Our brand new Kindergarten at The King David School on Dandenong Road, Armadale provides spaces innovatively designed to maximise the children’s learning experience whilst still offering a haymische (homely) atmosphere that King David Kindergartens have become known for over the last 38 years. Natural materials create warm and engaging activity zones within the rooms. Creative design elements are used to set up different play spaces to provide sensorybased play experiences such as light boxes and sorting objects.DSCN9166

The programs in the Kindergarten provide a combination of teaching styles including an Emergent Curriculum with a strong emphasis on following the children’s interests. We look for ways to encourage our children’s curiosity in the world around them and help them to understand their place in it. The playbased program simultaneously builds children’s skills in independence, empathy, concentration and self-confidence. In Senior Kindergarten there is also a focus on School Readiness and Educators work with parents in partnership to build each child’s skills and abilities.

Clarke Hopkins Clarke_ELC_©Tatjana Plitt_57A9321 (1)Our Kindergarten provides flexible spaces that can be opened up for group activities such as celebration of Jewish festivals, Book Week parades and special incursions. The new fully equipped kitchen allows for wonderful cooking programs which are a regular highlight.

Story time and spaces for quiet play have their own special nooks designed into each room and pinnable felt walls will provide teachers with a functional way to display the creations made by the Kindergarten children. A wonderful feature of the second storey area is the craft terrace and rooftop garden. This is a specially designed child-safe and shaded area where the children can play and move easily from indoor to outdoor play.

Clarke Hopkins Clarke_ELC_©Tatjana Plitt_57A9379 (1)With drive-in access from Dandenong Road, parents are able to walk their children into the Kindergarten. Digital sign-in tablets allow for easy drop off and pick up and provide electronic attendance records in line with new modern practices. Parents will also be provided with digital portfolios so that their child’s work will be electronically archived for future reference.

Kindergarten children have direct access to the Junior School (Prep – Year 5) and regularly join with older students for special occasions, Library and chaggim (Jewish festival celebrations).