WHPS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Kulin Nation as the original custodians of this land. We pay our respects to its elders both past and present, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australians. We are committed to ensuring that our program fosters Indigenous children to feel proud of their heritage and culture and for non-indigenous children, families and staff to gain a greater understanding and respect for this culture.
WHPS is very fortunate to be nestled amongst the leafy surrounds of Smart Street Reserve, or ‘Mushroom Park’ as it is affectionately referred to by many of the children. Not only does it provide a wonderful backdrop to our kinder, but at the end of the day, can be a fun place for parents and children to gather together for socialization and play.
We value our indoor and outdoor spaces. Our current facilities include; one large multi-purpose room, an outdoor all-weather area, a large playground which boasts a sandpit, broad selection of climbing equipment, an edible garden, worm farm and dedicated bush garden. Nature-based play experiences form an important part of our program and promote children’s natural curiosity for the world around them.
We have some exciting news! Late last year, WHPS was granted $500k from the State Government in addition to our $500k council upgrade to build an additional room. We are still perfecting the plans, but the build is due to commence in September and be finished by June 2021. There are no required closures of the kinder due to the build.
WHPS is passionate about helping children to be proactive in sustainability practices. We work closely with our children to develop a sense of responsibility and respect for the environment.
At WHPS we believe in:
- Eco education – We strive to create environmentally conscious little eco warriors by utilising educational resources and practices to promote awareness around recycling and sustainability.
- Worms not waste – Our worm farm and compost bins provide a wonderful opportunity for hands on learning and engaging the children in sustainable practices.
- Nude food practices – We encourage families to send food without packaging.
- Reducing, re-using and recycling wherever possible. We make extensive use of recycled materials for creative experiences and source many materials from Resource Rescue and Reverse Art.
- Environmental preservation – We use digital media wherever possible.
- Being water wise – We utilise water tanks to harvest rain water, water the garden and provide water for play, including our creek area.
- Nurturing natural habitats – We encourage butterflies, frogs and birds to inhabit our garden by choosing plants native to the area. We also hang bird boxes in our trees to encourage native animals.
- Green cleaning – We source products made from all natural ingredients wherever possible.