About Us

At Jack and Jill Kindergarten the focus is on play-based learning. Our learning program caters to your child’s individual needs and offers equipment and activities that are tailored to your child’s stage of development.

Kindergarten will help your child become more aware of the world around them. It helps promote language development and social skills as well as intellectual, physical and emotional skills. Jack and Jill Kindergarten provides an opportunity for your child to develop a strong sense of self in a safe and nurturing environment.

The Kindergarten is supported and run by a dedicated parent committee. We work in conjunction with Bayside Council.

Our Program

Music Program

At Jack and Jill we offer a specialist music program for our senior group that is run by a qualified music educator.  The classes are designed to provide the children with an opportunity to learn about composers, instruments, dances and songs from around the world, sections of the orchestra and to develop general musical skills and knowledge.

Playball

Playball is a unique and specialised sports program specifically designed for children between the ages of 2 and 5.  It is a weekly program for our senior kinder children that is fun and helps children achieve many different skills across all areas of their development including social, emotional and intellectual skills.
Playball’s goal is to create confident and involved learners and assist in providing the best possible opportunity for growth and wellbeing during these crucial years of every child’s life.
By participating in the Playball program the children will learn:

Excursions / Incursions

Excursions and ‘in centre’ visits are an integral part of our Kindergarten program.  They help broaden and extend on the kindergarten program and help further expand on the children’s areas of interest and learning. Some Excursions or in centre visits we have recently had have been:

Our Dedicated Team of Early Childhood Educators

Jodie Toms ​

Senior Group Educator, Director and Nominated Supervisor

My teaching is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy. It is a philosophy where educators, parents and children work closely together to ensure the best outcome for each child. Respect for self and others, value and self worth are encouraged with emphasis on what a child thinks, says and feels. I believe children to be innately capable and resourceful. Therefore providing an educational play based program that reflects each child’s interests, challenges their skills and promotes social interactions and independence will give each child the opportunity to develop skills for life and a love of learning. I feel privileged to be a member of our Jack and Jill Community and appreciate the opportunity to share in children’s investigations, discoveries and learning, ensuring they have a positive start to their educational journey.

Suzy Williams

Senior Group Co-Educator

I believe that children learn through all experiences, and that I believe each child has a unique way of communicating, original imagination and natural curiosity. My intention is that each child’s potential is nurtured and cultivated through reflective practice and inquiry. I believe children learn in many different ways. My aim is to create an atmosphere that is richly infused with learning opportunities, exploration and encouragement. My intention is to cultivate authentic, collaborative connections between children, families, educators and our community.

Lisa Ward​

Senior Group Co-Educator

The early education of each child is an important and special time. It’s a time that they can learn important skills in a place where they feel safe, confident and supported. I believe children learn best when they are able to freely explore and experience the world around them. Children who feel safe and supported can truly be at their best. I feel a great sense of privilege to be a part of this amazing time for children and their families.

Rachel Evans

 Junior Group Educator

I believe children thrive in an environment that supports learning by encouraging play, exploration and interaction. I also believe families play a vital role in their child’s education and supporting families is an important part of early childhood education. My educational philosophy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education that recognises children as capable, resilient and instigators of their own learning. I am also influenced by the Nature Pedagogy, whereby children learn through play with natural materials and in nature outdoors.

Fiona Finch

Junior Group Co – Educator

Early childhood is precious, priceless and powerful. It is a time for curiosity, unhurried exploration and discovery. A time to play (with people, objects and ideas). To get dirty. To be silly. To be deadly serious about unravelling the mysteries of the world. Children deserve to work with authentic adults who validate their emotions and keep them safe, adults who recognise and value them as individuals and who are skilled in fostering the social skills that enable them to engage with their community. Children deserve educators who love their job and never stop wondering how they could do it better.