Oak Street Kindergarten is a double unit centre, with an imaginative outdoor playspace which includes an expansive decked area, bike track, digging patch, tree-house playground and grassed areas.
We value the learning of each child and endeavour to assist each individual to reach their potential. We value the “Belonging, Being and Becoming’ principle and also have well established connections with the local primary school through the ‘Drouin School Transition Group’ and liaise regularly with school teachers to create a smooth transition to local schools.
We encourage families to take an active role in their child’s education by assisting in the program when possible, by sharing their interest and talents with us and by joining us on the parent committee, at information sessions, working bees, excursions and other events. We explore opportunities in the local community to extend and reinforce the children’s learning experiences through interaction with the Kurnai Elders, leaders and Aboriginal families, CFA fire-fighters, Drouin library staff, visiting children’s performers and the inclusion of other relevant community members.
Oak Street Kindergarten recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been nurturing and teaching children on this land for thousands of years. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being and caring for children. We meet on the country of the Kurnai Nations people and pay our respects to Elders past and present for their traditional custodianship of the land.
We have built a strong connection with the local Aboriginal Kurnai Elders, leaders and community members over a long period of time, and look forward to this relationship growing and continuing into the future. To foster this relationship, we include cultural aspects to the program throughout the year by offering many rich cultural experiences e.g. learning about local Aboriginal history through our story boards, exploring the indigenous seasons.