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Central Kindergarten

Quality kinders right across the city

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ten kindergartens run by Warrnambool City Council (WCC) have exceeded National Quality Standards.

WCC Service Manager Early Years Learning and Development Tina McLeod said it was a significant achievement to have the kindergartens exceed the standards.

Audits of kindergartens across Victoria showed 12 per cent of kindergartens were “working towards” National Quality Standards (NQS), 42 per cent were meeting the standards and 47 per cent exceeded the standards.

“In practical terms, for parents it means that regardless of where they live in Warrnambool there will be a Council kindergarten nearby that has an ‘exceeding’ rating,” Ms McLeod said.

In addition to the 10 kindergartens WCC now o  ers kindergarten programs at Sherwood Park and Matron Swinton child care centres.

“Early childhood development is such a critically important part of childhood and this has been recognised through the ongoing provision of universal access to 15 hours of kindergarten programs for four-year-olds.

“Our early childhood forms the basis of who we grow up to be and kindergartens are an important part of our early years experience.”

The National Quality Standards consider seven areas of kindergarten operation including: educational programs and practice, children’s health and safety, the physical environment, staffing, relationships with children, collaborative partnerships with families and communities and leadership and service management.

More than 45 staff are employed by WCC to deliver kindergarten services.

Kinder enrolments are now being accepted.

For details go to www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/kinder

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