Our Philosophy

We believe that children learn best through play, in a safe, secure and supported environment. Through play each child is able to discover, explore, create, improvise, problem solve and imagine.

Our environment is designed to be a place for development, where opportunities are provided for children to socialize, develop respect, empathy and to build upon and promote self esteem. We learn about ourselves, other people and the world around us.

Each child is a valued member of our group and many opportunities are provided for your child to work with others in small, large groups or independently, taking into account their backgrounds, interests, strengths and abilities. Encouraging each child to be actively involved in their own learning Children’s safety is paramount.

We promote education and respect for our natural environment and encourage reusing and recycling.

Family and our community involvement are also an important part of our program, with many opportunities available to become involved.

We value our community and the knowledge, skills and resources of parents, families, educators and the broader community. Our larger community brings with it a diverse range of life experiences, perspectives and skills that can be drawn upon to enhance and enrich the lives of all those that are involved with the Preschool.


Our Child Safety Commitment

Research Pre-school is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Research Pre-school has zero tolerance for child abuse.

Research Pre-school is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in the Research Pre-school community has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play, individually and collectively, in ensuring that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

At Research Pre-school we know that children learn best when they feel safe and are safe. We actively minimize risk in the physical environment and promote psychological and emotional safety by building trusting and respectful relationships with each child in our care.  All staff complete the latest Child Safe Training through the Department of Education and remain up to date with current research, in line with National regulations and law and the 11 Child Safe Standards. This ensures that our staff can promote and maintain a culture of safety.

 At Research Preschool Pre-school, all our volunteers are required to hold current Working with Children Checks.  We help ensure our children have the knowledge and confidence to speak to someone if they do not feel safe.  Where there are concerns regarding the safety of children, our staff are ethical, professional and timely in our communication of concerns.  Please refer to our ‘Child Safe Environment Policy’ and ‘Code of Conduct’ for further information.

Refer to www.ccyp.vic.gov.au for more information about Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme.


Session times 2024

Four year old program

Tuesdays: 8.30am to 4.00pm

Wednesdays: 9.00 am to 12.30pm

Thursdays: 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Optional extend care is available on Wednesday afternoons (12.30 to 4.00 pm)

Three year old program

Monday: 8.30 am to 4.00pm

Thursday: 8.45 am to 11.45am

We are now taking enrolments for 2024 through Nillumbik Council

New Hours for 2025

3 Year old Kinder Monday and Wednesdays 8.30 to 4.00

4 year old Kinder Tuesday and Thursdays 8.30 to 400

Term dates 2024

Term 1 January 29 to April 28
Term 2 April 15 to June 28
Term 3 July 15 to September 20
Term 4 October 7 to December 19


NQS Rating – Current

Quality Area 1: Exceeding NQS
Quality Area 2: Meeting NQS
Quality Area 3: Exceeding NQS
Quality Area 4: Exceeding NQS
Quality Area 5: Meeting NQS
Quality Area 6: Exceeding NQS
Quality Area 7: Meeting NQS
Overall rating:
Exceeding NQS

Rating Issued:
November 2023