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Introduction


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Introduction


Lilian Cannam Kindergarten is an historic, not for profit community run kindergarten located in South Melbourne. We offer programs for 3 to 5 year olds.

For nearly 100 years LCK has provided a large outdoor sanctuary for inner city children and a connection to our local environment and community. We believe in an emergent educational philosophy to ensure we remain socially relevant, intellectually engaging and meaningful to children and families.

Please contact us for a tour or if you are interested in enrolling your child.

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Who we are


Who we are


Lilian Cannam Kindergarten has been operating in the South Melbourne area since 1922.  The kindergarten is named after its founder and first President, Lilian Cannam.

LCK has had a long relationship with the City of Port Phillip.  In 1927 the Council bought the present site and has since played a major role in the development and maintenance of its buildings and facilities and in supporting our kindergarten programs.

Over the years LCK has been innovative in developing a range of children’s programs in order to meet the needs of local children and families and to ensure broad community use of the facility. The kindergarten provides a large, outdoor sanctuary for inner city children.

LCK employs highly qualified early childhood teachers who undertake the design, implementation and evaluation of the kindergarten program. The teaching teams work closely with specialist teachers in visual arts, music and French, to provide high quality teaching and learning programs.

The kindergarten is an Incorporated Association managed by a voluntary Committee of Management elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. All parents are eligible to vote and stand for election.

The committee is responsible for the management of the kindergarten and undertakes this in close consultation with the Director. Specific responsibilities include managing the finances, policy development, staff employment, liaison with government departments and the Port Phillip City Council, and ensuring the kindergarten operates in accordance with government legislation, policy and best practice.

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Our Philosophy


Our Philosophy


We work with children to help them understand that they are global citizens with shared responsibilities to the environment and humanity.

Our play based programs support children, families and teachers working together to create a community rich in values, knowledge and skills. The children are encouraged to explore the world around them, extend their learning and development in the arts, literacy, mathematics, science, nature, language, social and emotional wellbeing, communication, cognition and physical development.

Our curriculum has an inquiry approach that reflects early childhood theory and practice. It supports children’s learning through meaningful experiences, enhanced through individual and collaborative work.

In line with the National Quality Framework we are guided by the VEYLDF and practice principles – family centred practice; partnerships with professionals; high expectations; equity and diversity; respectful relationships and responsive engagement; integrated teaching and learning approaches; assessment for learning and development; reflective practice and the five learning outcomes.

IDENTITY - Children have a strong sense of self
COMMUNITY - Children are connected with and contribute to their world
WELLBEING - Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
LEARNING - Children are confident and involved learners
COMMUNICATION - Children are effective communicators.