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About

Strong Community Values

We are committed to providing quality early childhood care and education. The team at the Richmond Crèche and Kindergarten strongly believe that childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world - and not just with words. A short tour of our kindergarten will show you our commitment to these values.

Environmental Awareness

We believe it is our responsibility to role model and teach sustainable practices to our children and our community. Environmental awareness is more than just a skill to acquire.

Being Responsive

Every child is unique and deserves to have their individual needs and choices respected. We aim to provide our children with experiences that nurture their innate curiosity.

Having Fun

Fun should be integrated into a childs life, without fun what’s it all for? Childhood is a unique time in one’s life and we believe it should be filled with wonder and delight.

Holistic Wellbeing

We support our children in developing critical thinking skills. We aim to provide a nurturing environment that nourishes the physical, emotional and educational needs of our children and our community.

Inclusive Practice

We acknowledge diversity and aim to support each member of our community. By supporting the professional development of our educators we celebrate unique strengths.

Cultivating Relationships

Safe, secure and supportive relationships are fundamental to a child’s positive growth and development; therefore we make cultivating relationships a priority.

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A Rich Local History

The creche was established in 1891 for the purpose of taking care of children of deserving mothers who were compelled to go out to work to earn their living. While over the years the creche has developed to meet the changing needs of the community the fundamentals of our purpose have always remained the same. We are still a Committee operated, community based creche, but our committee members are no longer outside bodies, they are parents of the children attending the creche.

  • 1981

    October

    Official Opening

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    Official opening of Richmond Crèche with the first child enrolled named Michael Walsh. It was overseen by a matron and 1 assistant. Due to the need to provide care for mothers away at work and respite for children in unfortunate circumstances.

  • 1910

    October

    New Building on Abinger Street

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    Richmond Crèche and Day Nursery moved from the Lennox Street premises to where it is today at 14 Abinger Street. Miss Hunter was the matron and she had specialised training in nursing.

  • 1933

    October

    Main Yard

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    The cottage on the east side of the crèche was demolished to obtain more play space and what is now our main yard.

  • 1971

    October

    Richmond Rotary Club

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    Richmond Crèche and Day Nursery is nearing forced closure due to finances but with the help of the community and the Richmond Rotary Club, it fights through.

  • 2003

    October

    First Trivia

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    First ever Trivia night was held at the Richmond Bowls Club. RCK’s 3rd major renovations to the main bathroom, Bumblebees hallway and Nursery internal walls removed to create bigger spaces.

  • 2016

    October

    125th Anniversary

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    On October 12th RCK celebrated its 125th anniversary.