Our Pre-School Philosophy

At Australia Street Infants School Preschool we believe in acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet the Gadical clan of the Eora Nation. We also recognise parents as children’s first teachers and acknowledge that children learn best when parents are involved, respected and appreciated. Children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their family and their community.
We view each child as a capable learner, confident to direct their own learning. We acknowledge that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and recognise all areas of learning and development is equally important and inter-connected. We understand children must be loved, nurtured and challenged in a way that builds a strong self-image and engenders self-esteem through accomplishment and self-recognition. By creating a curriculum that focuses on exploration, discovery and exciting ‘adventures’ children are prepared to learn as they learn best, valuing the child’s ability to “just be”.
We believe that play is essential in the lives of young children .We believe play should be flexible, stimulating, inviting and purposefully arranged to capture children’s interests, ideas and to cater for individual needs. We believe learning based on interests of children’s collaboration encourage children to solve problems through dialogue, comparisons and negotiation. Education is a shared journey of self- discovery and change.
In providing a stimulating and responsive environment where positive reinforcement and encouragement make learning possible we are creating a foundation that will ensure that our children are prepared to thrive as confident, intelligent and socially aware members of the community. In building these ideals we are building a community that enables children to develop a readiness for transition to school and ultimately a readiness for a lifelong learning journey.
Our programs are guided by the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework. As educators our role is that of facilitator; encouraging, promoting and reinforcing a child’s attempts, questions, skill development and discoveries. Learning is enhanced in an environment where you feel that you belong.
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Our Pre-School Environment

Our pre-school environment assists in preparing children for large group contexts and working with adults aside from their parents. Throughout the year, children are involved in many facets of the Australia Street Community which includes regular involvement in whole school activities which include: P-2 Buddies, P-2 Sport and Library programs. It is hoped that through an active involvement in our K-2 programs and a balanced and relevant pre-school program, each child will make a smooth transition into Kindergarten at Australia Street or into other schools in the local area.

Our Programs

Our programs provide many experiences of varying ability levels in each of the developmental areas. This allows for careful monitoring to establish your child's needs and areas of interest. Within our programs, we aim to encourage creative thinking, decision making, problem solving and building on existing theories of the world, whilst challenging and supporting your child to reach their potential. Your child will be encouraged to be an active member of our programs, and assist us to design engaging and stimulating activities which match your child's developing interests and talents.

Pre-School Fees

Our Pre-School fees are set by the Department of Education and Training. Pre-School fees cover your child's tuition and all daily meals (which include a hot lunch) freshly prepared by our Pre-School Chef.  In 2008/9 our fees are $100.00 per week and can be paid either weekly, fortnightly or by the term online form our school shop or in person at the school office.

The role of our teachers

The role of teachers and carers within the pre-school is to provide a stimulating and interesting environment, where growth and development can take place through establishing social and developmental programs which extend and enrich your child's first experiences of pre-school. Teachers are also responsible for being positive role models and assisting children with behaviour management to encourage development of self-control and positive peer interactions.

Pre-School and the K-2 Infants program

At Australia Street Infants School, we view all of our early childhood programs as a continuum of learning which begins at Lennox House, moves through to Pre-School and finally into the K-2 Infants Program. To achieve this, we ensure that Pre-School is integrated into a range of whole school activities (Pre-School to Year 2) which include; Weekly Assembly, Buddy groups, Library time, Computers and Sport on a weekly basis. Through Pre-School participating in these programs, children develop social friendships with a  range of children P-2 who will become supportive friends, become familiar with all the teachers at school, and most importantly experience aspects of school routines and programs which assist in developing a sense of school readiness when they make the transition to Kindergarten

Starting Pre-School with us

Starting Pre-School is a significant step for the whole family not just your child. At Australia Street we are committed to ensuring that the whole family is involved in the transition to school. In this regard we aim to ensure that not only is your child familiar with our school and teachers, but that you are also provided with opportunities to meet our staff, tour our school and attend parent workshops that cover all aspects of school policies, procedures and general school life. We believe that with your first child in particular parents are making an equally significant step in transitioning to school along with their child and as such needs to be a significant part of our transition to school programs that we provide each year.

 

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