We are aware that society is rapidly changing. Many of the jobs that children will go into, do not exist today. We recognise that time at kindergarten is not just about what children are learning, it is that they are learning how to learn. This is the best way to equip them for the future.- Emma Davis, Pedagogical Leader at Y Kinders
Y Kinders' Preschools actively plan for the individual needs of children and shape their programs to reflect current interests and ideas.
They also aim to prepare children not just for school, but to give them lifelong learning skills.
The voices of children are listened to and their ideas explored.
A memorable example for Gail Dwyer, Early Childhood Teacher at Havilah Road Preschool, is a series of events which led to a visit from Bendigo's Mayor at the time, Jennifer Alden.
This was initiated by the children, following curiosity about the role of local Councillors all prompted by a story read at the kinder.
"The children put a lot of effort into inviting Cr Alden, as well as the preparations for the visit," Ms Dwyer said.
"They felt very comfortable asking her questions to enhance their understanding.
"We pride ourselves on our approach to early learning," she said.
Inspired early education supports children's interest and inquiry, empowering them to formulate questions and seek answers.
It builds confidence, resilience, creativity and curiosity.
As Emma Davis, Pedagogical Leader at Y Kinders, explains, "Our programs are future focused. We are aware that society is rapidly changing. Many of the jobs that children will go into, do not exist today."
"We recognise that time at kindergarten is not just about what children are learning, it is that they are learning how to learn.
"This is the best way to equip them for the future and make sure that they are adaptable to whatever comes their way.
"We are building a community of learners," she said.
Y Kinders manages three kindergartens in the Bendigo area - Eaglehawk, Havilah Road and North Bendigo Preschools.
Open Days are being held during May and enrolment registrations open late April via LMPA.
PRESCHOOLS are an engaging place for young children to be, but there's a lot more to it than just having fun.
"It has been said that you can teach a three-year-old to cut out with scissors but it may take a while," an early learning teacher Samantha said.
"Show a six-year-old and they will probably master this in a few minutes.
"In other words, preschools aren't just about getting a child ready for big school but also about socialising such as getting on with their peers.
"Also following a daily routine and important rules such as listening to teachers and sitting still when required."
According to preschool research, there are many benefits for children and families to be gained from preschool.
It says a preschool experience:
While providing these benefits to children and their families, preschools are also fun places to be, with varied, exciting experiences planned to meet the needs and interests of children as well as a context to build social connections between families and the community.
It's a source of professional information that supports parenting and places that nurture creativity, thinking and social skills, enabling children to develop a love of learning.
In almost all cases, they are not for profit, with all income from government funding, fees and fundraising re-invested for the benefit of children.
So inquire at your local or preferred preschool today.