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North Ringwood Preschool is tucked away on the edge of Ringwood, Park Orchards and Warrandyte.

The teachers here run an indoor/outdoor program and by the time we arrived …

the majority of children had chosen to be outside. Who could blame them? The weather here in Melbourne is still lovely despite the slightly chilly Autumnal mornings. A group of children had brought their snack out with them to eat on the platform and were having a lovely social time while refuelling. You just have to love that.

The children here have a large, natural yard to play in …

and as it abuts a park, appears bigger than ever!

There are quite a few areas in this yard where the children can go exploring, with paths to follow …

and a bridge heading off through the bush.

There are cosy corners to build cubbies …

and a fantastic undercover sandpit.

They even have a bike track!

We had a look around inside this warm and friendly preschool…

and although pretty quiet while we were there …

we were delighted to see lots of lovely nooks and crannies for the children to play in …

with loads of lovely imaginative play set ups …

and places to spend quiet times.

North Ringwood Preschool is a sessional kindergarten catering for three and four year old groups, located at 70 Lockhart Road, North Ringwood  – Victoria (melway reference: 49 H3)

This information has been added to our Education Directory page.


10 Responses to “north ringwood preschool”

  1. Scott says:

    A truly beautiful space just waiting for kids to come and explore. Thanks for sharing it.

    ::: You’re right Scott it is … but wait we have more! We think people are going to really enjoy seeing inside some of the early childhood settings we have here in Australia. 🙂 🙂

  2. wow that school looks great I wish we had more schools like this in america!

    ::: Butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams stick around … we are going to show off a lot more beautiful places like this in the future! 🙂 🙂

  3. Lynette says:

    What a wonderful space. …sigh, where I live everyone is bent on academics and there is less and less outdoor and open ended play; more and more competitively based structure. I am in NJ, USA. As a preschool teacher myself I am very excited to see places like this school in Victoria. While I happen to work at a lovely school myself, which tends to balance academics and open ended exploration, I would love to see more on the latter end in general. Oh, and let’s remember that they are in fact learning when they explore and interact with their environment, without being drilled with flash cards and “the like”. How I do enjoy seeing places like the one you have illustrated here, where so much emphasis is on the children exploring their environment fully; and really getting “into” nature. 😉 Thanks for sharing.

    ::: Lynette we think you will really enjoy taking a look around the early childhood settings we are going to be featuring here as North Ringwood Preschool, like Jell’s Park Preschool we featured last week and Croydon West Primary school from last month, are all great examples of the way our children here in Australia are being taught through play based learning. 🙂 🙂

  4. Pam says:

    I…AM…SO….JEALOUS! (but thanks for posting 🙂 This is absolutely beautiful!! (I agree – I would LOVE to see places such as this in the US) I fear we are losing what is so wonderful about early childhood! I do love to see these examples though! It’s great to see wonderful places all over the world…and give us inspiration!

    ::: Well keep watching this space Pam … we have more inspiring early childhood settings coming up. 🙂 🙂

  5. Robyn Smith says:

    What a fantastic looking preschool. Can you vist them on a monday or friday next time?? The 3 year old program is also amazing so I hear……

    ::: Actually you’re not the first person to say that Robyn! We’d love to see a prekinder program in action … Monday or Friday next time for sure. 🙂 🙂

  6. jenny says:

    Wow. It makes me sad for our preschool that we are so slow getting our outdoor area off the ground, but it makes me happy that there are wonderful early childhood peeps out there creating such amazing spaces for children to play and learn.

    ::: Your preschool is a natural beauty Jenny … in fact when we get up to Sydney next week we hope we can feature it on our Education Directory too! 🙂 🙂

  7. Lisa says:

    Wow … what a great space. I am currently working at a centre with a VERY tiny outdoor space. Apart from a few gum trees , a sandpit, a small cubby a single swing and tanbark we have a blank canvas. The committee is very keen to revamp our backyard, so Thank you for giving us a glimpse into what is possible at other centres. 🙂

    ::: Your’e very welcome Lisa. It’s great your committee is keen! Keep watching this space as we have plenty more centres coming up. Hopefully you will pick up lots of great ideas here. 🙂 🙂

  8. Erin says:

    What a beautiful preschool! Thank you for sharing these photos. So inspiring! I would love to see more detailed photos of the activities available around the indoor classroom. Is there a link/site that would have these?

    ::: No Erin we’re sorry there isn’t anywhere else to see the photos. In the Education Directory our aim is to give an over all feel to these lovely places of learning. Keep watching these posts tho. Hopefully you will see enough to gain some new inspiration. 🙂 🙂