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::: dover street preschool – inside

That Dover Street Preschool in Oakleigh East in the southern suburbs of Melbourne is multicultural, is obvious from the moment you step up to the front gate!

Here we were greeted with “Welcome” in many languages.

We were also greeted with the children’s fence art which appears to be part of a group project …

along with colourful hanging bottle decorations …

and mini gardens in shoes and gumboots.

What a lovely welcome!!!

The foyer was large and airy …

and displayed heaps of parent information …

 and incorporated this great room divider, decorated with the children’s art work.

Next to the foyer is a very cosy parent retreat with comfy chairs …

posters, children’s art work, photos, decorative pieces additional information …

and a display board the families are involved in setting up, explaining the different customs from their home countries. The staff here are very conscious of the family connections and input into the preschool.

When we finally managed to pull ourselves away from this fabulous room, we found the children in the playroom, totally engaged in their play.

They were mixing their own paints …

with recipe cards to follow if they wished.

They then used their new paint colours at the easels.

They were busy building with Duplo …

and blocks, including interesting wooden shapes from Resource Rescue …

and drawers with a variety of props such as animals, insects and boats.

A group of children were busy on a mat on the floor at an invention area sticking together a heap of foam shapes stored in baskets around them.

We saw the brightest, pinkest playdough …

a puzzle table with extra puzzles stored on shelves nearby …

and a library corner made really cosy with those fabulous mini loungroom chairs.

Children were making their own books using crayons, textas and stencils …

and in anticipation of Director Nicole, heading off to Thailand next week to work as a volunteer for a fortnight in a village preschool …

we saw a beautiful multicultural table set up with a globe, books, dolls, materials, posters and instruments.

They have a home corner using gorgeous wooden furniture from ‘M.A.N. Made Creations’ …

where these girls were “concentrating hard on writing our shopping lists!”

They also had a fabulous hospital, in full operation …

including X-rays on a lightbox …

and some very hard working …

and extremely attentive doctors.

This doctor was clearly on a relaxation break!

We are rather impressed with the number of preschools we visit who have pets for the children to learn about, like this stick insect …

and fish in an aquarium.

The playroom at Dover Street is nicely decorated with little touches like the use of this lamp and mini shelves storing the CDs …

maxi hangers from Resource rescue used to display paintings from the ceiling …

gorgeous giant sized wooden pencils displays …

the use of real and artificial plants …

and of course the children’s art work.

It was a gorgeous Spring day, so we couldn’t wait to get outside. We could see just from popping our noses through the fence on the way in that there were many exciting things out there for the children to do… but you’ll have to wait until next week to have a look!

Dover Street Preschool  is situated at 19 Dover Street, Oakleigh East, Victoria, 3166

(Melway Reference 70 C10 )

 This information has been added to our Education Directory – Under ‘City of Monash’.









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9 Responses to “dover street preschool – inside”

  1. Lisa says:

    Wow!! What a beautiful environment. They are very lucky children. It seems like such a peaceful, respectful, inspiring place to be.

    ::: The kinders we visit Lisa never cease to blow us away and Dover Street was awesome. It has such an inviting, friendly feel to it. Wait until you see the outside area next week … Woah!!!

  2. Shiona says:

    Wow this looks great, would love to hear about the trip to Thialand village pre-school.

    ::: WOW Shiona, how amazing would that trip be?!?!? Perhaps we could invite Nicole to tell us ALL about it when she returrns. 🙂 🙂

  3. Louise says:

    Now why haven’t I ever thought of bright pink playdough? Loved the many dramatic play and art spaces. Thanks again! 🙂

    ::: You know Louise, Sherry and I never thought of making the pink playdough that bright either … although once we made it fleuro orange. Now that WAS bright!

  4. Kelly says:

    I would love to know where i can get the foam sticky shapes as seen in one of your pics Please

    ::: Kelly you can get these sticky foam shapes as well as many other shapes at Respurce Rescue Inc in Bayswater … You can also find them on Facebook … 🙂 🙂

  5. Nicole Loveday says:

    I would love to tell you ALL about my exciting adventure in Thailand when I return. I leave tomorrow night with my 17 year old son. The kindergarten is situated 3 hours north of Bangkok. It is a very poor area, many of the children are orphans or live on the tip. My wonderful families at kinder have donated so much for me to give to the children. Am very excited and am sure this will be life changing for me. Will let you all know about my adventures on my return 🙂

    ::: Take lots of photos Nicole. Perhaps when you get back you would like to do a guest post about your trip on the blog??? I know there are a lot of people (US included) who would LOVE to hear all about it. 🙂 🙂

  6. Hi!
    Incredible this school! I’d like to work in a place like that! I’m from Brazil and here we don’t have many schools like this!

    ::: It really is lovely Ana. Perhaps ypu would enjoy looking at more schools and preschools similar to this one on our Education Directory … 🙂 🙂

  7. Greg says:

    You get to visit the coolest places & people, & you get to do it together! I’m so jealous of the two of you.

    ::: Yeah!! We certainly don’t take our situation (or each other) for granted for one single second Greg! 🙂 🙂

  8. jaclyn says:

    So Jealous of the amount of space they have! Can you please tell me how many children are attending this center per day? It looks amazing.
    Thanks Jaclyn

  9. admin says:

    Probably around 25 at a time Jaclyn.