St. Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten (St. Paul’s Kinder) is nestled in the tree-lined streets of Canterbury and has delivered play-based pre-school programs to local children for over 70 years. St. Paul’s has cultivated a strong sense of belonging and community amongst the generations of children and families that have passed through its doors. St. Paul’s is a warm, welcoming and positive environment for your child to learn and grow. It is a place where learning is fun and enduring friendships are made. Families who live outside the municipality are welcome to apply for a position for their child.
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St. Paul’s services covered by the National Quality Framework were assessed and rated against the seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard and the Education and Care Services National Regulations in 2014. At that time, St. Paul’s Kinder rated as Exceeding.
The kinder was assessed in 2020 and again was rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard in all Seven Quality Areas. Click on the image below to read the full assessment.
Click here to read more about St. Paul’s programs.
St. Paul’s has strong and established links with local primary schools that supports regular visits during second and third terms of the four year old program to ensure a smooth transition when the children attend their foundation year.
Our curriculum is broad, with a distinct focus on creative arts including yoga, dance, drama, music, sport, Bush Kinder and art workshops. These programs are enjoyed by all of the children. Special visitors and artists in residence share their life experiences with the children to enhance their learning. When combined with an exciting schedule of excursions and incursions the children are given special access to the world around them. Our indoor and outdoor facilities maximise the use of space to provide a wide variety of age-appropriate experiences that extend and challenge the children.
The emergent curriculum ensures that all children participate in the design of the program, which in turn creates a strong love of learning as the children are connected to the experiences and opportunities offered to them.
Children are taught life skills as well as developing resilience and independence.
St. Paul’s Anglican Kindergarten encourages parent and family involvement in all aspects of the program. Parents are welcome to assist with their child’s kindergarten group as part of our stay and play program. (A working with children check is mandatory).
Each ‘Stay and Play’ session can involve you assisting with a variety of activities including painting, drama, cooking, creating, reading and outdoor play. There are also many other opportunities for families to be a part of their child’s journey through kindergarten including accompanying your child on excursions or joining in for our Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents and Special Visitors Day.
MANAGEMENT & SOCIAL COMMITTEES
The Committee of Management and the Social Committee depend on parent volunteers; your involvement in either committee is very welcome.
Our kindergarten is governed by a committee which is made up of volunteer parents and St. Pauls Anglican Church representatives.
The Management Committee manages the day-to-day running of the Kindergarten, including finances, personnel, policies and the maintenance of the playgrounds and building. View the Committee Roles PDF to learn more about each role.
The Social Committee is responsible for fundraising and organising social events for both the parents and children and is a great way to get to know the St. Paul’s community.
Click here to read about St. Paul’s Kindergarten’s Vision, Mission and Philosophy.