About early learning

Children who do well in their early years, continue to do well throughout school and get off to a great start in life. That's why YMCA Early Learning Programs exist – to support, nurture and encourage your child’s development through early education.

Our early learning programs include Long Day Care and Kindergarten at our Early Learning Centres.

Find out more about early learning in our family handbook.

About YMCA Children's Programs

YMCA Early Learning Programs are a part of YMCA Children's Programs. YMCA Children's Programs also run:

About YMCA Victoria

YMCA is a community not-for-profit organisation - meaning all our income is put back into improving our programs and services, and to assist members of our community to access to our programs.

YMCA Victoria has been working with young people ever since we became a part of the community in 1853. We passionately believe in the power of inspired young people, and at YMCA Children’s Programs, we are committed to enriching the lives of every child by providing a warm and secure environment where they can thrive.

Learn more about YMCA Victoria and our mission, programs and services.

The Victorian Government is making it easier for families to find approved kindergarten programs. For kinder you can count on, just look for the tick.

Victorian Government kinder tick logo

When it comes to making decisions about your child’s early education and care, there can be a lot to consider. We understand you want what’s best for your child and family, and to be sure about your choices. The Victorian Government is making it easier for you to find kindergarten programs that are funded and approved by the government.

 

 

 

That’s why we’re introducing the Kinder Tick. When you see the Kinder Tick, you can be confident:

  • the program will be led by a qualified teacher
  • children will benefit from play-based learning
  • the kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.

This is the same in both long day care and standalone kindergarten services.

No matter where your child attends a kindergarten program, they’ll be learning through play with an early childhood teacher. Research shows that play-based learning is the best way to help young children learn, develop well and prepare to thrive at school.

  • Our philosophy
    • Developing the whole child.
    • Striving for the highest quality education and care, assisting children to maximise their learning outcomes.
    • Providing high quality, evidence-informed practice.
    • Empowering children to identify their own learning interests and needs and support them as they develop and grow.
    • Creating an inclusive community for all children and families. Find out more about inclusion.
  • Our team and educators

    About our educators

    Our purpose and motivation each day is to enhance the life of your child. We strive to ensure they feel confident, happy and connected with our educators and the centre environment. As parents and guardians, your role has the most significant impact on their development so we look forward to working together to help them reach their full potential.

    We employ educators in line with legislative requirements, considering the qualifications, skills, knowledge and personal attributes of each candidate in order to build a positive culture and professional learning community. We are an equal opportunity employer and value the diverse, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of our educators.

    Our educators are committed to upholding and researching current practice and use a variety of methods/techniques to facilitate children’s learning. They understand that each child has the capacity to be a confident and capable learner when supported to explore and discover the world around them. A variety of child initiated and intentional teaching methods are utilised to support children.

    As educators we understand the importance of healthy living, providing children with opportunities to experience a range of healthy foods and to learn about food choices from both educators and their peers.

    At the Y, we are committed to our educators and understand the importance of the role they play in the learning continuum for the education and care sector. We ensure the professional development experiences offered to our educators support current practices and there is ongoing encouragement to gain further skills and qualifications.

    Qualifications and expertise

    All of our dedicated and energetic educators:

    • Have educational qualifications in children’s services.
    • Are Senior Level 2 First Aid trained, including in:
      • CPR
      • Asthma management
      • Anaphylaxis.
    • Regularly undergo Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting training.
    • Have a current Working with Children Check.

    Our Integrated and Sessional Kindergarten programs are delivered by teachers who have a Bachelor of Education qualification.

    Staff ratios

    Our sites comply with National law and maintain educator to child ratios at all times, supervising during play, transitions, toileting, meal times and sleep/rest. Our policy of having two educators present, exceeds minimum staffing requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law and provides additional reassurance of your child’s safety.

  • Safeguarding and quality standards

    At the Y, we consider the safety and wellbeing of children and young people to be our highest priority.

    We're accredited by the Australian Childhood Foundation as a child-safe organisation. We've achieved this accreditation by ensuring that child-safe practices are embedded into everything we do.

    National Quality Framework

    In our everyday practice, we aim to exceed the National Quality Framework (NQF) which governs all early childhood and school aged education and care services in Australia. Overseen by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), it ensures all services operate to a high-quality standard.

    Find out more about our safeguarding and quality standards across YMCA Children's Programs, as well as information specific to early learning in our family handbook.

  • Policies

    We have a number of policies for Children's Programs to help ensure the safety of your child.

    Find our more about our policies.

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