Little St Margaret’s (LSM) has been recognised as one of Australia’s best kindergartens by the Australian Government’s National Quality Assessment & Rating Report, conducted in 2016. LSM received the rating of “Exceeding National Quality Standards” across all key areas, particularly in the education program.
Established in 1929, it still operates as one of Victoria’s only independent, non-denominational not-for-profit kindergarten's. We offer a specialised early learning curriculum in a family friendly environment with small class sizes.
LSM offers 3 and 4 year-old kindergarten programs with before and after school extended care.
We believe children need to experience challenges that strengthen their confidence in themselves as learners and in their abilities. These experiences provide a sense of success and develop a willingness and excitement for new experiences and a thirst for learning.
The educational philosophy of Little St Margaret's is based on a number of firm beliefs:
DEVELOPMENT: Children pass through sequential stages of development at different rates and, thus, require programs that reflect and cater for each individual's needs and strengths.
DOING: Children learn best by doing – active thinking, participation and experimenting to discover first hand about the world we live in.
PLAY: Play provides the foundation for learning and enables staff to achieve the key goals of an early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of early childhood.
Our commitment to child safety
Little St. Margaret’s is committed to child safety. We believe that all children have the right to feel safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect children and their engagement in the world around them. You have the right to be to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind. (Article 19, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
Little St. Margaret’s is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and providing a safe environment for children with varying abilities.
Little St. Margaret’s has zero tolerance of child abuse and treats all safety concerns seriously and consistently with our policies and procedures. Child safety is the responsibility of everyone within the Little St. Margaret’s community.