Preschool

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.

Staff

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.

Curriculum

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.

Philosophy

At Northfield Preschool we value each child and understand that their prior learning is unique and important. We seek to work together with families to understand and respect the strengths, interests and aspirations of the children, their cultures and communities. Positive relationships between educators, children and families hold the key to achieving the best outcomes for all. We invite families to contribute to our preschool program. As educators, we instil positive dispositions and a growth mindset to learning by incorporating a focus on interoception skills and developing executive function skills with support from key agencies. We know all children have the capacity to be capable, confident and successful learners.

Programming for learning in the preschool is play based and informed by Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the Department for Education Preschool literacy and numeracy indicators and the Child Protection Curriculum. We understand the importance of flexible play spaces and seek to create environments that stretch, challenge, and provoke children’s curiosity. We are strong advocates for outdoor play and connecting with nature. This influences our efforts to reduce our waste, reuse resources and learn more about sustainability. The Northfield preschool team are committed to continuous improvement via rigorous reflective practices ensuring a holistic planning and evaluating cycle is implemented for all children.