Sherbourne Preschool

An early learning centre in Montmorency

Rated Exceeding - National Quality Standard


Sherbourne Preschool provides a progressive, high quality learning environment for early childhood education by:

Rated Exceeding - National Quality Standard

  • Creating a calm, welcoming and challenging environment that encourages individuality and creativity.
  • Extending and developing self-image and confidence.
  • Developing and using expectations for community living – which include respect, caring, sharing and group communication.
  • Combining the needs and interests of the individual, and the group in the program.
  • Extending curiosity and the love of learning with fun, stimulating and original activities.
  • Developing independent thinking by recognising the value of children’s contributions and seeing children as active learners.
  • Appreciating the process of learning as well as the end product.

Our Teachers

Our educational philosophy and approach is supported and promoted by Jo Barker (Manager & Lead Teacher) and Narelle Allen (3 year old teacher).

Enthusiastic and qualified kindergarten teachers who plan and implement quality experiences for both kindergarten groups, they are assisted by caring assistants who are an integral part of our early learning centre.

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Our Program

Our program creates a positive and supportive learning environment focusing on the development of the whole child. Activities are planned to promote learning in all developmental domains – social, emotional cognitive, language and physical.

It's play-based and interest-based

As play is considered to be one of the most important ways a child can learn about their world. Ideas for activities and events are sourced from the children’s interest.  This approach is due to the belief that children learn more if they are interested in what they are learning and have input into the direction of their learning. The program activities (eg. excursions and focuses) change from year to year, depending on the interests and needs of the group.

Parent/Carer involvement

Your involvement is encouraged through:

  • Participation in the educational programs and activities at Sherbourne Preschool.
  • Participation in social events.
  • Membership of the Management Committee.

3 & 4 Year Old Enrolments

3 & 4 year old kindergarten registrations open 1 March, the year prior to the child attending.

3 year old kinder

A child is eligible for 3 year old kindergarten, if they turn 3 years of age by the 30 April the year of attendance. The child must turn 3 before they can commence at kindergarten. As every child is different, we encourage you to carefully consider the year your child commences 3-year-old kindergarten as this may have an impact on the year they commence school. There is no second year of funded 3 year old kindergarten.

4 year old kinder

A child is eligible for 4 year old kindergarten if they turn 4 years of age by the 30 April the year of attendance.


Banyule Council manages 3 & 4 year old kindergarten registrations. Registrations must be made online at

There is no longer the opportunity to download or print out a registration form. All registrations are via the online registration form on the Banyule website and kindergarten offers are sent out in mid-July via email and the parent portal. Please contact Banyule Council on 9490 4222 if you experience any difficulties registering.

Please email us at if you have any other enrolment queries. Session times and fees can be found below.

Priority of places

Kindergarten places are allocated according to the Department of Education and Trainings (DET) priority of access and Banyule Councils Kindergarten Central Registration policy.

Timetable 2021


8:30am - 12:30pm (4 hrs)

3 Year Olds

Teacher in charge
Narelle Allen

12:30pm - 4:00pm (3.5 hrs)

Educare - 3 & 4 Year Olds


8:30am to 4:00pm (7.5hrs)

4 Year Old - Groups 1 & 2

Teacher(s) in charge
Tracy Simpson


8:30am to 11:30am (3hrs)

3 Year Olds

Teacher in charge
Narelle Allen

12:30pm to 4:00pm (3.5hrs)

4 Year Old  -
Groups 2 & 3

Teacher in charge
Jo Barker


8:30am to 4:00pm (7.5hrs)

4 Year Old
Group 1 & 3

Teacher(s) in charge
Tracy Simpson


8:30am to 12:30pm (4hrs)

4 Year Old -
Groups 2 & 3

Teacher in charge
Jo Barker

12:30pm to 4:00pm (4hrs)

Educare - 3 & 4 Year Olds

* Hours of operation and session times are impacted by the funded hours of kindergarten and the mandatory staff and student ratios set by government bodies and are therefore subject to change in future years.

Educare - New for 2021!

  • Monday afternoon 12.30pm – 4pm (after 3 year old session)

  • Friday afternoon 12.30pm – 4pm (after Group 2 & 3 – 4 year old session)

This program:

  • Provides an opportunity for families to have an extended day of care, with the advantage of sending your child to Sessional Kindergarten.
  • Provides your child with an opportunity to expand on social skills with children that attend on different days.
  • Educare is not part of the 3 year old or funded 4 year old kindergarten programs, but is in addition to, and allows cross aged teaching of 3, 4 and 5 year olds.


  • Educare is run by a Diploma Qualified Activity Group Leader and is open to all children enrolled at Sherbourne preschool.The cost is $35 per session or $60 for two sessions and is paid by the term.
  • Educare is open to all Sherbourne families regardless of what day their child attends the sessional kinder program.
  • There is also the option of attending on a casual basis, dependent on availability.
  • If you would like further information please email or call 9439 2992.

Contact Sherbourne Preschool for more information, or to organise a visit.


(03) 9439 2992