Family life has always been central to the Ivanhoe community and in 1947 this spirit planted the seed that was to grow into Fairy Hills Kindergarten.
In 1947 Mrs Rosemary Derham (Sir David and Lady Derham) of 14 Redesdale Road, Ivanhoe and her neighbors formed a playgroup.
1949 sixteen parents formed a collective and guaranteed one year’s subscription, officially starting Fairy Hills Playgroup Association. Kindergarten teacher, Miss Kathleen Harbison was engaged and a room hired at 15 Redesdale Road.
In 1950 fees were just six pounds for younger children and eleven pounds for older children (they have gone up just a little since then!). The current location of Thyer Road was chosen as the site. Other sites were considered, but it was felt that they were too far away (back then, private cars were not quite so plentiful).
By 1954 approval for the building had finally been obtained and tenders issued. The final cost of the building was four thousand seven hundred and eighty six pounds twelve shillings and six pence. Imagine trying to build in Ivanhoe for that now!
On 6th June 1956 the children and their teacher Mrs Mueller moved to the current site.
In 1957 the name was changed to Fairy Hills Kindergarten Association.
In 1960 our landmark cubby house was acquired for two pounds, ten shillings and established in the lower grounds in June that year.
In 1987 the iconic "Lilypad Fairy" leadlight window was installed depicting what was to become the Kinder's logo.
The window was created by parents David and Allison Brown.
1989 was the year that the first 3 year old group commenced under the guidance of teacher Sandy Giles.
In 1993 new extensions were completed.
In 2005, teacher, Lisa Milgate joined the kinder staff.
2006 was the 50th anniversary of the kinder which was celebrated with great fanfare including the lifting of a time capsule buried 25 years earlier.
2007 Robyn Cranston was appointed Director and 4 year old teacher of the kinder.
The kindergarten has come a long way since the early days. In 2012 a second new room was opened, built from a combination of government grants and almost $100,000 of committee raised funds. This has enabled Fairy Hills to continue to offer three year old programs, together with the increased 15 hours of 4 year old kinder (under Universal Access). Our indoor space and resources are the best in the area. As well, our gardens and outdoor play equipment are arguably the best of any local kindergarten. Where else can children dig for gold in the sandpit or eat in a “magic circle”?!
2013 Lisa Milgate was appointed Director of the kinder.
In 2014 we established an orchard development and designed a sensory garden which was completed in 2015.
2015 Fairy hills kindergarten entered a new phase under the directorship of Ms Kerry Benton and second in charge Leah Tsomos.
2015 Our new Logo was created and voted for! After lots of excited sticker-sticking, and a NEAR draw (the winner won by only ONE vote!) the 2015 Committee, together with our Director and wonderful staff, are happy to present to the Fairy Hills Kindergarten community our new logo! The sweet little boy and girl fairy won over most of the children (and a lot of the grown-ups!) , and we are so thrilled to have this beautiful drawing - drawn in 2014 by some of our 4-year-old students - as our new logo.
2016 Fairy Hills Kindergarten introduced a new 3 year old program.
2017 Fairy Hills Kindergarten introduced a new after care program.
2018 The Kinder continues to grow and flourish with a much anticipated renovation (due for completion in late Dec 2018 & ready for the commencement of the new school year in Term 1 2019). These major works will further enhance our learning spaces, educational programs and beautiful outdoor playground. 2018 also saw us welcome new staff members: Teachers, Rita Casonato (Sun Group), Neena Mehta (Comet Group) and Sharon Rogers (Admin/Office and Teacher support). Our staff has grown to 13 members with diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests but all are passionate about Early Years Education and making Fairy Hills a wonderful place to work, learn and play!
We are proud of our rich history that has enabled us to blossom into the magical kindergarten we are today. Fairy Hills Kindergarten is a truly unique, engaging and delightful place for preschool children to learn and play.