Our Aspire Berwick Waters Kindergarten program offers fully funded kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-old children, with a curriculum that is designed by a collaborative team of kindergarten and local primary school teachers. Our kindergarten program is run in a long day care setting, with opportunities to learn through play in a safe and supportive environment.
Our Aspire Kindergarten program is different to sessional kindergarten, which is another option you may be looking at for your child. So, what are the main differences between the two?
Aspire Kindergarten vs Sessional Kindergarten
Firstly, the flexibility offered for care times is the biggest difference between the two. Sessional kindergartens typically have fixed sessions throughout the week on specific days, for a shorter period. Generally, they run 2-3 sessions a week from around 8.30am-2.30pm, with children required to bring their own food along.
As we operate as a long day care Aspire Early Education Berwick Waters is built to suit the needs of parents. Open from 6:30am to 6:30pm, we understand that not all parents can do a regular 9-5 drop off and pick up. Aspire centres are also open year-round, including school holidays, allowing parents extra peace of mind when it comes to the care of their children. Our program are also delivered by Qualified Kindergarten teachers deliver three and four-year-old Kindergarten programs, and care for children outside of program hours.
Learn more about the main differences between our Aspire program and sessional kinder below.
At Aspire Berwick Waters centre we offer a range of exciting and educational incursions in our kindergarten program that our children greatly benefit from. These incursions are designed to enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities to learn and explore beyond the regular classroom routine. At our Berwick Waters centre we offer the following programs run by our incursion partners on a weekly or fortnightly basis:
We also run a range of one-off incursions throughout the term such as Indigenous Incursions, Science Incursions, Henny Penny Hatching and more. These all provide different learning experiences for the children that are both fun and educational. You can learn more about our partner programs and incursions at our centre here.
Another big advantage of enrolling in our funded kindergarten program at Aspire Berwick Waters is school readiness. The term “school readiness” refers to whether a child is ready to transition successfully and easily into a school environment. It encompasses many developmental factors such as self-regulation, planning, social skills and problem solving.
Attendance at a long day care setting offers your child more time to build and nurture positive relationships with peers and educators. Building these connections is not just beneficial for their emotional and social development, but also for their learning outcomes.
The design of Aspire's three-year-old Kindergarten program fosters social and emotional skills required for the transition into four-year-old Kindergarten. Our four-year-old Kindergarten program supports children to feel a sense of belonging in the classroom and focuses on activities that support numeracy and literacy skill development. This helps ensure each child is ready for their transition into primary school.