The Early Years are the most incredible time of development and, for those of you making important decisions about preschool and beyond, we welcome the possibility of teaming with you through these ‘wonder-full’ years.
Since its humble beginnings over 30 years ago, Williams House Kindergarten has established a solid reputation in the holistic care, wellbeing and education of the pre-schoolers that have come through our doors. With the support of a progressive school leadership, our Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) based programs have been developed to acknowledge that Kindergarten is a time to recognise all that is valuable about the ‘now’ –the ‘now’ of children’s ideas and skills and the ‘now’ of what children can bring to their own learning and emotional development – while gently challenging and extending our children’s capabilities. Our programs also acknowledge the role that ‘environment’ plays in inspiring confident, creative investigation and exploration of ideas.
We are proud of our dedicated team of educators, the care taken with our learning environments, our innovative programs and, most importantly, our record in partnering with families in supporting their children through a key period of transition.
Commencing in 2015, Christian College Geelong was one of the first organisations to initiate ‘Bush Kinder’ in our region. Over this time, we have provided access to spaces that allow regular opportunities for children to participate in a Bush Kinder experience. From the initial pilot project, Bush Kinder has flourished and become a much-valued part of both Williams House and Butterfield House Kindergartens.
Through this program we connect children, their families and other professionals in the field, to the brilliance of regular, unstructured time in nature.
In essence, our commitment to authentic nature pedagogy includes the following:
- We acknowledge the role of professional expertise in understanding and connecting children to nature.
- We understand the importance of immersing children in authentic experiences that include sensory, visual and aural opportunities in nature.
- We provide for intentional teaching moments, sharing of knowledge and increased confidence in understanding our planet.
- We do not treat nature with tokenism; we consider it in all aspects of our programs; inside, outside and beyond.
Time in nature, put simply, gifts us with so much including a sense of wellbeing and is a proven contributor to fine and large motor development. It enables us to get to know planet earth, to love it and ultimately to do what we can to protect it.
If you would like to know more, please contact Butterfield House or Williams House. We are excited to share from our knowledge and our experience.
Williams House Kindergarten was rated 'Exceeding in ALL Quality Standards' by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority.
Director - Williams House Kindergarten and Butterfield House Kindergarten + Care
Williams House Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.