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December, 2014

Preparing for the Christmas holiday break

It’s almost time for the holiday break; before you go it’s a good idea to perform a file back up and prepare equipment to reduce the risk of damage and loss of data.

Perform a file back up

Refer to our Tip - Perform a file back up

Prepare IT Equipment

Just before you leave for the holidays, shut down the computer and turn off the screen. For all electronic devices, switch off and unplug at the wall, this saves electricity and can prevent a possible power surge or damage to equipment if there is a storm.

Office Closed Dates

Community IT Support Helpdesk will be closed Friday 25 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January, 2015.

All other business days, contact us on 1800 629 835, Email: info@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! From the Kindergarten IT Program!


December, 2014

New! IT Training - Introduction to KIM

In early 2015 we will be delivering a new IT Training course that provides an introduction to the Kindergarten Information Management system (KIM).

What you will learn

Participants will learn how to navigate KIM. Add and update information about the service provider, service, workforce, children and funded kindergarten program. Submit data about the funded kindergarten program through the confirmation process. Complete the process to apply for Early Start Kindergarten funding. Practice and perform troubleshooting on common tasks.

Who is the course for?

The training is open to kindergarten Directors, teachers, assistants and committee members.

The course is designed for new users, and those who have a role in the administrative and reporting requirements for services. Participants may already have experience in this or are new to it; the course is designed to support you in becoming familiar with these tasks.

When is it on?

All training is provided free of charge and is available face-to-face in small groups.

The new training schedule will be published on our website, sent out by email and post early in the New Year, so watch this space!


December, 2014

“Tales from the sandpit”, Ouyen Kindergarten Blog

Want to find out more about ways to create an online presence for your Kindergarten?

We put a spotlight on new blogs being created and managed by Kindergartens. Each article has been written by the Kindergarten about why they wanted the blog, how they maintain it, its value and the feedback they have received.

“Tales from the sandpit”, Ouyen Kindergarten Blog -Dec 2014


December, 2014

Tip – Protect your computer and data

The following computer maintenance tips can help protect your computer and all the data it holds: Tip – Protect your computer and data

Download this Tip as a PDF Tip – Protect your computer and data.pdf

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November, 2014

Tip –Create a song playlist in iTunes to play on an iPad

The iTunes program allows you to import CDs, manage and play music on your desktop computer.

Once you have imported your music into iTunes you can create playlists of your favourite songs, to suit a theme or particular mood. You can play them on the computer or copy the playlist to an iPad, to play wherever you like.

Read more... Tip –Create a song playlist in iTunes to play on an iPad


November, 2014

Tip - Create an online presence for your Kindergarten

It’s useful to have an online presence for your Kindergarten that provides a quick and easy way for your audience to find you and access information and resources over the Internet.

Here we put a spotlight on two Kindergartens who have created an online presence recently…

Read more... Tip - Create an online presence for your Kindergarten


October, 2014

Tip – New Portfolio Templates for Word - Australian nature theme

If you have completed our ‘Create a Children’s Portfolio' course you will be familiar with the idea of a template. A template is a sample document with a predefined layout for images, text and font style. Templates save you time when making several similar documents.

We have created some new sample templates for the creation of 1 or 2 page observation documents. They are all A4, come in both landscape and portrait format and have an Australian nature theme to compliment cultural and environmental learning activities!

Refer to our Tip to download these templates in Microsoft Word...
Tip –Portfolio Templates for Word - Australian nature theme


October, 2014

Tip – New Portfolio Templates for iPad Pages - Australian nature theme

Our ‘iPads in the Kindergarten' course introduces creating portfolio documents on the iPad using Pages.

We have created some new sample templates in Apple Pages format for the creation of 1 or 2 page observation documents. They come in both landscape and portrait format and have an Australian nature theme to compliment cultural and environmental learning activities!

Refer to our Tip to download these templates in Pages on your iPad...
Tip – Portfolio Templates for iPad Pages - Australian nature theme


Jul, 2014

Tip – Lock an iPad into one App

Guided Access is a setting that allows you to temporarily lock an iPad into one App at a time. This is particularly useful if you are using the iPad with children; they can stay focused on the activity and won’t be able to exit the game or access other features of the iPad until you unlock this feature with a passcode.

Note - This Tip is based on an iPad 2 IOS 7, different versions may vary. Guided Access is available in IOS 6 onwards.

Read more... Tip – Lock an iPad into one App