About Us

Pinemont Pre-School believes in:

Respect– We value respect as an integral part of our centre and it underlies all interactions, procedures & policies of the centre. It also underlies all of the following principles.

A sense of belonging– We believe that children, families and staff develop a sense of belonging to the centre.  The centre also actively encourages the involvement of families in all aspects of their child’s care.

The Value of Play– We acknowledge the importance of the early childhood years and our role in a young child’s development. We believe that children learn through play.  Staff provides a developmentally appropriate program that caters for all children’s abilities and needs, both as individuals and as a group. We encourage open-ended play experiences that enable children to develop their problem solving skills and physical abilities. The program will also be flexible and stimulating, offering challenges in new experiences and enabling children to develop to their full potential.

Communication– We value and encourage open and sincere/respectful communication between children, families and staff. Staff also model positive relationships through good communication that encourages children to form positive relationships with their peers. Various communication strategies are used in order to ensure that open communication is developed and maintained between children, families and staff. Greater understanding comes from positive communication.

Teamwork– Co-operation and team work are vital aspects of providing quality care for children and a fulfilling workplace for staff. We encourage children, staff and families to work together as a team to the enhancement of our centre.

Equality– We believe that all children, families and staff should be able to access our service, regardless of gender, country of origin, religion or physical ability. This is also reflected in our program planning, ensuring that all have access to all parts of the program. We recognise and respect the importance of the cultural backgrounds of our children, families, staff and our community.

The Environment– Educating children on the conservation of our environment is an important part of our planning and will be incorporated into our program. Using natural resources will also encourage an appreciation of the environment and lower our impact.

Welcome to Pinemont Pre-School

Following three years of meetings, fundraising, building design and countless working bees, Pinemont Pre-School was officially opened in April 1966 by the local member of Parliament, Mr. W Manson, in the presence of the Mayor, other officials and a group of eager parents. The spirit of community and dedication still surrounds the pre-school today.

Today Pinemont is run by a dedicated parent committee that volunteers their time to see that the kinder is the best it can be in all areas including administration, resources, quality programming and social connections.

Parental involvement is welcomed and is the backbone of Pinemont Pre-School, as it was over 50 years ago.

Our well qualified, enthusiastic staff provide a fun, creative pre-school program in a caring and stimulating environment. The happiness and positive self esteem of our children is paramount.

Pinemont Pre-School’s Statement of Principles:


  • Meet the needs of children whose families reside and work in Maroondah
  • To provide an environment that respects and maintains the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the children.
  • Enable children to develop to their full potential taking into account their individual needs.


  • Provide support for the family as a whole.
  • Involve parents in the management of the service.
  • Provide an environment where parental concerns can be addressed.
  • Encourage parent/family involvement in the day-to-day operation of the Centre.


  • Develop and maintain optimum working conditions, allowing opportunities for staff support and training.
  • Involve staff in the decision making processes and in the ongoing evaluation of the Centre’s policies and development of the service.
  • Provide an atmosphere in which staff can work as a team and where levels of training and personal skills are respected, valued and utilised.