C&K Everton Park Kindergarten, located at 28 Fallon Street, Everton Park, has been through a lot of changes since it opened in 1962 . However, the philosophy has always stayed the same; ‘Where Children Come First!’
C&K Everton Park is a not for profit community kindy, which means any profits are reinvested into the Kindergarten for future years. The Kindergarten is run by a committee of parents, ensuring they play a critical role in decision making.
The educators are now teaching multiple generations of local families. Mrs Lindy Diacaris started teaching at C&K Everton Park in 1987, and was joined in 1992 by Mrs Anne Orchard, establishing a teaching partnership that has lasted nearly 30 years! Fortunately, at C&K Everton Park, the staff love the Kindy as much as the children and are passionate about the best learning outcomes for each and every child.
Over the years, the building has been extended, playgrounds improved and many trees planted. The quiet Fallon Street location and leafy surrounds provides a natural haven for children.
C&K Everton Park has faced many challenges over the years, but 2020 has proved to be one of the greatest challenges yet. The children were just settling into Kindy when COVID-19 restrictions were implemented. Kindergarten at home was challenging, as a major part of Kindergarten life is learning skills such as sharing, co-operation and independence. Educators were kept busy sharing learning ideas with parents and preparing take home learning packs to collect from the carpark. Families enjoyed sharing stories and activities about Kindergarten at home. Now that Kindergarten has returned, the children have adapted and risen to the challenge of new routines, showing that C&K Everton Park children are competent and capable learners!
One of the problems to overcome was not holding the annual Open Day in May, which allows future families to look around the Kindy. But thanks to community support from local real estate agency (Madeleine Hicks) a virtual tour of the Kindergarten was recorded and is available on the Kindy website – www.epk.asn.au