The Preschool has structured the day to day learning around the Play Based Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework with both being linked to the Australian Curriculum.
Parental involvement is very important as their values, beliefs and expectations are a main priority in their child’s education.
A Play based curriculum is used so the children can explore the real world in a non threatening fun and exciting way. Play is a natural means to exploring the real world around them. It allows the chid to freely explore their environment while obtaining a personal opinion rather than a ‘Learnt opinion’. Play needs to be explored, developed and rehearsed through not only practical experiences but also concrete experiences. Through play they are creating, constructing, discovering, sharing, role playing, problem solving and exploring meaning. (Dept Education 1992)
The children visit the main school regularly to meet and work with the transition children, go to the library or play on the playground. They also participate in whole school events such as musicals, athletics carnivals and swimming. This helps with the transition between the Preschool and main school, the children are a lot more confident when the time comes for them to start the next stage of their journey away from the safety of the Preschool.
SESSION TIMES Morning group (8.00 am – 11.00am – Monday to Friday) and the Afternoon Group (12pm to 3pm- Monday to Friday.)
EARLY ENTRY – We accept children beginning of Term 1 as long as they are four by 30th June that year. We also accept children in Term 3 as long as they are four by 30th September that year and there are available positions. Any child starting after the 30th June will be required to complete 18 months of Preschool.
PARENT COMMITTEE - Meets Monday week 2 and Monday week 7 every term.
HEALTHY EATING POLICY - Children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or healthy snack for their morning/afternoon tea every day.
Children must be fully toilet trained before commencing preschool.
Morning Group - $50 per term
Afternoon Group - $50 per term
Morning Group - $20 per term
Afternoon Group - $20 per term
A qualified music teacher conducts a 30 minute lesson with the students at the preschool every Tuesday.
We have a swimming/water safety program running in term 4 at the Katherine Aquatic Centre. A qualified Austswim instructor runs a half hour lesson every day for ten days in the toddler pool. This program focuses on developing water awareness and children developing an understanding of being safe both in and around waterways.
Our Door is always open and help is always encouraged and appreciated.