Uniting Port Melbourne Kindergarten

Uniting Port Melbourne Kindergarten is registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and has been rated by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority as Exceeding the National Quality Standard.

For more than 80 years we have been providing the highest possible levels of progressive Early Childhood education and care in a safe and supportive environment. We ensure the children’s experiences are meaningful and exciting, whilst developing an inquisitive mind and an eagerness to learn and to gain skills vital for successful lifelong learning.

Educational Support

Kindergarten is a special time for families, often marking both the start of a child’s life beyond the home as well as the beginning of a family’s participation within the broader community. Early Years Education is a fundamental support system for future development, health and wellbeing of each child.

Our service is guided by The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia that establishes key principles and practices for early childhood education. Our unique program caters for children aged between three and five years who come from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds. In partnership with Port Phillip Special School we help children with special needs further their learning and maximise their potential.

Our specialist staff work to create a safe, caring place where every child is valued and have opportunities to grow emotionally, socially, physically, verbally and intellectually.

Our Kindergarten’s foundation values:

  • •High quality education;
  • •Safety of all children accessing the service;
  • •Recognition of children as successful, competent and capable learners;
  • •Equity, diversity and social inclusion.

Child-Centred Curriculum

At Uniting Port Melbourne's Kindergarten we nurture children’s natural enthusiasm to learn. Our child-centred, play-based curriculum leads children towards self-motivation and challenge, encourage creativity, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

Our classroom is organised as a welcoming place for exploration and discovery as well as for communication and collaboration. Given developmentally appropriate materials and the freedom to follow their interests, children joyfully teach themselves through play, art, dance, music, movement and interacting with others.

Children with Additional Needs

We actively support the inclusion of children with additional needs. Children in our care are those with chromosomal disorders, varying degrees of autism and other identified behavioural, physical or developmental difficulties.

Our teachers promote children’s development by focusing on their abilities and interests in such areas of learning as literacy, numeracy and language. By integrating children into a mainstream and experienced environment we boost their self-esteem and enhance their communication and interaction skills.

Our Team

Uniting Port Melbourne Kindergarten strictly adheres to all child safe practices and ensure all staff is thoroughly screened in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services Child Safe Standards.

Our Kindergarten’s teachers are regularly involved in relevant professional development opportunities, such as conferences, seminars and presentations. This ensures that their knowledge and expertise meet the highest standard of educational trends.

Heather Larter
Lead Teacher
Heather has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and has completed numerous professional development courses. She has over 20 years of experience as a kindergarten teacher and is responsible for planning the Kindergarten program.

Kylie Mitchell
Kindergarten Assistant
Kylie began work with us in 2013 and has a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and is undertaking a Diploma of Education. .

Simone Mooney
Early Education Teacher (Port Phillip Specialist School)
Simone holds a Bachelor of Education (Special Education).

Elise Denton
Early Education Assistant (Port Phillip Specialist School)
Elise has been working with children with special needs for the past 18 years and has a wealth of experience in this field.

2017 Kindergarten Session Times 

4 year old group
Monday & Tuesday - 8:45am to 11:45am
Wednesday & Thursday - 8:45am to 1:15pm

3 year old group
Monday & Tuesday - 12:45pm to 3:45pm

Our Term Dates for 2017 are as follows:

Term 1 - Wednesday 1st February to Thursday 30th March
Term 2 - Monday 18th April to Thursday 29th June
Term 3 - Monday 17th July to Thursday 21st September
Term 4 - Monday 9th October to Thursday 14th December

The Kindergarten will be closed on the following Public Holidays:
Labour Day - Monday 13th March
ANZAC Day - Tuesday 25th April
Queen's Birthday - Monday 12th June
Melbourne Cup Day - Tuesday 7th November

2017 Session Fees

4 year old - $550 per term  
3 year old - $400 per term 

BOTH 3 AND 4 YEAR OLD SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL. 

Upon receiving your application for enrolment, your child will be placed on the wait list. If/when a place becomes available, an offer will be sent to you via email. In order to secure your child's place, we require your acceptance in writing along with payment of a deposit. The deposit is equal to the full first term fees and is non-refundable. Any parent in receipt of a health care card is encouraged to contact us directly to negotiate the payment of their fees.

How to Enrol

Applications will be accepted for your child in the two years prior to attending the program. Upon receipt of your application, we will put your child’s name on our waiting list. We may receive more enrolments than places available. Please read our Enrolment Policy below to understand our selection criteria.

In order to attend kindergarten a child MUST have turned 3 years of age by April 30.

Uniting Port Melbourne Kindergarten offers payment plans and fee subsidies for eligible families. For further information please contact Jonathon Mitchell or Vivienne Laing on 9251 5237 or email vivienne.laing@victas.unitingcare.org.au.

Please fill out the application for enrolment form by clicking on the link below.

South Port UnitingCare Enrolment Application Form
South Port UnitingCare Kinder Enrolment and Orientation Policy
Our Parent Information Booklet is available to download here

Our Locations

South Port UnitingCare Office

317-329 Dorcas Street South Melbourne, Vic 3205

See Map   |   9690 1188

Uniting Port Melbourne Kindergarten

136 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207

See Map   |   9646 3077

Goodwill Opportunity Shop Albert Park

115 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Vic 3206

See Map   |   9690 2990

South Port Uniting Church Parish Mission - South Melbourne

325 Dorcas Street South Melbourne, Vic 3205

See Map   |   9690 1188

Port Melbourne Uniting Church

Corner Bridge and Nott Streets, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207

See Map   |   9690 1188

Sol Green Community Centre

Corner Conventry and Montague Streets, South Melbourne, Vic 3205

See Map   |   9209 6349