We are a school-based Preschool located in the main administration building of Northfield Primary School.
We operate during school terms.
Children attend 2 full days and a half day per week.
Full days are 8:45 to 3:00
AM half days are 8:45 to 11:15:
PM half days are 12:30 to 3:00
Group 1 attend full days Monday and Tuesday and choice of half day on either Thursday am, pm or Friday am (depending on numbers per session).
Group 2 attend full days Thursday and Friday and choice of half day on either Monday am, pm, or Tuesday am (depending on numbers per session).
Early entry is accommodated within Department for Education guidelines.
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Our Preschool is staffed by qualified Early Childhood Teachers and Early Childhood Education Workers. As a school-based preschool, the Principal acts as our Director. Current staff photos and names can be viewed on our notice board.
The Early Years Learning Framework is a National Early Childhood Curriculum which broadly outlines the kinds of skills, knowledge and dispositions required for lifelong learning.
We use the Department for Education, Literacy and Numeracy Indicators, the Child Protection Curriculum and Respect, Reflect, Relate documents to inform our planning.
Our Preschool curriculum is play-based with a strong nature play philosophy. We work in partnership with families to ensure children’s strengths, interests and needs are incorporated in our program.
School Vision Statement developed during whole site consultation 2019:
“The Northfield P-7 school community work collaboratively to develop lifelong learners and peace leaders through rigorous* teaching and learning”.
*At Northfield we define ‘rigour’ as intentional, consistent, informed practice.
*In preschool, rigour is found in children’s play. “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul” (Frobel, 1912)
Northfield Preschool Philosophy Statement
Northfield Preschool is a place of learning for all children. We come together to connect, learn and grow every day on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and we pay our respect and give gratitude to Elders past, present and future.
Northfield Preschool is dedicated to building a positive community which is based on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion. We value each child and recognise that they come to us with a diverse set of skills, prior learning, interests and cultural beliefs and backgrounds. Developing lifelong learners is evident in the language we use with children and families to instil positive dispositions and a growth mindset for children to become confident and capable learners. We focus on developing the whole child in regards to their physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language abilities.
We promote a high quality play based learning environment where children are given opportunities to discover, create, experiment, wonder, construct and solve problems. Teaching and learning in our preschool means that children are engaged in play that stems from their interests, connects to their knowledge and builds on their strengths. We know that children learn best in safe and supported environments where adults take the time to listen, nurture and develop positive relationships with the child and their family.
Intentional teaching involves our staff being deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful in our decisions and actions. This means we challenge our practices by researching, reflecting and evaluating what we do. We draw from best practice research and approved early childhood frameworks to provide a rich and varied approach for children in our teaching and learning context.
Children at Northfield Preschool believe it is a fun place to share and play with toys, books and friends. Families and children value the engaging, supportive and interesting learning environment that Northfield Preschool provides for everyone. Feedback from families also indicates that educators show an approachable and nurturing nature to all children. Their children are happy attending Preschool and really look forward to sharing their experiences of the day.
We are a school based preschool attached to Northfield Primary School. We value this connection for the wider opportunities it creates and the strong foundation for continuity of learning into formal schooling. Through this connection we share the school focus on literacy and numeracy goals, wellbeing, a focus on executive functioning skills and the Peace Code.