About us


At Dr. Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten PLAY is given the greatest priority within our programme as play is the basis of all learning and encourages creativity, self expression and independence.

It is our belief that children need to feel positive about their own self worth; therefore it is of utmost importance that each child values themselves for what they are and what they can offer others.

The staff model appropriate behaviours and provide guidance where necessary to help children socialise, develop respect for one another, assume responsibility for their actions and resolve conflicts.

The success of our programme is reliant on a positive partnership between parents and staff. It is not only the influence of the kindergarten staff, but that of parents, peers and the general community that helps to achieve the overall growth of the child.

We aim to work together with you to provide the very best for your child’s welfare and education.

You are encouraged to read more about the Victoria Early Years Learning and Development Framework at: www.education.vic.gov.au/earlylearning.

Our Kindergarten

Dr Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten is situated within the leafy suburb of Mitcham. With an architecturally designed, purpose built building set amongst a natural landscape of gumtrees. We offer a generous size play area taking advantage of the natural environment and incorporating a variety of play equipment and structures to facilitate free play for the children.

In a stress-free, happy, caring and safe environment, children are provided, via a carefully planned program, with opportunities to:

  • Develop their self esteem
  • Develop social skills such as sharing, taking turns, respecting the rights of others, respecting property, listening when someone else is talking and self-control.
  • Develop fine and large motor skills
  • Discover the world around them – people in the community, nature and people from other lands
  • Develop their imagination and creativity
  • Express their ideas through art, music, movement and language
  • Become self- motivated
  • Gain effective communication skills
  • Develop problem solving techniques to questions and be curious

The Education Programme

Our kindergarten respects, values and is informed by the Victorian Early Years Development Framework. This framework helps to shape the educational programme offered to your children. When planning and implementing it, our objective is to work towards achieving each of the five “Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes” which are represented in the Framework.
These outcomes guide how we help children to:

  • develop a strong sense of identity
  • connect with and contribute to their world
  • have a strong sense of physical and emotional well-being
  • become confident learners
  • become effective communicators


In August 1948 the Mitcham Free Kindergarten Auxiliary was formed with a view to establishing a kindergarten in Mitcham. Over the next seven years much work was done in locating the site and fundraising to establish the kinder. The building sub-committee was formed in August 1955. The building was designed free of charge by architect R (Bob) J Rolfe and constructed by M E McQuade. It is proudly noted by Mrs Jess Brown (formerly Rayson), a longstanding and current Mitcham resident and inaugural Kinder Secretary, that the kinder opened debt free.

The Dr Stanley Cochrane Memorial Free Kindergarten commenced on 13 February 1957 with 50 children (30 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon). Mrs Pritchard was Directress. Dr Barbara Meredith BA MB BS, Director of Maternal, Infant and Pre-School Welfare, with the Department of Health, officially opened the kinder on Saturday 11 October 1958.

Dr Stanley Cochrane, for whom the kinder is memorialised, was one of Mitcham’s first family doctors. Dr Cochrane and his wife, a nursing sister, bought a big home from Dr Francis John Drake, on the corner of McDowall and Harrison Streets (now the site of the Mitcham RSL), and turned it into a private hospital. The property at 331 – 335 Mitcham Road was also owned by Dr Cochrane on which he built a home, incorporating a surgery, in about 1929. The property remained a medical practice for many years. Dr Cochrane and his wife had no children of their own, but he is remembered as a wonderful doctor who often cycled to visit his patient’s in their homes. He also worked tirelessly for returned soldiers in many capacities. He died in 1950.

We were delighted to officially open our newly renovated building in 2016 where we doubled the size of the kindergarten. We were able to provide a lovely meeting space for families, new toilet facilities and locker area. At the same time we freshly painted our playroom, replaced all the flooring and landscaped our yard, adding a sensory garden, basketball ring and large boat that the children love using for story time! We are constantly reviewing the needs of the children and regularly updating equipment and resources. In 2019 we are looking forward to the addition of a mud pit!


Dr Stanley Cochrane Memorial Kindergarten operates and is guided by the policies listed below. Should you wish to obtain a copy of any of these policies please contact a member of the executive committee.

  • Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations Policy
  • Administration of First Aid Policy
  • Administration of Medication Policy
  • Anaphylaxis Policy
  • Asthma Policy
  • Child Safe Environment Policy
  • Code of Conduct Policy
  • Complaints and Grievances Policy
  • Dealing with Infectious Diseases Policy
  • Dealing with Medical Conditions Policy
  • Delivery and Collection of Children Policy
  • Determining Responsible Person Policy
  • Diabetes Policy
  • Emergency and Evacuation Policy
  • Enrolment & Orientation Policy
  • Epilepsy Policy
  • Environment and Sustainability Policy
  • Excursions and Service Events
  • Fees Policy
  • Food Safety Policy
  • Governance and Management
  • Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness
  • Inclusion and Equity Policy
  • Interactions with Children Policy
  • Nutrition and Active Play
  • Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Privacy & Confidentiality Policy
  • Staffing Policy
  • Sun Protection Policy
  • Water Safety Policy