• Kindergarten 3 & 4-year-old children

    At Taralye Kindergarten, we pride ourselves on our inclusive 3 and 4-year-old programs for hearing children from our Blackburn community and surrounds as well as children who are deaf.

    We provide children with an environment that encourages and stimulates their development.  We build self-confidence and social skills in readiness for the step into a more formal learning environment at school.

    Taralye Kindergarten is part of the Whitehorse Pre- School Association (WPSA), and all enrolments should be forwarded to WPSA. Enrolment forms are available at the WPSA website http://www.wpsa.com.au/enrolment.html

    If you have any queries regarding the enrolment process please contact Kim Illarietti via email or phone (03) 9285-4854.

    Please click here to view our eligibility criteria for enrolment.

    Learning program

    Our program nurtures the children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills, allowing them to become independent and a co-operative member of a group. Our educators   use the Early Years Learning Framework in partnership with families to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths, and abilities. Activities are based on play, which is central to the lives of all children; it is a natural behaviour through which children learn most effectively. For play to develop, children need adults who respect, value, resource and facilitate their play.

    Learning and Development Framework

    Our kindergarten utilises Australia’s first national Early Years Learning Framework  which was developed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to ensure your child receives quality education programs in the early childhood setting, with a vision for all children to experience play-based learning which is engaging and builds success for life.

    The Framework conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through the following five outcomes. The Framework provides broad direction for early childhood educators in early childhood settings to facilitate children’s learning.

    • Children have a strong sense of identity
    • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
    • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
    • Children are confident and involved learners
    • Children are effective communicators.


    View the frequently asked questions here.

    To Book

    Please visit the Whitehorse Pre-School Association Website.

    Contact Taralye

    For further information regarding kindergarten (excluding enrolments which are managed by WPSA) please contact:

    Deborah Exton – Director, Kindergarten and Early Learning Program
    T: (03) 9877 1300
    E: deborah.exton@ridbc.org.au

    2019 Timetable

    4 Year old program

    Kookaburras                                     Magpies

    Tuesday          8.30am – 1.30pm          Monday          8.30am – 1.30pm

    Wednesday    8.30am – 1.30pm          Wednesday    10.00am – 3.00pm

    Thursday        8.30am – 1.30pm          Thursday        8.30am – 1.30pm

    3 Year old program

    Willy Wagtails                                  Lorikeets

    Monday          12.00pm – 2.30pm       Monday          8.30am – 11.00am

    Friday             8.30am – 11.00am        Friday             12.00pm – 2.30pm


    Taralye Kindergarten has recently been rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority!


  • Early Learning Program

    Taralye implements the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and our Early Learning program offers inclusive, play-based groups for children aged between two and three years and their families.

    The aim of Early Learning Program offers groups for children between two and three years, and their families.

    All programs advocate a play based learning philosophy that supports the varied interests and developmental needs of each child. Children are supported by two educators to enable them to participate fully in the programs offered. The room is optimally adapted to the needs of children with a hearing loss through the use of assistive technology and environmental modifications to reduce background noise.

    Group leaders work closely with the Early Intervention Coordinators to plan individualised goals to meet the needs of each child.

    Enrolments are now open!

    Early Learners – maximum eight children, 2 to 3 years old.

    Class sizes are limited to a maximum of eight children to provide opportunities for children with hearing loss to  interact and learn alongside their hearing peers, to promote social and language experiences.

    The Early Learning program is inclusive integrating children with hearing loss from the early intervention program.

    To enrol or for further information please contact:

    Rita Gibb – Early Learning Coordinator on 1800 211 123 or email.

    Our philosophy

    In conjunction with our Mission, we offer a caring and community connected environment, with a play-based learning program for children who are hearing impaired in collaboration with children from the local community. We provide a safe and secure environment where children can actively engage with one another in order to make sense of their world.

    Our environment is specifically designed to facilitate optimum development of oral language and socialisation of children with hearing impairment. We believe that play is the context for all learning and allows the child to:

    • express their personality and uniqueness
    • demonstrate curiosity and creativity
    • develop relationships and concepts
    • obtain a sense of well-being
  • Q: How and why was Taralye started?

    A: Taralye Kindergarten is a community kindergarten that provides 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs for the local and hearing impaired communities. We have a commitment to providing high quality, best practice programs for all children that is reflected in our low staff/child ratios, experienced and qualified staff, and perhaps most importantly, in the emphasis we place on building meaningful relationships with kindergarten children and their families. We have two kindergarten rooms in operation.

    The kindergarten programs provide a unique educational setting that encourages individual learning and interests as well as developing respect for self and others regardless of gender, disability and ethnic background.

    In the kindergarten approximately half the group are hearing impaired children. We find this has a two-way advantage as the hearing children become familiar with hearing impairment and the hearing impaired children learn to communicate as they are immersed in age- appropriate language.

    Q: How old does my child have to be to start kindergarten?

    A: Your child must turn 3 by 31 December to begin 3 year old kindergarten, and must turn 4 by 30 April to begin 4 year old kindergarten.

    Q: What is the difference between the 3 year old and the 4 year old program?

    A: There are a number of differences between 3 year old and 4 year old kindergarten programs. Three year old kindergarten programs are not government funded and therefore fees are more than 4 year old programmes. Our 3 year old kindergarten programs are five hours over two sessions per week, and cater for 16 children of whom 50% can be hearing impaired. Our 4 year old kindergarten programs operate for 15 hours per week spread over 3 or 4 days. We can take up to 22 children in Room 1 and 20 children in Room 2.

    Q: What are the ratios when working with children of different ages?

    A: Our kindergarten has a well-supported program and we pride ourselves in having a lower than required ratio. Because we have hearing impaired children in the groups we have an inclusion aide, as well as the teacher and assistant.

    Q: If my child doesn’t attend 3 year old kinder, can they attend 4 year old kinder?

    A: Yes! There are fewer three-year-old places available as we have smaller group sizes at Taralye. An enrolment form must be submitted to the Whitehorse Pre-school Association when your child turns two. Details can be found at the WPSA website. Note: when applying for 3 year old you may also apply for 4 year old at the same time.

    Q: Can my child attend 2 years of Preschool in the 4 year old program?

    A: In Victoria a child is funded, by the government, to attend a 4 year old program for one year. Should the need arise for a child to attend a second year the kindergarten the teacher will make a submission for a second year of funding. Funding will be granted if certain criteria regarding development are met. Immaturity is not an eligible, standalone reason for a second funded year. Please discuss with your teacher for advice about the most appropriate starting age for your child.

    Q: How do educators utilise the National Early Years Learning Framework (NEYLF 2009) and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF 2009) when planning for children?

    A: Our kindergartens approach to early childhood learning and development is reflected in the Early Years Learning Framework’s vision to provide children with a sense of Belonging, recognise and celebrate their Being & support their Becoming. When documenting children’s learning and development, educators consider what they NOTICE about what children are engaged in; they RECOGNISE what learning is occurring by reflecting on the National and Victorian Frameworks (NEYLF & VEYLDF) and they RESPOND to children by adding resources, providing guidance as needed and considering further planning opportunities.

    Q: What will my child learn and experience?

    A: Your children will learn and experience many things, such as:

    • social skills and creative expression
    • learning to get along with others
    • emotional and language skills
    • positive attitudes of self-respect
    • initiative
    • negotiation
    • co-operation and respect of others
    • fine and gross motor skills
    • play skills
    • art
    • music, dance and movement

    Q: What type of feedback will I receive about my child’s learning and development?

    A: Each child has their own individual portfolio, which is regularly updated with information about their learning and participation in the program. Each group class also has a Reflections Folder which enables children, families and educators the opportunity to revisit, discuss and reflect on their work. Families are invited arrange a time to meet with educators to discuss their child’s progress as the need arises.

    Q: Can parents get involved?

    A: Yes, there are many ways to get involved. You can volunteer to be a parent helper for some of your child’s kindergarten sessions you can join in on working bees, you can join the volunteer Parents and Friends Committee and you can support us by taking part in fundraisers and social events such as Market Day. Or you might like to organise your event or even take part in a running challenge and raise funds for us.

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