4 Year Old Program & Staff

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

4 Year Old Kindergarten Program

Our four year old program integrates play and learning in a rich and stimulating environment. The program is developmentally based and planned around the children’s interests.

Our curriculum is child initiated and teacher assisted and the children are active participants in their learning. Literacy and numeracy are embedded into the learning program and the development of sound emotional and social skills is a high priority of the four year old kinder year.

Most importantly we aim to provide a nurturing environment that develops self assured life long learners.

Group: Kangaroos

Teacher: Chriss
Co-Educator: Fiona
Group Size: 22 Children

2021 Timetable: Monday: 11:00am – 4:00pm / Tuesday: 8:30am – 1:30pm / Thursday: 9:00am – 2:00pm
2022 Timetable: Monday: 9:00am – 2:00pm / Tuesday: 8:30am – 1:30pm / Thursday: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Group: Koalas

Teacher: Angela
Co-Educators: Shelley / Melissa
Group Size: 29 Children
2021 Timetable: Tuesday: 9:00am – 2:30pm / Thursday: 8:30am – 12:30pm / Friday: 9:00am – 2:30pm
2022 Timetable: Tuesday: 9:00am – 2:30pm / Thursday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm / Friday: 9:00am – 2:30pm

Group: Possums

Teacher: Kay
Co-Educators: Santina / Wendy / Jean
Group Size: 29 Children
2021 Timetable: Monday: 9:00am – 3:00pm / Wednesday: 9:00am – 3:00pm / Thursday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
2022 Timetable: Monday: 9:30am – 3:00pm / Wednesday: 9:30am – 3:00pm / Friday: 8:30am – 12:30pm

4 Year Old Program Fees

Fees include all excursion and incursion costs.

2021: $0 per term + $100 admin fee (2021 COVD Funding applies)
2022: $455 per term + $100 admin fee

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

4 Year Old Program Staff: Chriss

Chriss has over 25 years experience in early childhood education with both 3 year old and 4 year old groups in suburban and rural settings.

Chriss joined the Tarralla Kindergarten team in 2002.  Her wealth of knowledge and extensive training provides children with a stimulating and interesting educational program.

Chriss’ qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Early Childhood).

She is dedicated and passionate about childhood education and is committed to nurturing children’s self esteem and providing a warm and welcoming environment for children and their families. Chriss also has two children of her own.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Angela

Angela’s Early Childhood Education experience spans over 25 years where she has worked in a variety of kindergarten settings, both suburban and rural and in delivering specialized educational programs in centres and schools across Melbourne.

Angela joined Tarralla in 2005 and has worked with both 3 year old and 4 year old groups during this time. She has always felt a profound commitment to the strong sense of community which Tarralla embodies having been both President and Vice–President on Tarralla Kindergarten Committee of Management during the years when her own daughter attended kindergarten.

Angela’s qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood); a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Early Childhood) all attained at The University of Melbourne.

Her special interests as a teacher are a love of nature, all aspects of creativity, language and music. The joy in watching children grow in confidence and skill is as fresh as the year she first started teaching and she feels privileged to be someone who shares such a precious time in their lives. The experience of parenting herself gives Angela an understanding and empathy for the families she works with.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Kay

Kay has been at Tarralla since 2014 and was very excited to join the team of educators as the teacher of the Possum Group.

She has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and is highly focused on the importance of early childhood education for children and the role it plays is ensuring that children have a strong beginning to their education.

Kay ensures that the program is based around the children’s emerging interests and abilities to ensure they are interested and focused on the curriculum.  She provides hands on experiences based in science, literacy and numeracy in line with Tarralla’s philosophy.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Fiona

Fiona joined Tarralla in 2010 as our 4 year old assistant with the Kangaroos Group and on occasion relieves as a Teacher for our 3 year old and 4 year old groups.

Fiona holds her Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) and has previously worked in kindergartens, pre-prep programs and as a nanny. Her children attended Tarralla over six years and Fiona’s qualifications and experience are a true asset to our kindergarten.

Fiona is passionate about early childhood and feels it is a privilege to work with young children, assisting them to grow and develop in all areas.

4 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 gone on maternity leave to have her first child, she is due to return in 2022.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Melissa

Melissa has a Diploma of Community Services and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.  She enjoys using her training and experience working with children in kindergarten programs and learning through play based environments like Tarralla Kindergarten’s.

Prior to working in Kindergartens, through different work and volunteer positions, Melissa had implemented various programs in Early Childhood settings, developed a resource with Shire of Yarra Ranges for expecting Parents, and Co-Facilitated supported playgroups for parents.

It was these experiences that lead her to further develop her skills in Early Childhood and fulfill her dream of working in a Kindergarten.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Shelley

Shelley is a diploma qualified educator filling in for the Koala group for Rebecca for 2021 whilst she is on maternity leave.

She has had many years working in sessional kindergartens in the city of Maroondah and brings a wealth of knowlegde and support for her fellow educators.

Her children attended Tarralla kindergarten and she also was a member of the Tarralla committee for several years.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Santina

Santina has been working with kinder children since 1996, with a break in the middle to have her own children.

She has a Diploma in Children’s Services 0-6yrs and a Diploma in Montessori teaching 3-6 yrs.

Santina loves seeing children become competent and independent human beings through the process of exploring on their own, making choices and watching their beautiful individual personality blossom.

4 Year Old Program Staff: Wendy

Wendy is a passionate and dedicated Diploma Co-educator who has over 23 years experience working in Early Childhood education with both 3 and 4 year old groups.

She has always worked in Community run kindergartens and joined Tarralla Kindergarten in 2021.

Her qualifications include a Diploma of Early Childhood and Care and a Diploma of Teaching (Primary).

She believes that kindergarten plays an important role in children’s development and that children learn in a play based environment that stimulates and supports them.

She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family

4 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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Tarralla Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government. 

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