“We are back at Yarra Warra with our 3rd daughter and absolutely love the nurturing environment the team provide for little adventurers to thrive.”


- Belinda, Yarra Warra parent

3 Year Old Program

The 3 year old kinder program consists of two sessions per week, for three hours each.  3 year old kindergarten is suitable for children aged 3 - 4 years of age, view our enrolment page for specific age requirements.


Our program for 3 year olds is run by our amazing teacher Meegan, and is a fantastic introduction to the education system.  Your child will be embraced by a caring community, while experiencing a stimulating and fun environment, here is a little about what your child will enjoy in 3 year old kinder.



The program is heavily play based, as this is how children of this developmental stage learn best.  It is child focused and child directed, allowing children the freedom to take risks, explore, hypothesise, question, analyse and problem solve, within their chosen interest areas as well as with educator lead learning experiences.


Our play experiences provide stimulating activities, planned and spontaneous, both inside and outdoors, with a strong emphasis on sensory experiences. eg. Water play, clay, sand, rice, play dough, paint, salt etc.  They also include social, dramatic and imaginative play, as well as providing large/whole group activities, small group play experiences, partner play and solitary/quiet play areas.



Fine motor skills are stimulated through engaging activities such as pasting/painting with a variety of tools, starting with thick brushes, introducing scissors grip skills, songs, rhymes with finger plays and actions.


The development of gross motor skills, coordination and social play skills are developed during our outside play times in our generous bush surrounds.  Climbing, crawling, rolling, jumping with use of our P.M.P. (Perceptual Motor Program) equipment and play spaces encourage children to explore their physical abilities and interpersonal skills.



The 3 year old kinder program usually begin with free exploration of activities which are set out on tables and at play areas.  This is followed by group time of singing/dancing/instruments and discussion on the mat.


A bathroom break and snack time is followed by outdoor play.  In the last half hour, we return inside for a few minutes rest, a story and songs, before going home.


Teddy bear play day

Egg hatching and chick raising

Mother’s Day baking and celebration

North Warrandyte CFA visit

Winter vegetable harvest and soup making

Fancy dress up day

Jack and Molly Becoming Me! - Interactive musical/drama incursion

Father’s Day playdate evening

Drama Toolbox Mini Beasts drama incursion

Christmas concert and party



Families are welcome to visit Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder.  If you would like to book a tour and see our preschool programs for 3 year olds, or have any further queries, please contact:

3 Year Old Enrolment Officer

E: 3yoenrolment@yarrawarrapreschool.org
P: 03 9844 3808