A No-Stress Book Week Celebration

A No-Stress Book Week Celebration

A No-Stress Book Week Celebration At Brenbeal, we believe the true meaning of Book Week is to celebrate stories. We also know our families are busy, so we opted for a stress-free event this year. No costumes, just books! We invited families to share their favourite books from home, and the response was wonderful. In

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Collaborating with Victoria University – Playwork

Collaborating with Victoria University – Playwork

At Brenbeal we see ourselves as part of a big community, actively seeking ways to connect with organisations beyond the walls of the centre. Linda and Angela, our 4 year old Kindergarten teachers are excited to be connecting with Victoria University, mentoring some of their students (pre-service teachers). VU Play is an innovative program, which

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Changes to our Kindergarten program – 4 Year Old Sessional Kinder NOW available

Changes to our Kindergarten program – 4 Year Old Sessional Kinder NOW available

We are pleased to announce that Brenbeal Children’s Centre is now both an Integrated and Sessional Kindergarten service provider (4 year old program). Whilst there is no difference between the educational programs in Integrated (long day care) and Sessional Kindergarten, other than the length of days and allocation of days to attend, we are pleased

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Spotlight on our kindergarten program

Spotlight on our kindergarten program

Our kindergarten teachers Linda and Angela are passionate about preparing children with the skills and experiences they need to thrive, at school and beyond. They keep up to date with new trends and evidence in early childhood education and use this knowledge to innovate and improve our educational program. Over the last couple of years,

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Community planting day -Indigenous Garden

Community planting day -Indigenous Garden

The morning of Saturday 15 May was cold, wet and windy, but that didn’t stop our intrepid families from coming to our planting day! The day was organised to establish a garden of local indigenous plants outside the Barraimal Room and the Centre itself. It was made possible by a grant from Junior Landcare, but

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Take a tour- Kinder Open Day

Take a tour- Kinder Open Day

We are pleased to welcome you to visit the centre to explore the Kindergarten program. Whether you are looking for a place for your child in 2021 or in years to come, we invite you to come and meet the teachers and see the facilities up close. See the flyer for details If you would

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Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

At Brenbeal we are committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equity and inclusion for everyone and embracing our differences be it different abilities, family structures, genders and identities. We celebrate and recognise a number of different cultural events throughout the year through stories, food, art and craft, language and costume. Some examples include Chinese New

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Free Kinder in 2021

Free Kinder in 2021

The Victorian Government has announced ‘Free Kinder’ subsidies for children enrolled in participating 2021 kindergarten programs. The subsidies are part of the COVID-19 economic recovery support by reducing the cost of living for Victorian families.  For long day care centres, the Government has offered a reduction in child care fees of $2000 for each child enrolled in funded kindergarten programs. More

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Welcome back

Welcome back

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has had a wonderful break and enjoyed some special time with friends and family. The educators, Maggie and myself, look forward to hearing about all your family adventures during the holiday break. At the moment Brenbeal has a total number of 113 children and 90 families. Educators from each

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Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Action Plan

Brenbeal acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which our service stands. They were the first to teach and nurture their children on this land. We pay our respects to their Elders, past present and future, who pass their knowledge, history and culture to new generations.

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Sustainability in action

Sustainability in action

Recently, we set up a staff working group to focus on sustainability with the centre. Linda, Ha and Aileen are working on an action plan to focus our efforts on two fronts – teaching the children how to care for the world, and improving staff sustainability practices. We have identified our areas of strength, as

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Successful in $150K Government grant

Successful in $150K Government grant

Exciting News: Brenbeal has been successful in our application for the Victorian Government’s Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program! We have been granted $150,909 to complete the upgrade of the kinder play area. Most importantly, it will be inclusive of children of all abilities. This grant will allow us to re-allocate our funds towards upgrading our larger

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Our Program: child-centred, learning through play

Our Program: child-centred, learning through play

Play is a vital part of a child’s growth and development. Through play children learn to express themselves, experiment, create and make sense of their world. Our educators carefully nurture each child’s individuality, creativity, sense of worth and independence. Programs are developed by careful observation of the children and are tailored to meet individual needs.

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Brenbeal, a Boonwurrung and Woi wurrung word meaning ‘rainbow’.

Brenbeal, a Boonwurrung and Woi wurrung word meaning ‘rainbow’.

Brenbeal is a Boonwurrung and Woi wurrung (Wurundjeri) word meaning ‘rainbow’. Brenbeal Children’s Centre provides a high quality child care and pre-school (kindergarten) service. Brenbeal Childcare Centre is located on the lands of the Wurundjeri people from the Woi wurrung clan. The name was adopted in 1993 when the centre opened as a long day care centre with

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Intergenerational partnership – Doutta Galla

Intergenerational partnership – Doutta Galla

Every fortnight small groups of children, staff and parent volunteers visit Doutta Galla Aged Care home. Children enjoy activities with the residents such as painting, singing, playdough and giggling at the resident talking cockatoo. Both the children and the older residents look forward to the enriching visits.

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