Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten and Family Playgroup has been a valuable part of the local community since 1974 when it started as a small playgroup in the old building on these grounds. Since then it has grown to be a well respected Kindergarten and Playgroup, with the convenience of the local child health nurse in the adjoining building.
Our site is peaceful and relaxed. It has exceptional facilities, resources and landscaping all built up over the years by parents looking to the future.
Being a Community Kindergarten and Family Playgroup, we are totally run by a Committee consisting of both Kindergarten and Playgroup members and rely strongly on fundraising to maintain and expand on what we have.
Community Kindergartens focus totally on the needs of young children without the intrusion of the issues of a larger school. They are unique, special and valued by the community.
Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten and Family Playgroup is so well loved, we even have parents now sending their children to the centre they once attended.
Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten and Family Playgroup started in 1974 as a playgroup in the old house that was originally on this site.
Many families attended the playgroup over the following years but with the deteriorating conditions of the building it was in 1987 that the Shire of Mundaring granted permission and approval for the construction of a new building with an attached child health clinic. The original building was built at a cost of $62,300 with the Shire contributing $31,300, a Government grant of $25,000 and the Glen Forrest Playgroup and Kindy parents raising $6,000.
In August 1988 the current centre was officially opened. Over the next nine years the Family Playgroup and Kindergarten operated together from this building with between 2 & 3 groups of Kindy children (ie. 40-60 children) each year and approximately 40-50 family playgroup members. Over these years, many long hours of hard work and fundraising were put in by the community to facilitate, resource and landscape this beautiful centre.
Family and Children Services helped with the Kindy teacher and assistant's salaries for part of this time until 1997 when the Education Department of WA took over. In 1998 the centre became Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten and Family Playgroup Inc., what we currently are today.
A Community Kindergarten is a community based facility and, like school based kindergartens, are registered under the School Education Act (1999), to offer an educational program to children during their first year of schooling.
A community kindergarten is a kindergarten that operates in a purpose built building that is not located on the school site. They offer an alternative to school-based on-site kindergartens and typically operate in facilities that are leased from local government. They provide kindergarten programs for children who turn four years of age by 30 June in the year they attend.
The management of community kindergartens is shared between the Parent Committee and the Kindergarten Teacher who work very closely together. The Community based kindergartens teacher and program are under the authority of the Department of Education and Training, and the principal at the local linked school, being Glen Forrest Primary, is the line manager. Kindergarten children from the Community Kindy have exactly the same access to the local school as the school based Kindy have.
Our Vision Statement is to inspire children to achieve the best they can in all aspects of their learning.
Our Mission is to make our classroom a safe, nurturing, happy, challenging and fun learning environment where we encourage children to develop socially, emotionally and academically.
GFCK uses "The Leader in Me Program" as a basis of teaching children life and leadership skills to succeed. Children learn how to become self-resilient, control their emotions, prioritise their time, resolve conflicts and interact well with others. For further information follow the link www.theleaderinme.org/parents
Community Kindergartens follow the same curriculum as the school kindy, that being the Australian Curriculum along with the Early Learning Framework. We offer intentional and explicit play based learning. It is through play that children learn:
Term fee contribution - $15/term
Fundraising Levy (if not able to fundraise) Semester 1 - $80
Semester 2 - $80
Incursions/Excursions - approximately $60/year
Work Sample Book and Library Bag (compulsory) - $70
T-shirts - $20 each
Windcheaters - $28 each
DVD (of children's day) - Approx $55
Prices may vary slightly, but this is a good representation of expenses.
Parent involvement is both encouraged and appreciated. We have a parent helper roster for each morning and invite you to put your name down several times a term. Being on roster not only gives you the opportunity to assist and see what is going on in your child's day, but also gives them the chance to be helper for the day with special jobs and responsibilities. If mums and dads are busy, grandparents are also welcome.
During the year we also host several special days for parents to attend, including an Easter parade, a Mother's Day Pamper Session and a Father's Day Breakfast. Plus a Christmas concert and handing out of Graduation certificates.
The centre provides a great opportunity for you to spend some fun time with your children in a safe, warm and friendly environment. You will also have the opportunity to meet other parents and carers and your child will have lots of new friends to play with.
Playgroup sessions operate during normal school term dates. The playgroup is closed on public holidays and during school holidays. This allows for special cleaning to be done.
Playgroup Fees - $40/term
Levy Semester One - $65
Levy Semester Two - $65
As you can imagine, the fees do not cover the expenses to keep the centre running and we rely heavily on fundraising. We hold one major fundraiser per term which parents are asked to participate in. This may be a Bunnings Sausage sizzle, selling chocolate boxes, or similar. If parents are not able to help, they have the option of paying a fundraising levy of $130 per year instead ($65 for Semester 1 and $65 for Semester 2).
Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten and Family Playgroup are Associate Members of the Playgroup Association. However we do not have our insurance and Public Liability through them. Consequently all new members must pay the $22 insurance component included in our fee structure upon joining, even if one has already paid insurance at another centre.
For more information about our fees, fundraising, refunds and policies, please come in and ask. Be sure to have a wander around while you're there.
One method used to communicate with parents is through a Work Sample Book . This booklet is sent home at the end of each term. In it are samples of the child's work demonstrating their progress and development over the course of the year and includes teacher comments and observations attached to each sample. Also included twice a year is a Developmental Profile of each child, covering their physical , social and emotional development, literacy and numeracy skills.
Helena Valley IGA
Glen Forrest Liquor Store
Bungalow Craft Shop
Glen Forrest Chemist
Glen Forrest Meat Supply
Kiah Hairdressing and Natural Beauty
Shire of Mundaring
Mundaring Community Bank
Chevron Pty Ltd
Hangers Boutique Mundaring
Glen Forrest Bakery
John Forrest Tavern
IGA Glen Forrest
Coles Mundaring and Midland
Woolworths Mundaring and Midland
Glen Forrest Natural Beauty
Glen Forrest Liquor Store
Glen Forrest Gourmet
Glen Forrest Take away
Glen Forrest Physiotherapy
Mosh Hair Salon
Scents of Style Florist Glen Forrest
Tulips Beauty Mundaring
Glen Forrest Post Office
The Brook Restaurant
Hills Fresh Mundaring
Mount Helena Tavern
All Aboard Sea Foods
Slater and Gartrell
47a Marnie Road,
Western Australia, 6071
Contact: Jan Jost