St Andrews

Our Centre

The kindergarten program at St Andrews offers a journey of discovery, full of exciting challenges. The enthusiastic staff are committed to respecting and valuing each individual child, encouraging them to question, investigate, discuss, experiment, and above all, have fun. Children are seen as competent, strong, capable, curious, and full of resources and through this belief are encouraged to discover amazing possibilities within themselves

Our kindergarten provides a nurturing and caring environment in which the children are supported and encouraged in their learning. The children’s idea’s thoughts, questions, efforts, energy and activities are valued, which become a fountain of strength for their life.

We aim to provide an environment in which children can work as individuals, as valued members of the group and with adults to grow, develop, explore, experience, enjoy and achieve where each learn from the other and together experience the joy of discovery. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in many aspects of the program.

The emergent curriculum builds on the interests of the children and emerges in the process of each activity or project, interests and is flexible. Programming is a ‘living document’ and is documented in our daily journals and also documented on our program wall each session as both child initiated and planned learning takes place.

We have permanent learning spaces which are open for interpretation on a daily basis, but offer the child the opportunity to build skills with a strong emphasis on play. The environment is designed to cover all areas of social, emotional, language, motor strength and cognitive development.

The children are encouraged and supported to express themselves through their “Hundred Languages”. These languages include drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, literature, song, dance, music and much, much more!

At Jack & Jill Kindergarten our aim is to provide a warm and welcoming environment where all children and their families can come and feel safe and respected. Relationships are at the heart of our kindergarten. We aim to develop positive and respectful relationships with each one of our families and create a strong partnership that allows your child to thrive during their time at kindergarten.

The kindergarten program is designed around the National and Victorian Educational Frameworks and Guidelines.

It is a play based emergent curriculum that is open and flexible and designed so that it supports each child’s individual developmental and scaffolds upon their existing knowledge, developing important social, emotional and cognitive skills to prepare children for a more formal setting at school.

Take a Virtual Tour of our Kindergarten

St Andrews Kindergarten proudly displays the Kinder Tick to help families feel confident that our program is recognised as a funded kindergarten program and:

  • Is led by qualified staff
  • Children benefit from play-based learning
  • The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • Our program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework

St Andrews Kindergarten (Ararat)

275 Barkly Street
Ararat, VIC, 3377

Tel: (03) 4311 1586


Victorian Approved Kinder Tick

3 & 4 Year Old
Kinder Programs

We offer free 3 and 4 year old kindergarten, with our programs running 15 hours a week.


Excursions and incursions are a key part of our program. Venturing out into the local area allows children to explore the world around them and feel a part of their community.


We offer a rich and diverse curriculum. Children are encouraged and supported to express themselves through drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, literature, song, dance, music and in many other ways!

Storypark App

Storypark connects our educators with parents, providing the ability to share news, service updates, progress and exciting moments from kinder to home!

Space to

Our large indoor and outdoor play areas are designed to encourage learning and exploration. A rich learning environment supports social, emotional, cognitive, physical, technological and creative learning.

Safeguarding Children
and Young People

We pride ourselves on our commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people, providing safe and fun environments for children to flourish.


Our kindergarten’s philosophy guides our teaching and approach to early learning. It is informed by the National Quality Framework and underpins all our service’s operations and daily practices.
For more details, please ask us for a copy of our Philosophy Statement.

The Y has been delivering Early Learning Programs for over 20 years and is passionate about creating safe, fun, educational environments where children can thrive. At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people and we feel there is no better time to begin inspiring than in an Early Learning program!

Enrolment & Session Information

St Andrews Kindergarten’s enrolment process is managed by the Y Kinders’ enrolment team.

We operate both 4 year old and 3 year old free kindergarten programs as mixed age groups on the days and times below:

3 & 4 Year Old Kindergarten

Group A – Mixed-age Group (2024)

Day Time
Monday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm

Group B – Mixed-age Group (2024)

Day Time
Tuesday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm

Group C – Mixed-age Group (2024)

Day Time
Monday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 2.00pm

Group D – Mixed-age Group (2024)

Day Time
Monday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 2.00pm

For additional support on your child’s enrolment, contact our Y Kinders enrolment team via the methods details below:

  • Call us on 03 4311 1500
  • Email us at
  • Chat to us using the contact form on this page

Parent Info

We understand that starting kindergarten can be a big step for your child and your family.

From choosing and visiting a service, through to enrolling, orientation and anticipating the important first day, these all form the path to your child commencing at kindergarten.

Enrolment Assistance

To enrol in one of our programs please use the links on this page.

For assistance or further information, please fill in the form below.

The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and future.

View our full Commitment Statements here .

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