Kindergarten

Starting school is an important milestone in the life of your child and your family. At Orange Grove Primary School our Kindergarten Centre staff are there to care for and nurture your child.

For many children, this may be the first time they are away from Mum and Dad for an extended period. We understand that this is a meaningful and special time. Our aim at the Centre is to ensure your child receives the best possible start to their educational journey.

At Orange Grove Primary School we view these early learning programs as the cornerstones on which the later educational opportunities for your child are developed. The Centre is an integral part of the whole school.
Enrolling your child

An enrolment form for kindergarten 2016 can be obtained at the front administration desk or by phoning the school on 9459 3601.

Bringing and picking up your child

Please adhere to the school policy regarding bringing and picking up your child.

  • Kindergarten children must be dropped off and picked up at the centre.
  • Punctuality is really important. If you are going to be late, please call as soon as possible.
  • You must tell the teacher if someone other than you is picking up your child.
  • If you are going to be late picking your child up at the end of the day please call the school office as soon as possible on 9459 3601.

Healthy food and drink

In the interest of your child’s dental and physical health, no lollies, sweet biscuits or chocolate are allowed in the Centre. Children will share a healthy snack at fruit time – this is an important part of our social development teaching. Acceptable foods to send with your child for shared fruit time are:

  • Fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, pears, watermelon, etc.
  • Dried fruit
  • Vegetables/Salads – carrot, celery, tomato, cucumber
  • Hard boiled eggs, cold meats – eg polony
  • Cheese, savoury biscuits but not sweet biscuits.

A drink of water will follow shared fruit. When packing lunch please ensure food is prepared and packed in a manner that is easy for your child to access. We have a water fountain, but when packing their drink we strongly recommend water. Please notify staff if there is any food your child is allergic to or is not to eat, as we do cooking activities occasionally.

Your child’s birthday

We love birthdays at Orange Grove. We welcome you bringing in a cake or cupcakes and hope you will be able to stay on roster to be part of the celebration.

Parent involvement

Your child will love having you visit and be part of their Kindergarten Centre, and our parents are welcomed and needed. There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Assist with parent help roster.
  • Go with the class on excursions.
  • Attend parent workshops; attend the school P&C committee meetings.
  • Volunteering to wash aprons and hand towels.
  • Share any special skills you have with your child’s class (such as carpentry, weaving, pottery or cooking).
  • Save your ice cream, yoghurt and margarine containers for us. Paper, cardboard, milk and orange juice cartons, tissues boxes, plastic bottles, milk bottle tops, old magazines, cereal boxes etc are all welcome.

Before assisting in any classrooms parents/carers must complete the Confidential Declaration. This Declaration verifies that parent/carers do not have any circumstances that preclude them from working with or near children.