At Alawa Preschool, we value all children as unique individuals. We encourage a strong sense of wellbeing and respect each child’s cultural background, family, lifestyle and traditional beliefs.
Welcome to Alawa Preschool
We provide a caring and nurturing environment that enhances each child’s autonomy, creativity and self-worth. This enables children to have an appreciation of their own identity and in turn a sense of BELONGING to the wider community.
BEING recognises the significance of the here and now. We follow individual interests and allow children the time and experiences to know and learn about themselves and the world around them.
We encourage children to discuss ideas that challenge thinking through play. Children are encouraged to reflect upon their own actions BECOMING mindful and compassionate participants in our community.
Our Preschool program aims to represent quality care as set by the National Quality Standards and reflects the principles, practices and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework, which provides a guide for us to promote children’s learning using researched best practice strategies. Our preschool has been assessed as meeting all National Quality Standards.
The Early Years Learning Framework is made up of five learning outcomes:
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Our Preschool program provides a warm and secure environment for you and your child. Learning through play is integral to our Preschool program and children are encouraged to develop as individuals within our community of learners. Social skills, independence and oral language skills are viewed as being critical aspects of their development as a learner and we hope that through supporting your child’s individual developmental needs, we will be able to assist in a happy and successful start to their school life.
We encourage parents and carers to contact us at any time to meet with us and spend time at the Preschool so that you also feel supported and secure in the Preschool environment.
Each child in Red Group attends two full day sessions and one half day of preschool per week. Each child in Blue group attends 2 full days one week and 3 full days the following week. Starting in Semester 2 each child in Purple Group attends two extended full day sessions. There are three preschool groups. It is important that your child attends all sessions.
Monday and Tuesday full days
Wednesday half day
8:30 am - 2:50 pm
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Wednesdays full days [even weeks of the term]
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FULL DAYS
8:30 am - 2:50 pm
8:30 am - 2:50 am
Monday and Tuesday full days
8:00 am - 3.30 pm
*Your child may enrol at the preschool for the beginning of Term 1 if they are turning 4 years of age before June 30th. There will be no exceptions to this minimum age for enrolment.
*Your child may enrol in the purple preschool group for the beginning of Term 3 if they are turning 4 between 1 July -30 September of that year. There will be non exceptions to this requirement.
The Learning Program for Alawa Preschool
Alawa Preschool's Learning Program is play-based. Play is the way children organise and make sense of their worlds. Play experiences are both planned and unplanned and all designed to foster children’s learning and development.
At Alawa Preschool we aim to provide a rich learning environment in which children can develop knowledge and skills to become emotionally, socially and physically confident. Our Preschool program takes place in both the indoor and outdoor learning environments and is made up of ongoing, programmed and spontaneous learning experiences which are based on the interests and needs of individual children in the setting.
We develop our program by working with families and observing each child. Through information provided by families, photographs, observations and learning stories, the educators in the preschool setting obtain information about the individual needs and progress of each child. This information forms the basis of our weekly and ongoing programming. Pre-literacy and numeracy skills and experiences included in our programme are based on our Early Years approaches, including Meaningful Maths and Book Explorer. Sustainability is a school wide focus through our Alawa School Farm, which preschool students visit frequently, especially in Terms 2 & 3 during the Dry Season. In Semester 2 we have a swimming program, coordinated by Royal Life Saving, at Nemarluk School wading pool.
If you have any questions regarding our Preschool program or any aspect of early childhood development please come and have a chat to the Preschool Teachers. You can view our Preschool ratings here.