Our Programs advocate for each child’s right to an inspiring learning environment, where both the indoor and outdoor play spaces support exploration, experimentation and opportunities to construct and revisit ideas and understanding.

Play provides opportunities for children to use thinking and learning processes. It also develops decision-making, physicality, creativity, social interaction, communication and experimentation. With increasing experience, development and confidence the play evolves in its richness and value. Therefore children are encouraged to engage in a variety of experiences which support their interests and learning style/s.

Each Preschool group at Gardiner has their own ‘reflective journal’. The reflective journal is a collection of narratives, photographs, explanations and questions relating to the experiences and learning that occurs during our sessions. It is a great way for our teachers and students to communicate to the kinder families what is occurring in the program and for parents to gain an insight and understanding of the Preschool learning experience.

Pre School

3 year old Program

“Bluebell group”

  • 7.5 hours/week
  • Tuesday: 8:30- 11:30am
  • Thursday: 8:30am – 1:00pm
  • $730 per term

Pre School

4 year old Program

“Banksia group”

  • 24 hours/week
  • Monday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Tuesday: 12:30 – 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • $1275 per term

“Wattle group”

  • 18.5 hours/week
  • Monday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am – 1:00pm
  • $985 per term



Gardiner Pre School is a community based Kindergarten located in Melbourne’s south eastern suburb, Glen Iris. We are run by a Committee of Management, whose members are elected each year at our Annual General Meeting.

Our Kindergarten provides both Four Year Old Kindergarten and Three Year Old Kindergarten program.

Our Kinder has two spacious and naturally bright rooms which are versatile and allow for us to provide a play based kindergarten program for the four year old and three year old children.

We have a large, sustainable and beautiful outdoor space within which there are spaces for the four year old and three year old children to explore growing and harvesting vegetables, create their own play spaces, engage in different sports, climb, jump and explore the lovely space.

Added to this is our beautiful new back deck, which is adorned with both artwork created by the children with an Artist in Residence and some newly planted Australian plants to create a beautiful space for the children and teaching team to retreat to! This space, in particular allows the children who attend our Kindergarten to feel a connection to Australia and our community as the artwork has been designed to represent how the children feel connected to our Indigenous people.

Gardiner Pre school is a sessional Kindergarten with highly regarded teachers and educators within the local community. Gardiner Pre School also has an outstanding reputation in the high level of care and education provided to the children and families, with our most recent assessment giving us a rating of “Exceeding National Quality Standards.”

Our teaching team are passionate about providing each and every child with the opportunity to learn and explore through offering hands on, open ended activities which assist the children in learning about their space in the world, their family,  their community, sustainability, literacy, numeracy and so much more.

We have close connections to many of the local Primary schools such as St Rochs, St Mary’s Catholic School, Malvern Primary School, Malvern Central Primary School and Glen Iris Primary School.