Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten was started in 1966 by a group of people in the Ashwood community who saw a need for a kindergarten to cater for the large numbers of children in the area. A co-operative was formed and, with the help of a small Government grant and extensive fundraising, they built an architect-designed kindergarten on land owned by Waverley Council. The kindergarten was opened in 1968 with 56 children attending and many more on the waiting list.
Today the Kindergarten is a not-for-profit incorporated body, run by a volunteer Committee of Management. We are licensed with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and are a registered provider enabling claim of Child Care Benefit. We are part of the Monash Pre-school Association and have a building facility agreement with Monash Council, which is responsible for the building infrastructure.
Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten provides children with an inclusive, multi-purpose environment, where they are encouraged to be happy, excited and active participants, to be involved in dynamic programs that reflect their interests and developmental level, valuing each child as unique and an individual.
We believe that it is a child's right to be surrounded by opportunities to explore what's important in early childhood, and that is to play. Children learn best when engaged in play. Play based learning for a child also means assisting children with the development of social competence: building relationships, learning to resolve conflicts, negotiating and regulating their behaviours.
Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten has a history of strong parent/family participation. Families are encouraged to share their unique cultural and social backgrounds with the children. Supporting and respecting the children, their families background, culture and skills is central to the Kindergarten's curriculum.
Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten has qualified, passionate and dedicated teaching staff, where our emphasis and commitment is on quality Early Childhood Education. Our staff participate in ongoing training in current trends, issues and changes in early childhood education and the staff work towards being valued and respected in our kindergarten region.
A voluntary Committee made up of interested parents manages the affairs of the Kindergarten. No qualifications are necessary other than an interest in ensuring that the Kindergarten provides the best possible environment for your child.
Where possible, individuals serve for two years, with half of the Committee changing over at the Annual General Meeting, which is held in November. Committee meetings are held in the evenings once a month. Parents are invited to make suggestions and voice concerns regarding the management of the Kindergarten at such meetings.
The Management Committee is made up of the following positions:
The Committee of Management is responsible for maintenance of the grounds, enrolments, policy decisions, ensuring compliance with Government regulations, general administration and sharing maintenance of the building interior with the Monash Council.
Subcommittees are central to the smooth functioning of our Kindergarten, and these include: