Welcome, Nau maim, Bienvenido, Huānyíng, Yōkoso – to Bluebird Early Education Ararat. We are a beautiful and culturally diverse Centre who pride themselves on providing warm, respectful and inclusive environments for all. We embrace that our Educators and Families are rich in culture and are sensitive to the diverse beliefs and values of our multicultural community.
Our passionate and long-standing Educators are all bi-lingual, speaking many languages including English, Maori, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. This provides opportunities for a range of cultural experiences and a real sense of acceptance among our community. We understand that some Families may have long work commutes or other afternoon commitments which create pressure around School pick up times. To support with this need, we offer an After-School Care Program for any Children who attend St. Mary’s Primary School or Ararat 800 Primary.
We really enjoy sharing a fence with Mt. Mary’s Primary School, it is lovely to have visits during School recess times from former and current Children and it also supports our Buddy Program. Each week our School aged Children are encouraged to support, play and role model for the younger members of our Bluebird community.
We believe in Teaching children about the world around them and of course the spirit of community. Ararat is a small town and connections as well as understanding about our local neighbourhood are really important. We enjoy regular incursions including art and craft, local community services and family profession show and tell sessions.
Our Outdoor play environments are state of the art and include many different permanent learning experiences including a reflexology walk, large cubby fort, mud kitchen and cosy nooks. Children are able to explore, grow and develop their own natural, unique learning journey with support from their Teaching Teams.
It is important to us that we help children to become resilient, mindful and compassionate about the world around them. We incorporate Yoga classes weekly which offer children time to relax and calm the body. We also engage our daily Tea Time Ritual, sharing a warm herbal Tea with one another with rich discussions and reflections regarding the day. If you would like to be a part of an incredible Centre, where each individual is truly celebrated and supported, then Bluebird Ararat is for you.
All meals provided including snacks
Vacation care program
Early Childhood Teacher
Before and After School Care
Calendar of fun special events and cultural activities
Yoga Mindfulness Program
EDUCA app: Parent communication tool for daily journals and learning stories
Parent TV – Informative subscription to online video resources, to support families
Nappies and Wipes
Regular excursions and incursions
Meet the Centre Manager
Hello, my name is Tanya Pettman and I am the Centre Manager here at Bluebird Ararat. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood and have worked in the industry for over 10 years. I am originally from New Zealand but have lived in Australia for 6 years now – 3 of those years were spent here Ararat!
I have always had a passion for Children and Early Childhood Education and recognise the importance of creating a love of learning, in the early years. Being a mother myself, I value the comfort of seeing your little ones face light up as they arrive to Kinder in the mornings. It is because of this, that I encourage my team to build strong and trusting relationships with each child.
I believe in promoting a relaxed, welcoming, homely environment for children to learn and develop into curious and independent individuals. It is important to me that all Children, Families and Educators feel that they have a place within our walls and that their thoughts and feelings are considered and heard.
I encourage those looking for Education and Care here in Ararat to book in for a tour and see what we have to offer here at Bluebird Ararat, you won’t be disappointed!
|89-91 Moore St Ararat, VIC, 3377|
|Enquiry Line: 1300 692 632|
|Centre Number: (03) 5352 1333|
|Monday||6:30AM – 6:30PM|
|Tuesday||6:30AM – 6:30PM|
|Wednesday||6:30AM – 6:30PM|
|Thursday||6:30AM – 6:30PM|
|Friday||6:30AM – 6:30PM|