

Bachelor of Education

Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Kindergarten is a very special time for children and their families and where treasured memories are created. Kindergarten holds a very dear place in my heart both as a past parent and as a 3 year old teacher. Over the last 26 years at Farm Road Pre-school, I have had the greatest privilege of teaching and nurturing so many wonderful children and building strong and respectful relationships with them and their families.

 

My passion lies in creating an environment that is nurturing and caring so that children feel secure and supported as they learn through play and experiences, have opportunities to grow in confidence and develop their social skills, make friends, be creative and have fun while they explore their world. It is such a joy as a teacher to witness how much a child learns, grows and develops during the course of their kinder year and a delight to have shared in the process.

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.

LINDA BROUWER

4 Year Old Co-educator - Wallabies

Certificate III in Childcare Equivalence

DIANE BRANSON

3 Year Old Co-educator - Bilbies

Certificate III in Childcare Equivalence

DELPHINE DUBOYS LE TOUZÉ

Lunch Time Carer

Certificate III in Childcare

CATHERINE INGHAM

Business Manager

CPA

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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