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Families and Community

A key influence of children’s future success is the experience of positive relationships within their family and community in the early childhood years.  A community kindergarten is a unique space that brings children and their families together.  Hurlingham excels at building a wonderful sense of belonging that connects our children and families with each other  to create strong, lasting relationships that continue on into local schools and beyond.  Creating a sense of place also fosters belonging  and we spend time with the children exploring our local area, visiting the parks and gardens and introducing children to school life as we visit local schools and they, in turn, spend time with us, creating a sense of anticipation for what lies ahead.

We have particularly strong relationships with our main feeder schools, Gardenvale and St Finbar’s. We do have children that transition to other local schools as well including Brighton Primary, St James, Bentleigh West and other independent schools. When it comes to transitioning from 4yr old kinder to Prep, we assist this process through numerous discussions and sharing of information with all schools so that every child feels nurtured and supported. 

Families are a child’s first teacher so we welcome every opportunity to share that learning experience at Hurlingham. 

Family members are encouraged to participate through ‘kinder duty’ where you can engage with the children in the day’s activities and see first-hand the dynamics of the group.

Many families come in to share an interesting job, or a wonderful skill such as cooking, gardening, painting, knitting, playing of an instrument.

Working bees are another great opportunity for the kinder community to come together to keep our facilities looking fabulous but also a chance to get know other parents.

Families and Community

Families are a child’s first teacher so we welcome every opportunity to share that learning experience at Hurlingham. 

Family members are encouraged to participate through ‘kinder duty’ where you can engage with the children in the day’s activities and see first-hand the dynamics of the group.

Many families come in to share an interesting job, or a wonderful skill such as cooking, gardening, painting, knitting, playing of an instrument.

Working bees are another great opportunity for the kinder community to come together to keep our facilities looking fabulous but also a chance to get know other parents.

Families and Community

Families are a child’s first teacher so we welcome every opportunity to share that learning experience at Hurlingham.

Family members are encouraged to participate through ‘kinder duty’ where you can engage with the children in the day’s activities and see first-hand the dynamics of the group.

Many families come in to share an interesting job, or a wonderful skill such as cooking, gardening, painting, knitting, playing of an instrument.

Families and Community

Working bees are another great opportunity for the kinder community to come together to keep our facilities looking fabulous but also a chance to get know other parents.

There are also many social activities throughout the year (when we are “Covid-Normal”) such as picnics, dinners, plays in the park to name just a few.

We encourage any and all family involvement and are always open to other suggestions

Our Acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge that we meet and work on land for which the Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations are the traditional owners and custodians. We pay our respects to the elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Indigenous Australians.

Our Acknowledgment of the Victorian State Government

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Victorian State Government in funding 15 hours of 4year old kindergarten and 15 hours of 3year old kindergarten in 2024.

Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Hurlingham Preschool has zero tolerance towards child abuse and is committed to establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. We want children to be and feel safe and happy. We understand our legal and moral obligations to treat all concerns seriously and to report allegations and concerns about a child/ren’s safety and wellbeing to authorities. Hurlingham Preschool maintains and child safe environment by applying the Child Safe Standards and adhering to the Reportable Conduct  and Child Information Schemes

We are committed to the cultural safety of all children including Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Our Statement of Commitment to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children

We are committed to:

  • actively supporting and facilitating participation and inclusion of Aboriginal children, young people and their families within our service
  • the safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children
  • providing an educational program that strengthens Aboriginal children’s culture and identity
  • actively supporting and encouraging Aboriginal children to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights
  • supporting Aboriginal children and their families to identify as Aboriginal without fear of retribution or questioning
  • supporting Aboriginal children to maintain connection to their kinship ties, land and country
  • supporting Aboriginal children to be taught their cultural heritage by Elders
  • facilitating regular training and education on Aboriginal cultural and cultural safety
  • establishing policies, procedures, systems and processes to create a culturally safe and inclusive environment and meet the needs of Aboriginal children, young people and their families.

 “Our kindergarten is proud to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community. To learn more, visit: reconciliation.org.au/narragunnawali.

Our Acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge that we meet and work on land for which the Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations are the traditional owners and custodians. We pay our respects to the elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Indigenous Australians.

Our Acknowledgment of the Victorian State Government

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Victorian State Government in funding 15 hours of 4year old kindergarten and 15 hours of 3year old kindergarten in 2024.

Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Hurlingham Preschool has zero tolerance towards child abuse and is committed to establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. We want children to be and feel safe and happy. We understand our legal and moral obligations to treat all concerns seriously and to report allegations and concerns about a child/ren’s safety and wellbeing to authorities. Hurlingham Preschool maintains and child safe environment by applying the Child Safe Standards and adhering to the Reportable Conduct  and Child Information Schemes

We are committed to the cultural safety of all children including Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Our Statement of Commitment to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children

We are committed to:

  • actively supporting and facilitating participation and inclusion of Aboriginal children, young people and their families within our service
  • the safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children
  • providing an educational program that strengthens Aboriginal children’s culture and identity
  • actively supporting and encouraging Aboriginal children to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights
  • supporting Aboriginal children and their families to identify as Aboriginal without fear of retribution or questioning
  • supporting Aboriginal children to maintain connection to their kinship ties, land and country
  • supporting Aboriginal children to be taught their cultural heritage by Elders
  • facilitating regular training and education on Aboriginal cultural and cultural safety
  • establishing policies, procedures, systems and processes to create a culturally safe and inclusive environment and meet the needs of Aboriginal children, young people and their families.

 “Our kindergarten is proud to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community. To learn more, visit: reconciliation.org.au/narragunnawali.

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