Q?Who funds the preschool?

The state government, with contributions from the Federal government, funds this preschool program is managed by volunteers from families and the community.  We are not a private service; we are a non-profit preschool belonging to our community. We rely on a small contribution from families to assist with the ongoing viability of our service.  This is indexed on your gross income.   Please feel free to discuss your requirements with the Director regarding financial arrangements.

Q?Why should I send my child to preschool?

Preschool is a great place to start your formal learning and to enjoy being with other people and socialise, listen, follow direction, explore their environment, and provides the foundation for ongoing learning before attending school.  There are many reasons for your child to come to preschool.  Why not visit us and find out more?

Q?Does my child need to be toilet-trained?

Educators support children’s individual development and some children require assistance with toilet training.  We are happy to facilitate all children at all levels of toilet training.

Q?What does my child need to bring?

Your child needs all their items, including their bag, lunch box, drink bottle, and clothing, labelled with their name.

Q?What food can I provide for my child?

Keep it simple …. fruit or vegetables, sandwiches, yoghurt, cheese, crackers, salad, cold meat, baked beans.  We encourage families to provide an extra sandwich for children as this is a cheap but healthy alternative to packaged food products.

Q?What will I put in my child’s drink bottle?

Water, water and only water as this quenches children’s thirst and is necessary for their wellbeing.  Milk is provided at morning tea.

Q?Does my child have to have a sleep?

No.  We consult with families on their preference for their child and we offer rest for children to relax if they choose.  Otherwise, we provide quiet activities to facilitate a relaxing atmosphere after lunch.

Q?What can I do to help my child on their first day at preschool?

Be positive.  You have decided to send your child to preschool for all the right reasons.  Even if your child feels a little insecure please remember to stay positive and educators at our preschool will support you and your child through this settling-in period.

Q?How does the preschool help my child get ready for school?

The important aspect of children successfully transitioning into school is the partnership between the family and the preschool to work together to assist children to enter into the school environment.  ‘The preschool uses the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ which sets the scene for successful learning at school and throughout young people’s lives’ . Educators at our service build on the knowledge, skills and understandings that children bring to school from their homes, communities, and experiences at Lower Macleay Preschool (Connor & Linke, 2012, p. 34).

Lower Macleay Preschool provides an early childhood education that benefits children to transition to school.  Educators acknowledge that children are competent learners and each child is supported to experience the joy of learning to do things for themselves.

At preschool children are ‘learning to get ready for school’.  This happens when:

  • children develop trusting relationships with educators and peers and can separate from their family at arrival,
  • children ‘learn skills that include being able to start and complete an activity,
  • children know how to communicate with others, ask questions, and express themselves their needs,
  • children know how to listen,
  • children know how to follow instruction,
  • children learn how to solve problems,
  • children learn about literacy, numeracy, science, the environment,
  • children learn about expressing ideas in art and creativity,
  • children learn about ethical behaviour such as cultural diversity, responsibility to our environment, gender equity,
  • children learn about managing their feelings and coping with BIG emotions so they can learn to maintain relationships with people,
  • children learn to manage their possessions that includes their lunch boxes and school bags, and toileting.

Children benefit in feeling confident, capable and competent in order to meet the challenges inherent in a school day however children need to deal with the social complexities of going into a new environment (Hunter & Sonter, 2012).  At Lower Macleay Preschool we have an experienced and qualified team so ‘we provide positive relationships outside their family, with peers and adults so the child finds it easier to adapt to the school setting’ (Connor & Linke, 2012).

Q?How will you help my child settle in at preschool?

An educator will support your child throughout their first days at preschool including all routines and play.  Families are welcome to contact the preschool at any time, and even talk to their child if you choose.  We use social stories, the magic window where they can wave goodbye, and provide extra support.

Q?How will educators guide my child towards working cooperatively with other children?

Our philosophy emphasises the importance of social competencies and social justice.  Educators use a number of strategies based on research that takes into consideration the child’s level of understanding, whilst ensuring that it is a positive experience to learn to respect themselves and others and all people at their preschool community.

We welcome any conversation that will enhance your child’s personal growth in these early years.