We will support your child to become a confident and involved learner. We believe that children learn best through play.
In accordance with the ‘National Quality Standard’, our Preschool Program implements the Early Years Learning Framework, ‘Belonging, Being, Becoming.’ The learning outcomes are:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
We aim to have a flexible program that builds on the children’s interests as well as focusing on family input and community events and involvement. Through these meaningful experiences, children learn valuable literacy, numeracy and scientific skills and their social and emotional wellbeing is fostered.
Through a collaboration of family, child and educator input, long term goals are developed for each child to support their dispositions for learning. Dispositional learning is the key to support children to become lifelong learners. Skills such as persistence, imagination, commitment, enthusiasm, cooperation and confidence are supported through building strong relationships, play based learning and Intentional Teaching.
At present, the Warradale Community Children’s Centre Preschool operates Tuesday to Thursday during the school terms. The morning session runs from 8:15am – 12:00pm and the afternoon session runs from 12:30pm – 4:15pm. This means that four sessions, or two full days will cover your child’s entitlement to 15 hours of preschool for 40 weeks of the year. If there is enough interest, we may operate sessions on a Monday and Friday in the future.
Drop off and collection times
The preschool room is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm. If your child arrives before 8:00am or is picked up after 5:00pm, please use the existing entrance and meet in the Possums/Koalas area as the groups will still be merged at the beginning and end of the days.
What to Bring
All meals, snacks and drinks are provided throughout the day in accordance with our ‘Food, Health and Hygiene’ Policy. We follow the ‘Start Right Eat Right’ program and provide children with healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. Please bring the following in your child’s bag:
- A named legionaries or broad brimmed hat
- A change of clothes (more if your child is still needing assistance with toileting)
Ages of Children
Our Preschool Program caters for children aged 3.8 to 5 years of age. When your child starts preschool depends on when they will be starting school. Children are eligible to receive 15 hours of preschool for 40 weeks of the year in the year prior to starting school.
Your long day care fee and child care rebate still apply. There are no additional charges for the Preschool Program.
Our learning garden provides many educational experiences that support children to learn by interacting with the natural environment. The Kangaroo’s Room have a garden bed that they are responsible for caring for and maintaining. Through this wonderful educational resource, children learn and explore so many different concepts such as:
- Life cycles
- Weather systems and seasons
- Measuring, estimating and counting
- Planning and problem solving
- Working together as a team