Preschool provides education for children aged from three years and eight months to five and a half years of age. For many children it is not only their first introduction to formal education but it is also their first step towards independence.
We ensure that we build strong relationships with children and families as we believe parents are children’s primary educators and best outcomes occur when working in partnership.
We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s experiences at Preschool. Parents and staff work together to ensure that the transition between home and Preschool is as smooth as possible. Communication between parents and staff, such as informal progress chats, newsletters, individual goal setting, portfolios, parent information displays, Seesaw, floor books and phone calls, enables us to provide a high quality, individualized programme for each child.
As Early Childhood Educators, we are committed to providing quality learning programmes that are child centered, follow their interests, promote growth mindset and enable children to inquire, investigate and problem solve.
This occurs through a balance between spontaneous play and guided activities.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Preschool Literacy and Numeracy Indicators provide a basis for our planning, teaching and learning.
The five 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
“Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein
Play is the foundation of learning for children. We provide a rich play based environment in which the children explore, investigate and experiment, test out ideas and consolidate their learning. Play enables children to feel safe and be confident and empowered learners.
Through their play, children
- are intrinsically motivated
- are involved in active learning
- make sense of their world and learn about themselves
- construct, test and apply their own understandings
- engage in creative, hands-on experiences where they practice and consolidate what they have learnt
- express their thoughts and feelings
- develop decision making and problem solving skills
- develop friendships and have fun
In order to increase the involvement and connection between our philosophy and the expectations of the families in our Preschool we surveyed a sample group of 30 families.
They were asked to tell us ‘What they valued about the Preschool and consider the three most important things’.
From these surveys we produced our ‘Wordle’ which has informed our philosophy statement.
Please see the RPPS QIP 2017 tab for further information
Transition to School
All DECD Preschools have a single intake policy, where all students start at the beginning of the year.
Children who turn 4 on or before 30th April begin Preschool at the beginning of the year and children who turn 4 after this date begin Preschool in the following year.
All children at Preschool will visit a classroom in the junior primary school in term 3 regardless of what school they will be attending. Children attend a fortnightly assembly and participate in whole school events throughout the year like Book Week, Harmony Day, Sports Day and End of year concert.
For the children attending Redwood Park School the transition programme is conducted in Term 4. The children have 3 visits into the Reception classrooms and get to meet the teachers who will be a part of their learning journey for the following year.
Transition to Preschool
Going to Preschool is an important milestone for parents and children. During Term 4 of the year prior to full-time Preschool, children attend 3 transition visits where they meet their teachers and the other children who they will be starting with. Families will receive a detailed letter outlining the transition programme.
Preschool Sessions - 8.45am -3.15pm each day
Group A - Mondays and Tuesdays
Odd Week - Fridays 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Group B - Wednesdays and Thursdays
Even Week - Fridays 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
$100 per Term – Invoices are given out at the beginning of each term. Parents can choose to pay the total amount or in installments. Money can be put in a clearly marked envelope and given to staff. EFTPOS facilities are available at the school or online payments can be made via the school website or Qkr app.
SCHOOL SERVICES OFFICERS:
Principal - Ian Dickie
Deputy - Mandy Wilson
Assistant - Michele Wilson
Phone: 8263 8333