3 Year Old Programs for 2021 & Staff

We offer 3 wonderful programs. Learn about our 3 Year Old Program here!

3 Year Old Kindergarten Programs 2021

This flexible program offers an introduction to the kindergarten experience for children who have turned three years of age. This program caters for two groups of 20 children and is run by a qualified kindergarten teacher. The children attend 5 hours per week over 2 sessions. The focus is developing the children’s confidence and helping them to become contributing social members of the group.

Group: Rosellas

Teacher: Melissa
Co-Educator: Jo
Group Size: 20 Children
2021 Timetable: Monday: 8:30-10:30am /  Wednesday: 8:30-11:30am

Group: Kookaburras

Teacher: Melissa
Co-Educator: Kellie
Group Size: 20 Children
2021 Timetable: Tuesday: 2:00-4:00pm / Friday: 1:00-4:00pm

3 Year Old Program Fees

Fees include all excursion and incursion costs.
2021: $0 per term + $100 admin fee (2021 COVID Funding applies)

Rising 4s Kindergarten Program 2021

Our “Rising 4s” group caters for older 3 year old children and younger 4 year olds. It provides a unique opportunity for children to further consolidate their development and learning across 2 sessions totalling 7 hours per week for 22 children. The Rising 4s program is designed for the specific needs of older children attending three year old kindergarten, those turning 4 before the 31st of August.

Staff support each child to initiate and develop friendships and explore aspects of their world and relationships through their role play. A carefully planned environment provides opportunities for children to explore their ideas, to question, to predict, to learn how things work and to incorporate basic maths and science into their learning along with a rich environment for language and literature.

Group: Wombats

Teacher: Jessica
Co-Educator: Kellie
Group Size: 22 Children
2021 Timetable: Wednesday 12:00-4:00pm / Friday: 8:30-11:30am

Rising 4s Program Fees

Fees include all excursion and incursion costs.
2021: $100 per term + $100 admin fee (2021 COVID Funding applies)

3 Year Old Program Staff: Melissa

Melissa joined the team at Tarralla Kindergarten in 2013 after doing some relief teaching at Tarralla the previous year.

She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1992 – attaining a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) from Macquarie University in Sydney.

Melissa lives locally with her husband and 2 children and enjoys dining out and spending time with family and friends.

She loves working with young children and gains fulfillment from watching and nurturing their learning and development through play.

3 Year Old Program Staff: Jessica

Jessica joined the Tarralla Kindergarten team in 2019. Prior to this, she had been teaching kindergarten in the bayside and inner south region. Jessica came to early childhood education through her love of dance and movement, teaching preschool dance classes for 10 years.

She believes in the power of dance and movement in early childhood so much she even completed a Diploma of Teaching Creative Movement whilst teaching full time.

Jessica has a Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) from the University of Melbourne. Now a fervent advocate for learning through play and genuine inclusive education, Jessica enjoys her position as co-investigator with the children she teaches; following their curious minds, extending their interests and assisting them to explore beyond the world around them.

3 Year Old Program Staff: Jo

Jo has worked at Tarralla Kindergarten since 2004 as both a 3-year-old Co Educator and an additional needs assistant

Having been on the kinder committee for two years when her two children attended Tarralla’s 3yo and 4yo programs, Jo fell in love with early years education and went on to complete her Certificate III in Early Education and Integration Aide Certificate.

Her interests include Family, Camping, fishing, music, yoga, sport, just to name a few.

Jo says she feels blessed to be working in Early childhood at Tarralla, with such exceptional co-workers and great families, and looks forward to meeting new Tarralla families and reconnecting with returning families.

3 Year Old Program Staff: Kellie

Kellie worked in the Disability field for a number of years before having children. After working on the kindergarten committee and helping at her children’s kinder, she decided she would like a career change.

Kellie joined the Tarralla team in 2016 and has a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Kellie is the co-educator in the Kookaburras and Wombats (Rising 4s) groups, as well as helping out as an additional assistant at times in the kindergarten.

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