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Kinders to open doors during Education Week 2023

From Portarlington to Lara, to Colac and everywhere in between, there is a Meli kindergarten close by. Next week, families can visit their local Meli kindergarten for themselves.

As part of Education Week (14-20 May), Meli welcomes all to join in on its kindergarten open days.

Local families are invited to see first-hand how Meli kindergartens are providing an educational experience that is inclusive, innovative and of course, lots of fun. Families will be able to see the indoor and outdoor learning spaces, ask the educators questions and there will be a few fun freebies for the children who come along.

Meli, the new name for BCYF and Bethany, is the region’s largest kindergarten network, with 30 kindergartens across the Geelong region, including the Bellarine Peninsula and Colac. The recently merged organisation offers 15 hours a week of free, 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten.

As well as being the largest kindergarten provider, Meli is proven to provide high quality kindergarten education, with several kindergartens in the network achieving the highest rating in the National Quality Standard (NQS) by the Department of Education and Training. Meli kindergartens incorporate an Anti-Bias Approach, meaning Meli educators work with every child, every day to promote kindness, equity and inclusion.

Meli also specialises in parenting groups, pre-school readiness with its HIPPY programs, and its Early Childhood Approach through its partnership with the NDIS, making it a leader in the early childhood space.

“We are so pleased to be able to open the doors to our kindergartens next week,” Meli CEO Grant Boyd said.

“This is our first Education Week as Meli, and I hope families take the opportunity to come and see our incredible kindergartens, meet our passionate educators. Families can register for free 3 or 4-year-old kindergarten in 2024 via our website.

“Whether you are in Geelong, Lara, Colac or the Bellarine Peninsula, there is a Meli kindergarten not too far away, ready to welcome your child and your family.”

For more information on Meli’s kindergarten programs phone 03 5273 0200 or register online now at www.meli.org.au/kindergartens/

The following kindergarten open days are being held during Education Week 2023:

Bell Park Kindergarten
10-12 Barton St, Bell Park
Wed 17 May 2.30pm- 4.30pm
Bell Post Hill Kindergarten
58 Ernest St, Bell Post Hill
Wed 17 May 2.15pm-4.15pm
Bellevue Preschool
224 Roslyn Rd, Highton
Wed 17 May 4pm-6pm
Breakwater Preschool
201 St Albans Rd, East Geelong
Wed 17 May 3pm-5pm
Fyans Park Kindergarten
204 West Fyans St Newtown
Fri 19 May 2.00pm-3.30pm
Grovedale Kindergarten
81 Heyers Rd, Grovedale
Tue 16 May 4.30pm-5.30pm
Herne Hill Kindergarten
2-24 Gwynne Street, Hamlyn Heights
Fri 19 May 2.30pm-4pm
Highton Preschool
74 Belle Vue Avenue, Highton
Wed 17 May 4.30pm-5.30pm
Kirralee Kindergarten
53 Richard St, Newcomb
Tues 16 May 3pm-4.30pm
Lara Kindergarten
10-12 Waverley Road, Lara
Fri 19 May 3.30pm-4.30pm
Normanby Preschool
53 Normanby St, East Geelong
Mon 15th May 4.15pm-5.45pm
Rix Street Kindergarten
49 Rix St, Herne Hill
Mon 15 May 4.30pm-5.30pm
William Hovell Preschool
28 Hendy St, Corio 
Tue 16 May 2.30pm-3.30pm
Allanvale Preschool
28 Allanvale Ave, Leopold
Wed 17 May 4.15pm-5.45pm
Beacon Point Preschool
49 Centaurus Ave, Clifton Springs
Mon 15 May 4pm-5pm
Drysdale Preschool
17 Palmerston St, Drysdale
Thurs 18 May 2.30pm-4.00pm
Leopold Kindergarten
29 Kanimbla Avenue, Leopold
Wed 17 May 4pm-5.30pm
Ocean Grove Preschool
114 The Avenue, Ocean Grove
Tues 16 May 2.15pm-4.15pm
Ocean Grove Woodlands Kindergarten
15 Wyatt St, Ocean Grove
Tues 16 May 4.15pm-5.15pm
Portarlington Preschool
51-55 Newcombe Street Portarlington
Wed 17 May 2.30pm-4.30pm
Queenscliff Kindergarten
10 Stevens Street, Queenscliff
Wed 17 May 4pm-5pm
Winifred Nance Kindergarten
5 Gilmartin Street, Colac
Wed 17 May 3.30pm-5.30pm
Wydinia Kindergarten
19 Dunoon Street, Colac
Tues 16 May 2.30pm-4pm
Greenville Kindergarten
58 Greenville Drive, Grovedale
Tues 16 May 2.30pm-4pm
Belmont Kindergarten
44 Kidman Avenue, Belmont
Fri 19 May 9am-11am
Colac East Kindergarten
1 Polwarth Street, Colac
Wed 17 May 3pm-4.30pm
Flinders Kindergarten
3 Kees Road, Lara
Fri 19 May 4.30pm-5.30pm
St Albans Park Kindergarten
43-53 Homestead Drive, St Albans Park
Tues 16 May 4.30pm-5.30pm
Clifton Springs Preschool
21A Central Rd, Clifton Springs
Mon 15 May 2pm-4pm
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