Butterfield House Kindergarten


Early learning kindergarten and care

Surrounded by bush and with an abundance of open space our students become knowledgeable about the natural world. Through play-based learning, we encourage them to think about the small and big things we can do to take care of their local environment and our planet.

Butterfield House Kindergarten

With thoughtful planning we have been able to create a centre with high quality physical spaces, including blending indoors and outdoors, ample natural light, a heavy emphasis on the use of natural materials, and the development of imaginative gardens and outdoor discovery areas.

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We often speak of the power of connection…

– The connections between children, families, and trusted educators

– The connections between children

–  The connections with programs that are meaningful and link purposefully with the evident developmental needs of our preschoolers

– The connections to our world through an intentional pedagogy that recognises the importance of nature and our responsibilities toward planet earth.

As the very first point of connection into a potentially ongoing pathway, at the Surf Coast Campus, it is so important to us that all families immediately sense the shared Christian ethos that IS Christian College. An interest in each family and how we can best support their needs, a determination to be inclusive and a physical space that is beautiful, functional, and welcoming are high on our priorities.

Prekinder is a gentle first step into a program which has its unique routines relevant to our youngest members, and a set cohort of peers and educators that journey with the children throughout their Prekinder year. Over this time, children learn to identify as part of a group, they develop increased autonomy and a capacity to engage with each other through play and exploration.

Preschool builds on the Prekinder foundation. It introduces children to more complex ways of contributing to their own learning, to a developing sense of agency and to increased mastery across all developmental areas. Additionally we collaborate with the Junior Schools at each Christian College Campus to offer Music, Japanese and Library to this stage of our programs.

Our day care program is the lynch pin. With access to the same resources and environments, and with a team that are intentional about maintaining the same high standard of our sessional programs, our child care program has been elevated to a high standard indeed. The part this team plays at the service underpins the shared investment by all educators into each of our children, across all groups, and all learning environments.

Extended Care at Butterfield House


We are pleased to be able to offer Extended Care sessions from 2024. These extended care programs are to assist working families that may require a care option for a few hours after the conclusion of their child’s kindergarten program for that day.

These extended care sessions are on offer for children who are booked on the same day, in one of our 3-year-old or a 4-year-old program. 

Extended Care programs run term time ONLY, and will run in accordance with the kindergarten/school term.

Families are able to book Extended Care sessions for the whole year or a term at a time. Please call or email for further information. Details about extended care fees can be found here.


Register your interest 

If you are interested in placing your child on the waitlist at Butterfield House for our 3 year-old and 4 year-old programs, we welcome you to click on the link below. This will take you to our online enrolment system, where you can complete an initial enquiry/waitlist form for the programs you are interested in.

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Contact Details

Director of Butterfield House

Michelle Young

Phone Number

(03) 5264 6803


240 Great Ocean Rd, Torquay 

Butterfield House Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

Butterfield House Kindergarten