An open space to learn and play.

Sunnyside Kindergarten is unique in that a significant footprint of our location is outdoors. This aligns perfectly with our Reggio Emilia inspired approach to learning, providing lots of different environments for children to engage in meaningful experiences.

At Sunnyside

1432 SQM of outdoor space

Particularly unique to Sunnyside, our vast outdoor area means there are countless opportunities for the children to climb trees, build elaborate obstacle courses and safely explore considered risks.  It greatly enhances many learning experiences for example children regularly plant, cultivate, cook and then compost various vegetables and herbs from our expansive vegetable garden demonstrating sustainable living.   We believe that offering these deeper connections to learning and building the children’s physical capacity in a controlled environment, will help them become strong and rounded members of the community.

Japanese language  program

Educating children in the 4 year-old groups about the culture, cuisine and language of Japan

Indigenous Garden

Helping children learn about the history and culture of our first nations people.

Sustainability commitment

Educating children on why we must try to “only take from the land what we can give back.”

11 core classroom centres

Unique set-ups for children to learn and interact with both in and outdoors.

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Classroom Centres

Sunnyside has 11 core centres dedicated to inviting learning experiences. A mix of outdoor and indoor, each centre is designed to support children discover and learn in different ways. These core centres evolve and grow throughout the year depending on the interests of the children and programs developed.

A child paying with play dough on a table top


Through fun manipulation of clay and play dough, the children develop hand strength and fine motor skills required for drawing and writing. 

A child playing with play dough


Here the children enjoy regular exposure and opportunities for experimentation. Children are introduced to artistic skills, techniques and styles as well as imaginative and expressive art.

A young girl sitting in front of a mirror, writing in a notebook


The upright easel works to further develop children’s fine motor skills by enabling them to explore mediums, such as paint, crayons and pastels, both as an individual and also with a friend.

Children and a teacher on a rug outside folding red paper


Here children learn more about communication and non-verbal queues and get to express their ideas and feelings through symbols and markings.

Children playing on Japanese drums


At story time, children are encouraged to analyse various aspects of a story, such as the characters and plot. They also have the opportunity to retell stories and create their own. As pre readers the children participate in games and songs that develop their vocabulary, rhyming and alliteration skills.

A teacher helping fold sushi for a young boy


We use dramatic play to help the children learn more about social and communicative concepts such as etiquette and problem solving. For example, role playing taking orders in a restaurant, looking after a baby or talking on the phone.

Two young boys playing with hammer and nails


In this space, children experience and explore 3-dimensional thinking and spatial awareness, as well as social interaction skills such as sharing and respecting each other’s personal space. Many science and maths concepts such as stability, measurement, size, scale and proportion are discovered and experimented with here.

A teacher reading to some children


Sunnyside continually exposes the children to books that are purposefully selected to demonstrate a range of topics, concepts and styles.

Wooden blocks on a light table, with plastic coloured parts lighting up


The light table strengthens observation and interpretation skills. Many concepts, especially maths and literacy, can be reinforced here in an exploratory, tactile and visual way. Various opaque, transparent and translucent materials are explored to determine the way in which they relate to light.

an overhead projector shining on a wall with a picture of rocks


Children explore projected images that complement introduced concepts and provoke inquiry.

A wooden shelf holding wooden block and toys


At the puzzles and games centre the children practice ordering by size, sequencing, counting and forming strategies to solve problems. There are opportunities to develop number, colour and shape recognition, along with their fine motor, social and emotional skills.