Tillerkite Pre-School provides 3-year-old and 4-year-old kinder programs in Somerville, with a focus on play-based learning.
Set in the heart of beautiful bushland, Tillerkite Pre-School (formerly Blacks Camp Preschool) has been the home to many families in our community since opening in 1987.
After working in collaboration with the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Bunurong Land Council, our name changed to Tillerkite to signify our commitment to Reconciliation. Aboriginal artefacts have been found in the area so it was important to the kinder community to change our name and pay our respects to the First Peoples. Tillerkite is an Aboriginal word meaning play which we feel is a great fit for our preschool. We are the first preschool on the peninsula to change our name and are proud to take this positive step towards reconciliation.
Tillerkite Pre-School offers both 3 and 4 year old funded programs. We provide an engaging play-based program that reflects the interests, needs and abilities of each child. We have strong focus on community and building positive relationships with our children and families. We welcome you to come and book a tour, have a look around and meet our team.
Our goals at Tillerkite Pre-School
- provide an environment in which children have fun, support, guidance, and encouragement
- provide the scaffold necessary for all children to achieve realistic, measurable, and appropriate developmental goals
- have a harmonious and friendly environment that cares for and supports its families
- promote partnerships between staff and families by encouraging collaborative decision making
- provide an environment of respect for diversity, fairness, and social justice
- encourage children to explore their interests through a variety of experiences
- provide a safe and hygienic environment equipped with appropriate and relevant materials that will enhance each child’s development
- promote experiences that are play-based and open-ended
- be holistic, inclusive, age-appropriate, well-balanced and flexible
- encourage active participation of parents, and families
- being responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests – value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning
- plan and implement learning through play providing opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine.
- provide intentional teaching that is deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful
- create physical and social learning environments that have a positive impact on children’s learning
- value the cultural and social contexts of children and their families