Welcome to the Canterbury & District Pre-school
To provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where children develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
Established in 1962, Canterbury and District Pre-school (Canterbury Kindergarten), is a community based kindergarten in Surrey Hills, a suburb eleven kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD.
We provide kindergarten programs for both three and four-year-olds, catering for approximately sixty-four children each year.
Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where children develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.
This site is designed to provide information to both prospective families and also as a reference for current families of our kindergarten. Please enjoy, and we would love to hear from you if you have any questions or would like to visit our facilities.
The committee and educators of Canterbury and District Pre-school.
Creativity abounds at our kindergarten with our stimulating and adaptable indoor and outdoor play areas. Children are encouraged to show initiative, make decisions and develop problem solving skills. The curriculum is both play based and child initiated with creative sensory, scientific and imaginative learning experiences incorporated. There are permanent learning areas of creative craft, sensory, Science and Nature, cultural and community and Literacy and Numeracy. A transition to school program is provided with strong links to our local primary schools.
We pride ourselves as having a great community and friendly environment for both our children and families involved in the kindergarten. The social committee members are parents who organise catch ups for the parents throughout the terms and can include a welcome picnic, wine and cheese in the park, dinners, family Christmas party and an annual parent get together. These events are a great way to meet other parents and raise funds which are invested back into the kindergarten’s facilities and program.
The kindergarten strongly encourages parent involvement in many aspects of the kindergarten and its program. We know that your association with us will prove to be a positive and encouraging experience, not only for your child, but also for you as an involved parent.
3 Year Old Program
Are you interested in learning more about our dedicated 3 year old program? For more information, including fees and timetable, please click the link below.
4 Year Old Program
If you are interested in learning more about the 4 year old program, including educational and development goals, then please click the link below.
Educational and Environmental Standards
Sustainability and the Environment
We offer a Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly program at the kindergarten:
- Establishing own vegetable garden
- Monitoring the rain water tank
- Conscious recycling
- Worm farm & compost bin
Specialist Programs: Music and Sport
Rhythm and Moves
Cam and Lauren Ewart
Rhythm and Moves is an interactive, educational and fun music program for pre-schoolers, that is performed live every week to the children at Canterbury and District Pre-School. The program was designed by husband and wife team Cam and Lauren Ewart and it not only teaches pre-schoolers the basics of rhythm, melody and even composing, but gets them up, dancing and having a great time in the process.
Each lesson revolves around a theme that incorporates classic songs by artists like The Beatles and Elvis, with a mix of original songs and well known favourites. Rhythm and Moves aims to give kids a fun filled introduction to all things musical, providing them with an interactive hands on experience that will not only boost their fine motor skills and co-ordination, but will ensure participation by all.
T: +61 401 916 800
Ready Steady Go Kids
Ready Steady Go Kids is Australia's largest multi-sport program for pre-schoolers, specifically designed by a paediatric physiotherapist and occupational therapist.
It teaches the basics of different sports which helps children develop a broad range of skills and build a platform of sporting knowledge. The sports include Soccer, Tennis, Hockey, AFL, Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Rugby and T-Ball. Classes also focus on specific gross motor, hand-eye, foot-eye and balance activities to complement the sport component.
The program also teaches children a range of additional age-appropriate skills including exploration, basic counting and colour concepts. Plus it encourages teamwork and sportsmanship, and helps to build social skills, listening skills and concentration.
From participating in the Ready Steady Go Kids program, children start to develop greater self-confidence, enhanced self-esteem, and a real sense of achievement, all of which shape their physiological wellbeing and help promote a lifelong love for sports and exercise.
The Canterbury Committee
Join the Canterbury Committee!
Being a committee member is a great way to contribute to the running and growth of the kindergarten, and the experience it can provide to your child/children.
It is also a great way to meet and connect with other parents.
Committee work is varied and includes roles in: employing, managing and supporting staff, developing policies, overseeing the program, enrolling children, managing finances, purchasing supplies and maintenance.