Kinder at St Mary’s College is a wonderful place for girls to start their learning journey. It provides countless opportunities to discover, think, plan and play.

We provide a nurturing, trusting and caring environment. Our Kinder teachers, Meg Kitchen and Linda Douglas have many years of experience in early learning education.

Children are encouraged to be independent and embrace the structure of each day. We really value the focus on kindness, and every individual is valued and celebrated. What a great start to our journey in formal education!

– Brigid Shea, parent and St Mary’s College alumna

Flexible Kinder options

We are pleased to offer our families flexible options for Kindergarten. All Kinders will have three compulsory ‘core’ days, but families have the option of requesting four days or even five days of Kinder per week.

Families can nominate one of the three options. The final allocation of days will be nominated by the College to ensure optimal class sizes.

These extended Kinder options have been developed to support working families who are currently utilising childcare options alongside Kinder.

For all Kinder enquiries please contact Nicole Wighton, our Enrolment Officer, at [email protected] or (03) 6108 2560.

Learning in Kinder

The Kinder program is designed to nurture and provide opportunities to build confidence, independence and the joy of discovery and learning, which will carry on well beyond the student’s year in Kinder.

We provide a play-based educational program that builds on the College’s vision statement and is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our program is planned and implemented by taking into account the different interests, cultural backgrounds and developmental levels of all children. We focus on enhancing their strengths, recognising that children develop at their own pace to reach their individual potential. As a Catholic school we value the uniqueness of each child and aim to build and nourish their personal relationship with Jesus.

Kinder classrooms

The early learning facility at St Mary’s College is purpose-built, designed with our youngest students’ experiences in mind. The modern space offers a stimulating and nurturing environment that is tailored to foster play and sensory-based learning. Kinder classrooms are large, airy and bright, overlooking the outdoor play space.

Adjacent to the classrooms is a large outdoor play area featuring play equipment, a sandpit, water pump and stream, and sensory path, where children can explore and experiment with their natural surroundings.


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Groving our love of learning

St Mary's College is located on the traditional lands of the muwinina people of the South East Nation. We acknowledge and deeply respect the palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present. We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, nipaluna, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and culture.