Noarlunga Downs Philosophy
At Noarlunga Downs, Preschool children, families and community members are treated with respect, care and empathy. We create an inclusive environment, where everyone belongs and there is a strong sense of engagement. Our curriculum and learning outcomes are from The Early Years Framework for Australia, “Belonging, Being & Becoming”. We believe that children learn best through play and in an engaging environment, where children feel safe, secure and free to express themselves, take risks, challenge themselves, problem solve, explore and build resilience and persistence. We strive to find ways for children to connect to their natural environment and learn about sustainable practices. We reflect both collaboratively and individually, on our practice. We intentionally plan a learning program, for individuals as well as various cohorts, based on data collection and reflection providing the richest learning opportunities for children.
Routines and rhythms are embedded through our day that are meaningful and supportive of children’s wellbeing and engagement. Children are capable and competent and are given appropriate choice and agency.
At Noarlunga Downs Preschool, Early childhood educators:
- Hold children and families in unconditional positive regard.
- Build trusting and respectful relationships with all.
- Critically reflect on our own practice, both individually and collaboratively.
- Acknowledge, value and respect, the culture and uniqueness of each family.
Your child is entitled to access one year of preschool.
If your child turns 4 before 1 May, they can start preschool at the beginning of the year. If your child turns 4 on or after 1 May, they can start the next year.
If your child is Aboriginal or under guardianship (in care) they are eligible for 12 hours of preschool after they turn 3. They will then be eligible for 15 hours per week of preschool in the year before they start school.
Children can start pre-entry Preschool one term before their 4th birthday. This pre-entry is currently provided on Monday mornings and the day is dependent on numbers.
Our Pre-school is open:
- Mondays: 8.45 – 11.15 am
- Tuesdays: 8.45am – 3pm
- Thursdays: 8.45am – 3pm
Our Preschool students regularly visit our school library, join in at assembly and have frequent visits to our junior classes. They visit the school’s playground and participate in whole school events such as Sports Day. This assists our Preschool children to transition successfully into our junior primary school.
Our playgroup meets in the Preschool on Friday mornings from 9-11am. These sessions are for young children and families. It is more than a playgroup session, it is a program that is based on learning and growing together. As we are a “Learning Together Playgroup” there is no cost to attend. We ask that parents bring a piece of fruit for their child to share and a hat in warmer weather. Playgroup is a great way for parents to get to know other parents and give their little one play opportunities with other children.