3 Year Old Programs for 2022 & Staff

We offer 4 wonderful programs. Learn about our 3 Year Old Program here!

3 Year Old Kindergarten Programs 

Our 3 year old programs provide a great start to a child’s educational learning. We offer 4 groups; 2 groups of 10 hours per week over 2 sessions with 22 children each, and 2 groups of 7 hours per week over 2 sessions also with 22 children each.

Staff build around children’s interests to create an environment which is warm, welcoming, safe and consistent to enable children to develop a sense of trust, security and belonging. The focus is developing the children’s confidence and helping them to become contributing social members of the group.

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.

2 x 7 Hour Groups

Group: Rosellas

Teacher: Melissa
Co-Educator: Rebecca
Group Size: 22 Children
2022 / 2023 Timetable: Monday: 8:30-11:30am /  Wednesday: 8:30-12:30pm

Group: Echidnas

Teacher: Jessica
Co-Educator: Jean
Group Size: 22 Children
2022 / 2023 Timetable: Monday: 12:00pm-4:00pm / Thursday: 8:30am-11:30am

2 x 10 Hour Groups

Group: Wombats

Teacher: Jessica
Co-Educator: Kellie
Group Size: 22 Children
2022 / 2023 Timetable: Wednesday 9:00am-2:00pm / Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Group: Kookaburras

Teacher: Melissa
Co-Educator: Kellie
Group Size: 22 Children
2022 / 2023 Timetable: Tuesday: 11:00am-4:00pm / Thursday: 9:30am-2:30pm

3 Year Old Program Fees 2022

Fees include all excursion and incursion costs.

7 hour program: $200 per term + $100 admin fee (Funded Kindergarten)*
10 hour program: $350 per term + $100 admin fee (Funded Kindergarten)*

If you qualify for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy then fees will be;

7 hour program: $65 per term *
10 hour program: $215 per term *

If you qualify for the Early Start Kindergarten Program then no fees will apply.

* these fees are based on current funding indications from the Department of Education, they are subject to change

Please note that your child will only receive one year of funded three year old kindergarten.

3 Year Old Program Fees 2023

Fees include all excursion and incursion costs.

7 hour program: $215 per term + $100 admin fee (Funded Kindergarten)*
10 hour program: $300 per term + $100 admin fee (Funded Kindergarten)*

If you qualify for the Early Start Kindergarten Program or Kindergarten Fee Subsidy then no fees will apply.

* these fees are based on current funding indications from the Department of Education, they are subject to change

Please note that your child will only receive one year of funded three year old kindergarten.

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: Rebecca

Rebecca has her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and joins Tarralla Kindergarten after teaching in long day care for two years. She loves working with children and seeing them grow and develop over the duration of the year.

Rebecca is passionate about play based learning and supporting children to extend their learning and development through engagement with their educators, peers and the environment. She enjoys musical and creative experiences and seeing the children build their confidence and friendships with each other.

Rebecca has recently returned from maternity leave after having her first child early in 2021.

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 groups, as well as helping out as an additional assistant at times in the kindergarten.

3 Year Old Program Staff: Jean

Jean is a passionate early child educator and holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

She holds strong values on forming meaningful relationships with children and their families.

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We are a tight-knit learning community with a dedicated team of teachers, wonderful parents and beautiful children. Take our Online Video Tour to start learning more about us or Book a Kinder Tour and so you can come and meet us personally!

Tarralla Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government. 


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