“Mansfield Kindergarten is a dynamic and progressive kindergarten whose mission is to provide a high quality educational program for children and families in accordance with its commitment to the rights of children and the principles of social justice”
putting children first
The focus of our education program is the child. We strive to empower children, by using their thoughts and ideas to develop the program. We encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability. We encourage exploration and creativity, to question and formulate ideas, and to learn the importance of the process not the product.
Our educators seek and value children’s comments, points of view and ideas encouraging alternative perspectives, representations, opinions and conclusions. Active dialogue between children and educators involves listening, waiting and responding.
We value the contribution of children, parents, committee and staff in developing our program and facilities, and believe that the provision of quality education for children is a right.
learning today for a better tomorrow.
where it all started
The new kindergarten building was completed in August 1955. The kindergarten was erected free of debt by the Department of Health granting an operating subsidy but assistants wages were paid by the Committee of Management. By 1985, the kindergarten space was not large enough to accommodate all the children enrolled and so the Old Library Building at the front was opened as an annex. In 1988, the new extension was added to the building. This was also the year that the new tree house extension was built!
The kindergarten has seen many operational changes over the years, however throughout all of these changes, the Committee of Management made up of volunteer parents have worked closely with the teachers to achieve an effective running of the kindergarten.
Meet our Team.
BEHIND THE SCENES
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Here are some quick answers that you might be after, however if you require further information we are only a phone call away to discuss our kinder more.
Can I enrol my child in 3 year old sessions?
Yes. If we have available positions your child be enrolled into both our Monday and Friday sessions, or just the one day.
My child is turning 3 half way through the year, when can I enrol them into 3 year old little kinder?
Once your child is 3, they can attend our 3 year old sessions however it will depend on available spaces for the relevant terms they are 3.
Do you offer a Playgroup program?
Unfortunately not in 2017. We are currently seeking funding to support us holding a playgroup, however until then no.
If you would like to become a sponsor an upcoming Playgroup program, please speak to our office to discuss further.
What is Earth Kinder?
Our Earth Kinder program is for our 4 year old groups held outdoors near the wetlands. The children get to explore and learn about our environment. We often have visiting guests to help teach the children about the wildlife. The children also get to walk (and sometimes ride) around the many paths all under the close supervision and care of our educators. It’s a great fun way for them to learn outside a classroom.
Does the Kinder also have excursions or other activities for the children?
Yes. Throughout the year our 4 year olds will have multiple excursions around the township, including the local library.
We also host many performers, acts, visiting guests throughout for all groups. These range from Snake and DOg safety, performing acts, artists and we have the girls from Lauriston visit to help build their skills and teach our kids.